Apocalypse Now: Redux (1979): A Great Films mini-review

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Francis Ford Coppola


During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

My mini-review:

One of the greatest war epics ever made and easily one of Coppola’s many precious gems. A movie that is in actual fact an anti-war movie that is haunting, gruesome, and just plain horrific. A masterful cast, made up mainly of Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen, a concise and somewhat-witty script, and superb directing all converge to create a film that is both a classic and unlike any other film in the war genre. I love revisiting this film from time to time as it is one of those movies that you cannot stay long without watching again.

Favorite scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • Opening sequence
  • “Love the smell of Napalm in the morning” scene
  • The jungles of Vietnam
  • Colonel Kurtz is revealed
  • The final scene

Outstanding performances:

  • Marlon Brando (as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz)
  • Martin Sheen (as Captain Benjamin L. Willard)
  • Robert Duvall (as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore)

Movie runtime:

2 hour and 33 minutes

Movie rating:


Movie genres:

Drama / History / War