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Apocalypse Now

HD   R Closed Captioning

Francis Ford Coppola

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 80
  • Fresh: 78
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 13, 2008

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.' – Dale Pollock, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: ...the movie still has the power to floor you with its stunning sounds and imagery. – Paul Tatara,, Jul 2, 2007

Fresh: Apocalypse Now is a mixed bag, a product of excess and ambition, hatched in agony and redeemed by shards of brilliance. – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 2, 2007

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Customer Reviews

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.

There are no words that can describe it

One of the most powerful war films ever made, even better than black hawk down, arguably so, and WAAAAAAAY better than Full Metal Jacket and Saving Private Ryan