History Film / ApocalypseNow

25th Jul '17 9:18:58 AM CharlesPhipps
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** [[{{Hypocrite}} Much like his novel counterpart, Kurtz' philosophy is also bankrupt even by his own standards since nothing he does actually accomplishes anything and he's just just a lunatic warlord with delusions of grandeur.]]


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*** Becomes a subversion as Colonel Kurtz abandoning all restraint has left him with no real loyalty to his country or ability to wage the war effectively. Not that his superiors were right, mind you, but Kurtz wasn't either.
25th Jul '17 9:12:50 AM CharlesPhipps
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Captain Willard (Creator/MartinSheen) is sent to kill Walter E. Kurtz (Creator/MarlonBrando), a Green Beret Colonel who has gone mad and formed a personality {{cult}} in Cambodia. After Colonel Kilgore (Creator/RobertDuvall) clears off his initial path, the captain and his crew - including a 14 years old Creator/LaurenceFishburne - go up a river and into the depths of humanity.

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Captain Willard (Creator/MartinSheen) is sent to kill Walter E. Kurtz (Creator/MarlonBrando), a Green Beret Colonel who has gone mad and formed a personality {{cult}} in Cambodia. After Colonel Kilgore (Creator/RobertDuvall) (Robert Duvall) clears off his initial path, the captain and his crew - including a 14 years old Creator/LaurenceFishburne - go up a river and into the depths of humanity.
25th Jul '17 9:11:42 AM CharlesPhipps
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* AdiposeRex: Kurtz, although this was absolutely not the original plan. Kurtz was supposed to be a robust and fit middle aged man, but Brando showed up for the role at least a hundred pounds overweight. Coppola compromised by keeping him in the shadows as much as possible, but it's often obvious how obese the man is.

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* AdiposeRex: Kurtz, although this was absolutely not the original plan. Kurtz was supposed to be a robust and fit middle aged man, but Brando showed up for the role at least a hundred pounds overweight. Coppola compromised by keeping him in the shadows as much as possible, but it's often obvious how obese the man is. It actually works well as it highlights Kurtz has completely let himself go and his pretensions to being a proud soldier are so much wind, much like the Kurtz of the novel.


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* BrokenPedestal: There's a interesting example as much of the movie is about Willard reading about Kurtz and coming to believe they're NotSoDifferent. Also, that Kurtz has a much clearer view of the Vietnam War than his superiors who are MildlyMilitary incompetents at best and ColonelKilgore at worst (or maybe it's the other way around). By the time Willard actually reaches Kurtz, Willard finds Kurtz genuinely ''is'' insane and committing atrocities for flimsy excuses.
---> [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?]]
---> [[ArmorPiercingResponse Willard: I don't see any method, sir.]]
11th Jun '17 6:23:10 PM WarriorsGate
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* FightingForAHomeland: The vestigial French view their situation as this, because they arrived in Vietnam and set up a rubber plantation with the Vietnamese as labor, which they held for generations. As a result, they consider Indochina as their true home, as opposed to France.

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* FightingForAHomeland: The It's why the Vietnamese are disciplined and committed while the American forces are falling apart. It's really hammered home in the Redux when Willard arrives at a vestigial French plantation who view their situation as this, because they arrived in Vietnam and set up a rubber plantation with the Vietnamese as labor, which they held for generations. As a result, they consider Indochina as their true home, as opposed to France.
22nd May '17 2:38:38 PM TrollBrutal
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Willard's prowess is shown early on in ''Redux'' when he beats some sense into a military orderly who is red-taping fuel supplies.
15th May '17 5:45:58 PM pablodepablo
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In 2001, Coppola drastically ReCut the film, extending the running time by nearly an hour, adding some additional scenes and re-shuffling some existing ones around. The new version was released (to mixed reviews) as ''Apocalypse Now Redux'': some reviewers felt it was a beautiful expansion on the themes of the original, others thought it diluted the impact and bloated the move.[[note]]For what it's worth, the original cut has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, while Redux has 93%.[[/note]]

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In 2001, Coppola drastically ReCut the film, extending the running time by nearly an hour, adding some additional scenes and re-shuffling some existing ones around. The new version was released (to mixed reviews) as ''Apocalypse Now Redux'': some reviewers felt it was a beautiful expansion on the themes of the original, others thought it diluted the impact and bloated the move.movie.[[note]]For what it's worth, the original cut has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, while Redux has 93%.[[/note]]
18th Mar '17 10:18:03 PM maxwellsilver
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* JurisdictionFriction

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* %%* JurisdictionFriction



* LethallyStupid: Lance foolishly and pointlessly making smoke signals in a hostile zone immediately costs the life of Clean. [[spoiler: Ironically Lance is the only grunt to survive the movie]].



