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1970s, Combat - Vietnam

Apocalypse Now

Released 1979 Rating X in UK (means 18)
Director Francis Ford Coppola Writer/s John Milius, Francis F Coppola, Michael Herr
Starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, Scott Glenn
Source of story Probably “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad
Elevator Pitch After a special forces colonel sets himself up as a god, ruling a tribe in distant Cambodia during the Vietnam war, the US military dispatch a young captain to assassinate him. He travels up the Mekong with the crew of a small military boat, eventually getting to his destination and having several adventures on the way.
Content A number of spectacular set pieces as the boat makes its way from the river estuary to the upper reaches. These include the spectacular helicopter attack on a Vietnamese village, a confrontation with a tiger, a battle around a broken bridge and finally the colonel’s camp itself.
A View I only critique films I have just watched, so this has been my upteenth viewing of this production. It was still breathtaking, or possiby more breathtaking on our HD TV. If you have not seen it go for it soon, or maybe choose the Redux version which came out at the beginning of this century.

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