Video Release: November 23, 1999
Theatrical Release: 1979
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Paramount Home Video
- Dolby Surround AC-3
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 153 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
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 grueling production and Coppola's insistence on authenticity led to vast budget overruns and physical and emotional breakdowns. Considered to be one of the best war movies of all time, APOCALYPSE NOW features incredible performances and beautifully chaotic visuals that make it an absolute must-see.
A masterful film about the moral madness of the Vietnam War, inspired by the novella "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. A soldier is sent into the Cambodian jungle to assassinate a colonel who has become insane and now runs his own fiefdom. The grueling production and Coppola's insistence on authenticity led to vast budget overruns and physical and emotional breakdowns. Considered by many to be the best war movie of all time, incredible performances and beautifully chaotic visuals make it an absolute must-see. Available in letterbox widescreen version with a remixed soundtrack. Also see the 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Sound.
Region 1 Encoding
"Destruction of The Kurtz Compound" with commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
Excerpts from the original Theatrical Program