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Apocalypse Now (1979) Movie Information

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44

Avg. Rating:

3.30/4

# of Ratings:

780

Genres:

War, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/15/1979

Director:

Francis Ford Coppola

Actors:

Martin Sheen
Marlon Brando
Frederic Forrest
Laurence Fishburne
Robert Duvall
Dennis Hopper

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Special ops Army captain Ben Willard is sent into the dark heart of the Vietnam War on a classified mission to assassinate rogue colonel Walter Kurtz. His journey includes some of the most iconic war scenes put to film, from surf-loving Lt Col Kilgore, and the famous helicopter attack on a Viet Cong village (to the strains of Wagner), the surreal USO jungle show by Playboy Playmates, to the Do Lung Bridge, the US' last outpost, where soldiers are abandoned to their fate and the only sound, besides explosions, is the yelling of the damned for salvation. Like Dante, every mile brings Willard further into hell with a growing suspicion that Kurtz may not be as crazy as the brass need to believe. -- Marco

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Lauren 03/04/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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extremely intense. I don't know what else to say. it's very dense.

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"Oscars now".

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A great movie that had a brilliant vision by Coppola. This will go down as one of the best war movies of all time.

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  memento_mori
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08/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

'This is the end, my beautiful friend.'

Okay, I have humility.
Just like with The Wizard of Oz, I now really like a movie I never cared much for: Apocalypse Now.
On the surface it looked like another America-empowerment war movie.
For a long time I thought it wasn't right that so many people loved the helicopter scene and the cruel and unorthodox intentions of Kilgore and other soldiers. Then I thought about why people liked them so much. And I became fascinated by these characters.

Just like I thought originally, the direction is amazing. The use of the colors red, yellow, blue and green is infatuating and beautiful. The framework is awe-inspiring, especially in the opening sequences, edited with slides of Capt. Willard on top of them. I never knew a war movie could look so enthralling.
When I was done watching the movi...

Rating of
4/4 

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  worleyjamers
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06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Apocalypse Now

This film is really hard for me to review because while it's regarded as one of the best, I hated it immensely. Yes, there are qualities that were pretty perfect like the acting (Brando, Duvall, and Hopper especially), cinematography, and music, but it's so slow! So slow that it got boring in the middle and I just could not for the life of me get into it. Because I was unable to get into the film, the "brilliant" ending had literally zero effect on me, leaving me confused as to why this is so highly acclaimed. To be perfectly honest, I couldn't wait for this movie to end, I disliked it that much. However, I do respect the fact that I'm in the (tiny) minority of viewers who don't like the film, and so I still recommend it. It does (somehow) garner a 99% critics rating and a 93% viewer rati...

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2/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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03/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Apocalypse Now review

Viewing this masterpiece makes you appreciate the goal and brilliance of its director despite several production concerns. A story of how one man (or even a few) can change because of lies and his environment. Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) was given a special assignment by Lt. General Corman (G. D. Spradlin) and Colonel Lucas (Harrison Ford) to eliminate the deranged Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willardís mission is aided by Navy Patrol Boat (PBR) commanded by George "Chief" Phillips (Albert Hall) crewmen Lance Johnson (Sam Bottoms), Jay "Chef" Hicks (Frederic Forrest) and, and Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller (Laurence Fishburne). His team meets with the flamboyant Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall). As Willard gets close to Kurtz, he encounters an ecl...

Rating of
4/4 

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