Apocalypse Now is one of the best movies of all time.
There, I said it.
The movie sticks with you long after your first viewing. Certain lines never really stop ringing in your ear… “The horror, the horror…”
Here are some of our favorites.
It’s a way we had over here with living with ourselves. We cut ’em in half with a machine gun and give ’em a Band-Aid. It was a lie. And the more I saw them, the more I hated lies. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now
We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck" on their airplanes because it’s obscene. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now
Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now
Charlie don’t surf! Kilgore, Apocalypse Now
I used to think if I died in an evil place, then my soul wouldn’t be able to make it to heaven. But now, fuck. I don’t care where it goes as long it ain’t here. Jay Hicks, Apocalypse Now
And what would his people back home want if they ever learned just how far from them he’d really gone? He broke from them, and then he broke from himself. I’d never seen a man so broken up and ripped apart. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now
Any man brave enough to fight wit his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day. Kilgore, Apocalypse Now
This is the way the fucking world ends! Look at this fucking shit we’re in, man! Not with a bang, but with a whimper. And with a whimper, I’m fucking splitting, Jack. Photo Journalist, Apocalypse Now
In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action – what is often called ruthless – what may in many circumstances be only clarity, seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it, directly, quickly, awake, looking at it. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now
Horror has a face, and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now
Even the jungle wanted him dead, and that’s who he really took his orders from anyway. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now
Oh man… the bullshit piled up so fast in Vietnam, you needed wings to stay above it. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now
I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring. Kilgore, Apocalypse Now
You’ll never find out about yourself working in some fucking factory in Ohio. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now
No wonder Kurtz put a weed up Command’s ass. The war was being run by a bunch of four star clowns who were gonna end up giving the whole circus away. Captain Benjamin Willard, Apocalypse Now