Apocalypse Now is an American 1979 epic war film set during the Vietnam War. It tells the tale of Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) who is sent into the jungle to assassinate United States Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone AWOL and is believed to be insane. The film was produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script by Coppola and John Milius, based on Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness, as well as drawing elements from Michael Herr’s Dispatches, the film version of Conrad’s Lord Jim (which shares the same character of Marlow with Heart of Darkness), and from Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972).
When the United States military turns on itself and takes out what it considers the enemy, it isn’t Kilgore who completes the mission, but Captain Willard.
I love the smell of Napalm in the morning is one of the greatest scenes ever filmed. But it is the first scene in the movie which is one of the most important.