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: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

It's the cumulative effect generated by mixing richly portentous imagery with absurdly portentous prose, starkly portentous sound and flatulently portentous music.

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Dale Pollock

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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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

as Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) heads up river to assassinate Kurtz, his increasing admiration for the man is offset by his disgust at the scenes of more authorised insanity (and hypocrisy) all around.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Certainly, no movie in history has ever presented stronger proof that war is living hell.

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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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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Good or bad, success or failure, this is a magnificent, gonzo piece of cinema, and the art form would be far lesser if it had never existed.

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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.

Rob Vaux

An indelible statement on the lunacy of war.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
Enjoyed the first two thirds of the movie more than the final third, but it was still very well done and well acted. Fat Brando is always nice, too.
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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
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