It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him. Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will...
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr (narration)
Released: 15 Aug 1979
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 32 nominations.
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We train young men to drop fire on...
I've seen horrors
You smell that
That's my dream
It's pretty hairy in there
I'm still only in Saigon
Talk to Colonel Kurtz
How come all you guys sit on your...
'Never get out of the boat
Did they say why
I will not hurt or harm you
Your mission is to proceed up the Nung...
Kurtz's memory any more than being back...
Everyone gets everything he wants
They train young men to drop fire on...
This is the way the fucking world ends
No wonder Kurtz put a weed up Command's...
In this war
The bullshit piled up so fast in Vietnam
Don't you think its a little risky for...
How many people had I already killed
Have you ever considered any real...
Don't you see
Do you know who's in command here
If that's how Kilgore fought the war
I worry that my son might not understand...
How're you feeling
What are they going to say about him
Looking at it
Everybody wanted me to do it
Charlie didn't get much USO
'Someday this war's gonna end'
On the river
As for the charges against me
She's not dead
Your report specifies intelligence
Who are you
Where are you from
They were gonna make me a Major for this
I didn't come here for this
This Colonel guy
What do you call it when the assassins...
It's a way we had over here for living...
He was close
My mission is to make it up into...
You're looking at the heads
Are you giving away our fuel for a...
What do you think
How come you guys sit on your helmet
What the hell do you know about surfing
We use Wagner
We must kill them
He likes you because you're still alive
One through nine
There's mines over there
The crew were mostly kids
Do you know why you can never step into...
They expected you here a little sooner
This is sure enough a bizarre sight in...
He's a great man
We lose in Second World War
Rock 'n' roll
Why would a nice guy like you want to...
Then you are like us
I knew the risks
The war will still be here tomorrow
I was supposed to go to Paris
I don't know
Let's see what we have
Don't look at the camera
Communist traitor's at home
He wasn't a bad officer
This is a Romeo Foxtrot
I don't know how you feel about this...
And dedicated by the fire team at An Khe...
Colonel Walter E. Kurtz - Marlon Brando
Captain Benjamin L. Willard - Martin Sheen
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore - Robert Duvall
Jay 'Chef' Hicks - Frederic Forrest
Lance B. Johnson - Sam Bottoms
Tyrone 'Clean' Miller - Laurence Fishburne
Chief Phillips - Albert Hall
Colonel Lucas - Harrison Ford
Photojournalist - Dennis Hopper
General R. Corman - G.D. Spradlin
Jerry, Civilian - Jerry Ziesmer
Lieutenant Richard M. Colby - Scott Glenn
MP Sergeant #1 - Bo Byers
Kilgore's Gunner - James Keane
Mike from San Diego - Kerry Rossall
Injured Soldier - Ron McQueen
Supply Sergeant - Tom Mason
Playmate of the Year - Cynthia Wood
Playmate, Miss May - Colleen Camp
Playmate - Linda Carpenter
Soldier in Trench - Jack Thibeau
Lieutenant Carlsen - Glenn Walken
Soldier with Suitcase - George Cantero
Machine Gunner - Damien Leake
Roach - Herb Rice
Spotter - William Upton
MP Sergeant #2 - Larry Carney
AFRS Announcer - Marc Coppola
Major from New Jersey - Daniel Kiewit
Catholic Priest - Father Elias
Agent - Bill Graham
Mrs. Miller, Clean's Mother (voice) (as Hattie James) - Hattie Bell
Johnny from Malibu - Jerry Ross
Helicopter Pilot - Dick White
Hubert de Marais (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Christian Marquand
Roxanne Sarrault (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Aurore Clément
Philippe de Marais(Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Michel Pitton
Gaston de Marais (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Frank Villard
Christian de Marais (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - David Olivier
Claudine (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Chrystel Le Pelletier
The Tutor (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Robert Julian
Sergeant Le Fevre (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Yvon LeSeaux
Francis de Marais (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Roman Coppola
Gilles de Marais (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Gian-Carlo Coppola
French Soldier #1 (Redux and Final Cut versions only) (as Henri Sadardiel) - Henri Sadardeil
French Soldier #2 (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Gilbert Renkens
Radio Operator / Soldier - Don Gordon Bell
Director of TV Crew - Francis Ford Coppola
Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot - R. Lee Ermey
Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Narration) - Joe Estevez
Soldier Clinging to Helicopter - Larry Franco
Extra - Jim Gaines
Soldier - Evan A. Lottman
Soldier - Nick Nicholson
Guitarist in Band - Linn Phillips III
Soldier with Colby - Charles Robinson
Tribal Child - Sebastián Roque
French Soldier (Redux and Final Cut versions only) - Pierre Segui
TV Photographer - Vittorio Storaro
Bit Part - Henry Strzalkowski
Helicopter Skid Marine - Lonnie 'Lono' Woodley