Sheen plays young recruit Chris, in this Vietnam war drama directed by Oliver Stone. Chris tells his story of the war through his own eyes. From the carnage and deception of the enemy, to the fear and breaking point of every man. He then sees crimes happen within the war and faces a moral dilemma – do something about them or let it all go. The film also stars Tom Berenger and Willem DaFoe. Stone on casting Sheen:
Charlie was a dumb-struck 17-year-old the first time he came in for the film, back when we were going to make it in ’84. And in those two years, he’d grown and seemed perfectly wide-eyed and had a vaguely privileged look.