Note: This post is part of on ongoing series in which I'm watching a lot of movies.
In 2001, director Francis Ford Coppola and editor Walter Murch released an extended version of Apocalypse Now called Apocalypse Now Redux. The new version adds an additional 49 minutes to an already pretty long movie, bumping the runtime all the way to 202 minutes. I'm not ashamed to say it took me two sittings to make it through.
I didn't actually intend to get the Redux version and I still haven't seen the original cut. Perhaps someday I'll get it and compare the two, but for now, on to the bullets!
- “Good does not always triumph… Every man has got a breaking point. You and I have one. Walter Kurtz has reached his.” –Lieutenant General Corman
- The film's most iconic scene is the helicopter and napalm raid led by Robert Duvall's Leuitenant Colonel Kilgore. The “Ride of the Valkyries” soundtrack, the surfing in the midst of heavy combat, the annoucements of “We are here to help you!” as the village burns around them. It all neatly illustrates the absurdity of war and this war in particular.
- “You don't get a chance to know what the fuck you are in some factory in Ohio.” –Benjamin L. Willard
- Kurtz's monologue at the end of the film is another one of those iconic moments (like the beach raid) that has become such a part of popular culture that you have probably seen it even if you haven't seen it.
- The cinematography is excellent throughtout the film as you would expect (Vittorio Storaro won his first Oscar for the cinematography in Apocalypse Now), but I found the scenes in Kurtz's base at the end particularly compelling.