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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now is a Francis Ford Coppola film, based (loosely) on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness but set in the Vietnam War, in which a taciturn soldier is sent to terminate an American colonel "with extreme prejudice." The colonel, deep in the Cambodian jungle, has turned to cannibalism and murder and is worshipped by the natives. The film features performances by Martin Sheen as Captain Willard (Marlow, in the novel), Marlon Brando as Col. Kurtz, and Dennis Hopper as the reporter (the harlequin).

The film deviates extensively from the book, for example in that Captain Willard is not sent to investigate, but to kill, and that Col. Kurtz does not die a natural though mysterious death; also Marlow is sent here to Cambodia, not the land of the Congo River.

Due to typhoons, nervous breakdowns, heart attacks, and a temperamental director, the film went grievously over budget and over schedule. The original version was severely edited, causing some of the symbolism to be lost; Coppola re-released the film in 2001 under the title Apocalypse Now Redux, featuring over an hour of restored footage. For background information on the film, see Eleanor Coppola's documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, released in 1991.

The film won two Academy Awards:

And it was nominated for: The film won the 1979 Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2000 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

See also: List of movies

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