A Letter From the Publisher: Jan. 26, 1987

When TIME's Los Angeles correspondent Denise Worrell viewed Platoon, a film that batters its audience with the brutalities of the Viet Nam War, her reaction was immediate: "It was my father's face I saw on the screen. Barely 18, in a swell of patriotism, he had enlisted in the Marines. He could never talk about fighting the Japanese during World War II, and I sensed that part of him was scar tissue. Platoon gave me my father's war. That war and Viet Nam were supposed to be very different, but this film showed that every war, for the man in the...

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