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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 (as Larry Fishburne)

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 / Mike from San Diego
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)
Frank Villard ... Gaston de Marais (Redux version only) (as Franck Villard)
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Gordon Bell ... Soldier (uncredited)

Francis Ford Coppola ... Director of TV Crew (uncredited)

R. Lee Ermey ... Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Jim Gaines ... Extra (uncredited)
Evan A. Lottman ... Soldier (uncredited)
Nick Nicholson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Linn Phillips III ... Guitarist in Band (uncredited)

Charles Robinson ... Soldier with Colby (uncredited)
Sebastián Roque ... Tribal Child (uncredited)
Pierre Segui ... French Soldier (Redux version only) (uncredited)

Charlie Sheen ... Extra (uncredited)

Vittorio Storaro ... TV Photographer (uncredited)
Henry Strzalkowski ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lonnie 'Lono' Woodley ... Helicopter Skid Marine (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola  (as Francis Coppola)
Writing credits
John Milius (written by) and
Francis Ford Coppola (written by) (as Francis Coppola)

Michael Herr (narration)

Joseph Conrad  novel "Heart of Darkness" (uncredited)

Produced by
John Ashley .... associate producer
Kim Aubry .... producer (version "Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)")
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer (as Francis Coppola)
Gray Frederickson .... co-producer
Shannon Lail .... co-producer (version "Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)")
Eddie Romero .... associate producer
Fred Roos .... co-producer
Mona Skager .... associate producer
Tom Sternberg .... co-producer
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola 
Francis Ford Coppola  (as Francis Coppola)
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro (photography)
Film Editing by
Lisa Fruchtman 
Gerald B. Greenberg 
Walter Murch 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
Vic Ramos 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Makeup Department
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist
Jack H. Young .... makeup artist (as Jack Young)
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... production manager
Barrie M. Osborne .... production manager (as Barrie Osborne)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... additional assistant director
Larry J. Franco .... second assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director
Art Department
James B. Casey .... sculptor (as James Casey)
Roger Dietz .... set artist
Gary Fettis .... leadman
Willie E. Hunter .... assistant property master
John La Salandra .... construction coordinator (as John LaSalandra)
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Doug Madison)
James J. Murakami .... assistant art director (as James Murakami)
Thomas L. Roysden .... assistant property master (as Tom Roysden)
Robert Scaife .... construction foreman (as Bob Scaife)
Tom Shaw Jr. .... assistant property master (as Tom Shaw)
Alex Tavoularis .... production illustrator
Matt Tomich .... assistant property master
Thomas J. Wright .... production illustrator (as Thomas A. Wright)
Francisco Balangue .... construction manager (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Lance Lombardo .... property (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... re-recordist
David Bell .... sound intern: redux version 2001
Louis Benioff .... apprentice sound editor
Mark Berger .... re-recordist
George Berndt .... adr editor: redux version
Jim Borgardt .... dialogue editor (as James A. Borgardt)
Nathan Boxer .... production sound recordist
Richard P. Cirincione .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Joanne D'Antonio .... dialog editor
Dave Davis .... assistant sound editor (as Dave Davies)
Ethan Derner .... assistant sound editor: redux version 2001
Barbara Ellis .... apprentice sound editor
Rob Fruchtman .... apprentice sound editor
Doug Hemphill .... mix recordist
Jephrey Hetz .... apprentice sound editor
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
Tim Holland .... assistant sound editor
Pete Horner .... sound editor: Redux version 2001
Pat Jackson .... sound editor
Jack C. Jacobsen .... production sound recordist (as Jack Jacobsen)
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor: redux version 2001
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor: Redux version (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Barbara McBane .... assistant sound editor
Jay Miracle .... sound editor
Jeremy Molod .... foley editor: redux version
Everett Moore .... apprentice sound editor (Redux version)
Walter Murch .... Sound Montage and Design
Walter Murch .... re-recordist
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Thomas Scott .... re-recordist
Leslie Shatz .... dialogue editor
Brian Slack .... adr mixer
Erich Stratmann .... assistant sound editor: redux version 2001 (as Erich Stratman)
Dale Strumpell .... re-recordist
Randy Thom .... post production recordist
Dennie Thorpe .... apprentice sound editor (as Denise Thorpe)
Jeff Watts .... apprentice sound editor
Nina Wax .... assistant sound editor
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... assistant sound editor (as Karen Wilson)
James Allen .... re-recordist (uncredited)
Steve Bartlett .... sound (uncredited)
Cliff Latimer .... sound department assistant (uncredited)
Kitty Malone .... foley artist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound remastering of orig 6 track magnetic sound elements (restored version) (uncredited)
Randy Thom .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Eddie Ayay .... special effects
Mario Carmona .... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Gerald Endler .... special effects (as Jerry Endler)
A.D. Flowers .... special effects coordinator
John Fraser .... special effects
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects (as Richard Helmer)
Rudy Liszczak .... special effects
Joe Lombardi .... special effects coordinator (as Joseph Lombardi)
Ted Martin .... special effects
David St. Ana .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joe Benoit .... optical coordinator: Modern Film Effects
Skip Watt .... optical coordinator: Modern Film Effects
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator (as Terry J. Leonard)
Kerry Rossall .... stunts (as Kerry Rossal)
Chuck Waters .... stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Alberti .... assistant camera
