Apocalypse Now

Lists: Drama, War, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979, Classics, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory."

Overall Ranking: 213 (Rank from 1979: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 63.64%
Regular 36.36%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Mario L100
3Guys Adam100
Josh of Classicblanca100
Patrick Devitt100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Jim Carrier93 - A deep, dark view of a dangerous mission during Vietnam to kill a Green Beret who has gone rogue. Written & directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Brilliant acting jobs by Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando & Robert Duvall...supported by Lawrence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper & Scott Glenn. You have to see this movie at some point in your life.
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Dave Examines Movies81
Chris Turner70
Thomas Pollock70
Bryan Lienesch65 - The first half is laughably condensing, the second half is akin to a bad acid trip.

People Involved

  • Martin Sheen (Captain Benjamin L. Willard)
  • Marlon Brando (Colonel Walter E. Kurtz)
  • Robert Duvall (Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore)
  • Laurence Fishburne (Tyrone Clean Miller)
  • Sam Bottoms (Lance B. Johnson)
  • Frederic Forrest (Jay Chef Hicks)
  • Albert Hall (Chief Phillips)
  • Harrison Ford (Colonel Lucas)
  • Dennis Hopper (Photojournalist)
  • G.D. Spradlin (General Corman)
  • Jerry Ziesmer (Jerry, Civilian)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director (cameo))
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director)

  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Francis Ford Coppola 101