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Platoon is a 1986 film about a young recruit in Vietnam who faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Written and directed by Oliver Stone.
The first casualty of war is innocence.

Chris Taylor

  • Somebody once wrote: 'Hell is the impossibility of reason.' That's what this place feels like. Hell.
  • She's a fucking human being, man. Fuck you!
  • Well, here I am, anonymous all right. With guys nobody really cares about. They come from the end of the line, most of 'em. Small towns you never heard of: Pulaski, Tennessee; Brandon, Mississippi; Pork Van, Utah; Wampum, Pennsylvania. Two years' high school's about it, maybe if they're lucky a job waiting for them back at a factory, but most of 'em got nothing. They're poor, they're the unwanted, yet they're fighting for our society and our freedom. It's weird, isn't it? They're the bottom of the barrel and they know it. Maybe that's why they call themselves grunts, cause a grunt can take it, can take anything. They're the best I've ever seen, Grandma. The heart & soul.
  • Maybe I finally found it, way down here in the mud. Maybe from down here I can start up again, be something I can be proud of, without having to fake it, be a fake human being.
  • Day by day I struggle to maintain not only my strength but also my sanity. It's all a blur. I have no energy to write. I don't know what's right or wrong anymore. The morale of the men is low, a civil war in the platoon. Half the men with Elias, half with Barnes. There's a lot of suspicion and hate. I can't believe we're fighting each other, when we should be fighting them.
  • We drop a lot of bombs, then we move through like ghosts on the landscape.
  • The village, which had stood for maybe a thousand years, didn't know we were coming that day. If they had, they would've run. Barnes was the eye of our rage. And through him, our captain Ahab, we would set things right again. That day we loved him.
  • Die you motherfuckers! Die!
  • [to Pvt. Francis while they kill large amounts of NVA] IT'S FUCKING BEAUTIFUL!!!
  • I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy, we fought ourselves, and the enemy was in us. The war is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days. As I'm sure Elias will be, fighting with Barnes for what Rhah calls "possesion of my soul." There are times since, I've felt like a child, born of those two fathers. But be that as it may, those who did make it have an obligation to build again. To teach to others what we know, and to try with whats left of our lives to find a goodness and a meaning to this life.

Staff Sergeant Bob Barnes

  • Take the pain! Take it!
  • You all take a good look at this lump of shit. Remember what it looks like. You fuck up in a firefight... and I goddamn guarantee you a trip out of the bush - in a body bag! Out here, assholes, you keep your shit wired tight at all times! And that goes for you, shit-for-brains. You don't sleep on no fuckin' ambush! And the next sum'bitch I catch coppin Z's in the bush, I'm personally gonna take an interest in seein' him suffer. I shit you not. Doc, tag him and bag him!
  • What's the matter boy? He ain't gonna bite you. That's a good gook, good and dead.
  • You talking about killing? Hmm? Y'all experts? Y'all know about killing? I'd like to hear about it, potheads. [takes pipe and sniffs] Are you smoking this shit so's to escape from reality? Me, I don't need this shit. I am reality. There's the way it ought to be, and there's the way it is. Elias was full of shit. Elias was a crusader. Now, I got no fight... with any man who does what he's told. But when he don't, the machine breaks down. And when the machine breaks down, we break down. And I ain't gonna allow that... in any of you. Not one. [hands pipe back and spits] Y'all love Elias. Oh, you wanna kick ass. Yeah. Well, here I am, all by my lonesome. And there ain't nobody gonna know. Six of you boys against me. Kill me. Huh. I shit on all of you.
  • Elias is a waterwalker, like those politicians in Washington trying to fight this war with one hand tied behind their balls.
  • You killed a lot of people with your fucked-up fire mission!
  • Death, what do you all know about death?
  • [after the platoon discovers a horribly murdered colleague] Those motherfuckers.
  • Everybody's gotta die sometime, Red.

Sgt. Elias Grodin

  • I love this place at night. The stars... there's no right or wrong in them. They're just there.
  • Feelin' good's good enough.
  • Police up your spare rounds and frags. Don't leave nothin' for the dinks.
  • [cocking shotgun] Put your mouth on this.
  • We're gonna lose this war.
  • We've been kicking other peoples asses for so long, I figure it's time we get ours kicked.
  • Then the worm has definitely turned for you, man.

Sgt. Red O'Neill

  • Excuses are like assholes, Taylor. Everybody's got one!
  • Guy's in three years and thinks he's Jesus Fucking Christ or something.
  • What do ya say there LT?
  • [regarding Lt. Wolfe] That is one sorry ass motherfucker.
  • I mean, sometimes I just look at a guy, and I know this guy's not gonna make it. There's just no fuckin' way.
  • This guy's easily three, or four times my size, but I got him in the O'Neil death grip. He didn't know whether to go blind or shit himself.


  • What are they doing over there? They're gettin' high, that's what. They think they're something special.
  • [After Taylor realizes he can't shoot a disabled Vietnamese villager] Fuckin' pussy, man. He's laughing at you. Thats the way the gook laughs. I bet you're crying your little heart out ain't you? About Sandy and Sal and Manny.
  • Holy shit, d'you see that fuckin' head come apart, man?
  • Ain't nothin' like a piece of pussy... except maybe the Indy 500.
  • Hey Junior, don't worry. You got Audie Murphy in your foxhole, man.

Tony Hoyt

  • Let's grease 'em, man! Let's waste this whole fucking village!
  • [to Taylor, after he stops Tony and Morehouse from raping a Vietnamese girl] What the fuck's your problem Taylor? She's a fuckin' dink!
  • [to Taylor, after he stops Tony and Morehouse from raping a Vietnamese girl] The 'Nam ain't your place, man. You don't belong here at all.


  • Opening title card: Rejoice O young man in thy youth... - Ecclesiastes
  • Sergeant: Alright you cheese-dicks, welcome to the 'Nam!
  • Rhah: The only thing that can kill Barnes is Barnes.
  • King: Just keep your pecker hard and the powder dry and the worm will turn.
  • Rhah: Elias didn't ask you to fight his battles for him. And if there's a heaven and God I hope there is, I know he's sitting up there, drunk as a fucking monkey and smoking shit. Because he left his pains down here.
  • Tubbs: Check out the scars on this gook honcho, Sarge!
  • King: What we got here is a crusader.
  • Big Harold: I'm hurting real bad inside.
  • Doc: This is bad, man. I've got bad vibes here.
  • Junior: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.
  • Rhah: You're a child, Lerner. Rhah don't waste time on you.
  • Tex: Don't go catching any Z's on me, buddy, or I'll sling your sorry ass.
  • Warren: You boys are getting too hung up on this shit. These gooks are a lot smarter than we think, and Barnes knows his shit. They [the villagers Barnes executed] was NVA every last one of them.
  • Tex: Keep this sorry cheese-dick off my ass.
  • Captain Harris: [After being forced to call in an air strike on his own position] It's a lovely fuckin' war.
  • Lieutenant Wolfe: [after Rhah points out a flaw in their defense] I just don't give a flying fuck anymore.
  • Sanderson: [Drunk] Lieutenant, some Kentucky Windage?
  • Morehouse: [after Taylor stops him from raping a Vietnamese girl] You fuckin' lame fuck!
  • Crawford: [on the amount of days Taylor has left in Vietnam] Dude, I can't even remember when I was at 332. You gotta count backwards, like you've got 40 days in. Think positive, dude.
  • Crawford: You volunteered for this shit, man?


Private Gardner: [seeing body bags] Aw, man, is that what I think it is?
Sergeant: Awright, you cheese-dicks, welcome to the 'Nam! Follow me.

Soldier #1: Well I'll be dipped in shit! New Meat!
Soldier #2: You're gonna love the 'Nam man.
Soldier #1: For fucking ever.
Soldier #2: 365 to the wakeup, oh Lord!

Lt. Wolfe: Barnes, what's the hold up? Six says we're jamming him up back there.
SSgt. Barnes: Tell that dipshit to get fucked! [turns to Chris] What the hell's the matter with you, Taylor? You are one simple son of a bitch!

Sgt. Elias: They don't know shit, Barnes, and chances are we're gonna run into something. Think about it.
Sgt. O'Neill: That's just great Bob. Whadda you want me to do? Send one of my guys out to get zapped so some lameass just in from the world can get his beauty sleep? Nah!
Sgt. Elias: Hey O'Neill, take a break! You don't have to be a prick every day of you life, you know.

Tex: It's gonna piss on us all night. Gonna put a serious case of crotch-rot on that ugly face of yours, Junior.
Junior: Goddamn, break your ass for the white man. Ain't no justice around here.

[King is writing a letter to his girlfriend]
Francis: It ain't D-E-R-E, it's D-E-A-R. And "Sarah" ain't got no two R's, King. Damn you're dumb.
King: It don't make no difference, she know what I mean. She don't read too good nohow.

Junior: Simple, free your mind and the ass will follow.
Bunny: Hey, I can dig it, man. When you smoke that shit everything kind of gets weird, you know what I mean? You heard that story about the gooks putting chemicals in the grass so we don't fight and become pacifists?
Junior: Yeah, but don't you worry Bunny, 'cos you's a killer anyway, man.
Bunny: Yeah, but I still like a piece of pussy once in a while. Ain't nothing like a piece of pussy, except maybe the Indy 500.
Junior: The only way you get some pussy man, is if a bitch dies and wills it to you. And then, maybe!

King: Hey, Taylor, how in the fuck you get here anyway? You look educated.
Chris Taylor: I volunteered for it.
King: You did what?
Chris Taylor: I volunteered. I dropped out of college, told 'em I wanted the infantry, combat, Vietnam.
Crawford: You volunteered for this shit, man?
Chris Taylor: Believe that?
King: You's a crazy fucker, giving up college?
Chris Taylor: Didn't make much sense, I wasn't learning anything. I figured why should just the poor kids go off to war and the rich kids always get away with it.
King: Oh, I see, what we got here is a crusader.
Crawford: Sounds like it.
King: Shiiit, you gotta be rich in the first place to think like that. Ever'body know, the poor are always being fucked over by the rich. Always have, always will.

Rhah: What did you turn in to the underworld for, Taylor?
King: This here ain't Taylor. Taylor's dead! This here is Chris. He's been resurrected.

[Chris Taylor takes his first hit of marijuana]
Sgt. Elias: First time?
Chris Taylor: Yeah.
Sgt. Elias: Then the worm has definitely turned for you, man. Feel good?
Chris Taylor: Yeah, it feels good. I got no pain in my neck now.
Sgt. Elias: Feelin' good's good enough.

Sgt. Elias: Barnes believes in what he's doing.
Chris Taylor: And you?
Sgt. Elias: Back in '65? Yeah. Now, no. What happened today was just the beginning. We're gonna lose this war.
Chris Taylor: Come on! You really think so? Us?
Sgt. Elias: We've been kicking other peoples asses for so long I figured it's time we got ours kicked.

Sgt. Barnes: [confronting a Vietnamese man] That cocksucker knows what I'm saying, don't you, pop?
Ace: Goddamn right he does!

Sgt. Elias: Barnes! Barnes! What the fuck do you think you're doing?
SSgt. Barnes: Stay outta this, Elias, this ain't your show.
Sgt. Elias: You ain't a firing squad, you piece of shit!
[Elias and Barnes fight, the others try to stop them from fighting]
SSgt. Barnes: You're done, Elias! I swear to fuckin' God, you're done.

Chris Taylor: He killed him, I know that he killed him, I saw his eyes when we came back in.
Rhah: How do you know the dinks didn't get him? You've got no proof, man.
Chris Taylor: The proof is in the eyes, when you know you know.

Chris Taylor: Anyway you cut it, Barnes is a fucking murderer!
King: Right on.
Rhah: Taylor, I remember when you first came in here, telling me how much you admired the bastard.
Chris Taylor: I was wrong.
Rhah: Wrong? You ain't never been right, about nothing! And dig this you assholes, and dig it good. Barnes has been shot seven times and he ain't dead, does that mean anything to you, huh? Barnes ain't meant to die! The only thing that can kill Barnes is Barnes.

King: Somewhere out there is the beast and he's hungry tonight.
Chris Taylor: Have you ever gotten into a mistake that you just can't get out of, King?
King: There is a way out of everything, man. Just keep your pecker hard and your powder dry and the worm will turn.

Chris Taylor: It's the way the whole thing works, people like Elias get wasted, people like Barnes just go on making up the rules any way they want. So what do we do? Sit in the middle and suck on it. We just don't add up to dry shit, King.
King: Whoever said we did, man? All you got to do is make it out of here. It's all gravy, everyday the rest of your life, gravy.

SSgt. Barnes: Martin, get your boots on. And the next time I catch you spraying skeeter repellent on your fuckin' feet, I'm gonna court martial your nigger ass.
Junior: Well then court-martial me, motherfucker! Fuck my ass, send me to fucking Long Binh! You do your fucking work! You white folks have got your last klick out of Junior!
SSgt. Barnes: O'Neil, get me that centipede.
Sgt. O'Neill: Sarge?
SSgt. Barnes: Yeah, that long hairy red and black bastard I found in the ammo crate. I'm gonna put it in this boy's crotch, see if he can walk.
Sgt. O'Neill: I remember now.

Sgt. O'Neill: Bob, I got a bad feeling on this one, all right? I mean I got a bad feeling! I don't think I'm gonna make it outta here! D'ya understand what I'm sayin' to you?
SSgt. Barnes: Everybody gotta die some time, Red.

Bunny: You know Junior, some of the things we've done, man... I don't feel like we've done something wrong. Sometimes, man... I get this bad feeling. I told the padre the truth man, I like it here. Get to do what you want, nobody fucks with you. The only worry you got is dying. And if that happens you won't know about it anyway. So what the fuck man?
Junior: Shit! I gotta be in this hole with you man? I just know I shouldn't come.

Lt. Wolfe: We've been overrun captain, we're pulling back! Over!
Captain Harris: Bravo Two Six! Goddammit, where the hell you planning to pull back to!? They're all over the perimeter. Be advised lieutenant, you WILL hold in place and you WILL fight and that means YOU, lieutenant! Out!


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