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For its 10th edition, the Dubai International Film Festival awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Sheen, and the one-time "Apocalypse Now" and "The West Wing" star turned up over the festival's first weekend to give a career talk that was scheduled to last an hour but extended to 90 minutes as the actor, still robustly energetic at 73, encouraged further questions from the audience. When a career montage was presented before Sheen came up on stage, the selected clips were heavily loaded with highlights from "Badlands" and "Apocalypse Now". But Kit and Captain Willard are undoubtedly the two film roles that define Sheen's career to this day (joined latterly by his popular small-screen turn as President Jed Bartlet in "The West Wing"), and if some of his on-stage remembrances sounded familiar, it's only because Terrence Malick's lovers-on-the-lam drama and Francis Ford Coppola's operatic war epic have become such hallowed »


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