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant camera (as Rino Bernardini)
Stephen H. Burum .... director of photography: second unit
David L. Butler .... aerial camera operator (as David Butler)
Rogilio De La Rama .... assistant camera
Caleb Deschanel .... director of photography: insert
Luciano Galli .... gaffer
Chas Gerretsen .... still photographer
Efren Lapid .... assistant camera
Alfredo Marchetti .... key grip
Mauro Marchetti .... assistant camera
Hiro Narita .... camera operator: insert
David B. Nowell .... assistant camera (as David Nowell)
Piero Servo .... camera operator: second unit
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
David Jones .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dick White .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sue Bastian .... casting assistant
Heig Beck .... casting assistant
Randy Carter .... casting: Philippines
Marc Coppola .... casting assistant
Éva Gárdos .... casting: Montagnard tribesmen (as Eva Gardos)
Ken Metcalfe .... casting assistant
Lou Whitehill .... casting: Philippines
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... costumer
Norman A. Burza .... costumer (as Norman Burza)
Dennis Fill .... costumer (as Dennis M. Fill)
Charles E. James .... costume supervisor
George L. Little .... costumer (as George Little)
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Susan Arnold .... apprentice film editor
George Berndt .... associate editor
Jay Boekelheide .... assistant film editor
Richard Candib .... assistant film editor
Doug Claybourne .... post-production coordinator
Arthur Coburn .... assistant film editor
Sean Cullen .... assistant editor: avid (Redux version: 2001)
Rudi Fehr .... foreign post-production coordinator
Ken Fischer .... assistant film editor (as Ken Fisher)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (Redux version)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter (Redux version)
Michael Jacobi .... first assistant film editor
Michael Kirchberger .... assistant film editor
Evan A. Lottman .... additional editor (as Evan Lottman)
Barry Malkin .... additional editor (as Blackie Malkin)
Barbara Marks .... post-production coordinator
Richard Marks .... supervising editor
Walter Slater Murch .... assistant film editor (Redux version)
Ernesto Novelli .... supervising color technician
Jerry Ross .... assistant film editor
Larry Rovetti .... supervising color technician
Stephen Semel .... assistant film editor (as Steve Semel)
Tracey Smith .... assistant film editor
Daniel R. Suhart .... post-production assistant: Fred Roos (uncredited)
Location Management
Jack English .... location coordinator
Liz Treadwell .... location scout
Music Department
Jordan Amarantha .... musician
Richard Beggs .... musician: synthesizer
Greg Errico .... musician
Patrick Gleeson .... musician: master synthesizer
Ed Goldfarb .... music arranger (Redux version)
Randy Hansen .... musician: guitar
Mickey Hart .... musician
Michael Hinton .... music production assistance
Zakir Hussain .... musician
Craig Huxley .... musician: Master Synthesizer, Composer Additional Music (uncredited )
Bernard Krause .... musician: synthesizer (as Bernard L. Krause)
Bill Kreutzmann .... musician (as Billy Kreutzmann)
Phil Lesh .... musician
Jim Loveless .... musician
Airto Moreira .... music production assistance
Don Preston .... musician: synthesizer
David Rubinson .... music producer
Nyle Steiner .... musician: synthesizer
Shirley Walker .... musician: synthesizer
Stan Witt .... music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Randy Hansen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mickey Hart .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dennis Hollis .... transportation coordinator
John Reade .... transportation coordinator (as John C. Reade)
Other crew
Andy Aaron .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Andrew Aaron)
Abigail Abbuehl .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
John Addington .... fixed wing pilot
Marisa Alcaraz .... production coordinator
Lawrence Andrews .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Jean A. Autrey .... production controller
Lee Beaupre .... marketing director
Todd Boekelheide .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Paul Broucek .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
John Calvert .... choreographer: playmate show
Larry Carney .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
David Carroll .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Robert Carroll .... production assistant
John Chapman .... production assistant
Doug Claybourne .... special assistant to producers
Patti Claybourne .... production assistant
Denise Cooney .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Pete Cooper .... marine coordinator
Eleanor Coppola .... documentary supervisor
Francis Ford Coppola .... presenter
Russ Corin .... production assistant
Catherine Craig .... archivist (2001 Redux version)
Douglas Cross .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Loolee DeLeon .... production coordinator (as Loolee De Leon)
Brett Dicker .... foreign publicity coordinator
Tony Dingman .... production assistant
Richard Dioguardi .... military advisor
Mitch Dubin .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Mitchell Dubin)
Shane Edwards .... marine coordinator
T.S. Eliot .... poem: The Hollow Men"
Charles Esposito .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Deborah Fine .... production liaison and research: USA
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Karen Frerichs .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Dain Fritz .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Jack Fritz .... executive assistant
Dennis Gassner .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Dan Gleich .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Daniel Gleich)
Ernst Goldschmidt .... representative: foreign producer
Paul Gregory .... military advisor
Doug Hemphill .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Douglas Hemphill)
Paul G. Hensler .... military advisor (as Paul Hensler)
Shelley Higgins .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
James Hill .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Kevin Hughes .... production assistant
Linda Ignacio .... department of tourism: Philippines
Dennis Jakob .... creative consultant
J. David Jones .... aerial coordinator (as David Jones)
Dennis Juban .... military liaison: Philippines
Peter Kama .... military advisor (as Lt. Colonel Peter Kama)
Donald Kaufman .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Lloyd Kind .... production assistant (as Lloyd Kino)
