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Apocalypse Now Movie

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Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola directed the film Apocalypse Now. Coppola and John Milius wrote the screenplay. The cost to make the film was 31 million dollars. It was released in 1979. The main actors were Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, and Dennis Hopper. Eleanor Coppola describes her husband Francis Coppola's film, "Apocalypse Now," as being "loosely based" on Joseph Conrad's novel called Heart of Darkness.

The music opens and closes with "The End" by the doors. Choppers, napalm, explosions, singing "this is the end." Music is used throughout the film to try and explain how a solider often tries to reconnect to his world by music. Besides death, the only other escape in Vietnam was through drugs, alcohol, and music. There were always bombs dropping, babies and women crying, choppers flying, and the sound of Charlie's AK rifles, and mortars firing. If you were walking in the jungle on patrol even a snap of a twig, or movement in the bush, suddenly brought hell to earth.

Very few Vietnam veterans can talk about what went on in Vietnam. In Apocalypse Now we have a movie built upon the story off one man's view of his mission. "There is no way to tell his story without telling my own." (Willard) 3350. Captain Willard, played by (Martin Sheen) was given an assignment by the Army to terminate Colonel Kurtz with extreme prejudice. Colonel Kurtz had formed his own army and gone deep into Cambodia fighting the war by his own rules without restraint. Willard is given a crew and boat to travel up river to find Kurtz. This river like a snake takes leads them to Colonel Kurtz.

The Army could not stand the idea that one of their best-groomed officers had gone mad. Coppola updated the foreshadowing scene on the boat when they show the newspaper clippings about Charles Manson. But Colonel Kurtz was not the only one gone mad. You have "a hawkish, lunatic, flamboyant Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Kill-Gore) (Robert Duvall), wearing a black horse soldier's Stetson Calvary hat (a la George A. Custer) with a Calvary sword emblem, sunglasses, and a yellow dickey. The idiosyncratic Kilgore places signature cards ("death cards") over the bodies of the civilian (or VC) dead: "Let's Charlie know who did this."

After the air attack on a village of VC and children, Willard and his crew of green horns start on...

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Uploaded by:   Panda05

Date:   01/06/2005

Category:   Film

Length:   5 pages (1,075 words)

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