"Somebody once wrote: 'Hell is the impossibility of reason.' That's what this place feels like. Hell." Decades before actor Charlie Sheen became known for "winning" on the television sitcom "Two and a Half Men", he played the fictional version of Oliver Stone in Stone's own soldier story–a young, conflicted idealist turned Vietnam War soldier in "Platoon." This quote cuts through all the glamorized depictions of war and brings forth the reality of someone who lived through it. Quotes like this one from Charlie Sheen's character Chris Taylor prove that when bullets are flying and bombs are exploding, logic burns up right alongside.
"The village, which had stood for maybe a thousand years, didn't know we were coming that day. If they had, they would've run." Sheen's character Chris Taylor learns another tough lesson of war as can be apparent in this quote from "Platoon." At this point in the film, revenge is in the air among the US soldiers after a fellow comrade is killed. Though revenge does not become any less necessary, this quote shows a subtle sense of compassion for the Vietnamese village that is being targeted.
"We've been kicking other peoples asses for so long I figured it's time we got ours kicked." In "Platoon", Willem Dafoe plays Sergeant Elias, the more humane military father figure Charlie Sheen's Chris Taylor character has to look up to. Taylor questions Sgt. Elias as to why he believes that they will lose the war. This painful reality check from Sgt. Elias provides an unbiased understanding of human behavior that knows no geographic boundaries.
"Shut up! Shut up and take the pain! Take the pain!" Tom Berenger portrays the ice-cold killing machine Sergeant Barnes–a man who understands violence as an occupation, not a misfortune. Barnes embodies an unwavering pro-war stance which he forces upon every American soldier under his jurisdiction. Barnes barks out this "Platoon" quote as a proclamation that reminds them that though war might be hell, he expects them to take being in hell with a smile.