Apocalypse Now (1979)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 33 mins

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It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him! Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will Willard & the others be able to fulfill their mission?
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Did you know? Clint Eastwood turned down the role of Captain Willard because he felt the film was too dark. Read More
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as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
as Captain Benjamin L. Willard
as Chief Phillips
as Playmate, Miss May
as Photojournalist
as Jay 'Chef' Hicks
as Soldier with Suitcase
as Colonel Lucas
as Kilgore's Gunner
as Mike from San Diego
as Tyrone 'Clean' Miller
as AFRS Announcer
as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
as Francis de Marais
as Lance B. Johnson
as Lieutenant Richard M. Colby


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6-Track 70mm, Dolby, Dolby Digital
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24 fps
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2.39:1 (Scope)
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Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (English)
Referenced in: Valkyrie (English)
Referenced in: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (English)
Referenced in: Dumb and Dumber To (English)
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.
It took Francis Ford Coppola nearly three years to edit the footage. While working on his final edit, it became apparent to him that Martin Sheen would be needed to tape a number of additional narrative voice-overs.

Clint Eastwood turned down the role of Captain Willard because he felt the film was too dark.

Francis Ford Coppola had lost 100 pounds while filming.

Laurence Fishburne lied about his age (he was 14 at the time) when production began in 1976.

Francis Ford Coppola threatened suicide several times during the making of the film.