Apocalypse Now is the third epic war film on the 500 - so far. It follows on from Alexander Nevsky and All Quiet On The Western Front. Those first two movies were completely contrasting in quality in my opinion, and Apocalypse Now finds the middle ground.
Apocalypse Now is about the Vietnam War. Made in the 1979, it is important to remember that the Cold War with the USSR was still in full throttle - and indeed the film itself was created just four years after the war had finished. While this means that accurate pictures can be taken front contemporary sources, it does also mean that the film may end up with a one-sided bias.
The storyline follows Captain Willard (Michael Sheen) as he treks up Nung River on an assassination mission in search of renegade Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). On his journey he is joined by Hicks (Frederic Forrest), Johnson (Sam Bottoms), Phillips (Albert Hall) and Miller (a young Laurence Fishburne). Naturally the river if thriving with determined Vietnamese, slightly crazy American soldiers seemingly under no command, along with a couple of American outposts.