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24,279 Ratings

Apocalypse Now

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1979
Drama, War, Mystery


Vietnam, 1970. Captain Willard takes a journey upriver to assassinate Colonel Kurtz, a once-promising officer who has gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, an Air Cavalry officer, and a freelance photographer, Willard ventures into enemy territory

Apocalypse Now Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1979 | 2 wins including: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1980 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1980 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

According to Coppola, the first version was too short, the second too long, so he gave it another shot. That it can never be a perfect film does not make is any less of a great one. It is amazing that as specific as it is to the insanity of the war in Vietnam, it speaks just as much to deeper, permanent American insanity—the one that is upon us now.
May 10, 2019
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Wild, ambitious, uncompromised, and ultimately as imperfect as the Godfather films were scrupulously controlled, Apocalypse Now is, for better and for worse, its director’s defining work: How do you live up to something like that? Or live it down?
December 11, 2018
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There’s certainly a lot more footage — 53 minutes, to be precise — which makes this better in certain ways than the original Apocalypse Now, though the flaws are also magnified. (Kurtz’s Cambodian savages slaughtering a caribou — actually, it’s a Filipino ceremony — and kneeling before Willard and then laying down their weapons en masse seems even more insulting and ludicrous than it did in 1979
August 17, 2001
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What are people saying?

  • Renton47's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    I tried, it's all but impossible to look at something like this with fresh eyes. Seems instantly iconic, I wish the hubris, madness, devastation of forest wasn't worth what's on screen. The collusion is chilling; film making as a war zone. The horror (of course) but above all the beauty of the imagery and Coppola's craft. All Vietnam war films are somewhat rote, opening the schism between action and reason.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    It makes sense that this has been recut so many times, because its nature is schizoid: an unwieldy rockslide of setpieces, some not unlike Saving Private Ryan but most as nightmares meant to make you question your sanity. The Final Cut irons out the flow and is more complete thematically—it'd be a classic if it's all there were. But I still prefer the original. I like my nightmares short, fractured, and to the point.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    We can debate whether all the additions are necessary, but "The Final Cut" offers the opportunity to see "Apocalypse Now" on the largest screen near you—and you should. The theatrical experience underscores this film as that rare class of work, alongside "Blade Runner" or "The Shining," that is an all-encompassing audio and visual experience, a representation of Hollywood filmmaking at the peak of its powers.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    The human condition in extremis or relocated madness extant? Variations on precarious sanity for sure. Essentially a series of elemental vignettes on psycho-trauma in the face of nihilism, stupidity and wickedness, the like most of us will never endure - for that I’m thankful. Technically magnificent with a studied tempo, hallucinogenic photography but marred occasionally by the heavy musical cues.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    Groundbreaking and superior blow to US guilt, this may be the greatest Vietnam war film that owes a large portion of its splendor to Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This elevates certain scenes -as in Willard's capture- to a new cinematographic version of Plato's cave myth. The paranoia, the 'overman' vision that haunts Brando's Kurtz and the respect he holds for the enemy's will-to-resist suffuse senses and mind.

  • HSBilly's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    i rewatch it as soon as i finished reading Heart of Darkness, and i admit it, this one's more interesting and more related to the Kurtz's horror. this might be because i knew the film first, and well, it might be a different story if i knew the book first. but i can't ignore the greatness in Mr. Brando's Kurtz.

  • Altair D.T's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    "Tu eres dos ¿no lo ves? uno que mata y otro que ama...No sé si soy un animal o un Dios" retrata las consecuencias psicológicas y el horror que representa en todos los aspectos la guerra. El cuestionamiento de las verdaderas intenciones de esta y la ruptura de los limites morales y psicológicos son los campos que explora una película con una cinematografía muy sobresaliente.

  • Timothy Stevano's rating of the film Apocalypse Now

    gw masih ga nyangka,ternyata yang jadi Clean itu Laurence Fishburne,beneran,sumpah,gw ga nyangka,ternyata si Dennis Hopper yang jadi si tukang foto,beneran,sumpah,gw ga nyangka,ternyata ada Harisson Ford disini,beneran,sumpah,gw ga nyangka,ternyata bukan Emilio Estevez yang jadi Captain Willard,mata gw jadi dibikin rusak ama Francis Ford Coppola.

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