* TooDumbToLive: Lance foolishly and pointlessly making smoke signals in a hostile zone immediately costs the life of Clean. [[spoiler: Ironically Lance is the only grunt to survive the movie]].



* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Dog?]]: That is still the most asked question to all the actors from the film. Gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at one point in the film. Given that it disappeared [[spoiler: during the attack that killed Clean]], it was most likely shot or jumped off the boat to escape the gunfire.

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* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Dog?]]: That is still the WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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most asked question to all the actors from the film. Gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at one point in the film. Given that it disappeared [[spoiler: during the attack that killed Clean]], it was most likely shot or jumped off the boat to escape the gunfire.
18th Mar '17 9:56:37 PM maxwellsilver
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* NothingIsScarier: The story Kurtz tells of the fate of children inoculated by American medics is scarier and more disturbing than anything actually depicted onscreen.
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: The massacre of the family on the river sampan, done because the cast wanted a "My Lai" scene.

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* NothingIsScarier: The story Kurtz tells of the fate of children inoculated by American medics -- having their arms cut off by the Viet Cong -- is scarier and more disturbing than anything actually depicted onscreen.
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: ObligatoryWarCrimeScene:
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The massacre of the family on the river sampan, done because the cast wanted a "My Lai" scene.scene.
** During the raid on the VC compound, three women in civilian clothing run past the LZ guard and throw a previously concealed grenade into a medivac chopper marked with the Red Cross, a violation of both the Hague Convention of 1907 and the Geneva Convention.
24th Feb '17 4:37:42 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: A particularly cruel example in that [[spoiler: ''both'' black crew members die before the others]]. Way before that, a black soldier dies in [[spoiler: the helicopter explosion in the village]].



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: A particularly cruel example in that [[spoiler: ''both'' black crew members die before the others]]. Way before that, a black soldier dies in [[spoiler: the helicopter explosion in the village]].



* CelebrityParadox: Kurtz reads aloud from ''[[Creator/TSEliot The Hollow Men]]'' (1925), which contains an epigraph quoting from ''Heart of Darkness'' (i.e. the basis of the movie), written twenty years earlier. The paradox was not present in the orignal script, where Kurtz was originally called "Col. Leighley". A scene with Harrison Ford has the original name redubbed.

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* CelebrityParadox: Kurtz reads aloud from ''[[Creator/TSEliot The Hollow Men]]'' (1925), which contains an epigraph quoting from ''Heart of Darkness'' (i.e. the basis of the movie), written twenty years earlier. The paradox was not present in the orignal original script, where Kurtz was originally called "Col. Leighley". A scene with Harrison Ford has the original name redubbed.



* EruditeStoner: Appropriately for Dennis Hopper's character; a half-crazed, stoned, hyperactive ex-hippie.

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* EruditeStoner: Appropriately for Dennis Hopper's character; a half-crazed, stoned, hyperactive ex-hippie. He can quote Creator/RudyardKipling and Creator/TSEliot, but his riff on dialectics is pure gibberish.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: How [[spoiler: Chief]] dies.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: How [[spoiler: Chief]] dies.Chief gets impaled by a native spear as they near Kurtz's lair. He tries to kill Willard with it, but expires before he can do so.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Willard almost has a breakdown after [[spoiler:sneaking in and murdering Kurtz]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Willard almost has a breakdown after [[spoiler:sneaking in and murdering Kurtz]]Kurtz]].
28th Dec '16 2:17:39 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* RatedMForManly

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* RatedMForManlyRatedMForManly: [[spoiler: Ends up being {{Deconstructed}}, as even the manliest and bravest of men aren't immune to the horrors of war.]]
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