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Apocalypse Now

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"Honestly, the Chocolate latte is to die for ... INCOMING!"

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Martin Sheen as a US Army Captain sent to assassinate a renegade US Army Special Forces Colonel (played by Marlon Brando), Apocalypse Now was the source of a video clip which, for many years, was played ad nauseum during courses and lectures, showing a helicopter mounted assault against a Vietnamese village.

Now superseded by the beach assault scene from Saving Private Ryan, the Apocalypse Now helicopter clip has been retained in reserve by British Army training establishments and may still be deployed, subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for Defence.

Note: the fun thing about the helicopter scene is that due to terrorist activity, those helicopters have two loads: blanks for the movie scenes and live ammo in case the hired military choppers had to go bad guy hunting.

Based on the book Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad set in the Belgian Congo around the start of the (20th) Century and full of the marvellously un-PC word 'nigger' (whatever one of those is). Because it was directed by Francis Ford Coppola the film is so close to the book in places that the two are virtually indistinguishable (See particularly Scene 28 - Arrow Attack) (see also Soroban the spotter) apart from the fact that one is words printed on paper and the other is moving images on a screen.

Another classic from Coppola is Bram Stoker's Dracula where he mixes the scene order but mirrors the book virtually word for word in each scene used, including the most erotic sections which are now incredibly easy to find in my copy of the book seeing as it just falls open at those particular pages - spooky or what?

Point to note: The film is actually an indictment of war in general - this is a point many young Americans miss when watching it, as they spend much time saying, "Yeah, Git som..." amongst other catch phrases. So remember - it's actually an ANTI-war film.