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In the end of the film, when Willard finally makes it to Kurtz's compound, he discovers that the colonel has gone insane and sees himself as a 'god', lording over the indigenous occupants in that part of the jungle. In presenting this conclusion, both the novella and the film show that Willard has left one hell for another, the hell of war for the hell of ...


By "the ending" of this film, we can either refer to sheen's departure from the compound or the airstrike credit sequence. Frankly, both are ambiguous, an essential ingredients to any cult film [cf "bodysnatchers"] that said, it seems fairly clear that sheen, having killed brando, has assumed the identity and im/morals of the latter. He has become that ...

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