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Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic, loosely based on HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad, tells the story of Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), a special agent sent into Cambodia to assassinate an errant American colonel (Marlon Brando). Willard is assigned a navy patrol boat operated by Chief (Albert Hall) and three hapless soldiers (Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, and Larry Fishburne). They are escorted on part of their journey by an air cavalry unit led by Lt. Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), a gung-ho commander with a love of Wagner, surfing, and napalm. After witnessing a surreal USO show featuring Playboy playmates and an anarchic battle with the Viet Cong at a bridge, Willard reaches Colonel Kurtz's compound. A crazed photo journalist and Kurtz groupie (Dennis Hopper) welcomes the crew, and Willard begins to question his orders to 'terminate the colonel's command.'
The gruelling production and Coppola's insistence on authenticity led to vast budget overruns and physical and emotional breakdowns, as detailed in the fascinating documentary HEARTS OF DARKNESS shot by Coppola's wife, Eleanor. Considered to be one of the best war movies of all time, APOCALYPSE NOW features incredible performances (especially those of Sheen, Brando and a then 14-year-old Fishburne) and beautifully chaotic visuals (courtesy of renowned cinematographer Vittorio Storao) that make it an absolute must-see.