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Frankensteins Monster Revisited Or No Axel Rose wasnt the first to say Charlie dont surf In Francis Ford Coppolas classic film Apocalypse Now United States Army Captain Willard Martin Sheen is sent on a mission that officially does not exist to terminate a man who shouldnt exist Colonel Walter Kurtz Marlon Brando According to General Corman who orders the mission Kurtz has lost his mind and is operating Totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct The Army charges Colonel Walter Kurtz with murder for killing three South Vietnamese citizens who were collaborating with the Communist Vietcong In fact the Army wants Kurtz dead because he has gone mad and has established his own private army in Cambodia With the aid of hard-core surfer Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore Robert Duvall Capt Willard begins his journey up the Nung River on a Navy patrol boat crewed by some rather odd fellows including Chef Clean and a famous Californian surfer named Lance The rest of the film follows Capt Willard and crew as they travel the Nung River up to Cambodia where Willard has his fateful meeting with Col Kurtz One theme that permeates Apocalypse Now is the characters pursuit of self-interest In fact the main source of conflict in the film is a product of conflicting self-interests The United States Army symbolized by General Corman tries to save face by executing Col Kurtz who is an embarrassing example of failure in the Armys vaunted chain of command Kurtz simply wants to fight the Vietnam War his way without any authority directing him Captain Willard is summoned from his Saigon hotel room to meet General Corman Willard arrives at the Generals trailer where a tape of Col Kurts voice is played We must kill them We must incinerate them Pig after pig cow after cow village after village army after army And they call me an assassin What do you call it when the assassins accuse the
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