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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 ...


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This is going to be subjective at best, because (as you've pointed out) any movie can be interpreted any number of ways in order to facilitate a certain goal. Fahrenheit 9-11 features an interview with a serving US Soldier who states that, in homage to the film, their tank division plays loud music at the enemy as a way of intimidating them. The song he ...


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The greatest movie of all, and the least understood. The theme of the movie is this: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE INSANE, A SANE MAN APPEARS TO BE CRAZY. To understand that theme, you must realize that the viewer's perspective is that of the insane. We are seeing things as the insane sees them. Secondly, you must understand the setting: The U.S. failed in ...


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Well, Kurtz is quite literally mental, which is why the Army has sent in a special task force to take him out. He's essentially saying he wants to experience life's harsh events, even traumatic ones, and come out alive. He wants to know he can take anything that's thrown at him and still live. However, this also includes a bit of foreshadowing. The line is ...


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Apocalypse Now is an epic war film set during the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was an actual conflict that began in 1955 and ended in 1975. United States involvement escalated in 1964 and was a constant presence until 1973. The film is set in 1970. The main cause of the Vietnam War was to prevent the spread of communism. The U.S. government viewed ...


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I think the key is the line "He could've gone for general, but he went for himself instead." Kurtz had apparently lost interest in climbing higher in the military ranks, which presumably would have taken him away from combat and the front lines. He seemed to want to go in the opposite direction -- toward the heat of the fight -- so Kurtz requested Airborne ...


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A study guide for Apocalypse Now offers this summary: ...these characters fit into common war film tropes: Mr. Clean is the young upstart who requires protection from his stronger comrades Chief is the hardened soldier with a heart of gold who plays by the rules Chef is the sensitive soul always on the verge of a breakdown Lance exists in ...


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The cause of the war was the real life Vietnam War, the motivation for being the real world reason. The in-Universe plot revolved around the real-world war.


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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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