History Film / ApocalypseNow

13th Apr '18 4:23:07 AM UltraWanker
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* BreaktheCutie: Chef, Clean and especially Lance do not appear to be hardened soldiers. Willard remarks that Lance looked like he'd never fired a weapon in his life. Clean ends up massacring a sampan full of civilians before being killed himself, Chef suffers several mental breakdowns and Lance ends up completely detached from reality.

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* BreaktheCutie: BreakTheCutie: Chef, Clean and especially Lance do not appear to be hardened soldiers. Willard remarks that Lance looked like he'd never fired a weapon in his life. Clean ends up massacring a sampan full of civilians before being killed himself, Chef suffers several mental breakdowns and Lance ends up completely detached from reality.
8th Apr '18 9:38:39 AM nombretomado
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14th Mar '18 3:53:57 PM penguinist
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* MeaningfulName: The entire crew of the PBR have ones, especially when you consider [[DwindlingParty the order they die in]]. [[spoiler: Clean is the most innocent of the crew, and the first to die (right after killing the people on the sampan, no less). Next is Chief, the one who kept order, and finally Chef, the one who made their food.]] It might be seen as a metaphor for aspects of civilization slowly chipping away during their journey down the RiverOfInsanity. [[spoiler: And the only one who survives, to be led back into the world after the climatic meeting with Kurtz, is called Lance.]]

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* MeaningfulName: The entire crew of the PBR have ones, especially when you consider [[DwindlingParty the order they die in]]. [[spoiler: Clean is the most innocent of the crew, and the first to die (right after killing the people on the sampan, no less). Next is Chief, the one who kept order, and finally Chef, the one who made their food.]] It might be seen as a metaphor for aspects of civilization slowly chipping away during their journey down up the RiverOfInsanity. [[spoiler: And the only one who survives, to be led back into the world after the climatic meeting with Kurtz, is called Lance.]]



** The boat crew pretty much go through this the further they go down the river. Though they all go steadily crazy and traumatized in their own ways. [[spoiler: With the exception of Clean. Who is the first to be killed before he could experience any lasting trauma.]]
* SceneryGorn: Mixed with SceneryPorn as well - the jungle in the tiger scene is something to behold.

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** The boat crew pretty much go through this the further they go down up the river. Though they all go steadily crazy and traumatized in their own ways. [[spoiler: With the exception of Clean. Who is the first to be killed before he could experience any lasting trauma.]]
* SceneryGorn: Mixed with SceneryPorn as well - the tiger in the jungle in the tiger scene is something to behold.
11th Feb '18 12:37:50 AM fart
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** One of Kurtz's complaints in his report is that the American soldiers behave like tourists. They are given short tours of duty and receive luxuries that only remind them more of what they're missing at home. They cannot hope to win against a Vietnamese enemy who can tolerate all amounts of hardship. This is demonstrated by Kilgore and his unit, who have little strategy and behave like a rampaging beach party. Kurtz's suggestion is that most of the Americans should be sent home, and replaced by a much smaller force with proper training and motivation.

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** One of Kurtz's complaints criticisms in his report dossier is that the American soldiers behave like tourists. They are given short tours of duty and receive luxuries that only remind them more of what they're missing at home. They cannot hope to win against a Vietnamese enemy who can tolerate all amounts of hardship. This is demonstrated by Kilgore and his unit, who have little strategy and behave like a rampaging beach party. Kurtz's suggestion is that most of the Americans should be sent home, and replaced by a much smaller force with proper training and motivation.


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* MoralEventHorizon: While Willard refuses to disclose his mission with the PBR crew, he is relatively affable with them despite outranking all of them considerably. The crew realizes his true nature after he mercy kills the Vietnamese girl without hesitation.


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**The Air Cav wields an incredible amount of firepower, as well as air support. Their Vietnamese opponents only have small arms and a few heavy machine guns.


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***Chef reads a newspaper article about Charles Manson after they receive their mail.


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** Chef is appalled when he learns that the mission the entire time has been to kill an American officer. However they are now so deep in the jungle that they have no choice to stick together until the mission is complete.
11th Feb '18 12:10:38 AM fart
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* BreaktheCutie: Chef, Clean and especially Lance do not appear to be hardened soldiers. Willard remarks that Lance looked like he'd never fired a weapon in his life. Clean ends up massacring a sampan full of civilians before being killed himself, Chef suffers several mental breakdowns and Lance ends up completely detached from reality.


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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kilgore wears a stetson and bandana like he's still riding a horse, and seems to be more focused on surfing than fighting the war. However there appears to be no question of his competency by his superiors or by his men.
** By contrast, Kurtz is declared insane by his superiors for what he considers to be a methodical, pragmatic approach to counter-insurgency. Kilgore can kill civilians indiscriminately, whereas Kurtz is being charged with murder for killing Viet Cong agents that he spent months gathering evidence on. However, Willard's view of Kurtz's sanity changes once he reaches the compound.
** The men sent to escort Willard to Nha Trang do not appear shocked when they find a 'wetwork' officer naked, hungover and covered in his own blood.


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** Willard comes across several men at the Do Long bridge who have been driven insane by the surreal chaos.


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** Although not shown, it is implied in the Do Long Bridge scene that the Viet Cong attempted to charge a .50 cal machine gun and were massacred. One VC remains alive by hiding under all the corpses.
--->"They're all dead stupid! Just one left alive underneath them bodies."


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** In the extended cut Willard steals Kilgore's surfboard and stows it on the PBR. Willard says that the Colonel would have shot him if he'd seen it happen.


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** The Air Cav have no problem killing a female VC and her mother after the former throws a grenade into a medivac chopper.


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** One of Kurtz's complaints in his report is that the American soldiers behave like tourists. They are given short tours of duty and receive luxuries that only remind them more of what they're missing at home. They cannot hope to win against a Vietnamese enemy who can tolerate all amounts of hardship. This is demonstrated by Kilgore and his unit, who have little strategy and behave like a rampaging beach party. Kurtz's suggestion is that most of the Americans should be sent home, and replaced by a much smaller force with proper training and motivation.
10th Feb '18 11:08:36 PM fart
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** Kurtz gave up his life as a staff officer in order to join Special Forces as an active duty soldier. He graduated the grueling Airborne School at 38 years old, which Willard struggled to complete at 19. And despite his mental and physical decay after going rogue in the jungles of Cambodia, his army has a fanatical devotion to his leadership and view him as a god.
** Kilgore appears to be beloved by his men despite, or possibly because of, his willingness to send them into extremely dangerous combat zones. He leads from the front and does not appear the least bit concerned when shells explode right next to him.
4th Feb '18 8:31:51 PM lakingsif
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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 original 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 original script, where Kurtz was originally called "Col. Leighley". A scene with Harrison Ford has the original name redubbed.
3rd Dec '17 1:31:24 AM DavidCowie
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* ReCut: The ''Redux'' has no credits, adds almost an hour of footage and alters the order or pace of some scenes. Notably it puts back the French plantation scene, a [[{{Exposition}} contextual encounter]] that Coppola grudgingly had to cut due to problems with the illumination.

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* ReCut: There are at least three versions.
** The theatrical cut ends with StuffBlowingUp while the credits roll. This was widely interpreted as an air strike called in by Willard.
** A version shown by some streaming services removes the credits sequence entirely, but is otherwise identical to the theatrical cut.
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The ''Redux'' has no credits, adds almost an hour of footage and alters the order or pace of some scenes. Notably it puts back the French plantation scene, a [[{{Exposition}} contextual encounter]] that Coppola grudgingly had to cut due to problems with the illumination.
2nd Dec '17 2:54:29 PM DavidCowie
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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: We get a lot of this, especially in the scenes with Kurtz.


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* HollywoodDarkness: Averted -- we get {{Chiaroscuro}} instead. When it's dark, it's dark.


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* LensFlare: Very common. When the Playboy Bunnies' helicopter arrives, we get horizontal flares over the whole width of the screen.
9th Oct '17 1:57:03 PM pwiegle
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** 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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** Or rather, the puppy? 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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