Apocalypse Now

TitleApocalypse Now
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1979
AuthorsCoppola, Francis Ford
Running Time147 min
Date Released08/29/1979
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Considered to be one of the greatest American war films ever made, Apocalypse Now is an epic war movie loosely inspired the 1899 novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, with the setting changed from late 19th-century Congo to the Vietnam War. In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer (Robert Duvall), and a crazed freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper), Willard travels further and further into the heart of darkness. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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