5 Minutes with Colonel Kurtz - Apocalypse Now

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africa93 : his head is never properly illuminated, representative of kurtz's broken mind

Ron G : The diamond bullet through his forehead represents the exact second that his mind snapped from the trauma of what he had seen and he became insane.

elvis presley : Brando always said that acting was no big deal , that he did it for the money and that it was something that everyone does at one time. Perhaps that's why he made it look so effortless

seal1 the dickless : Was Kurtz broken?? Or did he just finally awaken to the evil cruel tactics the VC/NVA used? And realizes this is what you must do to win a war?

Luis : Marlon Brado fucking got it. He went in there and told the director "this is how I'm gonna play this scene" and he pulled it off perfectly.

tomtomshay : if i had ten divisions of those men ours troubles would be over very quickly. true then true now

James Vasel : Capt. Willard is not drinking the Kurtz Cool aid. good for him

BEYOND MAD : Think about how much less surreal this would've been if Brando had done what he was told, or if the director was an absolute purist. Very strange.

Mudder Fukker : One of the greatest works of Cinema ever. They should've never released the short version, Redux is the complete, true version. If you haven't seen the Redux, try to catch it.

wheelinthesky300 : Sell the house. Sell the car. Sell the kids.

juan bravo : "You have a right to kill me" says it with no hesitation. Already accepting death. Truly chilling. One of my favorite movies ever.

Active Dynamics : Just picked up this amazing flick in wallmart bargain bin - 3 disc bluray, orig version, redux, hearts of dakrness + special features. Best $10 I ever spent... seriously...

ITILII : Brando was the greatest actor of all time....and he played Kurtz superbly, a brilliant man who saw far too much of the hypocrisy and evil of the so called leadership who kill by the millions, and steal by the trillions.... and rebelled against it, in his own way

Robert Poole : This movie hit me like a diamond bullet shot between my eyes! The Genius...

Jamal Labarge : The US built thousands of missiles intended to incinerate nations. Our experts created a term called "Megadeath", meant to express a million dead people. During the Korean War the US Strategic Air Command killed one in five to one in three North Koreans. Mostly through famine. The US killed 4,000,000 Vietnamese people. We Americans understood horror very well. We still understand horror. A lot of us just pretend not to notice it.

Nathaniel Dance : the people pointing to Brando's performance in this movie and saying that it is proof that he's a fabulous actor make me want to slam my head against a wall. This is the result of excellent editing and a woefully under-prepared Brando who forgot his lines and showed up on set late, drunk, and overweight. Coppola was forced to put Brando in the shadows and do almost exclusively close shots of his face to hide his girth, and then edited his dialogue to sound enigmatic rather than blundering.

kliphy10 : One of the best movies of all time .

Andy McWilliams : This and the arrival scene is taken from Joseph Conrad’s novel, “Heart of Darkness.” Read it sometime. It’s about a mission up the Congo River to find a Mister Kurtz. “Mista Kurtz. He dead.”

John Nevola : This is one of my all time favorite films. Copolla showed genius in his capture of an insane war. Look at the reality after reading the Pentagon Papers. The whole thing was insane, and the poor guys sent there, as valliant as they were, were fightng in an unfamiliar trecherous enviornment, fightng The Vietnamese who fought all their lives, including the French who they defeated. And the reason for it? It wasn't because North Vietnam attacked Pearl Harbor. It was insane, and Copolla reflected it. Wow. Talk about movie making.

cody allan : Man Brando improvising this is truly a masterpiece. Such an actor to resemble "horrors" that we have all experienced. From getting abused to the full scale of murder and so many things that we want to remember and not ever wanting to forget. Like a diamond bullet and the genius of it all for men to do such things. What a way of life we all can learn from.

Alain Delon : Algeria and Vietnam = Insanity

mr. indian : doing brando's soliloquy for my oral interp speech and I am so nervous because this, to me, is the greatest 'rant' in movie history.

Marc Abramsky : There are some good thoughts here. Kurtz is describing what he learned in meeting the enemy on its own terms. Using their own methods to defeat them. Remember Vlad Dracul, when the Turks sent their front line first before the main army. Vlad defeated them and then impaled them on posts. When the main force came to conquer the area the first sight that greeted them were the thousands of men impaled on spears. The sight terrified the main force enough to turn back. Like anything significant, it is doing what others are afraid to do. History is riddled with such acts on both good and horrific levels. "For it is judgement that defeats us".One of the lines in the film that Sheen mentions is, "the Vietcong knew of Kurtz and they were terrified of him".

