Apocalypse Now: Final Cut - 40th Anniversary

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  • Trailer for Apocalypse Now
  • Interview: Heart Attack

Movie Info & Cast


A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.


  • Marlon Brando
  • Martin Sheen
  • Robert Duvall
  • Frederic Forrest
  • Sam Bottoms
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Albert Hall
  • Harrison Ford
  • Dennis Hopper
  • G.D. Spradlin

Did You Know?


  • Steve McQueen was the first to turn down the role of Captain Willard. He had initially verbally agreed to play him when Francis Ford Coppola agreed to his salary of $3 million. But after thinking about the fact the work would require several months of on-location shooting in the Philippine jungle, McQueen told Coppola he would rather play the Kilgore role instead, which would require much less location work, as long as he would still be paid his full salary. Coppola, who was essentially self-financing the movie, simply could not afford it, and said no.
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  • Broken radar dome on the boat reappears later in the film.
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    • Chef: How come all you guys sit on your helmets?
    • Soldier: So we don't get our balls blown off.
    • [Chef laughs. Then a few moments later takes off his own helmet and sits on it]
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Will leave you scared for life

Bryan A



Remember the weird beauty of the massed helicopters lifting over the trees in the long shot, and the insane power of Wagner's music, played loudly during the attack, and you feel what Coppola was getting at: Those moments as common in life as art, when the whole huge grand mystery of the world, so terrible, so beautiful, seems to hang in the balance.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Movies have always been - at their most extravagantly appealing, sensually exciting and rationally disturbing-pieces of art with the power to bypass our defences. A few times in the history of movies, one caught glimpses of a power that could turn the screen experience into a hallucinatory celebration of irrationality, of pure feeling, and even, perhaps, of insanity. Apocalypse Now goes further in that direction more successfully than any movie ever has. [21 May 1979]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

No other movie released this year is as much of a filmgoing necessity as Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux.

Metacritic review by Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz