Apocalypse Now Poster

Release Date: 1979

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 1999

R|2 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer (Robert Duvall), and a crazed freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper), Willard travels further and further into the heart of darkness.

Cast: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper

Director: Francis Coppola

Genres: Drama, War

Production Co: Zoetrope Studios

Keywords: Brooding, 1970s, Intense, Quest, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

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  • No other movie released this year is as much of a filmgoing necessity as Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux.

  • Movies have always been - at their most extravagantly appealing, sensually exciting and rationally disturbing-pieces of art with the power to bypass our defences. A few times in the history of movies, one caught glimpses of a power that could turn the screen experience into a hallucinatory celebration of irrationality, of pure feeling, and even, perhaps, of insanity. Apocalypse Now goes further in that direction more successfully than any movie ever has. [21 May 1979]

  • Remember the weird beauty of the massed helicopters lifting over the trees in the long shot, and the insane power of Wagner's music, played loudly during the attack, and you feel what Coppola was getting at: Those moments as common in life as art, when the whole huge grand mystery of the world, so terrible, so beautiful, seems to hang in the balance. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Directing
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Sound
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama