At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
|Release Date||:||August 15, 1979|
|Production Company||:||United Artists, Zoetrope Studios|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Francis Ford Coppola, Jerry Ziesmer, Larry J. Franco, Tony Brandt|
|Writers||:||John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Joseph Conrad, Michael Herr|
|Casts||:||Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, G. D. Spradlin, Jerry Ziesmer, Scott Glenn, James Keane, Kerry Rossall, Colleen Camp, Cynthia Wood, Linda Carpenter, Jack Thibeau, Tom Mason, Damien Leake, Marc Coppola, Glenn Walken, Bill Graham, Jerry Ross, Charles Robinson, Nick Nicholson, Don Gordon Bell, Evan A. Lottman, R. Lee Ermey, Jim Gaines, Charlie Sheen, Vittorio Storaro, Francis Ford Coppola, Henry Strzalkowski, Lonnie Woodley, Aurore Clément|
|Plot Keywords||:||guerrilla, river, vietnam, vietcong, cambodia, army, insanity, tribe, mission, green beret, jungle, apocalypse, death, napalm|
As I peruse through the hundreds of comments that loyal readers of the IMDB have posted on this film, I find it very interesting how few ,"middle of the road" comments there are. Everyone either loves it, or they hate it. Having seen Apocalypse Now approximately 30 times, and having recently dissected it on DVD (how did we ever live without those magical digital machines?????), I can say without hesitation that I am one of those who have a very special place in my heart for this film. "Why would you like a film that's so confusing?" ask many of my associates. The answer is this: Forget the war, forget the brutality....This is a classic story of society protecting itself from those that refuse to fall in line with the status quo. Brando represents the individual that has his own way of getting the job done. They (Big Brother) sent him out to do the job, he does it too well, without adhering to the accepted "standards" of death and destruction (Am I the only one who's troubled by the fact that we have 'standards' for death and destruction????), so they send the "Conformity Police" out to eliminate the individual. Hmmmmmm....Draw any parallels between this and things you see every day? With the deepest respect to Mr. Coppola, whom I believe is one of the best directors of all time, I think he transcended his original intent of the movie, and probably didn't even realize it until after the movie was released. The subtle sub-text that permeates the entire movie has way too much to it to have been planned and portrayed; instead, it seems to have 'grown' itself, like some wild flower in the middle of a vegetable garden. Again I must reiterate: I think FF Coppola did a bang-up job on this entire production, as did the cast and crew, but the sum of the movie exceeds the individual efforts ten-fold. So if you haven't seen the movie, rent it, watch it, then watch it again, and maybe a few more times, and look for all the generic parallels to everyday life. Only then make a judgment on the quality of the film. Those of you that have seen it, watch it again with the mindset previously described. I think you may just have a whole new appreciation for the film. Or maybe not! No matter whether you love it or hate it, be sure and give credit to Coppola for his masterful story-telling style!