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February 13, 2012

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Colin Miller

I like "Platoon" a lot, but:

1. I think that it was only Oliver Stone's second best war-related film of 1986, with "Salvador" being his better effort. The way I see it, the latter film featured a career-best performance by James Woods.

2. I don't think that "Platoon" was the defining war movie of the 1980s. I think that honor belongs to Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," which was released the next year. I remember a bunch of us getting a letterbox VHS of "Jacket" my first year in college and playing it on a 24 hour loop in our common room. Nobody complained. The same can't be said for when someone got the idea to play David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on a 24 hour loop.

Kelly Anders

Yes, with all due respect, I think "Apocolypse Now" (1979) would have been a more likely choice, but Coppola's work was already included in the contest (e.g., "The Godfather"), so they probably wanted something from another legendary auteur and opted for something from Stone. In my opinion, this is no contest. I voted for "Casablanca."

Patrick S. O'Donnell

The poster for Casablanca should have been in black and white.

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