The first casualty of war is innocence
The first casualty of war is innocence
D: Oliver Stone
Orion/Hemdale (Arnold Kopelson)
US 1986
120 mins


W: Oliver Stone
DP: Robert Richardson
Ed: Claire Simpson
Mus: Georges Delerue

Charlie Sheen (Pvt. First Class Chris Taylor), Tom Berenger (Sgt. Barnes), Willem Dafoe (Sgt. Elias), Forest Whitaker (Big Harold), Francesco Quinn (Ramucci), John C. McGinley (Sgt. O'Neill), Kevin Dillon (Bunny), Johnny Depp (Lerner)

Oliver Stone's Vietnam war classic is a brutally difficult film to watch, presenting the horrors of war and all the atrocities that come with it with a vivid realism and highly emotional scenes.
The story follows a small unit of soldiers on their tour of duty which sees them forced to follow unscrupulous & inhumane orders in the name of national service.
It's possibly the most honest war film ever brought to screen, depicting soldiers as confused, scared and inexperienced individuals forced into battles they had no right to fight and biting off far more than they could possibly chew.
All aspects of the production are commendable, whilst the acting from the ensemble is excellent, especially Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger & Willem Dafoe. A young Johnny Depp also crops up in one of his earliest screen performances.