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.



  • Kerry Rossall in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Francis Ford Coppola and Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Martin Sheen and Aurore Clément 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)

Did You Know?


John Milius had written the story for this movie a few years earlier. It was originally planned to be directed by George Lucas, but after Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Lucas lost interest in this project, and Francis Ford Coppola and Milius decided to make the movie.


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 ...


As Willard flips through Kurtz's dossier, the voiceover says, "Third generation West Point, top of his class" while the dossier clearly reads, "Graduates West Point; second in class." Second is still reasonably considered "top of the class."

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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