Bits & Pieces

24 07 2008

A snippet about not-so-long-ago found Night of the Hunter reference in an DVD review. Now it’s everywhere too!

Deleted and Extended Scenes

 Quote: There aren’t too many surprises among these 11 clips (with optional commentary from Stone): they’re mostly dialogue scenes that were obviously cut because they slowed down the action. Nevertheless, one is happy to see the Night of the Hunter reference in one grunt’s LOVE/HATE tattoos, as well as an alternative denouement in which Chris lets Barnes live.

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Oliver Stone’s Mother Lode
 By Lloyd Grove, Washington Post, September 1997
an article about Child’s Night Dream and some almost too personal details from OS’s life

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Platoon. Full Metal Jacket: Back to Vietnam
 by Mike Felkerfrom, Jump Cut, Feb. 1988

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A review at OS fanpage, comparing Platoon and Wall Street

Quote: Platoon and Wall Street deserve to be placed side by side not only because they were the two earliest successful films of Stone’s, but also they represent a story structure which is exactly the same, played out in two entirely different stories, one a story in the Vietnam War, and one a current story on Wall Street. I urge you to watch both of these films and keep this similar story structure in mind – it’s amazing how similar and yet how unique both of these powerful films are.

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Platoon review
by James Berardinelli

Quote: Following a three-month shoot on location in the Philippines, Stone had all the footage he needed. Once Platoon was in the can, the actors agreed on two things: they had just participated in a meaningful project and they hated Stone. Ultimately, that didn’t stop most of them from working with him again. Sheen returned in Stone’s follow-up to Platoon, Wall Street, and both Berenger and Dafoe appeared in Born on the Fourth of July

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Platoon review
by Ivana Redwine

The character in the film who is most like Stone is 19-year-old Chris Taylor, played by Charlie Sheen. It’s intriguing that in his commentary, Stone sometimes seems not to draw a sharp distinction between himself, the actor Charlie Sheen, and the fictional character Chris Taylor.








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