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Apocalypse Now (1979)

aka Apocalypse Now

"This is the end..."

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Details: 153 mins · English, French, Vietnamese, Khmer


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Apparently, this is a must see for filmmakers and movie lovers alike. However, I was just plain bored.
There were some good moments that were entertaining but they were surrounded by flat times when nothing much happened and if something was happening I did not care all too much.
I thought the acting was good but nothing memorable. And when we finally get where the main character wants to go, the entire movie slows down even more.

I really BEG to differ. If u dont like this movie and think it is boring, then you shouldn't call urself a cinephile/film-maker. And u say"nothing much happens in the movie", utter ignorance. I really can't say more about this.

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Small Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Small Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Small Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Small Tyrone 'Clean' Miller
No_movie_poster Lance B. Johnson
Small Jay 'Chef' Hicks
No_movie_poster Chief Phillips
Small Colonel Lucas
Small American Photojournalist
Small General Corman
No_movie_poster Jerry, Civilian
Small Director of TV Crew
Small Messenger Boy
Small Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot
No_movie_poster TV Photographer
Small Lieutenant Richard M. Colby


No_movie_poster Barrie M. Osborne Production Manager
No_movie_poster Walter Murch Editor
No_movie_poster Angelo P. Graham Art Direction
No_movie_poster Gerald B. Greenberg Editor
Small Francis Ford Coppola Director
No_movie_poster Gray Frederickson Producer
No_movie_poster Fred Roos Producer
Small Carmine Coppola Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Dean Tavoularis Production Design
No_movie_poster Mona Skager Producer
No_movie_poster Vic Ramos Casting
No_movie_poster Lisa Fruchtman Editor
No_movie_poster Vittorio Storaro Director of Photography
Small Joseph Conrad Author
No_movie_poster John Milius Screenplay
No_movie_poster Tom Sternberg Producer
Small John Ashley Producer
Small Eddie Romero Producer
No_movie_poster Terry Liebling Casting
No_movie_poster George R. Nelson Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Fred C. Blau Jr. Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Jack H. Young Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Leon Chooluck Production Manager
Small Francis Ford Coppola Production
No_movie_poster John Milius Writer
Small Francis Ford Coppola Writer
Small Joseph Conrad Story Contributor


"This is the end..."

"The Horror. . . The Horror. . ."


U.S. Army Captain and special operations veteran Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) has returned to Saigon where he drinks heavily and destroys his hotel room. Military intelligence officers Lt. General Corman (G. D. Spradlin) and Colonel Lucas (Harrison Ford) approach him with an assignment: Willard must follow the Nung River into the remote jungle, find rogue Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) and kill him. Kurtz apparently went insane and now commands his own Montagnard troops inside neutral Cambodia.

Willard joins a Navy PBR commanded by George "Chief" Phillips (Albert Hall) and crewmen Lance Johnson (Sam Bottoms), Jay "Chef" Hicks (Frederic Forrest) and Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller (Laurence Fishburne). For escort they rendezvous with reckless Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who commands a squadron of attack helicopters. Initially scoffing at them, Kilgore befriends Johnson as both are keen surfers. When Willard suggests the Viet Cong-filled coastal mouth of the Nung River, Kilgore accepts due to the surfing conditions there. Amid napalm strikes and Ride of the Valkyries playing over the chopper loudspeakers as they attack, the beach is taken and Kilgore orders others to surf it amid enemy fire. While Kilgore nostalgically regales everyone about a previous strike, Willard gathers his men to the PBR, which had been transported from a helicopter.

Willard sifts through files of Kurtz, learning he was a model officer and possible future general. Navigating upstream, the crew encounters a tiger and later visit a supply depot USO show featuring Playboy Playmates. The crew search a civilian sampan they come across, but Mr. Clean snaps and kills almost all on board, while Willard coldly shoots an injured survivor to prevent any delay of his mission. On reaching a US outpost at a bridge under constant attack, Willard is informed that a Captain Colby (Scott Glenn) was sent to find Kurtz, but is now missing. Lance and Chef are continually under the influence of drugs. Lance in particular smears his face with camouflage paint and becomes withdrawn.

The next day the boat is fired upon by an unseen enemy in the trees, killing Mr. Clean and turning Chief hostile toward Willard. Later, they are ambushed again, by Montagnard warriors and return fire. Chief is impaled with a spear and tries to pull Willard onto the spearhead before dying. Afterwards, Willard confides in the remaining Chef and Lance about his mission, and they reluctantly agree to continue upriver where they see the banks littered with bodies. Arriving at Kurtz's outpost, Willard takes Lance with him to the village, leaving Chef behind with orders to call an airstrike on the village if he does not return.

In the camp, the two men are met by a manic freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper), who explains that Kurtz's great philosophical skills inspire his people to follow him. As they proceed, they see bodies and severed heads scattered about the nearby temple that serves as Kurtz's living quarters, and encounter the missing Captain Colby among Kurtz's army. Willard is brought before Kurtz in the darkened temple, where Kurtz derides him as an errand boy. Meanwhile Chef calls in the airstrike but is kidnapped. Bound to a post, Willard screams helplessly as Kurtz drops Chef's severed head into his lap. After some time, Willard is released and given the freedom of the compound. Kurtz lectures him on his theories of war, humanity and civilization while praising the ruthlessness and dedication of the Viet Cong. He asks Willard to tell his son everything about him in the event of his death.

That night, as the villagers ceremonially slaughter a water buffalo, Willard enters Kurtz's chamber as Kurtz is making a recording, and attacks him with a machete. Lying mortally wounded on the ground, Kurtz whispers his final words "The horror ... the horror ..." before dying. Willard descends the stairs from Kurtz's chamber and drops his weapon. The villagers do likewise and allow Willard to take Lance by the hand and lead him to the boat. The two of them sail away as Kurtz's final words echo.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1987-08-28 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1979-08-15 : United States of America

DVD : 2001-11-20