The original was better ...
Pretentious, lethargic and just way too long. The script, even for the original film was just so bad. Luckily the beautiful, cinematography, strong atmosphere and acting partly make up for this.
This movie has been described as loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness", but I can't see much of a correlation except that it's a journey up a river through hostile territory. It's set in the Vietnam War but it's not a war movie. The central character, Willard, is faced with increasingly bizarre situations as he undertakes the journey he has been reluctantly assigned. Like the viewer, his perceptions gradually change as his basic assumptions about life are challenged by what happens around him. There are plenty of memorable scenes and some classic lines. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. The extra scenes in the redux improve the film, but don't really need to. This movie is truly magnificent. Great acting, great script, great locations, great everything. And what's more: Charlie don't surf!
Fantastic - 53 extra unseen minutes, glorious buildup and shots. Highly recommended
To long, not enough action. Good acting (but again stretched out a bit at times)
The horor and stupidity of war (and American Warfare) clearly shown.
but yeah. a bit of a yawn.
Interesting film with great characters and a striking visual aspect, can drag on a little. If your looking for a combat/war film look to Saving Private Ryan, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon or The Thin Red Line first.
Seemed to recall this movie being sooo iconic and memorable...
In retrospect....shouldn't have bothered..
Tiresome, lethargic and waaaaaaaaaaay tooo long to get to the ultimate point!
Ok for fans of this work.
Get ready to have a numb bum, this Redux version is loooooooong, and yawnable at times. Well shot, mouth drying and a young Michael Douglas who doesn't really say anything at all in the actual movie, except narrating his vivid vietnam experience to find an insane commanding officer.
I had heard for years how this film is a classic and all.... but I didnt think much of it at all as a storyline. Very slow and ultimately totally unrewarding. The acting is good, but with strange characters though.
I did like how it was filmed and the production side of it, but have seen much better films on the subject, like 'a thin red line' for example. I found it a waste of time in my opinion -I find it hard to believe all the other positive reviews here!!
One of the classics with career defining performances from Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper and Brando. Also keep an eye out for a young Harrison Ford and Laurence Fishburne
This is such a strange movie that it's hard to know what to make of it, but here goes: 10 minutes of story line and 3 hours of pretentious surreal nonsense.
I think I watched this whole movie just for the 2 famous quotes. It was a very long 3 and a bit hours, just to hear Marlon Brando say "the horror, the horror." If you love war, you'll probably love this, plus there are a number of performances by very young actors who are now mega stars, eg Harrison Ford, Lawrence Fishburne and a young Charlie Sheen... or was it his dad? I couldn't tell the difference!
Not a huge Coppola fan, and was never truly blown away by this film or the Godfather for that matter. It was the excellent 'making of' doco Heart of Darkness that gladly brought me back to this film.
I think Andrew P got it right. Apparantly Coppola and cast dropped huge amounts of acid during filming in the Phillipines. More like Samuel Clements than Joseph Conrad, but then, Americans are so naive, especially abroad. Forget Easy Rider, this is THE hippy classic- what happened at the end of the rainbow.
Sensational movie - real classic, riveting from start to finish - I like the extra footage
I never understood this movie when it was orginally released because I was only a child. Now I've watched it is absolute "must not be missed title" Perfecto. The remastering makes it look like a modern flick.
What can I say that hasn't already been said?......I know. This Francis Coppola Cult Classic is like the Adventures of Tom Sawyer on acid.
All time classic . Prefer the original movie . leave out the cheap 2 new sex schenes . Also missing the original ending bit . Still worth watching , especcially in 5.1 sound system
Wow, what an amazing movie. I can see why it's considered a classic.
Saw this movie when it was first released. Left a lasting impression. Who was more insane? Marlon Brando's Character or the Generals who were chasing him. A deep movie!
Everyone I spoke to said this is an absolute classic, Well I think I might have seen the wrong movie as this was a dis-jointed pile of rubbish, Surfing in the middle of a war when bombs are dropping like raindrops???, I wanted to watch to see what all the hype was about and now my mission is to protect the nieve like myself..... run away.
Apocalypse Now is an excellent film. Like other -specially about Vietnam-, I don't think is a war movie. Its a movie that deeply reflects on war brutality. At this point, I see Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen at their very best. This detail also make a huge difference with "Heart of Darkness", the novel of Conrad. Apocalypse Now should be remembered for the reflection without concessions on all the war issues. Of course, this is not a commercial movie.
The missing scenes add so much to the movie that it isn't even funny. The surfboard stealing scene, the scenes with the playboy bunnies, and later captain Willard's moment with Roxanne (Aurore Cl?ment)...
This is a much more rounded movie. Just leaving out scenes let a lot of things hanging. These scenes add much needed humor, romance and humanity to a very long movie about a slow descent into hell. You get more context and start to care more about the cast and crew.
Are there many guys ready to make movies like this, these days? Probably not..... We should thank Francis Ford Coppola.
War is a terrible way to try and resolve problems. This film is SO graphic and brilliantly showed both views - the plight of innocent civilians and the cruelty of Vietnamese or Americans soldiers which is inevitable in a war. This is highlighted by the small acts of compassion by men at the command level, contrasted by the terrible
overall slaughter. It is a deeply disturbing film.
In the TOP THREE films, Coppola's masterpiece was disturbing when it came out in the 1979 but now has a certain humour.... a great play on Conrad's book 'The Heart of Darkness'.
In my humble opinion, this is one of the greatest films ever made. The soundtrack is great, and the sheer volume of great lines that have entered modern vocabulary are testament to the quality of the script. A morality tale set in a world where morals don't exist - absolutely fascinating. Not many films stand up to a second, third, or tenth viewing, but this one does. Francis Ford Coppola outdoes himself as director, while Brando and Sheen are both brilliant. NOT TO BE MISSED!
Good to watch this movie again. Most of the added scenes were very interesting, although some could have been omitted. I well remember the mood of the times in the 60's and the futility of this war is clearly shown in the stark reality of this film.
It's hard to see how the Redux version adds much other than screen time to the original. It now seems overblown, over-long and self-indulgent. It's still a pretty good movie, with some excellent scenes and cameos (e.g. Robert Duvall).
This is probably the best war movie I've ever seen. It shows the absolute absurdity and futility of war.
Marlon Brando at his best.
One of the all-time classics of the genre, a study of good versus evil, and the effects of one's suuroundings when surrounded by the horrors of war.
Very good if you like acction