Apocalypse Now is a masterful film about the moral madness of the Vietnam War, inspired by the novella “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.
A soldier is sent into the Cambodian jungle to assassinate a colonel who has become insane and now runs his own fiefdom. The grueling production and Coppola’s insistence on authenticity led to vast budget overruns and physical and emotional breakdowns.
Considered by many to be the best war movie of all time, incredible performances and beautifully chaotic visuals make it an absolute must-see. Available in letterbox widescreen version with a remixed soundtrack.
An expanded version of Apocalypse Now premiered in 2001. Coppola and editor/sound designer Walter Murch added 53 minutes of footage that had been cut for the original 1979 release.
Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Cast: Sam Bottoms, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Frederic Forrest, Scott Glenn, Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen
Producer and Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Original Story: Joseph Conrad
Director of Photography: Vittorio Storaro
Editor: Richard Marks
Composers: Francis Ford Coppola, Carmine Coppola
Screenwriters: Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr, John Milius
Production Designer: Dean Tavoularis
Costume Designer: Charles James
Set Designer: George Robert Nelson
Art Director: Angelo Graham
USA / Paramount / 155 minutes / 1979