Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Francis Ford Coppola (2019)

181min
15 Certificate
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Review

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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. Although not as long as exhaustive as 2001's Apocalypse Now Redux, this "Final Cut", created for the film's 40th anniversary, runs 30 minutes longer than the original, reinstating the interlude set in the French plantation among other scenes.

Summary

Premiere. 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. Extended version of Francis Ford Coppola's acclaimed Vietnam War drama - re-edited in 2019 by the director himself to mark the film's 40th anniversary. Starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall.

Cast & Crew

Capt Willard Martin Sheen
Col Kurtz Marlon Brando
Lt Col Kilgore Robert Duvall
Chef Frederic Forrest
Lance Sam Bottoms
Photo journalist Dennis Hopper
Clean Laurence Fishburne
Colonel Harrison Ford
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama