(Rewind) Movies of the 1970’s- Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979)


Director- Francis Ford Coppola

Cast- Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, (even a wee baby Charlie Sheen).

During the Vietnam War, a captain is set out to assassinate a renegade colonel who had made himself a god to a nearby Cambodian tribe.  What he comes in contact there is almost surreal. Like an out-of-body experience.

I consider this movie to be the gold standard of all war movies. It draws deeply into the Vietnam War. It breaks down the struggles and philosophical issues pertaining to modern warfare and the psychological toll it can have on soldiers there. The film is stunning and yet tragic. Violent, but beautiful on various levels.  Coppola is notorious for being a stickler and difficult to work with, but that’s because he demanded perfection and wouldn’t be satisfied with less. It is why in this period of time his films have no equal in overall quality.

The film is a modern masterpiece. There are other war films that people respect and love, but for me no film has matched the intensity and emotion of this one. It is both graphic and unique and may forever stand among the best War films ever to exist.

What is your favorite War film?


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