Apocalypse NowDirector: Francis Ford Coppola
One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all." Coppola himself was not certain either, and he tried several different endings between the film's early rough-cut screenings for the press, the Palme d'Or-winning "work-in-progress" shown at Cannes, and the final 35 mm U.S. release (also the ending on the video cassette). The chaotic production also experienced shut-downs when a typhoon destroyed the set and star Sheen suffered a heart attack; the budget ballooned and Coppola covered the overages himself. These production headaches, which Coppola characterized as being like the Vietnam War itself, have been superbly captured in the documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Despite the studio's fears and mixed reviews of the film's ending, Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall's psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era.
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- Lions Gate
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Marlon Brando||Col. Walter E. Kurtz|
|Robert Duvall||Lt. Col. Kilgore|
|Martin Sheen||Capt. Benjamin Willard|
|Dennis Hopper||Photo Journalist|
|Cynthia Wood||Playmate of the Year|
|Francis Ford Coppola||Film Director|
|Bo Byers||MP Sergeant No. 1|
|George Cantero||Soldier with Suitcase|
|George Canters||Soldier with Suitcase|
|Marc Coppola||AFRS Announcer|
|R. Lee Ermey||Heliocopter Pilot|
|James Keane||Kilgore's Machine-Gunner|
|Damien Leake||Kilgore's Machine-Gunner|
|Tom Mason||Supply Sgt. Fourier|
|Ron McQueen||Injured Soldier|
|Jerry Ross||Johnny from Malibu|
|Kerry Rossall||Mike from San Diego|
|Vittorio Storaro||TV Photographer (uncredited)|
|Jack Thibeau||Soldier in Trench|
|Glenn Walken||Lt. Carlsen|
|Francis Ford Coppola||Director,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Tony Brandt||Asst. Director|
|Lawrence James Cavanaugh||Special Effects|
|Leon Chooluck||Production Manager|
|Carmine Coppola||Score Composer|
|Angelo P. Graham||Art Director|
|Charles James||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bob Nelson||Set Decoration/Design|
|George R. Nelson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Barrie M. Osborne||Production Manager|
|Dean Tavoularis||Production Designer|
|Jerry Ziesmer||Asst. Director|
|Joseph Conrad||Source Author|
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One of those movies that you should see. At least once anyway. I've heard a lot about this one over the years but never watched it. Finally saw it and it was dark, interesting, depressing but at the same time you want to know what happens at the end. The cinematography alone is really well done and sets the tone of the setting and movie.
I encourage anyone reading this to avoid all spoilers, all descriptions, all opinions of this film!!! You will NEVER have another opportunity to experience this atmosphere without bias, without knowing what to expect. If you need to know certain info before buying it, then don't buy it yet! Go rent it for free from your library, or rent it elsewhere. Robbing yourself of your opportunity to be shocked, disgusted, fascinated, intrigued, & amused will never be undone. Refuse & resist our modern culture's obsession with telling you how to feel, how to interpret, & what to think. Trust in those who made this film. Trust in yourself to take the ride. Read the reviews after you form your own opinion. Regarding purchasing this Box Set, it is the most all encompassing collection to date. At $20 it is a must. At $25 you must weigh your love for extra features. There are 3 discs filled with 7.5hrs of content in Blu Ray HD. If you don't care about any features but the film, you can find the bare bones version for $5 elsewhere. I bought this Box set on sale for $20 during the holidays. I recommend it.
This brilliant movie gets only better in Blu Ray
This is one of my favorite movies. It does a great job of showing the horrors and stupidity of war. You can see Laurence Fishburne as a 14 year old actor.
Francis Ford Coppola has constructed a masterpiece here that boasts great acting, a great script (even though Marlon Brando Famously, after paying $1000000 to play the part, said he wouldn't read the script)and a marvalous director. Apocalypse Now is probably the best war film to date and even though the set was about as hectic as you get this film, I think, was helped by that.
the 2nd best war movie ever, i was in shock of how good this movie is, Martin Sheen is fascinating and Robert Duvall is hardcore. I extremely recommend this movie for whoever loves war movies
This movie is by far one of my favorite movies of all time. I do suggest that you read the book it's based on before you watch it though. The first reviewer obviously didn't as he has the mind of a rich movie critic and believes that anything he thinks is "un-american" shouldn't be seen or heard. This movie is stunning and gripping and guaranteed to trip you out. Especially the circus scene. The book is a tough read. My fellow seniors at my highschool had to read it and take a test on it in order to pass. Its only 100+ pages and took months for my classmates to finish. I was done in 2 weeks. Read it before you watch the movie and comapre and contrast for yourself. It is one of the best films to date. Period.
This fantasy is simply two-plus hours of anti-American, anti-war nonsense. It is destructive because so many people take this ridiculous portrayal as an accurate depiction of the Vietnam war and American soldiers. There is absolutely no basis in fact or history for the main premise (an officer has gone insane and set himself up as a local god-like figure) or any of the characters or events portrayed. I realize it is not billed as a documentary -- but the movie does try to pass events as realistic and many believe it. Contrary to this movie, American soldiers did not randomly murder civilians, surf in combat zones, attack USO performers, operate without any command structure, or almost every other activity in this movie. Perhaps some will enjoy it as a nightmarish fantasy - but it's pure fiction and not in anyway relevant to understanding the Vietnam War of the 1960's and 70's.