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)
  • Francis Ford Coppola and Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now (1979)

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Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Francis Ford Coppola


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

Did You Know?


In one of the initial scenes, the jungle was actually burned down.


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 ...


Capt Willard's audio narration says this about Lt Col Kilgore's unit: "The First of the Ninth was an old Cavalry division." But in military shorthand, 'First' would indicate the 1st Squadron (Battalion), and 'Ninth' would indicate the 9th Regiment. Neither of these is a division, which is a higher echelon organization. (The 9th Cavalry is part of the 1st Cavalry Division, though this is not stated in the film, and Willard is clearly talking about the battalion and regiment when he misidentifies it as a division)

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.


Release Date:

15 August 1979


English, French, Vietnamese

Country of Origin


Box Office


$31,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$96,992 (USA) (5 August 2001)


$83,471,511 (USA)

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