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Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut Rated 15

Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut

Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. USA, 1979. 3h 2m. Starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, G. D. Spradlin.

Forty years after its original release, Coppola’s spectacular Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning masterpiece on the horrors of the Vietnam War gets a conclusive 4K restoration. Plagued by extensive problems during the shoot, Coppola somehow managed to create one of the greatest films of the 1970s – a hallucinatory and epic tragedy examining the inhumanity of war.

Martin Sheen plays Captain Willard, a US Army Intelligence officer who is sent on a mystifying journey deep into the jungle to assassinate renegade Green Beret Colonel Kurtz. As war wages around Captain Willard and his crew, their grip of reality unravels as the horror of a doomed war drags them deeper into personal hell.

‘From Marlon Brando’s extraordinary cameo to Dennis Hopper’s crazed photojournalist, Coppola’s epic ‘definitive’ cut of his brilliant 1979 war film is triumphant in restating the inhumanity of empire’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian