At the height of the Vietnam War, the military policeman Captain Willard ( Martin Sheen ) gets a daring assignment. Together with a small troop of soldiers (including Laurence Fishburne ), he goes to the Cambodian border to liquidate a high-ranking US military, Colonel Kurtz ( Marlon Brando ). Kurtz, who has entrenched himself with a persecuted unity in the jungle, no longer obeys any military orders and worries fear and terror. Captain Willard is to put an end to this. On their cannon boat, they penetrate deeper into the gloomy nightmare of the Vietnamese jungle.
Background & Information
Director icon Francis Ford Coppola went for his filming to Apocalypse Now on his intellectual and financial limits. Taifune on the set, a stubborn Marlon Brando and a heart attack Martin Sheens nearly brought the project to a standstill. Totally, Coppola stopped at Apocalypse Now and finished a masterpiece that, however, was not recognized as such in the 1980 Oscar Awards. There, Apocalypse Now was nominated for all important categories, but received only the Oscar for the best camera and the best sound. The documentary journey to the heart of darkness , which is based on video material, informs about the numerous incidents on the set and the artistic self –
By Apocalypse Now! Exist both a cinema version, as well as a longer version under the title Apocalypse Now! Redux. In this longer version, the original unused chapters, which show the ghostly colony of French landowners and a scene in a supply camp, are included.