R | | Drama, War
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.
The way that Captain Willard is directly told, on the record, by U.S. Army senior leadership to kill Colonel Kurtz is not realistic. The U.S. Military has never authorized the murder of American personnel in an official way, and while it is plausible that the military would have unofficially tasked Willard to kill Kurtz, the order was neither clandestine or covert, and therefore implausiblr. Given that Kurtz was wanted for desertion, and not direct crimes against fellow U.S. service members (such as assault or murder), any official order would more likely have called for him to be arrested and court-martialed, rather than executed.
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 ...
On the back cover of almost all VHS and DVD releases of this film, Willard's rank is incorrectly listed as Lieutenant instead of Captain.
There are no opening credits in the film. The title can be seen as graffiti in the Kurtz compound late in the film.
A 289min long workprint version exists. It has never been officially released but circulates as a video bootleg. The bootleg contains the following extra material not included in either the original theatrical release or the "redux" version.
English, French, Vietnamese
$96,992 (USA) (5 August 2001)