Platoon: How the War Was Won

Actors often grumble about the rigors of filming in remote locations, but few have faced half the hardships inflicted on the cast of Platoon. Fresh from the fleshpots of New York and Los Angeles, the film's young stars found themselves deep in the Philippine jungle, which stood in nicely for Viet Nam. Clad in sweat-stained fatigues and stooped beneath 60-lb. backpacks and rifles, they marched day and night through leech-infested streams and swarms of insects.

Taunted by a Marine drill instructor who called them "weenies" and some names not fit to print, the actors rappelled down a 50-ft. tower and clambered...

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