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Coppola's Apocalypse Now

Post  eddie on Fri May 27, 2011 11:43 am

Apocalypse Now – review

Coppola's Vietnam war epic is released yet again, this time with the "Redux" additions removed. It's still a brilliantly supercharged cinema experience, writes Peter Bradshaw

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 26 May 2011 22.05 BST


A vision of hell ... Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now Production year: 1979 Countries: UK, USA Cert (UK): 18 Runtime: 153 mins Directors: Francis Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Rpobert Duvall

Ten years ago, Apocalypse Now Redux was released: the extended version with everything that might otherwise only feature as a DVD extra, including the famously static dinner scene with the French colonialists. Now the movie has been rereleased in a De‑Redux form, the original theatrical edition, without the credits. There seems hardly anything left to say about Francis Coppola's remarkable epic from 1979, based on Conrad's Heart of Darkness, but it is still an extraordinary experience in the cinema: pre-CGI craziness and spectacle. Every time I watch it, I wonder about a conversation that might have taken place before Robert Duvall's Lt Col Kilgore takes Martin Sheen's Willard on his ride-along for the "Wagner helicopter attack" scene. Did he explain that that a vast number of gunships were going to engage in a psychotically disproportionate pre-emptive attack on presumed Vietcong gun emplacements in the middle of a farming community? Or did he just cheerfully announce that they were going to kill a bunch of civilians for R'n'R? And does the revelation of actual gun emplacements towards the end of the scene mean that Kilgore is bizarrely justified? A film that needs to be seen on the big screen.

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