Apocalypse NowClosed Captioning
Francis Ford Coppola
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Nominated for eight Academy Awards®, this classic and compelling Vietnam War epic stars Martin Sheen as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 75
- Fresh: 74
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: As technically complex and masterful as any war film I can remember.
Fresh: The opening, with the whirling sound of choppers intercut with Willard sweating angst in his Saigon hotel bed, a jungle burning with napalm...remains a visual and aural wonder.
Fresh: Alternately a brilliant and bizarre film, Francis Coppola's four year 'work in progress' offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.'
Fresh: What the excitement was about was the unspoken belief that this film would put a cap on the most exciting decade in American film, that it would sum up everything that had come before and influence everything that came after...
The Greatest War Movie of All Time
What can I say that hasn't been said already. Apocalypse Now is a masterpiece. From the acting, to the story telling, the cinematography, the action scenes and the quote "I love the smell of napalm in the morning", it is a landmark in cinematic achievements. Marlon Brando gives one of the most haunting performences with the little screen time he has, and so does Robert Duvall. And Martin Sheen does a fantastic job as well (Charlie Sheen followed in his dad's footsteps when he starred in Platoon). Anyone who hasn't seen this movie needs to spend the $15.00 or $20.00 in HD and watch it, if Francis Ford Coppola hadn't made The Godfather then Apcalypse Now would be his masterpiece because there is no other war film like this. Sorry but Saving Private Ryan or Platoon don't even come close. But that is my opinion.
One of the greatest presentations of sanity vs insanity that could ever exist in cinema
I waited years for this film to become available in a venue in which I could listen or watch anywhere, and it haunts me in any circumstance (on my bike, on the train, at home, via an iPod or a Macbook). I'm not stroking Apple here - I'm appreciating the ready accessibility of one of the most haunting and enduring films ever made. And it takes guts to embrace this film and story, especially if you do it repeatedly. And everytime I embrace this film for even a few minutes, it kicks my butt.
Others have already observed the fantastic presentation of warfare in this film, particularly of an airborne cavalry led by Robert Duvall. Also consider one of the most powerful stories that could derive from a PT-style boat.
Now consider the minds in this film. One of the greatest lines in all of cinema came out of this film, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Consider well the context that produced that quote. And consider the closing words from Brando's character, "The Horror."
Now consider the internal battle Martin Sheen fought with himself to the very end of this story. It is NO WONDER that Martin Sheen had a real-life heart attack (at a relatively young age) when delivering this performance. This is not only the story of the insanity of the Vietnam war. This is the story of a man (Marlon Brando) who fully considered the insanity of war, only to become insane (and immeasurably powerful) as a result of it. There are not words for the power and pain of this film.
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning"
What a movie!!!! This is a military classic. By far, the best helicopter attack scene ever.