Apocalypse Now
1979
*****
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall

In Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious Vietnam War masterpiece a special agent and his team journey upriver to confront Colonel Kurtz, who has gone mad and started his own war. This vivid, surreal journey into the heart of darkness (adapted from Joseph Conrad’s novel with the same name) reveals more about the absurdity of war than any number of battle scenes could. Oscar for Vittorio Storaro’s striking cinematography. The new edit, Apocalypse Now Redux, from 2001 is about 45 mins longer.