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Rated R · 153 minutes · 1979

Drama, War
Francis Ford Coppola's films are always founded on gripping images (the eavesdropping of The Conversation, the baptism-assassination of The Godfather, the helicopter attack here), but he's rarely been able to integrate them into a coherent narrative. With its crazy rhythm, discontinuity, and thematic confusion, Apocalypse Now (1979) suggests more than any other of his films that Coppola might be happier as a painter or photographer; the story seems to engage him only as the occasion for the graphic effects. There are worse ways to make movies, but there are a lot of better ones too. Martin Sheen tracks Marlon Brando up the rivers of Vietnam and across a metaphorical border.
Director: Francis Coppola
Writer: Joseph Conrad, John Milius, Francis Coppola and Michael Herr
Producer: Kim Aubry and Francis Coppola
Cast: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Larry Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, G.D. Spradlin, Harrison Ford, Jerry Ziesmer, Scott Glenn, Cynthia Wood, Colleen Camp, Linda Carpenter, Christian Marquand and Aurore Clément

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