0:00 The Arrival in Vietnam
New troops arrive in Vietnam. The new troops encounter the old troops
are exchanged. The new troops see the dead body bags.
2:35 The Journey Through the Jungle
The platoon is traveling through the jungle.
There are many snakes. The soldiers
up in the forest, and they encounter many dead and rotting
Taylor gets sick and throws up. Gardiner gets made fun of by fellow
8:30 First Letter to Grandma
Helicopter with supplies arrives. First
encounter with King and Junior. Taylor’s
letter to Grandma: it is a description of Vietnam and it expresses his
and fear. It also admits his mistake in coming to Vietnam.
11:15 Strategy Meeting
Strategy meeting between Barnes, Elias, and
Wolfe. Elias admits his squad is
and unready for the ambush. First reference to Elias as
Christ. Apparent tension between Barnes and Wolfe.
13:00 Preparations for Ambush
Squad gets ready for ambush. Gardiner
and Taylor discuss family lives, including
love for his girlfriend.
14:30 Second Letter to Grandma
Taylor’s second letter home to Grandma.
It describes his desire to be in the war,
states how there is no love within the platoon, and how nobody cares about
one another like it was in the previous wars that his family
18:30 First War Scenes in Vietnam
Taylor notices the Vietnamese hiding in the
bushes. The first gunshots of war. Taylor shows fear and ends
up getting wounded. Barnes proves how tough he
is. Gardiner gets wounded and dies.
26:00 Discussion of Taylor’s Background
Taylor returns from rehabilitation.
Taylor and King clean latrines, and there is
of Taylor’s background and his reasons for coming to war. King is
at the fact that Taylor volunteered for the war instead of staying in
30:00 The “heads”-- Elias’ Group
Taylor goes down to the underworld.
He is first introduced to marijuana. He
with the rest of the platoon. They use the gun (which is a sign of
out of (a sign of pleasure).
32:00 The “juicers”--Barnes’ Group
In the barracks with Barnes’ group-- the drinkers.
Wolfe comes in and is obviously
place. They are the violent part of the platoon.
36:00 Enemy Camp
Talking over scenes; Barnes and Elias find bunkers; Sal and Sandy set off
trap; Manny disappears, found murdered.
44:00 The Village
“Sick of this shit” talking over scenes; Barnes kills villager running
angry, taking it out on villagers.
Taylor makes one-legged man dance.
49:00 Revenge for Manny, Sal, and Sandy
Soldier bashes one-legged man’s head in.
52:00 Barnes Kills Woman Villager
In front of the whole village Barnes kills
a woman because she won’t stop yelling.
The husband and daughter of the woman watch in horror.
“Lets do the whole fuckin’ village”; Barnes holds gun to child’s head,
54:00 The Fight
Barnes and Elias fight.
58:00 Burning the Village
Burning the village down; Taylor stops soldiers from raping two villagers;
Elias, and captain talk about court martial.
59:00 Black Soldiers Talk
Divided between Barnes and Elias; “hurting inside.”
1:00 Court Martial
Barnes, Wolf, and O’Neil think there won’t be court martial.
Elias and Taylor talk under stars; Elias doesn’t believe in what he’s doing
anymore; thinks US is going to lose the war.
1:02 Talk over Scenes
Taylor thinks troops are fighting each other, low morale, does not know
difference between right and wrong anymore.
Troops split up.
1:10 Elias is Dead
Elias alone, Barnes follows and shoots him; tells Taylor he’s dead.
1:17 Helicopter takes off
Taylor sees Elias isn’t dead, running after the helicopter; killed by enemy
1:20 Barnes and Taylor fight in the Underworld
The men discuss Elias’ death in the underworld.
Taylor says Barnes is a murderer. “Barnes was shot seven times and
he’s still alive, he wasn’t meant to die.” Barnes
says that Elias was full of shit. Barnes says, “Kill me”; he says
he shits on all
of them. Taylor flips out. Barnes doesn’t kill Taylor; he cuts
1:26 Return to Fighting
Taylor says it was like returning to the scene
of a crime. Taylor has another self-
monologue. Taylor and King talk about making it out of the war. King
on a helicopter. King tells Taylor not to be a fool.
1:32 Before the Battle
Junior says there is something wrong with
his foot. Barnes scares him by saying he
is going to put a centipede in his crotch. Junior says he will walk.
to leave. Barnes says no because everybody has to die sometime.
mouths off to Junior.
1:36 Battle Begins
Trying to adjust fire. No response on
the phone; they are in trouble. Shots are
fired. Rodriguez’s hole gets nailed. Blow away anything, stay
in holes. They say there is no chance; the enemy is everywhere.
1:41 Taylor goes crazy
Taylor shoots at everything. They leave
the hole and Taylor physically beats a man
out of his frustration.
They send for backup.
1:46 Barnes vs Taylor
Barnes and Taylor are face to face.
Barnes raises a shovel over Taylor to kill him,
but a plane bombs from above, stopping him. The next morning Taylor
Barnes seeking for help and shoots Barnes.
Bodies thrown in a burial pit. A truck
pushes all the bodies together. Junior stabs
himself so he can get out of the war. O’Neill gets reassigned to
Taylor and other wounded soldiers get flown
out of the area. Taylor has another
speech.“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
always be there the rest of my days.”