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Apocalypse Now (1979)
"The Horror. . . The Horror. . ."
During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
Marlon Brando Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Martin Sheen Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Robert Duvall Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Frederic Forrest Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Sam Bottoms Lance B. Johnson
Laurence Fishburne Tyrone 'Clean' Miller
Albert Hall Chief Phillips
Harrison Ford Colonel Lucas
Dennis Hopper Photojournalist
G.D. Spradlin General Corman
Jerry Ziesmer Jerry, Civilian
Scott Glenn Lieutenant Richard M. Colby
Bo Byers MP Sergeant #1
James Keane Kilgore's Gunner
Kerry Rossall Mike from San Diego
Ron McQueen Injured Soldier
Tom Mason Supply Sergeant
Cynthia Wood Playmate of the Year
Colleen Camp Playmate, Miss May
Linda Carpenter Playmate
Jack Thibeau Soldier in Trench
Glenn Walken Lieutenant Carlsen
George Cantero Soldier with Suitcase
Damien Leake Machine Gunner
Herb Rice Roach
William Upton Spotter
Larry Carney MP Sergeant #2
Marc Coppola AFRS Announcer
Daniel Kiewit Major from New Jersey
Father Elias Catholic Priest
Bill Graham Agent
Hattie James Mrs. Miller, Clean's Mother (voice)
Jerry Ross Johnny from Malibu
Dick White Helicopter Pilot
Christian Marquand Hubert de Marais (Redux version only)
Aurore Clément Roxanne Sarrault (Redux version only)
Michel Pitton Philippe de Marais (Redux version only)
Franck Villard Gaston de Marais (Redux version only)
David Olivier Christian de Marais (Redux version only)
Chrystel Le Pelletier Claudine (Redux version only)
Robert Julian The Tutor (Redux version only)
Yvon LeSeaux Sergeant Le Fevre (Redux version only)
Roman Coppola Francis de Marais (Redux version only)
Gian-Carlo Coppola Gilles de Marais (Redux version only)
Henri Sadardeil French Soldier #1 (Redux version only) (as Henri Sadardiel)
Gilbert Renkens French Soldier #2 (Redux version only)
Don Gordon Bell Soldier
Francis Ford Coppola Director of TV Crew
R. Lee Ermey Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot
Jim Gaines Extra (uncredited)
Evan A. Lottman Soldier
Nick Nicholson Soldier
Linn Phillips III Guitarist in Band
Pierre Segui French Soldier (Redux version only) (uncredited)
Vittorio Storaro TV Photographer (uncredited)
Henry Strzalkowski Bit part (uncredited)
Producer: Kim Aubry,Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: John Milius,Francis Ford Coppola
the horror, the horror...
So just how insane is 'Apocalypse Now'? Well, let's say that it is the kind of film that makes you want to bang your head against the wall. The beginning has no credits or titles; nothing. The whole film seems like it's taking place on a different world, and as the story moves on, sanity itself is shed. There was a French plantation scene that got cut out, and an alternate ending that would have had a massive battle scene outside Kurtz's compound.

'Apocalypse Now' is not a realistic film in the sense that the presentation of the Vietnam War is far from correct: helicopters going in BEFORE the napalm strikes, a USO show in the jungle at night, and the final bridge all lit-up like a Christmas tree. (for more realistic 'Nam War movies, try 'The Deer Hunter' or 'Platoon')

But what 'Apocalypse Now' lacks in historical accuracy, it makes up in artistic and dramatic scripting. Some of the best photography and lighting ever can be found here.

The film also raises some severe philosophical issues, and gives us entirely new ones. When the movie begins, the war is raging around us. It is chaotic and nerve-racking, yet still rational. When we finally get to Kurtz's base, the action has died down, but rational thinking has long since been vanquished to the point of total lunacy. This shows us the truth about men of war in times of war and peace. The voyage down the river has a sense of time travel (a sense that would have been much more apparent had the French Plantation scene remained.) And when you get to the end, keep in mind the old phrase: The King is dead... Long live the king.

Is Kurtz insane? Or are we not yet ready to understand him? These questions and more are up to you as 'Apocalypse Now has no easy answers.

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Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 8.6
Musician: Carmine Coppola
Running time: 202 min (Redux version)
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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