Cast and Crew of Apocalypse Now

Cast of
Apocalypse Now

About Apocalypse Now

"Apocalypse Now" is a classic war film that was released in 1979, directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola. The movie is set during the Vietnam War and follows the story of Captain Benjamin Willard, played by Martin Sheen, who is given a covert and dangerous mission. The mission, which is officially denied and will never be acknowledged, is to find and eliminate a rogue Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando, who has been leading his own personal army on illegal guerrilla missions in enemy territory.

The film's characters are a mix of both fictional and real-life figures, adding to the movie's authenticity and grit. Captain Willard is a weary and disillusioned soldier, who is tasked with the responsibility of tracking down and assassinating Colonel Kurtz. Along the way, he is joined by a small group of soldiers, including Jay 'Chef' Hicks, played by Frederic Forrest, who serves as the boat's chief cook and a member of the crew. The characters in the film are well-developed, and the audience gets a sense of their motivations, fears, and desires, making for a compelling and immersive viewing experience.

The plot of "Apocalypse Now" is a complex and thought-provoking exploration of the horrors of war and the effects it has on the human psyche. Captain Willard's journey into the heart of darkness, both literally and metaphorically, serves as a commentary on the destructive nature of power and the blurred lines between good and evil in times of conflict. The film's stunning visuals, iconic soundtrack, and unforgettable performances have cemented its place as a must-see for any fan of war films or classic cinema. "Apocalypse Now" is a powerful and thought-provoking film that is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who watch it.

Full Cast of Apocalypse Now

Martin Sheen
plays Captain Benjamin Willard

Martin Sheen as Captain Benjamin Willard
Martin Sheen's portrayal of Captain Benjamin Willard in 'Apocalypse Now' is a masterclass in brooding intensity and internal conflict. As a man tasked with the mission to assassinate a rogue Special Forces Colonel, Sheen's Willard is a complex character, haunted by the horrors of war and his own moral ambiguity. His performance is nuanced and understated, relying more on subtle expressions and body language than on grand gestures or lengthy monologues. Sheen's Willard is a man on the edge, his sanity constantly teetering on the brink, and it's this palpable tension that makes his performance so compelling. See Martin Sheen's other roles

Frederic Forrest
plays Jay 'Chef' Hicks

Frederic Forrest as Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Frederic Forrest delivers a standout performance as Jay 'Chef' Hicks in the epic war film 'Apocalypse Now'. His portrayal of the passionate and troubled chef is both nuanced and compelling. Forrest brings a sense of authenticity to the role, capturing the character's struggle to maintain his sanity amidst the chaos and brutality of the Vietnam War. His emotional range is impressive, as he transitions seamlessly from moments of humor and camaraderie to scenes of intense fear and despair. Overall, Forrest's performance adds a layer of depth and humanity to the film, making it a memorable and impactful viewing experience. See Frederic Forrest's other roles

Albert Hall
plays Chief Phillips

Albert Hall as Chief Phillips
Albert Hall delivers a commanding performance as Chief Phillips in 'Apocalypse Now'. His portrayal of the no-nonsense, experienced Navy man is both authentic and captivating. Hall brings a sense of authority and wisdom to the role, making Chief Phillips a crucial and memorable character in the film. His interactions with the other characters, particularly Martin Sheen's Captain Willard, add depth and complexity to the narrative. Overall, Hall's performance is a standout in this classic war movie. See Albert Hall's other roles

Laurence Fishburne
plays Tyrone 'Clean' Miller

Laurence Fishburne as Tyrone 'Clean' Miller
Laurence Fishburne delivers a memorable performance as Tyrone 'Clean' Miller in Francis Ford Coppola's epic war film, 'Apocalypse Now'. Despite being only 14 years old during filming, Fishburne brings a raw intensity and maturity to the role of a young soldier caught up in the chaos and insanity of the Vietnam War. His portrayal of 'Clean' is both haunting and authentic, serving as a stark reminder of the harsh realities faced by young men drafted into the conflict. Fishburne's performance is a standout in a film filled with exceptional acting, and it remains one of his most iconic roles to date. See Laurence Fishburne's other roles

Sam Bottoms
plays Lance B. Johnson

Sam Bottoms as Lance B. Johnson
Sam Bottoms delivers a compelling performance as Lance B. Johnson in Francis Ford Coppola's epic war film 'Apocalypse Now'. Bottoms' portrayal of the young, naive surfer-turned-soldier is both authentic and poignant, as he captures the transformation of an innocent young man into a battle-hardened warrior. His nuanced acting, coupled with his natural charisma, makes Lance a sympathetic character, and his journey through the horrors of war is one of the film's most memorable elements. Overall, Bottoms' performance is a standout in this cinematic masterpiece. See Sam Bottoms's other roles

Marlon Brando
plays Colonel Walter Kurtz

Marlon Brando as Colonel Walter Kurtz
Marlon Brando's portrayal of Colonel Walter Kurtz in 'Apocalypse Now' is nothing short of mesmerizing. His performance is a masterclass in minimalism, as he brings the enigmatic character to life with a quiet intensity that is both chilling and captivating. Brando's Kurtz is a man who has been consumed by the horrors of war, and his haunted eyes and weary voice perfectly convey the character's descent into madness. Despite his limited screen time, Brando's presence looms large over the entire film, and his final scene with Martin Sheen is a haunting and unforgettable moment in cinematic history. See Marlon Brando's other roles

Robert Duvall
plays Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

Robert Duvall as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

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Dennis Hopper
plays Photojournalist

G. D. Spradlin
plays General Corman

Harrison Ford
plays Colonel Lucas

Harrison Ford as Colonel Lucas

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Jerry Ziesmer
plays Jerry, Civilian

Scott Glenn
plays Lieutenant Richard M. Colby

James Keane
plays Kilgore's Gunner

Kerry Rossall
plays Mike from San Diego

Kerry Rossall as Mike from San Diego

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Tom Mason
plays Supply Sergeant

Cynthia Wood
plays Playmate of the Year

Colleen Camp
plays Miss May

Colleen Camp as Miss May

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Linda Carpenter
plays Playmate

Aurore Clément
plays Roxanne Sarrault

Jack Thibeau
plays Soldier in Trench

Glenn Walken
plays Lieutenant Carlsen

Damien Leake
plays Machine Gunner

Marc Coppola
plays AFRS Announcer

Bill Graham
plays Agent

Jerry Ross
plays Johnny from Malibu / Mike from San Diego

Charles Robinson
plays Soldier with Colby (uncredited)

Nick Nicholson
plays Soldier (uncredited)

Don Gordon Bell
plays Soldier (uncredited)

Evan A. Lottman
plays Soldier (uncredited)

R. Lee Ermey
plays Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

R. Lee Ermey as Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

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Jim Gaines
plays Extra (uncredited)

Vittorio Storaro
plays TV Photographer (uncredited)

Francis Ford Coppola
plays Director of TV Crew (uncredited)

Francis Ford Coppola as Director of TV Crew (uncredited)

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Henry Strzalkowski
plays Bit Part (uncredited)

Lonnie Woodley
plays Helicopter Skid Marine (uncredited)

Herb Rice
plays Roach

Joe Estevez
plays Captain Benjamin L. Willard (voice) (uncredited)

Bo Byers
plays MP Sergeant #1

Frank Villard
plays Gaston de Marais (Long Version)

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