|Directed by||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Written by||Joseph Conrad (novel)|
John Milius & Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
Michael Herr (narration)
|Produced by||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Edited by||Lisa Fruchtman|
Gerald B. Greenberg
|Music by||Carmine Coppola & Francis Ford Coppola|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|May 10, 1979|
202 min. (redux)
It tells a fictional story which takes place in the 1960s during the Vietnam War. It tells the story of an Army Captain who is sent on a boat deep into the Cambodian jungle to capture a Special Forces colonel who, it is suggested, has gone insane. It was partly based on Joseph Conrad's novel about a journey down the Congo River, Heart of Darkness.
It is now thought to be a great movie, but in the making it ran into problems. Its key star Martin Sheen, is on the screen for almost all the movie. He had a breakdown, and a heart attack. Editing the mile plus of film took years. It was unfinished when it was shown in the Cannes Film Festival.
Apocalypse Now is today considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards at the 52nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Coppola), and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Duvall. It went on to win for Best Cinematography and Best Sound. It ranked #14 in Sight & Sound's greatest films poll in 2012, and #6 in the Director's Poll of greatest films of all time.
Awards and honors change
- American Film Institute lists
- AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies – No. 28
- AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes:
- "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." – No. 12
- AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – No. 30
- "Critics' top 100". bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on October 26, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- "Directors' top 100". bfi.org.uk. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
- Lewis, Gordon (March 14, 2019). "Tribeca: Danny Boyle's Beatles Movie 'Yesterday' Set as Closing Night Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- "Festival de Cannes: Apocalypse Now". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved May 23, 2009.