At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
**Ponderous, meandering epic with a few bright spots.**
This film is about a soldiers quest to find a renegade and insane Colonel (a bald Brando in an extended cameo) who has hidden himself away in the depths of the jungle and is causing all manner of commotion. Quite what it was - I can't remember, but it _was_ important enough to go down stream in search of him.
Sheen's character decides to head down river with his fellow soldiers and seek out the bald lunatic before its too late. Robert Duvall is hilarious as a war immune soldier - especially when a shell explodes near him and he merely gives it a disinterested glance. Amusing!
On the whole, though, this is a ponderous trip - the film seems to meander aimlessly with little to keep this viewer interested.
United Artists, American Zoetrope by Francis Ford Coppola, John Milius, Michael Herr, Joseph Conrad.
Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, War
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