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Apocalypse Now

Updated on January 16, 2015

Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now is a masterpiece

Coppola released Apocalypse Now Redux in 2001, restoring an additional 49 minutes of footage that he reluctantly cut from the original. It's a bigger movie, but not necessarily a better one, because the original is a perfect film.

I think of Redux as a film for fans who would like a few more details of the trip up the river, however there is a scene of a formal dinner at a rubber plantation that has been owned for generations by a French family, which adds a few important details, concerning the history of the war, of which most people at the time of the war were, and to this day are, largely unaware.

If you haven't seen either film, see them both.

Francis Ford Coppola on the set of Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola on the set of Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola on the set of Apocalypse Now

Martin Sheen as Captain Williard

Martin Sheen as Captain Williard
Martin Sheen as Captain Williard

Marlon Brando as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz

Marlon Brando as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Marlon Brando as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz

Robert Duvall as Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore

Robert Duvall as Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore
Robert Duvall as Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore

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Albert Hall as Chief Phillips

Albert Hall as Chief Phillips
Albert Hall as Chief Phillips

Laurence Fishburn as Tyrone "Clean" Miller

Laurence Fishburn as Tyrone "Clean" Miller
Laurence Fishburn as Tyrone "Clean" Miller

Frederick Forrest as Jay "Chef" Hicks

Frederick Forrest as Jay "Chef" Hicks
Frederick Forrest as Jay "Chef" Hicks

Sam Bottoms as Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Lance B. Johnson

Sam Bottoms as Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Lance B. Johnson
Sam Bottoms as Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Lance B. Johnson

Dennis Hopper as The Photo-journalist

Dennis Hopper as The Photo-journalist
Dennis Hopper as The Photo-journalist

Harrison Ford as Colonel Lucas

Harrison Ford as Colonel Lucas
Harrison Ford as Colonel Lucas

G. D. Spradlin as General Corman

G. D. Spradlin as General Corman
G. D. Spradlin as General Corman

Hearts Of Darkness: A Film Maker's Apocalypse on DVD - The great documentary about the making of Apocalypse now

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Wow... those guys sure have changed... they almost don't look like the same people. Great lens, nice to learn little tidbits about some actors that have been around for so long.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi bob! I'm a fan of this Movie, I just love classic movies, but "Apocalypse Now" is special to me because some scene was filmed in my hometown - Baler, particularly in Reserva, a small barrio in our town. The exact place where they shot the famous line "i love the smell of napalm in the morning" was called "kagewad" (it's a River Delta) but was named "Charlie's Point" after Hollywood came to the barrio. This movie brings me to the past, I was able to see the beach where I grew up during 70's. You can see how it's look like now at my lens - http://www.squidoo.com/myhometown-baler