Based on nvelist Joseph Conrad's book "Heart of Darkness," Apocalypse Now shows a stark tableau of war gone to the nth degree -- and that it can do only that. Set in Viet Nam at the time of U.S. involvement, it portrays a special agent (Sheen)'s campaign to find and kill an out-of-control U.S. officer (Brando), whose obsessions are depicted in vivid, deeply mesmerizing detail. The vieweer is led to grasp in a visceral way that any mission to kill can only spiral into total destruction. This movie lays to rest the idea of "containable war."
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Coppola, John Milius
Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper
Viet Nam war, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, anti-war
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