Maximus
Russell Crowe as "Maximus" in Gladiator (2000):
I may die here in this cell or in the arena tomorrow. What possible difference can I make?
Platoon (1986) 15
Platoon - Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Tagline: The first casualty of war is innocence.
Genres: Action | Drama | War
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Released: 19 December 1986 ()
Length: 120 min
Rating: 4 out of 5 4/5
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  • One of the greatest Vietnam War movies ever made, written and directed by the legend that is Oliver Stone, telling the story from his first-hand experience of being in the war. Quite rightly earning 4 Oscars including Best Director & Best Picture.
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Keith David and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Oliver Stone. The first casualty of war is innocence.
Chris Taylor
[Refering to Vietnam]Somebody once wrote, "Hell is the impossibility of reason." That's what this place feels like. Hell.
Sgt.Elias
Chris Taylor
What happened today was just the beginning. We're gonna lose this war.Come on. You really think so? Us?We been kicking other peoples asses for so long, I figured it's time we got ours kicked.
Chris Taylor
Day by day, I struggle to maintain not only my strength but my sanity. It's all a blur. I have no energy to write. I don't know what's right and what's wrong anymore. The morale of the men is low. A civil war in the platoon. Half the men with Elias, half with Barnes. There's a lot of suspicion and hate. I can't believe we're fighting each other when we should be fighting them.
Sgt.Barnes
Talking about killing? Y'all experts? Y'all know about killing? I'd like to hear about it, potheads.

[takes pipe and inhales drag]

Why do you smoke this shit? So as to escape from reality? Me, I don't need this shit. I am reality. There's the way it ought to be. And there's the way it is. Elias was full of shit. Elias was a crusader. Now, I got no fight with any man who does what he's told, but when he don't, the machine breaks down. And when the machine breaks down, we break down. And I ain't gonna allow that in any of you. Not one.

[hands pipe back and spits]

Y'all love Elias. Oh, you wanna kick ass. Yeah. Well, here I am, all by my lonesome, and ain't nobody gonna know. Six of you boys against me. Kill me. Huh. I shit on all of you.
Chris Taylor
[last lines][voiceover] I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us. The war is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days as I'm sure Elias will be, fighting with Barnes for what Rhah called possession of my soul. There are times since, I've felt like the child born of those two fathers. But, be that as it may, those of us who did make it have an obligation to build again, to teach to others what we know, and to try with what's left of our lives to find a goodness and a meaning to this life.
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