Movies that Move You - Apocalypse Now (1979)

in CineTV6 days ago

We have all been moved by movies.....witnessed a cinematic experience so profound that something in our soul shifted. That's what films are supposed to do....move you....move you in such a way that there in an indelible mark on your being for years to come. A truly great piece of film will impact you emotionally when you happen to be strolling and hear part of the soundtrack playing or if someone whispers a line from your favorite character too close to you. You know this film. You know it as only you can know changed you....shaped revealed a part of humanity you did not knew existed.....and you find yourself in want of more....that is what cinema should do for us! For me, one of the first movies to do so was Apocalypse Now

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I remember watching this cinematic spectacle the first time and actually wondering if I was tripping. It used angles I had never imagined powered by the most impressive acting I had ever experienced to form one of the masterpieces of the ages.

Apocalypse Now was released in 1979 and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. When asked about this movie in an interview, Coppola replied:

My movie is not about Vietnam, my movie IS Vietnam.

A very bold statement that was backed by masterfully executed direction of a who's who of Hollywood greatness at the time. The movie is based upon the book "Heart of Darkness" by Conrad and has taken severe poetic license with the geography and technology from the book. On the surface, one sees a movie about one of the most controversial wars in US history and the writers and Coppola are able to explore this into the depths of all the tragedy and trauma that was prevalent during this dark period of US military history. We were not even close to our best as a nation at war during Vietnam and this movie does not shy away or flinch from this fact for even a second.


Once you face the horrific face of the movie and move deeper past the surface story of war you will experience some of the most perfectly crafted characters to ever grace the silver screen. An you will see the story of the human condition told as it has never been told before or since. With the film you experience the visceral reality of pain, of treachery, of just how thin the line between right and wrong, legal and lawful can experience all the darkness war has to offer and you come back with a true connection to these characters and a deep appreciation for the path they had to journey. You will fully embrace the juxtaposition of insanity and charity. A n all-encompassing lesson on doing the right thing in difficult, trying times becomes blurred to almost the point of no recognition and we find ourselves being left with the terrifying questions of what is right or wrong, can something be wrong in one situation and righteous in another? This movie moves all cinema should!


The artistic way the expressive tapestry of dialogue is woven throughout the various interactions with the characters are enthralling and few movies have given birth to so many noted and used quotes. Many of these phrases born in this film have entered into mainstream conciseness and have been emulated in film, media, and daily conversations for decades. This film has foundation and staying power. This movie moves you! The dialogue is so rich it become a thick canvas heavy laden with expression and depth. Wisdom drips from the language in a way that will be remembered for many years to come. The monologues are placed and shot in ways that convey the emotion, fears, hopes, and failures of the characters and give poignant structure and reference to the path they must walk.

If you haven't seen is a moral imperative and a right of passage for anyone who lays claim to the throne of a cinephile. You will not be disappointed ...for this moves you. It moves you in ways you will not comprehend and you will adore it for the experience.

All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter,
Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost


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When I first saw the film, I didn't read Heart of Darkness, nor did I see Fitzcarraldo (another loose adaption of the book by Werner Herzog)—so my rewatch was even more rewarding when I read the book. It is one of the prime examples I can think of about how adapted cinema can stand on its own as a great piece of art, free from its source.

It truly is a testament to the power of influence without falling into folly of exact re-creation.

I love when I get a chance to watch a movie, read the book, and then fall in love with the movie all over again! It is truly magical!


I couldn't agree more... I don't watch it very often, but it has been a mainstay in my personal collection for two decades, and it's one of those #films that everyone should (but perhaps not everyone will enjoy). Haunting and strange, beautiful and terrifying. A great movie. :)

Haunting and strange, beautiful and terrifying. A great movie.

This is absolutely a perfect description of the film. and you're right not everyone will enjoy it, but every one should see it for sure. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

What a soundtrack.....might do something just on the soundtrack!

oh for sure the soundtrack is phenomenal! Where else do you have Wagner, The Stones, and original score so piercing you feel it in your bones???? The whole thing is complete genius I tell ya!

Apocalypse Now was such a moving film, and I felt the way that the young man in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" felt.

"He went like one that hath been stunned,
And is of sense forlorn:
A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn."


What an absolutely prefect parallel you've found here! I honestly can't believe I've never seen how deeply intertwined the emotions are from that epic saga to Apocalypse now. That is one of my favorite poems and at least on a weekly basis I slip in "albatross around my neck" in conversation!

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it is a great film and conjures emotions better than most!

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