Under The Doors' "This is the End," a helicopter bombs a strip of jungle, which ignites in flames. Dissolve to Captain Benjamin L. Willard , who is drunk and high in a Saigon hotel room. In his voice-over, he says that this is his second tour of duty in Vietnam, and he is waiting for his next assignment. Two soldiers arrive in his hotel room and throw him in the shower to sober him up. Willard is brought to ComSec Intelligence in Nha Trang to be debriefed.

Willard arrives in Nha Trang via helicopter and meets Lt. General Corman and Col. Lucas for lunch. They supply him with information about Col Walter E. Kurtz , who was a celebrated Operations Officer with the 5th Special Forces until he broke away from his assignment and has, by all counts, gone insane. He is currently in Cambodia, having amassed a large local following. Additionally, he ordered the assassination of some South Vietnamese intelligence agents that he was convinced were spies and is now wanted for murder. Willard's mission is to travel up the Nung River and terminate Kurtz's command "with extreme prejudice."

That night, Kilgore hosts a beach party and promises to get the PBR to the mouth of the Nung River, despite the fact that they will have to pass through a Viet Cong stronghold. The next day, the Air Cav airlifts the PBR to its next destination, while Willard and his crew ride along in helicopters. Kilgore likes to play "Ride of the Valkyries" while conducting airstrikes. Kilgore's team successfully destroys the village after calling in a napalm strike, allowing Willard and his crew to continue on their journey.

We love the smell of facts in the morning. Here are some things you might not have known about director Francis Ford Coppola’s loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness .

Milius credits his obsession with war from never getting to fight in one. Milius attempted to volunteer for the U.S. Marine Corps to fight in the Vietnam War in 1968, but was deferred due to his asthma. Instead, he studied film at USC with fellow classmate and Star Wars creator George Lucas. There, during a lecture, a professor named Irwin Blacker convinced the class that no screenwriter had ever perfected a film adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness . The would-be filmmaker’s Vietnam-focused mind and Blacker’s challenge gave Milius the idea of combining the two in what would eventually become Apocalypse Now . 

An early title Milius had for the movie was The Psychedelic Soldier , but it was soon changed to the moniker it is today. Milius got the label by putting a contrarian spin on “Nirvana Now,” a slogan used by California hippies, which meant to get high and reach a state of pure consciousness. The actual title is never mentioned in the actual movie, but graffiti saying “Our motto: Apocalypse Now” can be seen on the front of Kurtz’s compound as Willard walks up the stone steps. It was added by Coppola because the title and copyright legally had to appear somewhere in the movie according to union regulations.

“My film is not about Vietnam, it is Vietnam.” announced Francis Ford Coppola to the gathered press before they viewed the masterpiece that is called Apocalypse Now. Few who worked on the shoot would disagree, especially Dennis Hopper who said afterwards “ I felt like I had fought in the war”.

The filming of Apocalypse Now was eventful to say the least. It has gone down in history as the most chaotic, hellish nightmare of a production that there has ever been.

Coppola, the director, was in up to his neck from the very start. He wanted Steve McQueen for the role of Willard, McQueen refused. He tried Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford and Al Pacino. When they all refused, Coppola, at the end of his tether and roaring like a wounded bull, hurled his five Oscars out of his window.

Under The Doors' "This is the End," a helicopter bombs a strip of jungle, which ignites in flames. Dissolve to Captain Benjamin L. Willard , who is drunk and high in a Saigon hotel room. In his voice-over, he says that this is his second tour of duty in Vietnam, and he is waiting for his next assignment. Two soldiers arrive in his hotel room and throw him in the shower to sober him up. Willard is brought to ComSec Intelligence in Nha Trang to be debriefed.

Willard arrives in Nha Trang via helicopter and meets Lt. General Corman and Col. Lucas for lunch. They supply him with information about Col Walter E. Kurtz , who was a celebrated Operations Officer with the 5th Special Forces until he broke away from his assignment and has, by all counts, gone insane. He is currently in Cambodia, having amassed a large local following. Additionally, he ordered the assassination of some South Vietnamese intelligence agents that he was convinced were spies and is now wanted for murder. Willard's mission is to travel up the Nung River and terminate Kurtz's command "with extreme prejudice."

That night, Kilgore hosts a beach party and promises to get the PBR to the mouth of the Nung River, despite the fact that they will have to pass through a Viet Cong stronghold. The next day, the Air Cav airlifts the PBR to its next destination, while Willard and his crew ride along in helicopters. Kilgore likes to play "Ride of the Valkyries" while conducting airstrikes. Kilgore's team successfully destroys the village after calling in a napalm strike, allowing Willard and his crew to continue on their journey.

We love the smell of facts in the morning. Here are some things you might not have known about director Francis Ford Coppola’s loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness .

Milius credits his obsession with war from never getting to fight in one. Milius attempted to volunteer for the U.S. Marine Corps to fight in the Vietnam War in 1968, but was deferred due to his asthma. Instead, he studied film at USC with fellow classmate and Star Wars creator George Lucas. There, during a lecture, a professor named Irwin Blacker convinced the class that no screenwriter had ever perfected a film adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness . The would-be filmmaker’s Vietnam-focused mind and Blacker’s challenge gave Milius the idea of combining the two in what would eventually become Apocalypse Now . 

An early title Milius had for the movie was The Psychedelic Soldier , but it was soon changed to the moniker it is today. Milius got the label by putting a contrarian spin on “Nirvana Now,” a slogan used by California hippies, which meant to get high and reach a state of pure consciousness. The actual title is never mentioned in the actual movie, but graffiti saying “Our motto: Apocalypse Now” can be seen on the front of Kurtz’s compound as Willard walks up the stone steps. It was added by Coppola because the title and copyright legally had to appear somewhere in the movie according to union regulations.

Under The Doors' "This is the End," a helicopter bombs a strip of jungle, which ignites in flames. Dissolve to Captain Benjamin L. Willard , who is drunk and high in a Saigon hotel room. In his voice-over, he says that this is his second tour of duty in Vietnam, and he is waiting for his next assignment. Two soldiers arrive in his hotel room and throw him in the shower to sober him up. Willard is brought to ComSec Intelligence in Nha Trang to be debriefed.

Willard arrives in Nha Trang via helicopter and meets Lt. General Corman and Col. Lucas for lunch. They supply him with information about Col Walter E. Kurtz , who was a celebrated Operations Officer with the 5th Special Forces until he broke away from his assignment and has, by all counts, gone insane. He is currently in Cambodia, having amassed a large local following. Additionally, he ordered the assassination of some South Vietnamese intelligence agents that he was convinced were spies and is now wanted for murder. Willard's mission is to travel up the Nung River and terminate Kurtz's command "with extreme prejudice."

That night, Kilgore hosts a beach party and promises to get the PBR to the mouth of the Nung River, despite the fact that they will have to pass through a Viet Cong stronghold. The next day, the Air Cav airlifts the PBR to its next destination, while Willard and his crew ride along in helicopters. Kilgore likes to play "Ride of the Valkyries" while conducting airstrikes. Kilgore's team successfully destroys the village after calling in a napalm strike, allowing Willard and his crew to continue on their journey.

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