On this day (15 August) in 1979, what would go down in history as one of the most epic war films of all time had its initial release in the U.S.
At 2 hours and 33 minutes, this film does not fail to captivate audiences all the way through. It has the perfect mix of the insane absurdity of men away from home too long; the drama of complex personal interactions and battles; and the ridiculous violence that can only be experienced during a time of war.
Yes, i’m talking about Apocalypse Now.
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Here are some of my favourite scenes from the film.
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore talks surfing and napalm . No, really…
The first time we see Marlon Brando as Colonel Kurtz, and you realise why he’s remembered for this film more than Martin Sheen is (which is awkward, but true).
And here’s the iconic scene ‘Terminate With Extreme Prejudice’ in which Captain Benjamin Willard is given his orders, which appear to be an extremely absurd and daunting task.
As a bonus, if you’ve got some time, here’s a 50-minute insert where John Milius (writer of Apocalypse Now) is interviewed by none other than Francis Ford Coppola himself.
If you’re not too busy this weekend, make a plan to watch this if you haven’t before. Heck, watch it again if you’ve already seen it, because it’s too epic to see just once!
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