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MGM to Salute Celebrated Film Director Oliver Stone and the 20th Anniversary of 'Platoon' at This Year's Cannes Film Festival

May 21, 2006, 09:34

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"Los Angeles, CA -- Oliver Stone will receive the first annual Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Leo The Lion Award on May 21 at the Cannes Film Festival. The award will be presented to Stone by MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Harry Sloan, at a cocktail reception to be held at the Majestic Hotel on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 7 p.m.

The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Leo The Lion Award has been established to recognize and encourage artistic excellence in individuals who, through significant contributions to filmmaking, have made an indelible impact on the overall value and merit of the library of MGM released films as well as on the world's movie going public.

Oliver Stone's "Platoon," the Vietnam war film starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger and Forest Whitaker, will have a special screening at the Palais des Festival following the cocktail reception with the screening beginning at 10 p.m. "Platoon," which earned $135 million at the American box office during its 1986 release and won the Academy Award(R) for Best Picture, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

"Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is proud of its film legacy," said Harry E. Sloan, MGM Chairman and CEO, "and this year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Oliver Stone's Academy Award(R) winning film 'Platoon.' This was not just another war film. It was written and directed by a combat veteran who brought an authenticity to cinema that had not been seen before, and consequently set the standard for all other films concerning the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. MGM is honored that the 2006 Cannes Film Festival has scheduled a special anniversary presentation of 'Platoon'."

Written and directed by Oliver Stone, "Platoon" received both praise and criticism when it was initially released in 1986. While not the first film about the USA's involvement in the Vietnam conflict, the film was the first to devote its entire storyline to the effect of the war on the common soldier. Loosely based on Stone's personal experiences as an Army combat infantryman in Vietnam (he was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star), the film challenged the glossier patriotic versions of the war portrayed in earlier releases like 1968's "The Green Berets," starring John Wayne.

Getting to make 'Platoon'," says Stone, who is being invited for the first time to show one of his films in the Festival, "was one of the highlights of my life. To have it shown 20 years later in this great garden of cinema is a deep honor."

MGM COO Rick Sands confirmed that Oliver Stone, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe would be traveling to Cannes for the special anniversary presentation.

Executive Produced by John Daly and Derek Gibson of Hemdale, and Produced by Arnold Kopelson, the film earned eight Academy Awards(R) nominations, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Berenger), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Willem Dafoe), Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Oliver Stone), winning 1987's Best Director (Stone), Best Film Editing (Claire Simpson), Best Picture (Arnold Kopelson) and Best Sound (John Wilkinson, Richard D. Rogers, Charles Grenzbach, Simon Kaye) Oscars.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the much-anticipated two-disc 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD of "Platoon" in the United States on May 30. "It's been digitally re-mastered, so it's the cleanest version of the film there's ever been," said MGM executive vice president, corporate communications, Jeff Pryor.

Directed by: Oliver Stone
Written by: Oliver Stone
Produced by: Arnold Kopelson

Genre: Action -
Theatrical Release Date: 1986
Runtime: 120 min
Country: USA
Language: English / Vietnamese
Color: Color
Sound Mix: Dolby
Synopsis: Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and based on the first-hand experience of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, Platoon is powerful, intense and starkly brutal. "Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing" (Leonard Maltin), it is "a dark, unforgettable memorial" (The Washington Post) to every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.

Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young, naive American who, upon his arrival in Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him. While his two commanding officers (Oscar-nominated Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man's highest value... life.

Co-Producer: A. Kitman Ho
Executive Producer: John Daly, Derek Gibson
Cinematography by: Robert Richardson
Talent: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen
Original Music by: Georges Delerue
Film Editing by: Claire Simpson
First Assistant Director: H. Gordon Boos
production manager: Joe Constantino

Cast (in credits order)
Tom Berenger .... SSgt. Bob Barnes
Willem Dafoe .... Sgt. Elias Grodin
Charlie Sheen .... Pvt. Chris Taylor
Forest Whitaker .... Big Harold
Francesco Quinn .... Rhah
John C. McGinley .... Sgt. Red O'Neill
Richard Edson .... Sal
Kevin Dillon .... Bunny
Reggie Johnson .... Junior Martin
Keith David .... King
Johnny Depp .... Pvt. Gator Lerner
David Neidorf .... Tex
Mark Moses .... Lt. Wolfe
Chris Pedersen .... Crawford
Tony Todd .... Sgt. Warren
Corkey Ford .... Manny
Ivan Kane .... Tony Hoyt
Paul Sanchez .... Doc Gomez
J. Adam Glover .... Sanderson
Corey Glover .... Francis
Bob Orwig .... Pvt. Gardner
Kevin Eshelman .... Morehouse
James Terry McIlvain .... Ace
Dale Dye .... Capt. Harris
Peter Hicks .... Parker
Basile Achara .... Flash
Steve Barredo .... Fu Sheng
Chris Castillejo .... Rodriguez
Andrew B. Clark .... Tubbs
Bernardo Manalili .... Village chief
Than Rogers .... Village chief's wife
Li Thi Van .... Village chief's daughter
Clarisa Ortacio .... Old woman
Romy Sevilla .... One-legged man
Mathew Westfall .... Terrified soldier
Nick Nicholson .... Mechanized soldier #1 (as Nick Nickelson)
Warren McLean .... Mechanized soldier #2
Li Mai Thao .... Rape victim
Ron Barracks .... Medic

Casting by: Pat Golden, Warren McLean, Bob Morones

Production Design by: Bruno Rubeo

Art Direction by: Rodell Cruz, Sherman Williams

Makeup Department:
Cecille Baun .... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant
Derek Howard .... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects and visual continuity
Gionilda Stolee .... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant

Production Management:
Cenón González .... unit manager (as Cenon Gonzales)
Graham Henderson .... executive in charge of production
Ooty Moorehead .... production supervisor

Second Unit Director:
Pepito Diaz .... second assistant director
Evan Kopelson .... assistant director: second unit
Gerry Toomey .... key second assistant director
Tim Minear .... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department:
Francisco Balangue .... construction manager (as Francisco Belangue)
Romulo Bernales .... assistant property master
David Delina .... property master
Delio Dizon .... greensman
Angelito Felipe .... scenic chargeman
Dwight Gaston .... assistant set dresser
Neddie La Raquel .... assistant property master
Roy Lachica .... key set dresser
Teodoro Martin Sr. .... greensman
Gambino Payawal .... assistant construction manager (as Gavino Payawal)
Cesar Ramido .... master carpenter
Martin Raygon .... assistant set dresser
Alex Santa Maria .... master carpenter (as Alex Sta. Maria)
Reynaldo Velasco .... props radioman

Non-Original Music by:
Samuel Barber (from "Adagio for Strings") (uncredited)
Stephen Foster (song "Oh! Susannah") (uncredited)
Otis Redding (song "Sittin' On, The Dock of the Bay") (uncredited)

Sound Department:
David Campling .... sound editor
Gordon Daniel .... supervising sound editor
Greg Dillon .... sound editor
Venancio Goltiano .... cable person
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recording mixer (as Charles 'Bud' Grenzbach)
Taffy Haines .... sound mixer: second unit
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
James J. Klinger .... sound editor
Anthony Palk .... sound editor (as Tony Palk)
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Donald Santos .... boom operator
Richard Stone .... supervising music editor
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Steve Bartlett .... sound (uncredited)
Frank Fleming .... loader (uncredited)
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by:
Rudy Candaza .... special effects assistant
Yves De Bono .... special effects supervisor
Jimmy Intal .... special effects assistant
Felizardo Manaloto .... special effects assistant
Jose Marquez .... special effects assistant (as José Marquez)
Roland Salem .... special effects assistant
Boy Terrado .... special effects assistant
Andrew Wilson .... special effects technician

Gil Arceo .... stunt coordinator
Alex Cabodil .... stunts
Mark Ebenhoch .... stunts (as Mark K. Ebenhoch)
Robert 'Rock' Galotti .... stunts (as Robert M. Galotti Jr.)
Joseph Ramos .... stunts
Rolly Silong .... stunts
Sonny Tuazon .... stunts
Leony Vidal .... stunts

