Apocalypse Now, 1979







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Apocalypse Now is a 1970s American adventure drama epic war film; about a 1960s military mission during the Vietnam War, to find a renegade colonel, now a philosophical, brutal cult leader in the Cambodian jungle; on their river journey, the crew go surfing amid napalm attacks (while Richard Wagner's Ride Of The Valkyries plays on helicopter loudspeakers), encounter a tiger, see a Playboy Playmates show, take drugs, are ambushed by native tribal warriors and meet a manic photographer; its difficult production is the subject of a documentary; the Redux version runs an additional 49 minutes

Shockadelic rating: Interesting (but flawed)


Contributors: Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius, Michael Herr, Joseph Conrad, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Carmine Coppola

Related: Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, 1991 documentary


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