Apocalypse Now script
Synopsis: In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer (Robert Duvall), and a crazed freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper), Willard travels further and further into the heart of darkness.


... It's crazy -- sugar is up to

200 dollars a ton -- sugar !


What about oil ?


Food, oil --look, let me show you

something. This is the economy of

the United States in two years --

He takes a newspaper, draws a circle.



This is West Germany.

(he draws another,

bigger circle)

This is Japan.

(another , bigger)

This is Italy.

(a dot)

This is Iran.

(a very big circle)

And this is Saudi Arabia... In

two years ?

(a gigantic circle)

Do you understand ?


What's to prevent it ?


Maybe nothing. But I'll tell you,

I didn't build a two-billion-dollar

company in the last twenty years

by doing nothing. We can protect

our interests.

(pause, for a drink)

We are still the most powerful

nation in the world. Militarily.

He leans to his associates, in a half-whisper.



You know bodyguard; he was a

captain in Viet Nam. You talk to

him, except he won't talk. This

kind of man can kill you with his

pinky. A nice quiet fella, though.

The VIEW BEGINS TO PULL AWAY from this group.



Carries a attache case at all

times. You know what's in it ?

(another sip)

An Ingram Machine pistol.

Gradually, Charlie's voice softens as we MOVE AWAY, and a

NEW VOICE, the voice of someone thinking, COMES IN OVER it :


I don't tahe chances, andBullshit. You can kill

neither should this country.with the ridge of your

If we're strong, we shouldhand to the throat; you

protect our interests, andcan crush a skull with

we should have the respectyour knee... but you

of the world, even if itcan't kill anybody with

takes another war.your pinky.

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Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. more…

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