Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola (1979)

18 Certificate


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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.


An army captain is sent on a top-secret mission into Cambodia, where his goal is to find and assassinate a renegade colonel who has gone insane and is worshipped by his followers as a god. However, as his patrol boat journeys further upriver, the conflict and disarray surrounding him becomes increasingly disturbing and nightmarish. Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War drama, starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall. Including FYI Daily.

Cast & Crew

Captain Willard Martin Sheen
Colonel Kurtz Marlon Brando
Lt Col Kilgore Robert Duvall
Chef Frederic Forrest
Chief Albert Hall
Lance Sam Bottoms
Clean Laurence Fishburne
Photo journalist Dennis Hopper
General G D Spradlin
Colonel Harrison Ford
Captain Richard Colby Scott Glenn
Agent 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
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: British Film Institute LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 May 2011