Vietnam in Popular Culture

The Vietnam War has been presented in many different fashions in popular culture. Here are some examples ranging from the 1980s to today.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How is the Vietnam War portrayed after the 1990s? How different is it compared to the 1980s?
  2. Who do you think is the target audience for South Park's portrayal of the war?
  3. In your opinion, is Oliver Stone's Platoon more accurate than other movies/television series because he was in the war? Why or why not?
  4. What is the problem of only watching one of these movies/television shows for your source of Vietnam War information?

Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986)

L. Travis Clark's Tour of Duty Television Series (1987)

Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder (1990)

South Park's "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" (1998)

Randall Wallace's We Were Soldiers (2002)

Electronic Arts' Battlefield Vietnam Videogame (2004)

Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder (2008)