Colin Michael Kitchens .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Julie Kramer .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
John La Salandra .... production executive (as John LaSalandra)
Cliff Latimer .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Clifford Latimer)
Gwen M. Lucas .... assistant production controller
Barbara Marks .... production coordinator
Melissa Mathison .... executive assistant
James Miller .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Andrew Moore .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Julie Morin .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Katherine Morton .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Dennis Murphy .... marine coordinator
Anahid Nazarian .... archivist (Redux version)
Christopher Nedderson .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Sherry Nisewaner .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Valerie O'Conor .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Valerie Koutnik)
Barbara Parker .... production assistant
David Parker .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Robert Peitso .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Kristine Peterson .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Bill Poplar .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Wm. Poplar)
Michael Popso .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor (as Raymond Quiroz)
Phil Radcliffe .... production assistant
Liz Randol .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Liza Randol)
Fred Rexer .... military advisor (as Fred Rexer Jr.)
Francesca Rivieri .... production secretary: USA (as Francesca Riviere)
Doug Ryan .... military advisor
Stefan Sekula .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Frank Simeone .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Gabe Sumner .... campaign coordinator
Nancy Ely Swanson .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios (as Nancy Ely)
Susan Thistle .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Matt Tomich .... production assistant
Wayne Wagner .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Krystal Walters .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Norman Webster .... production accountant
Madeline Lee Werner .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Dick White .... aerial coordinator
Dick White .... military advisor
David Wirt .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Irwin Yablans .... producer's representative: USA and Canadian
Teresa Zaleska .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Joseph Zappala .... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios
Michèle Abitbol .... press attache: France (redux version ) (uncredited)
Susan Leslie Battles .... secretary to the producers (uncredited)
Dan DiPaola .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gina Ehrlich .... production coordinator (uncredited)
R. Lee Ermey .... military advisor (uncredited)
Joe Estevez .... stand-in/voice-over: Willard (uncredited)
Nancy Jencks .... film chain operator (uncredited)
Séverine Lajarrige .... press attache: France (redux version ) (uncredited)
Oli Laperal Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony St. John .... electronic cinema (uncredited)
Michael Uslan .... production attorney (uncredited)
Wynne Wicker .... technical advisor: Vietnam (uncredited)
Anthony Grimani .... Special Thanks to: SKYWALKER SOUND NORTH, 1991 laserdisc (as Tony Grimani)
Tomlinson Holman .... Special Thanks to: SKYWALKER SOUND NORTH, 1991 laserdisc
Dennis Leonard .... Special Thanks to: SKYWALKER SOUND NORTH, 1991 laserdisc
Flora Purim .... special thanks
Jeff Scheftel .... special thanks
Gary Summers .... Special Thanks to: SKYWALKER SOUND NORTH, 1991 laserdisc
Wayne Wagner .... Special Thanks to: SKYWALKER SOUND NORTH, 1991 laserdisc
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Apocalypse Now Redux" - International (English title) (longer version)
"Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier" - USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R for disturbing violent images, language, sexual content and some drug use (Redux version)
153 min | 202 min (Redux version) | 289 min (workprint version)
Color (Technicolor) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Digital (Redux version) | Dolby (35 mm prints) | DTS (Redux version)
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (Redux version) | Australia:R18+ | Brazil:16 (Redux version) | Brazil:14 (original version) | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) (Redux version) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (Redux version) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (Redux version) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) (1992) | Finland:K-15 (Redux version) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | France:12 | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:PG | Italy:VM14 | Italy:T (Redux version) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 (Redux version) | Norway:15 (Redux version) | Norway:18 (original rating) | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 (Redux version) | Singapore:R(A) (Redux version) | Singapore:M18 (Redux version) (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | South Korea:18 (Redux version) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 (theatrical version) (2008) | UK:15 (Redux version) (2002) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1985) | UK:X (original rating) (1979) | USA:R (Redux version) | USA:R (original rating) | West Germany:16
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Substance abuse was rampant among the cast and crew. Dennis Hopper got a teenaged Laurence Fishburne addicted to heroin.See more »
Continuity: When Willard grabs the sergeant to get fuel for his boat (just before the scene where the playmates dance for the soldiers) his cigarette disappears and reappears between shots.See more »
[first lines]
Willard:[voiceover] Saigon... shit; I'm still only in Saigon... Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle.
Willard:When I was home after my first tour, it was worse.
[grabs at flying insect]
Willard:I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I'm here a week now... waiting for a mission... getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the walls moved in a little tighter.
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391 out of 546 people found the following review useful.
My All Time Favourite Movie, 23 June 2004
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

