The 'Platoon' Quiz
by Staff
It captured the violence and sadness of human conflict in emotionally-wrenching ways. How much do you know about "Platoon?"

How many Academy Awards did "Platoon" win?

  • two
  • three
  • four

Who directed "Platoon?"

  • Irvin Kershner
  • Philippe Mora
  • Oliver Stone

In what year was "Platoon" released?

  • 1983
  • 1986
  • 1989

Who plays the lead role in the film?

  • Charlie Sheen
  • Emilio Estevez
  • Martin Sheen

For which Academy Award was the film NOT nominated?

  • Best Female Lead
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography

What was the film's budget?

  • $6 million
  • $26 million
  • $46 million

How old is the primary protagonist (Chris Taylor) when he arrives in the combat zone?

  • 19
  • 20
  • 21

How many days did it take the film crew to complete shooting?

  • 32 days
  • 54 days
  • 99 days

How many stars did film critic Roger Ebert give to "Platoon" in his review?

  • four out of four
  • three out of four
  • two out of four

For the first version of the script, Stone hoped for which person to be the star of the show?

  • Jim Morrison
  • Roger Gilmour
  • Iggy Pop

The character Bob Barnes is essentially a depiction of what human trait?

  • good
  • evil
  • indifference

Which actor portrayed the character named Lerner?

  • Willem Dafoe
  • Johnny Depp
  • Cokey Ford

What is the nickname for Kevin Dillon's character?

  • Sal
  • Oscar
  • Bunny

Why were studio executives unenthusiastic about creating the film?

  • It was about Vietnam.
  • It was too violent.
  • Stone was known for being mean-spirited.

Why was the movie banned in Vietnam?

  • It didn't reflect well on the country.
  • It had too many obscene words.
  • It featured partial nudity.

Which actor nearly got the part of Chris Taylor over Charlie Sheen?

  • Brad Pitt
  • Robert De Niro
  • Al Pacino

How does Elias Grodin (played by Willem Dafoe) die during the course of the story?

  • He steps on a mine.
  • Barnes shoots him.
  • The Vietcong shoot him.

In which country was "Platoon" filmed?

  • El Salvador
  • Philippines
  • Costa Rica

Why did Stone have red dirt hauled to the shooting locations?

  • Vietnam had reddish soils.
  • to enhance color contrast in some scenes
  • to make the ground look saturated with blood

What role does Johnny Depp's character play in the unit?

  • lieutenant
  • translator
  • M60 gunner

Dale Dye acted in the movie and also worked as an advisor to make sure the war seemed real. In which branch of the real-world military did he serve?

  • Marines
  • Army
  • Navy

Which song does NOT appear on the film's soundtrack?

  • "White Rabbit"
  • "Respect"
  • "The End"

What Philippines event nearly caused major problems with filming?

  • The president was being forced from office.
  • There was a massacre in the capital.
  • The country signed a trade agreement detrimental to the U.S.

Which film nearly stopped the production of "Platoon" from even getting started?

  • "Apocalypse Now"
  • "Red Dawn"
  • "Full Metal Jacket"

Who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor?

  • Robert Richardson
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Charlie Sheen

Once he started lobbying studios to make the film, how long did it take for Stone to finish his project?

  • four years
  • 10 years
  • 14 years

Which actor plays the role of Big Harold?

  • Forest Whitaker
  • Billy Dee Williams
  • Carl Thomas

What is the movie's tagline?

  • "The first casualty of war is innocence."
  • "The first casualty of war is the truth."
  • "The first casualty of war is Harold's left foot."

How much did "Platoon" make at the box office in North America?

  • around $140 million
  • around $180 million
  • around $220 million

What did Oliver Stone think of Charlie Sheen's first audition for the movie?

  • He thought Sheen might be too drunk to work properly.
  • Stone preferred Sheen's brother.
  • He loved Sheen.