‘Platoon Leader’ is a Cannon Films production that attempted to cash in on the glut of 80s Vietnam War films that saw films like Platoon (1986), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and Hamburger Hill (1987) flourish. Directed by Aaron Norris ‘Platoon Leader’ features the skilled cinematography of Arthur Wooster and a strong cast of TV actors while Micheal Dudikoff plays the lead, LT. Knight, who is sent to a remote firebase to whip up a jaded and rag-tag bunch of G.I.s protecting a pro-American Vietnamese village.
Does the film hit the heights of the films it tries to emulate or should this film remain in the back catalog of bad mockbuster cash-ins? Join us to find out.
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The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.