Hubert Van Calenbergh : I've always wondered about the girl at 2:41. She's stunningly beautiful.

gregg mikulla : 2 people think they can act better than Marlon Brando

1pilot2000 : A very true statement by Col. Kurtz about the absolute nature of war.

doorswhofan : Dig the girl's serious countenance from roughly 2:35 to 2:48. Now couple that with Colby earlier -- his vacant stare while fingering his gun. Amazing how Kurtz's complete control over their minds was portrayed.

phapnui : This is more about the dark parts of our minds than the American War in Vietnam.  From a continuum of absolute insanity to deep compassion, we all slide up and down it and never stay in one place.  Absolutely brilliant how this is portrayed by seeing how the men in the boat change as they go upriver, deeper into the jungle, deeper into madness.  This is why I always dread my trips to the VA where I see so many broken minds.  Living in Vietnam I discovered that the Viet Cong and NVA were not immune to the adverse effects of war and some are living in their version of a VA hospital.  But I also discovered that former VC I know have learned to deal with their experience and hanging out with them helped me through their example.  "We both did what our government told us to do.  The war was a long time ago.  Now is the time for peace and understanding."

Dicky Fisher : Send Col. Kurtz and his men after Isis.

thad g : The old man was crying because he thought the Army Special Forces was poisoning the children, he could not speak English and felt powerless to stop them. The peasant farmer then chopped off the children's arms to save them, or so he thought. Kurtz was driven insane by this horrific, brutal, calculated act of love. He was also driven insane by the fact that the peasant could think the Special Forces where actually capable of such evil as to poison children. Kurtz felt responsible for that perception and that and that he was on the wrong side of this conflict.

Oskar Zoroaster : On the road we were told not to stop- it was an ambush. An old man on a bicycle stopped and looked at us, he stared through my soul, I closed my eyes and let the thumpety thump be a memory

MifuneBoBune : Possibly the best scene in all of movie history. I'm surprised that after almost four decades, so few people understand what this scene is about. The books at the beginning of the scene are very important. The Golden Bough is a famous classic by Fraser, the other a famous classic by Weston, both well known studies in mythology. Kurtz symbolizes the injured Grail King who'd become "the ogre" while Willard symbolizes a typically clueless Parsifal. The scene of the compound where they find Kurtz is symbolic of "the wasteland" which is a very prominent theme in mythology. But, in this film, the roles are somewhat perverted so that, instead of Parsifal bringing the lost spear that had pierced the side of Christ, and healing the king, he brings death instead. It's typically perceived and conveyed by dialogue in the film that Kurtz had gone insane when, in reality, he'd gone completely sane. So, like in all mythology, sometimes the characters are mixed, perverted, reversed, etc. Read the books along with Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" and you'll grasp this movie like being shot in the forehead with a diamond bullet.

James Harden : Fat and drunk or not, Coppola made a good decision to shroud Brando in darkness for this scene. I think it adds more mystique to not see the entirety of Kurt's body while he tells his poignant monologue and the movie is better for it, though I am curious to see how this would have turned out had all of Coppola's plans gone accordingly.

Kyle Ferris : Although Kurtz has clearly gone insane from exposure to traumatic events, he is incredibly articulate in explaining the ideology of extremism. This is the most dangerous type of sociopath... one that can logically explain his actions, and even convince others to join him in carrying out these actions. Willard’s steadfast morality and sense of duty are the only things protecting him from Kurtz’s influence. P.S. Marlon Brando was an incredibly talented actor!

Zachary Caruso : Its mind boggling how Coppola simply could not even come close to this level of filmmaking again. I watch Rumble Fish and The Outsiders, and they're fine and mediocre, and it was only downhill from there. But god damn, what a streak Coppola was on in the 70s.

tickyul : My all time favorite movie.....ever. Marlon Brando was a genius in this movie.

MAKE IT : " STELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Hudson Bailey : Mind Blower, indeed! I love it!

Derek D : Colonel Kurtz '"You have to have men who are moral and at the same time who are able to utilize their prime mortal instincts to kill without feeling, without passion, without judgement" A man who comes to my mind is Navy Chief SEAL sniper Chris Kyle!!

Tim Hallas : That moment when you realize that we created God, and the pain of removing ten thousand years of injustice from our souls, is going to be more than we can endure. Ten thousand years of inhumanity is our debt. How shall we pay for this?

drwnpadilla : This is one of the unbelievable pictures ever made fuckingawesome I served in those times it's just simply unbelievable.

Mudder Fukker : "Pig after pig, cow after cow" I still say that sometimes on FB threads. ;)

Diabetic Slime : This whole sequence made me dizzy, at first.

Electric Cream Man : Never gets old

quannga99 : Don’t know what they think, this is not the Vietnam war.

mark rush : back when films were legendary

TheCoolProfessor : I feel a deep sympathy for the things that soldiers see in combat. If I ever met someone like Kurtz I'd reach out and give him an enormous hug.

Dennis Halterman : “Even a cursory glance at history should convince one that individual crimes committed for selfish motivations play a quite insignificant part in the human tragedy compared to the numbers massacred in unselfish loyalty to one’s tribe, nation, dynasty, church or political ideology.” -Arthur Koestler, “Janus: A Summing Up.”

Jeffrey Richardson : This scene is a good example of the power of conditioning one's mind and soul to the breaking point...

Barek Halfhand : I haven't seen this in years and it's absolutely brilliant!