Apocalypse Now Redux script
Synopsis: Secret ops assassin Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a mission up a river during the Vietnam War to "terminate with extreme prejudice" the errant Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). In addition to being re-edited with the new footage, the film has been completely restored, converted to digital, and reprinted by dye-transfer, improving color reproduction.

FADE IN:

EXT. A SIMPLE IMAGE OF TREES - DAY

Coconut trees being VIEWED through the veil of time or a

dream. Occasionally colored smoke wafts through the FRAME,

yellow and then violet. MUSIC begins quietly, suggestive

of 1968-69. Perhaps "The End" by the Doors.

Now MOVING through the FRAME are skids of helicopters, not

that we could make them out as that though; rather, hard

shapes that glide by at random. Then a phantom helicopter

in FULL VIEW floats by the trees-suddenly without warning,

the jungle BURSTS into a bright red-orange glob of napalm

flame.

The VIEW MOVES ACROSS the burning trees as the smoke ghostly

helicopters come and go.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SAIGON HOTEL - DAY

A CLOSE SHOT, upside down of the stubble-covered face of a

young man. His EYES OPEN...this is B.L. WILLARD. Intense

and dissipated. The CAMERA MOVES around to a side view as

he continues to look up at a ROTATING FAN on the ceiling.

EXT. IMAGES OF HELICOPTERS - DAY

They continue to fly slowly, peacefully across the burning

jungle. The colored smoke comes and goes. Morrison

continues with "The End".

INT. SAIGON HOTEL - DAY

The CAMERA MOVES slowly across the room...and we SEE

WILLARD, a young army captain. He looks out the window to

the busy Saigon street.

WILLARD (V.O.) *

Saigon...shit. I'm only in Saigon.

Every time, I think I'm gonna wake

up back in the jungle.

He moves back to the bed, lies down. He's unshaven,

exhausted, probably drunk. We SEE alcohol bottles, photos,

documents scattered on the table.

WILLARD (V.O.)

When I was home after my first

tour, it was worse. I'd wake up

and there'd be nothing. I hardly

said a word to my wife until I

said yes to a divorce. When I was

here, I wanted to be there. When

I was there...all I could think of

was getting back into the jungle.

I'm here a week now. Waiting for

a mission. Getting softer. Every

minute I stay in this room, I get

weaker. And every minute Charlie

squats in the bush...he gets

stronger. Each time I looked

around...the walls moved in a little

tighter.

He's up now, naked, going into a frenzy, drinking, doing

some sort of martial arts, eventually collapsing onto the

floor.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. SAIGON HOTEL - STAIRWAY - DAY

Two extremely sharp army men walk up the stairs to Willard's

room, a SERGEANT and a PRIVATE.

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John Milius

John Frederick Milius is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He was one of the writers for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as ... more…

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