Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now (1979)

One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen),… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Francis Ford Coppola's haunting, hallucinatory Vietnam War epic is cinema at its most audacious and visionary.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror - and unimaginable thrill - of combat.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Apocalypse Now did help provide me, and many of my generation, with a vision of what film art could achieve, a vision so magnificent it doomed us to spend much of our subsequent moviegoing lives in a funk.

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Andrew Johnson
Movie Mezzanine

The word "apocalypse" derives from the Greek for "revelation," so in effect the title of Coppola's masterpiece is a call for us to wake up and stop lying to ourselves about who we are and what we did and what we still have the power to do.

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Dale Pollock
Variety

Alternately a brilliant and bizarre film, Francis Coppola's four year 'work in progress' offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.'

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

...Coppola's sprawling, harrowing war story is not to be missed.

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Anton Bitel
Scene 360

reveals the horror of necessary madness.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

...it's wonderful to see this hallucinatory folly-cum-near masterpiece again on the big screen.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The opening, with the whirling sound of choppers intercut with Willard sweating angst in his Saigon hotel bed, a jungle burning with napalm...remains a visual and aural wonder.

Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

With a famously horrific and documentary inspiring shoot it's almost unfathomable how Francis Ford Coppolla managed to harness the chaotic energy into one of the most potent examinations of war and masculinity to ever grace celluloid.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Coppola's all-time classic is an intense Vietnam War nightmare that sets out to portray with some of the most spectacular visuals the unfathomable horror… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Disturbing, epic, and expertly filmed, Apocalypse Now not only captures the horrors of war in brilliant, visually-stunning fashion, but it has a fascinating and… More
Adriel Lim
The way the film is shot is as searing as the Vietnamese heat; few films can compare to the intensity and quality of picturesque way it is shot accompanied with… More
Cameron Sherwell
Shellshocked is a relevant word to describe how I felt after apocalypse now, what a stunning, beautifull, brutal film. A descent into madness that keeps you… More
xGary Xx
A black ops assassin is sent into the jungles of South East Asia to hunt down and kill a one-time career military golden boy who has turned renegade and began… More
Albert Kim
So much hype surrounding this movie; its within the Top 250 list on IMDb, landed on countless "best movies" lists, AFI deemed it the 30th best movie… More

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