I first saw APOCALYPSE NOW in 1985 when it was broadcast on British television for the first time . I was shell shocked after seeing this masterpiece and despite some close competition from the likes of FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING this movie still remains my all time favourite nearly 20 years after I first saw it

This leads to the problem of how I can even begin to comment on the movie . I could praise the technical aspects especially the sound , editing and cinematography but everyone else seems to have praised ( Rightly too ) these achievements to high heaven while the performances in general and Robert Duvall in particular have also been noted , and everyone else has mentioned the stark imagery of the Dou Long bridge and the montage of the boat traveling upriver after passing through the border

How about the script ? Francis Ford Coppola is best known as a director but he's everyway a genius as a screenwriter as he was as a director , I said " was " in the past tense because making this movie seems to have burned out every creative brain cell in his head , but his sacrifice was worth it . In John Milius original solo draft we have a script that's just as insane and disturbing as the one on screen , but Coppola's involvement in the screenplay has injected a narrative that exactly mirrors that of war . Check how the screenplay starts off all jingoistic and macho with a star turn by Bill Kilgore who wouldn't have looked out of place in THE GREEN BERETS but the more the story progresses the more shocking and insane everything becomes , so much so that by the time reaches Kurtz outpost the audience are watching another film in much the same way as the characters have sailed into another dimension . When Coppola states " This movie isn't about Vietnam - It is Vietnam " he's right . What started off as a patriotic war to defeat communist aggression in the mid 1960s had by the film's setting ( The Manson trial suggests it's 1970 ) had changed America's view of both the world and itself and of the world's view of America

It's the insane beauty of APOCALYPSE NOW that makes it a masterwork of cinema and says more in its running time about the brutality of conflict and the hypocrisy of politicians ( What did you do in the Vietnam War Mr President ? ) than Michael Moore could hope to say in a lifetime . I've not seen the REDUX version but watching the original print I didn't feel there was anything missing from the story which like all truly great films is very basic . In fact the premise can lend itself to many other genres like a western where an army officer has to track down and kill a renegade colonel who's leading an injun war party , or a sci-fi movie where a UN assassin is to eliminate a fellow UN soldier who's leading a resistance movement on Mars , though this is probably down to Joseph Conrad's original source novel

My all time favourite movie and it's very fitting that I chose this movie to be my one thousandth review at the IMDb

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