The 195 Minute redux from Francis Ford Coppola on his movie “Apocalypse Now” makes the legendary picture which inspired guaranteed animal safety in films all the better. The legendary film, which was boring at some points but made up for by the amazing climax and rising/falling action, was fantastic, and was the first movie to show the happenings of Vietnam to the America public, from the drugs to the extreme violence.
The movie is loosely based on the novel “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad, which tells the story of Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), who is sent into the jungles of Vietnam to kill a crazed army man named Kurtz (Marlon Brando, who from the making of the movie called “Hearts of Darkness,” I’ve learned, was a complete ass who only acted for money). The movie follows Willard through his trials over Vietcong, tribesmen and the general terrain.
Best Aspects: Acting, writing and directing are spot on and nearly perfect.
Bottom Line: A+. Fantastic. One of the greatest war movies ever.
Funny Story: The whole thing at the end of a movie that reads “no animals were harmed in the filming of this picture” is because of this movie. There is a part where a tribe is sacrificing a cow, and Coppola said to the chief that they were to re-enact an animal sacrifice, but not hurt the animal. The chief apparently missed the “don’t hurt” part, and ended up killing the cow to death with three other men with big-ass machetes. Coppola was sued, but won, and so a law was then made that said that, from henceforth, if a movie showed or involved an animal being hurt, then the film and entitled parties would be sued.