Sunday, 24 July 2011

Movies: CFotW - Apocalypse Now (1979)

Wooo, back to Cult Film of the *cough* Week *cough*.

Apocalypse Now
Date: 1979
Genre: War, Drama
Director: Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Trilogy, American Graffiti)
Starring: Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Marlon Brando (The Godfather, On the Waterfront), Robert Duvall (The Godfather, Deep Impact)
Concept: A washed out soldier (Sheen) is sent on a highly dangerous mission during the Vietnam conflict to assassinate a crazed ex-commander (Brando) who has become a godly figure to an up-river tribe.


Why You Should Watch:
  • This film could possibly be best described as the Forrest Gump 'Vietnam section' without the fluff and a lot more realism.
  • Apocalypse Now is hailed as one of the last great war epics made before the age of digital effects. Every explosion in this film, from the bullet shots to the burning of whole jungles, was actually done in the filming process.
  • Showcases acting by some of the greats, as Apocalypse Now ended up being a final 'hurrah' for many of these legends.
  • Has an amazing soundtrack that really captures the age in which the film was made, thankfully before the cringe-worthy movie soundtracks of the 80s.
  • Great story that you can really throw yourself into. Good laughs, awesome action, and lots of suspense and mystery.
The Trailer:

Wanna go river-boating?

  • Have you ever heard about or seen this film before?
  • If so, what's your opinion on it?
  • Good or bad performance by Brando?
  • Anything else?

Hope you enjoyed this, and please leave a comment!


  1. one of the greatest movies ever made.

  2. An old film but def one that needs a shoutout! Great review mate! keep up the blog +follow

  3. this was a great movie, but an even better book. Now, as an avid history lover, I in fact loved the brutal and honest portrayal of the Vietnam war. helicopter operators later described the use of bombs in vietnam as "trying to kill misquitos with hammers".

  4. I've seen it, of course, and it's a classic.

  5. It seems like a very good movie. I heard a lot of Vietnam war vets got really freaked out watching it, so I guess it got the realism down pat.

  6. I've never seen it and I'm not sure why

  7. I've heard a lot of good stuff about this, but not watched it. It doesn't seem like my kind of thing.

  8. This is a great movie, and I think I might need to go rewatch it now.

  9. Heard of it, never saw it.
    Going to check it out when I get the chance, thanks for the tip

  10. In my humble opinion, one of the greatest movies ever made.

  11. a friend of mine has wanted me to check this out with him for awhile now. maybe ill check it out.

  12. Fantastic movie. I love it!

  13. I think this was on the AFL's top 100. Starting to wish I did my project on this rather than Dr. Strangelove =(. I'll definitely watch this now thanks!

  14. Loved this movie, wouldn't consider it a cult movie though.

  15. I have actually never seen this one, but its on my list. My mom loves this movie, so I hope one day me and her can have a movie night. Thanks for the info and video :D

  16. I'll take a gander and see what it's all about.