Apocalypse Now

  • 18
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
  • US
  • 147 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Director Francis Coppola inherited a modest movie about the Vietnam War from writer John Milius and turned it into this phantasmagorical ride, in which Martin Sheen travels up the Mekong river to terminate Marlon Brando's rebel command "with extreme prejudice". Working under difficult conditions in the Philippines and running way over budget, Coppola delivered a harrowing masterwork that bursts with malarial, mystical images, such as Playboy playmates in the jungle and the Wagnerian helicopter attack that ends with marines surfing and Robert Duvall famously saying, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Notable faces in support include Harrison Ford and Dennis Hopper, the latter playing a photographer among the fanatical Brando followers. Coppola restored a whopping 50 minutes of extra footage for Apocalypse Now Redux, which was released in 2001.

Plot Summary

Epic war drama starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall. In Vietnam, war-weary Captain Willard is drawn into a nightmarish world when he is ordered to assassinate a rebel American officer, Colonel Kurtz, who has established his own private army deep in the Cambodian jungle.

Cast and crew


Captain Willard
Martin Sheen
Colonel Kurtz
Marlon Brando
Lt Col Kilgore
Robert Duvall
Frederic Forrest
Albert Hall
Sam Bottoms
Laurence Fishburne
Photo journalist
Dennis Hopper
G D Spradlin
Harrison Ford
Captain Richard Colby
Scott Glenn
Bill Graham
First Playmate
Cynthia Wood
Second Playmate
Colleen Camp
Third Playmate
Linda Carpenter
Soldier in trench
Jack Thibeau
Machine gunner
Damien Leake
Lieutenant Carlsen
Glenn Walken
Johnny from Malibu
Jerry Ross
Supply sergeant
Tom Mason
TV director
Francis Ford Coppola
TV cameraman
Vittorio Storaro
TV crew member
Dean Tavoularis
Helicopter pilot
R Lee Ermey


Francis Ford Coppola

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
British Film Institute Ltd
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 27 May 2011
Certificate 18