Top 7 Platoon Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Platoon facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Platoon film message.

The reason Elias' (William Dafoe) left hand is clenched is becuase he's holding the remote control for the explosions shown earlier in the scene he mentions this in a GQ interview on YouTube
The reason Elias' (William Dafoe) left hand is clenched is becuase he's holding the remote control for the explosions shown earlier in the scene he mentions this in a GQ interview on YouTube
At the end of Platoon (1986) when the soldiers find Taylor, he quickly drops a grenade he'd been holding with the intention of committing suicide. This was a on the spot improvisation by Charlie Sheen without the director's knowledge.
At the end of Platoon (1986) when the soldiers find Taylor, he quickly drops a grenade he'd been holding with the intention of committing suicide. This was a on the spot improvisation by Charlie Sheen without the director's knowledge.

Platoon Hidden Details

In the iconic death scene of Willem Dafoe's Sgt. Elias, DaFoe reacts to being shot even though the explosive squibs taped to his body failed to go off.

1 - Dale Dye had his first acting role as Capt Harris and was actually a highly decorated Marine who fought during the Vietnam War
Dale Dye had his first acting role as Capt Harris and was actually a highly decorated Marine who fought during the Vietnam War

At the end of Platoon (1986), Pvt. Taylor, played by Charlie Sheen, first checks the chamber of an enemy AK he picks up to make sure there is a round ready to kill Sgt. Barnes, played by Tom Berenger (1:23)

: After murdering civilian villagers, PFC Ramirez is shown with "Grace" on his helmet as he burns their homes.

Platoon poster
Platoon poster

Platoon Plot

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Platoon. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Drama, War
Director Oliver Stone
Stars Keith David, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn, Kevin Dillon
IMDB score 8.1