Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (which we are airing at 8/7c tonight) isn’t easy viewing, but movies about brutal wars shouldn’t be laugh fests (“Stripes” and “Dr. Strangelove” being the exceptions, of course.) The film adapts Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness,” which depicts war as a descent into primal madness, as much mental and emotional as physical. The film stars Martin Sheen as Capt. Willard, who is already on the edge and eager to get out. He is assigned the unsavory and potentially impossible task of tracking down and dealing with Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone AWOL and is rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal god-like figurehead. It’s a dark and disturbing, but absolutely captivating film that introduced audiences to some of the most shocking, disturbing and ultimately memorable cinematic imagery ever.
Need another good reason to watch “Apocalypse Now” tonight? Once you watch it, you can finally recognize the brilliance of this scene from the season finale of “Portlandia”:
Watch the trailer now and tune in to “Apocalypse Now” tonight at 8/7c:
“Apocalypse Now” airs tonight at 8/7c and on Monday, Mar. 25 at 8/7c