Apocalypse Now: 40th Anniversary Tribute
…a tribute to one of the finest films ever made.
Release date: May 10, 1979 (Cannes)
August 15, 1979 (United States)
Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film directed, produced, and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. It was honored with the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. Initial reviews were mixed; Reevaluated in subsequent years, Apocalypse Now is today considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. It ranked No. 14 in Sight & Sound’s greatest films poll in 2012. In 2000, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by John Milius and Francis Coppola
Based on the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Martin Sheen as Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Marlon Brando as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Robert Duvall as Lieutenant Colonel William “Bill” Kilgore
Frederic Forrest as Engineman 3rd Class Jay “Chef” Hicks
Albert Hall as Chief Petty Officer George Phillips.
Sam Bottoms as Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Lance B. Johnson
Laurence Fishburne (credited as “Larry Fishburne”) as Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Tyrone “Mr. Clean” Miller
Dennis Hopper as Photojournalist
G. D. Spradlin as Lieutenant General Corman
Harrison Ford as Colonel Lucas