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Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)

Action & Adventure and Military & War movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola

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My respect and admiration for Mr. Coppola is of the highest order.

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Marlon Brando is excellent as Col. Kurtz and I can't think of any other actor that could have played the good man gone insane and hold such screen presence. Sheen, as Willard, is fantastic in here also, especially his narration, which runs throughout. It's one of the best narrations, if not the best, I have ever heard in a movie. His voice is just haunting as he relates his thoughts on this incredible, nightmare-like adventure. We can identify with his questioning of his mission and the war in general. My favorite character in the movie has to be Robert Duvall's Lt. Colonel Kilgore who "Hoorah!" about the war. Before this film I never pictured Duvall as a wartime cowboy but honestly it's my favorite of his parts to date. He simply nailed his character, which is one of the best in the entire film, as the gung-ho Air Cavalry commander who loves to surf. Maybe a little over the top but he portrayed that role very well.

The plot is a fairly simple one and it doesn't take too much brainpower to figure out what's going on. Willard's mission is to kill Kurtz, plain and simple. But it's the journey of the film that is really its heart and also the dire situations of war itself. In the Redux version we are forced to sit through the extended French plantation scene and the Playboy bunny scene which really adds nothing to the film's entirety other than it makes it a longer journey. I don't feel they take away anything though; it's just a matter of if you want to watch a three and a half hour movie or the original. Through this journey, the film points out the utter futility and irrelevance of the war to the Americans and the massive affect it had on the soldier who fought in it...in fact, that's the entire point. On top of that, the troops were not supported by the public and that could very well have helped cause a character like Kurtz' to go completely mad.

A big war movie lover, this one is up there with `Platoon' and `The Deer Hunter,' all of them classics. All three have their own strengths and add their own twist to the Vietnam War....so to really say one is better than the other is fairly pointless...even if after having most recently view and I think it's a tad better. In the end, `Apocalypse Now' (1979) is a true classic in either version and worthy of the status it's been given. It's is one of the most ambitious films ever made and a great ending for a golden decade of American cinema.

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Many of those already familiar with Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (1889) have also seen the 1979 version of this film which is based on Conrad's novella. What we have here is an expanded version released in 2001 which includes 53 minutes which had been cut from its predecessor. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is given a delicate and potentially dangerous assignment: To proceed to Cambodia, locate Colonel Kurtz (Marlow Brando), and then eliminate him. Why? In the view of his superiors, Kurtz is a renegade …
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Digitally remastered with 49 minutes of previously unseen footage,Apocalypse Now Reduxis the reference standard of Francis Coppola's 1979 epic. A metaphorical hallucination of the Vietnam War, the film was reconstructed by Coppola and editor Walter Murch to enrich themes and clarify the ending. On that basisReduxis a qualified success, more coherent than the original while inviting the same accusations of directorial excess. The restored "French plantation" sequence adds ghostly resonance to the war's absurdity, and Willard's theft of Colonel Kurtz's beloved surfboard adds welcomed humor to the film's nightmarish upriver journey. An encounter with Playboy Playmates seems superfluous compared to the enhanced interplay between Willard and his ill-fated boat crew, but compensation arrives in the hellish Kurtz compound, where Willard's mission--and the performances of Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando--reach even greater heights of insanity, thus validatingReduxas the rightful heir to Coppola's triumphantly rampant ambition.--Jeff Shannon
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Genre: War, Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
Runtime: 153 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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