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8.9
/10
25,112 Ratings

Apocalypse Now

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1979
Drama, War, Mystery

Synopsis

Vietnam, 1970. Captain Willard takes a journey upriver to assassinate Colonel Kurtz, a once-promising officer who has gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, an Air Cavalry officer, and a freelance photographer, Willard ventures into enemy territory.

Our take

The “Final Cut” of this visionary Palme d’Or-winner builds on Francis Ford Coppola’s hallucinatory reworking of “Heart of Darkness.” It viscerally traces a disturbing descent into madness to comment on the folly of war, culminating in a mythic, truly unforgettable appearance by Marlon Brando.

Apocalypse Now Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1979 | 2 wins including: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1980 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1980 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

According to Coppola, the first version was too short, the second too long, so he gave it another shot. That it can never be a perfect film does not make is any less of a great one. It is amazing that as specific as it is to the insanity of the war in Vietnam, it speaks just as much to deeper, permanent American insanity—the one that is upon us now.
May 10, 2019
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Wild, ambitious, uncompromised, and ultimately as imperfect as the Godfather films were scrupulously controlled, Apocalypse Now is, for better and for worse, its director’s defining work: How do you live up to something like that? Or live it down?
December 11, 2018
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There’s certainly a lot more footage — 53 minutes, to be precise — which makes this better in certain ways than the original Apocalypse Now, though the flaws are also magnified. (Kurtz’s Cambodian savages slaughtering a caribou — actually, it’s a Filipino ceremony — and kneeling before Willard and then laying down their weapons en masse seems even more insulting and ludicrous than it did in 1979
August 17, 2001
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