Apocalypse Now (1979)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Marlon Brando Colonel Kurtz
Martin Sheen Capt. Benjamin Willard
Robert Duvall Lt. Col. Kilgore
Frederic Forrest Chef
Dennis Hopper Photo Journalist
Samuel Bottoms Lance
Albert Hall Chief
Laurence Fishburne Clean
Harrison Ford Colonel
G.D. Spradlin General
Bill Graham Agent
Cynthia Wood Playmate of the Year
Francis Ford Coppola Film Director
Herb Rice Roach
Ron McQueen Injured Soldier
Jack Thibeau Soldier in Trench
Glenn Walken Lt. Carlsen
Jerry Ross Johnny from Malibu
Vittorio Storaro TV Photographer (uncredited)
Kerry Rossall Mike from San Diego
Jerry Ziesmer Civilian
George Cantero Soldier with Suitcase
George Canters Soldier with Suitcase
Linda Carpenter Playmate
Colleen Camp Playmate
Bo Byers MP Sergeant No. 1
Tom Mason Supply Sgt. Fourier
James Keane Kilgore's Machine-Gunner
Damien Leake Kilgore's Machine-Gunner
Marc Coppola AFRS Announcer
Scott Glenn Colby
R. Lee Ermey Heliocopter Pilot
Sam Bottoms
Larry Fishburne
Movie Details
Director Francis Ford Coppola
Producer Francis Ford Coppola; John Milius
Writer Francis Ford Coppola; John Milius
Studio Paramount Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 153 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
In the tradition of such obsessively driven directors as Erich von Stroheim and Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola approached the production of Apocalypse Now as if it were his own epic mission into the heart of darkness. On location in the storm-ravaged Philippines, he quite literally went mad as the project threatened to devour him in a vortex of creative despair, but from this insanity came one of the greatest films ever made. It began as a John Milius screenplay, transposing Joseph Conrad's classic story "Heart of Darkness" into the horrors of the Vietnam War, following a battle-weary Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret upriver mission to find and execute the renegade Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has reverted to a state of murderous and mystical insanity. The journey is fraught with danger involving wartime action on epic and intimate scales. One measure of the film's awesome visceral impact is the number of sequences, images, and lines of dialogue that have literally burned themselves into our cinematic consciousness, from the Wagnerian strike of helicopter gunships on a Vietnamese village to the brutal murder of stowaways on a peasant sampan and the unflinching fearlessness of the surfing warrior Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who speaks lovingly of "the smell of napalm in the morning." Like Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this film is the product of genius cast into a pit of hell and emerging, phoenix-like, in triumph. Coppola's obsession (effectively detailed in the riveting documentary Hearts of Darkness, directed by Coppola's wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 51
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 097360230642
Chapters 19
Release Date 1979
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby