Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

(1979)

The horror... the horror...

Capping director Francis Ford Coppola's golden decade (after, amongst others, The Godfather I and II and The Conversation), Apocalypse Now is his hallucinogenic Vietnam War epic following Martin Sheen's mission to terminate Marlon Brando's Colonel Kurtz. Co-stars Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper. Winner of multiple awards, including the Palme d'Or, the film is also famed for its intense, four-year production in Manila which involved the director nearly losing his mind, a Martin Sheen heart attack, a difficult Brando and wild weather that destroyed expensive sets.... More

Based on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, an exploration of humans' capacity for violence and savagery, of racism and colonialism. Screenwriters Coppola and John Milius change the African setting to the U.S.'s invasion of Vietnam in the 1960s/70s. Captain Benjamin Willard (Sheen) is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate and eliminate a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz (Brando) who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.Hide

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    The power of this film cannot be denied, and once seen, it is not easily forgotten. Full Review

  • The film has one of the most haunting endings in cinema, a poetic evocation of what Kurtz has discovered, and what we hope not to discover for ourselves. Full Review

  • This disturbing vision of the harrowing effects of war and violence continues to shock and haunt audiences. Full Review

  • Not merely the greatest film to come out of the Vietnam experience but one of the great works about the madness of our times. Full Review

  • A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror - and unimaginable thrill - of combat. Full Review

  • The hallucinogenic results justified the means, Martin Sheen’s mission to terminate Marlon Brando’s crazy Colonel Kurtz becoming an awe-inspiring journey into war’s primeval heart of darkness. Full Review

  • Alternately a brilliant and bizarre film, Francis Coppola's four year 'work in progress' offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.' Full Review

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