Apocalypse Now

1979 *****
Original theatrical cut runs 148 mins.
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) runs 197 mins.

Finally, a film that truly shows what war is: madness.

Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece about Vietnam is just that: a masterpiece in every sense of the word. From the very first shot, this film had me, hook, line, and sinker (maybe even more than that). When Martin Sheen is seen drunk, and basically out of his mind, in the beginning, he is called "Captain." "Our military, ladies and gentlemen!" I thought to myself. As I said before, this film adequately shows the utter madness that war really is, especially the Vietnam War. The action sequences in this film, literally, had me on pins and needles, and the suspense of the ending was just so overpowering that I could not look away. Apocalypse Now is a true work of art that sets a standard that no other war film could possible foresee reaching.


After watching Apocalypse Now Redux again, I must admit that I liked it a lot more. The early added scenes I actually kind of wished were in the original. The scene with the Playboy bunnies in the helicopter still bugged me, but not enough to lower the rating of the film. I still have reservations regarding the infamous French Plantation sequence which is long, boring, and doesn't look or feel anything at all like the rest of the film. The added scene at the Kurtz Compound I had issues with, as well, but I still wouldn't have lowered the rating for the film for it. In all honesty, if Apocalypse Now had been released this way the first time, I probably still would have given it five stars. Since it wasn't, though, here is Apocalypse Now Redux.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Technovision)
Rated R for disturbing violent images, language, sexual content, and some drug use.

Marlon Brando + Robert Duvall + Martin Sheen + Dennis Hopper + Frederic Forrest + Albert Hall + Sam Bottoms + Larry Fishburne + Christian Marquand + Harrison Ford

Based on "Heart of Darkness" by
Joseph Conrad

Screenplay by
John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola

Narration by
Michael Herr

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola


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