For one of our weekly giveaways, we offered up a few copies of the box set of Apocalypse Now on Blu-Ray, in stores Oct. 19, to readers with the best quotes from the movie. Winners have been notified, tears of joy have been wept and video clips have been found. Though they aren’t nearly as great in quality as the Blu-Ray edition of the movie, we think you’ll enjoy them anyway, some of the best scenes from one of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpieces.
“Saigon…shit. I’m still only in Saigon.”
This scene where we first meet Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen, sets the tone for the entire film. Sheen famously had a heart attack during filming (though it was kept quiet because of Coppola’s fears of shutting down production). If you haven’t checked out the documentary about the making of Apocalypse, called Heart of Darkness, watch this footage of Sheen drunk and having a mental breakdown while the cameras roll during the off-the-cuff filming of this scene.
“…So we don’t get our balls blown off.”
Though this quote may not be as transcending as the rest, the scene which it comes from is arguably one of the greatest battle scenes ever put on film, a full-on helicopter ambush scored to “The Ride of the Valkyries.”
“Horror has a face…you must make a friend of horror.”
Marlon Brando, truly at his finest here as Colonel Kurtz, whom Willard has been sent to assassinate. Weird fact: Brando famously showed up on set to film Apocalypse not knowing any of his lines and extremely fat, even though Kurtz was written as a “starvingly-thin” man. Coppola panned the camera away from him throughout the movie to avoid his giant belly.
“Never get out of the boat.”
We weren’t able to find a legitimate clip from this scene, but it still contains one of the most quotes lines from the film, as well as the best Sheen voiceover ever.
“The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad.”
Dennis Hopper’s manic monologues throughout Apocalypse as a cynical yet poetic photojournalist (who may not have any film in that there camera…?) is one of the most epic performances ever, and one he’s well-remembered for. RIP, Hopp.