Other crew:
Frans J. Afman .... motion picture banking: Credit Lyonnais Bank, Nederland
Joe Alonsabe .... location auditor
Mike Ambrosio .... wardrobe assistant (as Mike Ambrocio)
Linda Angeles .... nurse
Mel Araojo .... film loader
Wynn Arenas .... wardrobe supervisor
Rene Balicas .... dolly grip
Rufo Oreta Balicas .... best boy grip (as Rufo Balicas)
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
David Brenner .... first assistant editor (as David S. Brenner)
Edward Brigati .... lyricist: "Groovin'"
Edward Brigati .... singer: "Groovin'" (as The Rascals)
Bobby Buensalida .... craft service
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Ben Cañalita .... assistant transportation captain (as Ben Canalita)
Maria Cecina .... tailor
Victor Cecogo .... clapper loader
Michael Cimino .... special thanks
Kathryn Clayton .... assistant military technical advisor
Mary Colquhoun .... special thanks
Pierre David .... production executive
Angelica De Leon .... production coordinator
Bernardo Delina .... wrangler
Cesar Dominguez .... chief armorer
Dale Dye .... technical advisor: military (as Captain Dale Dye)
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant accountant
Mark Ebenhoch .... assistant military technical advisor (as Mark K. Ebenhoch)
Jim Elyea .... additional wardrobe
Ernesto Enríquez .... assistant electrician (as Ernesto Enriquez)
Diosdado Figueroa .... assistant armorer
Tom Finan .... associate editor
James W. Finnerty .... key grip (as Jimmy Finnerty)
James Fitzpatrick .... gaffer
Ricky Francisco .... still photographer
Sylvia Gajardo .... bookkeeper
Robert 'Rock' Galotti .... assistant military technical advisor (as Robert M. Galotti Jr.)
Anne G. Garcia .... production secretary
Eusebio García .... military liaison: Philippines (as Eusebio Garcia)
Matt Gatson .... production liaison: Los Angeles
Primo Guina .... transportation captain (as Firmo Guina)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Carrie Hughes .... travel arrangements: Trudy Salven Travel International
Fidel Javier .... wardrobe assistant
Robert Jellen .... insurance: Albert G. Ruben & Co. Inc. (as Robert A. Jellen)
Lope V. Juban Jr. .... location coordinator: Philippines, PMP Motion Picture Productions Inc.
John Kerr .... key production assistant
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera
David Lowe .... legal services: Beresford, Lowe & Co.
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Julie Monroe .... assistant editor
Suzette Montalban .... cashier
Kathryn Morrison .... costumer
Eliong Munoz .... assistant armorer
Toto Natividad .... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
Nick Nicholson .... production assistant (as Nick Nickelson)
Orlando Nui .... security officer
Jerry O'Hara .... location manager
Ben Pagar .... wrangler
Dondi Pangilinan .... assistant armorer
Dan Perri .... title designer
Tess Quismundo .... tailor
Celebrando Raymundo .... best boy electric (as Celebrado Raymundo)
Charlie Rebolledo .... generator operator
Otis Redding .... singer: "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
Steven Rodgers .... production assistant (as Steve Rodgers)
George Rosales .... additional assistant camera
Mayes C. Rubeo .... assistant: Arnold Kopelson (as Mayes Rubeo)
Charles W. Ryan .... special thanks: Bart-Milander Associates Inc.
Caldy Salcedo .... additional assistant camera (as Caloy Salcedo)
Ben Salvador .... apprentice editor
Newton Thomas Sigel .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Sigel)
Elizabeth Stone .... assistant: Oliver Stone
Frederick S. Taylor .... apprentice editor
Doc Tizon .... assistant armorer (as Roman 'Doc' Tizon)
Dr. Antonio V. Torralba .... medic
Gigi Vitan .... production assistant
Joanne Weiss .... music coordinator
Ron Wengler .... color timer (as Ronald Wengler)
Stanley White .... assistant military technical advisor
Wynne Wicker .... technical advisor: Vietnam
Henry Yamballa .... master cutter

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries. Under the supervision of new Chairman and CEO Harry Sloan, MGM is revitalizing all areas of the company. As a result, the studio is now being positioned as an independent, vertical integrated multi-media company. MGM ownership is currently as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), Texas Pacific Group (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%).

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