CANNON MONTH 2: Platoon Leader (1988)

Michael Dudikoff as Lieutenant Jeffrey Knight, a new officer from the United States Military Academy who has been dropped off in Vietnam to try to become a leader of men. He proves two things: that yes, he can handle this order, and that Dudikoff is way better of an actor than Cannon’s other Vietnam leading man, Chuck Norris.

Speaking of the Molasses 2×4, his brother Aaron directed this from a script by Andrew Deutsch, Rick Marx and David L. Walker, all based on the book of the same name by James R. McDonough. Harry Alan Towers — yes, the same man who worked with Jess Franco — also worked on adapting the book for the movie.

Knight is helped by Sergeant Michael McNamara (Robert F. Lyons), who talks him through what it takes to succeed in the jungles of Southeast Asia. And proving my theory that all movies are better with William Smith, he plays an officer.

Originally called NAM, the title was changed to obviously be similar to Oliver Stone’s Platoon. Strangely, this is one of the few Cannon movies not produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Instead, Harry Alan Towers is listed as the producer and Avi Lerner as the executive producer.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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