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Here are some memorable quotes from "Apocalypse Now".

Written by John Milius (screenplay) and Michael Herr (narration), "Apocalypse Now" (also known as "Apocalypse Now Redux") is an Action/Adventure/Drama/War film, released on August 15 of 1979 in the USA , starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms and Albert Hall.

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Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando (Colonel Walter E. Kurtz)
Have you ever considered any real freedoms? Freedom from the opinions of others...even the opinions of yourself?
I worry that my son might not understand what I've tried to be. And if I were to be killed, Willard, I would want someone to go to my home and tell my son everything – everything I did, everything you saw – because there's nothing that I detest more than the stench of lies. And if you understand me, Willard, you will do this for me.
The horror … the horror … (Kurtz' last words)

Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen (Captain Benjamin L. Willard)
Someday this war's gonna end. That'd be just fine with the boys on the boat. They weren't looking for anything more than a way home. Trouble is, I'd been back there, and I knew that it just didn't exist anymore.
Charlie didn't get much USO. He was dug in too deep, or movin' too fast. His idea of R&R was cold rice and a little rat meat. He had only two ways home: death or victory.
Part of me was afraid of what I would find and what I would do when I got there. I knew the risks, or imagined I knew. But the thing I felt the most, much stronger than fear, was the desire to confront him.

Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall (Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore)
Someday this war's gonna end …
Outstanding, Red Team, outstanding! Getcha a case of beer for that one.
Unass that shit, get it out of here.

Frederic Forrest
Frederic Forrest (Jay 'Chef' Hicks)
(after learning the purpose of Willard's mission) Shit. Fuckin' Vietnam mission! I'm short and we gotta go up there so you can kill one of our own guys? That's fuckin' great! That's just fuckin' great, man. Shit. That's fuckin'... crazy! I thought you were going in there to blow up a bridge, or, some fucking railroad tracks or somethin'.
I'm asleep. I'm asleep and dreaming I'm on this shitty boat.
Fucking tiger!

Albert Hall
Albert Hall (Chief Phillips)
You got us in this mess, and now you can't get us out, because you don't know where the hell you're going, do you? (Willard doesn't answer) Do you? You son of a bitch! You bastard!
You know, I've pulled a few special Ops in here. About six months ago, I took a man who was going past the bridge at Do Lung. [pause] He was regular army, too. I heard he shot himself in the head.
(impaled) A spear.

Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper (Photojournalist)
(Apologizing for severed heads adorning Kurtz's headquarters) The heads. You're looking at the heads. I, uh – sometimes he goes too far, you know – he's the first one to admit it!
There's mines over there, there's mines over there, and watch out those goddamn monkeys bite, I'll tell ya.

Dialogues from "Apocalypse Now"

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall)
→ How're you feeling, Jimmy?

Door Gunner
→ Like a mean motherfucker, sir!

Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen)
→ Could we, uh, talk to Colonel Kurtz?

Photojournalist (Dennis Hopper)
→ Hey, man, you don't talk to the Colonel. You listen to him. The man's enlarged my mind. He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean, sometimes he'll, uh, well, you'll say hello to him, right? And he'll just walk right by you, and he won't even notice you. And suddenly he'll grab you, and he'll throw you in a corner, and he'll say "Do you know that 'if' is the middle word in life? 'If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you'..." I mean, I'm no, I can't – I'm a little man, I'm a little man, he's, he's a great man. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas … (Note: The last sentences here reference first Rudyard Kipling's poem If? and then T.S. Eliot's poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.)

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando)
→ Did they say why, Willard, why they want to terminate my command?

Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen)
→ I was sent on a classified mission, sir.

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
→ It's no longer classified, is it? Did they tell you?

Captain Benjamin L. Willard
→ They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
→ Are my methods unsound?

Captain Benjamin L. Willard
→ I don't see any method at all, sir.

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
→ I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Are you an assassin?

Captain Benjamin L. Willard
→ I'm a soldier.

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
→ You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.


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Posted by G330845 - Sunday, March 12th, 2017

hello people? I watch the snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor and surviving period it's my dream it's my nightmare

Posted by G330846 - Sunday, March 12th, 2017

because there's good evil in all of us period every man has his Breaking Point. You and I have ours. Walter Kurtz has definitely reached his. I imagineamongst these Savages it is something to play God

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