Apocalypse Now (1979)

R  |   |  Drama, War

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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.



  • Martin Sheen and Aurore Clément in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Martin Sheen at an event for Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)

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Cast & Crew

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Francis Ford Coppola


John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr (narration)

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Francis Ford Coppola spent several days reading Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" out loud to Marlon Brando on the set.


Willard (voice-over): Saigon... shit; I'm still only in Saigon... Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle.
Willard (voice-over): When I was home after my first tour, it was worse.
Willard (voice-over): I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a ...


When attacking the village, Kilgore's helicopter has rocket pods on each side and no surfboards. When it lands it has surfboards on each side and no rocket pods.

Crazy Credits

There are four different treatments of the end credits, all four are available in different VHS, laserdisc, DVD and TV prints of the film...... When the film premiered in a limited 70mm format, it had no beginning or end credits, nothing but a one-line Omni Zoetrope copyright notice at the end. Programs were passed out to theater goers in lieu of any credits. When the film went into its wide release its format was 35mm. This version included end credits rolling over surrealistic explosions and burning jungle, showing the Kurtz compound being destroyed. When Coppola heard that people were assuming that the explosions during the end credits of the 35mm version meant that an air strike had been called in on the Kurtz compound (which is not what he wanted audiences to think) he quickly re-edited the 35mm version to have the end credits rolling over a simple black background and a slightly altered musical score. The "Redux" version also has the end credits over a black background but in different screen fonts and including additional "Redux" inserted cast members.

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