- Sep 25, 2008
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^ Haven't seen that since the early 80s, but I recently put it on my Netflix list, as I've been wanting to see it again.
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Wow. That is pretty amazing.I agree. My brother was a field journalist with UPI Saigon office knew and worked with a lot of those guys including Joe Galloway. He was aboard one of those helicopters taking off from the roof in that famous picture taken during the fall of Saigon. I was a helicopter crew chief and served in I Corps during the battle for Hue .It was such a surreal experience I often read accounts just to assure myself it wasn't just a weird dream.
I agree with you to some extent. Apocalypse Now isn't a "war movie" as much as a drama set during a war. If you come into it expecting a war movie (which I did), there is a lot that comes across as caricature... a lot of WTF moments in the plot.^ I want to like Apocalypse Now but just can't. I find the nightmarish surrealism of it to be more grating than disturbing. Platoon was always my favourite of the 'Nam movies.
I saw Apocalypse Now when I was 18 or 19 - it had just been re-released into a few cinemas around the same time as the Hearts of Darkness documentary. I didn't know much about it, except that it was loosely based on Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and was set during the Vietnam War.I watched the Hearts of Darkness documentary on Apocalypse Now (before an episode of Cheers). I’m glad I saw the film without knowing much about the production process since it was epic enough to taint your judgment.