Top Guns: 10 Military Movies That Sparked Our Gay Fantasies
According to the The Advocate, entire dissertations have been written on why Platoon is a gay film. “Charlie Sheen is Army private who volunteers for combat during the height of Vietnam in part because he’s an idealist. He soldiers through bullying and atrocities and along the way is torn between two camps of men — one hyper masculinized, the other more modern, and thus, more feminized men. The latter camp, led by Willem Defoe as Sgt. Elias is full of smoking, dancing and half-naked men.” Whether the soldiers are passing marihuana smoke through the phallic barrel of a gun or sensually eating a banana, Platoon is rife with homo undertones and easily lends itself to a queer reading.