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Apocalypse Now

153 min | 202 min (Redux version)
Drama | War
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Francis Ford Coppola
Won 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 30 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1979-08-15
Filming Locations: Philippines
Budget: $31,500,000
Opening Weekend: $96,992 (USA) (5 August 2001)
Gross: $4,626,290 (USA) (15 November 2001)
Glenn Walken
Glenn Walken
Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando
Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Martin Sheen
Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Robert Duvall
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Frederic Forrest
Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Sam Bottoms
Lance B. Johnson
Laurence Fishburne
Tyrone 'Clean' Miller
Albert Hall
Chief Phillips
Harrison Ford
Colonel Lucas
Dennis Hopper
G.D. Spradlin
General Corman
Jerry Ziesmer
Jerry, Civilian
Scott Glenn
Lieutenant Richard M. Colby
Bo Byers
MP Sergeant #1
James Keane
Kilgore's Gunner
Kerry Rossall
Mike from San Diego
Ron McQueen
Injured Soldier
Tom Mason
Supply Sergeant
Cynthia Wood
Playmate of the Year
Colleen Camp
Playmate, Miss May
Linda Carpenter
Jack Thibeau
Soldier in Trench
George Cantero
Soldier with Suitcase
Damien Leake
Machine Gunner
Herb Rice
William Upton
Larry Carney
MP Sergeant #2
Marc Coppola
AFRS Announcer
Daniel Kiewit
Major from New Jersey
Father Elias
Catholic Priest
Bill Graham
Hattie James
Mrs. Miller, Clean's Mother (voice)
Jerry Ross
Johnny from Malibu
Dick White
Helicopter Pilot
Christian Marquand
Hubert de Marais (Redux version only)
Aurore Clément
Roxanne Sarrault (Redux version only)
Michel Pitton
Philippe de Marais (Redux version only)
Frank Villard
Gaston de Marais (Redux version only) (as Franck Villard)
David Olivier
Christian de Marais (Redux version only)
Chrystel Le Pelletier
Claudine (Redux version only)
Robert Julian
The Tutor (Redux version only)
Yvon LeSeaux
Sergeant Le Fevre (Redux version only)
Roman Coppola
Francis de Marais (Redux version only)
Gian-Carlo Coppola
Gilles de Marais (Redux version only)
Henri Sadardeil
French Soldier #1 (Redux version only) (as Henri Sadardiel)
Gilbert Renkens
French Soldier #2 (Redux version only)
Don Gordon Bell
Francis Ford Coppola
Director of TV Crew
R. Lee Ermey
Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot
Jim Gaines
Extra (uncredited)
Evan A. Lottman
Nick Nicholson
Linn Phillips III
Guitarist in Band (uncredited)
Pierre Segui
French Soldier (Redux version only) (uncredited)
Charlie Sheen
Extra (uncredited)
Vittorio Storaro
TV Photographer (uncredited)
Henry Strzalkowski
Bit Part (uncredited)
Lonnie 'Lono' Woodley
Helicopter Skid Marine (uncredited)
Did you know?
According to the George Lucas biography "Skywalking," Lucas' decision to pull out of Apocalypse Now destroyed his working relationship with Francis Ford Coppola, who felt betrayed, and all but ended their friendship, and the Colonel Lucas character was meant as a back-handed snub to his then ex-friend. It would be years before they would be on speaking terms again, and would not work together again until 1986's Captain EO (1986).
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Marlon Brando was paid $1 million in advance. He threatened to quit and keep the advance. Francis Ford Coppola told his agent that he didn't care, and if they couldn't get Brando, they would try Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, and then Al Pacino. Brando eventually turned up late, drunk, 40kg (about 88lbs) overweight, and admitted he hadn't read the script or even "Heart of Darkness", the book it was based on. He read Coppola's script, and refused to do it. After days of arguments over single lines of dialogue, an ad-lib style script was agreed upon, and this was shot according to Brando's stipulations that he be filmed mostly in shadows.
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One of the photos Willard studies in the dossier shows Kurtz in a line of soldiers being decorated by Gen. William C. Westmoreland.
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Lt Col Kilgore names off the four of diamonds twice."All right, let's see what we have. Two of spades. Three of spades. Four of diamonds, six of clubs...there isn't one worth a jack in the whole bunch. Four of diamonds..."
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When the PBR leaves the Do Lung bridge, it has a radar dome. When they cut to the next river day scene, it doesn't. then, when chef hands out the mail, it does. For the rest of the trip, it's not there. Captain Willard even sits on where it should be when they reach Kurtz's lair.
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While Col. Kilgore's hat and decoration changes, earlier having oak leaves and crossed sabers (as would be seen with having different hats for when one became sweat soaked in Vietnam) and later just larger crossed sabers; it is most noticeable after he lands following the napalm use. It is seen earlier with the hat cords for a warrant officer which are silver/black instead of gold/black for officers of Lt. Col rank. (This is only readily-visible in the "Redux" restored version.) In one scene, he is shown with the hat acorns near-joined together on the brim as worn in the WW I M1903 campaign hat similar to that worn by highway patrolmen. Military hat cords of a cavalryman would never have been permitted to do this.
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Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!
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Photojournalist: What are they going to say about him? What? Are they going to say he was a kind man? He was a wise man? He had plans? He had wisdom? Bullshit, man!
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Willard: In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action - what is often called ruthless - what may in many circumstances be only clarity, seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it, directly, quickly, awake, looking at it.
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When do the events of this story take place?
No precise date is given however, Chef receives a care package late in the film that contains a news clipping about the Manson Family murders, which took place in August of 1969. We can therefore assume that the article was sent to Chef within a few weeks of it being clipped.
A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
What Happened to the puppy that Chef and Lance found on the sampan?
The actual fate of the dog that Chef found in the river boat is left ambigous. The most logical explanation is that the dog was knocked off the boat and swam to shore. It's possible that, given the young age of the pup, it was not able to swim, but its fate is left to the viewer.
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Photos from cast
Glenn Walken