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Rating: 8.5 stars


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Seen on: 11/13/2019

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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

War | Drama | Adventure

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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.

Rated R | Length 153 minutes


Harrison Ford | Scott Glenn | Francis Ford Coppola | Dennis Hopper | Laurence Fishburne | Marlon Brando | Robert Duvall | G. D. Spradlin | Jerry Ziesmer | Martin Sheen | Sam Bottoms | Frederic Forrest | Albert Hall | Colleen Camp | Tom Mason

Viewing Notes

Final Cut. Finally crossing this off the list and finally seeing on the big screen. Wish I had gone to the 1pm screening instead of the 7pm. Half the people here will not stay awake. =)

To be fair I had trouble staying awake at certain points. Not the movie’s fault. It just lulls you into this grand adventure mission w/stops along the way. It’s been decades since I properly viewed this but there are still scenes which are unforgettable. Since this has the extra footage I’m wondering if some of that was the stop at the French compound b/c none of that was familiar to me. I didn’t stick around for the discussion since it was already after 10pm so I’ll have to look it up.

If there was one letdown it’s the final confrontation Kurtz. After such a powerful build-up towards finally getting to his mini-empire it just kind of fizzles w/him and of course his famous last words. All of it felt very quick to resolution when it would’ve been interesting to see Kurtz and his influence over his congregation.

The thing that struck me the most was what an amazing achievement in filmmaking this was (I know, it goes w/o saying but yeah). If this were made today most of it would be done digitally. Also really emphasized how much Jordan Vogt-Roberts riffed on this movie for Skull Island. I knew that at the time but wow it’s remarkable the scene beats he lifted. Pretty cool, IMO.

Really neat to see these actors some of which I recognized and others I did not. Like Laurence Fishburne! But fun seeing R. Lee Ermey as the helicopter pilot. Babyfaced Scott Glenn!


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