212. Apocalypse Now (1979)

Film 80 in C4 Top 100 War Films

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on an odd and dangerous assignment to locate and kill a renegade Colonel Kurtz, a man who has set himself as some kind of god within the Cambodian jungle. Kurtz had previously been considered a model officer, and is presumed to have gone insane.

Willard joins a navy patrol with a small crew and encounter a Wagner and Napalm obsessed Lieutenant Colonel, Playboy bunnies and a drugged-out photographer, all en route to Kurtz’s hideout.

Based on Joseph Conrad’s novella, The Heart of Darkness, it’s a mesmerising film – quite disturbing, mystical and mad. One of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in a while and one of the better Vietnam-based films.


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