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2021-10-13 18:32
As early as the filming of "Rain Man" in 1969, George Lucas, then Francis Ford Coppola's assistant, encouraged John Millius to write a Vietnam War movie, and the latter thought of adapting Joseph Condela The novel "Heart of Darkness", but he has no intention of directing, but wants Lucas to play the lead. However, director Larol Barrland once said that he had the idea of ​​filming "Apocalypse Now" in 1967. At that time, Milius hadn't started writing and he reached an agreement with producer Joel Langdon, but The two ultimately failed to get the right to adapt Kondela's novel.
Coppola paid Milius $15,000 to write the script. The first draft of Milius's screenplay was completed in 1969, and the original title was "Psychedelic Warrior". Although the script of the film is adapted from "Heart of Darkness", it is obviously quite different from the original. Kondela incorporated his personal experience in Africa in "Heart of Darkness", when he was the captain of a steamship. Milius hopes to treat Condra's novel as a kind of fable, because the plot of the novel is too simple to comply with. When conceiving the characters, he also borrowed the first-hand materials around him.
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  • Colonel Lucas: Your mission is to proceed up the Nung River in a Navy patrol boat. Pick up Colonel Kurtz's path at Nu Mung Ba, follow it and learn what you can along the way. When you find the Colonel, infiltrate his team by whatever means available and terminate the Colonel's command.

    Willard: Terminate the Colonel?

    General Corman: He's out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct. And he is still in the field commanding troops.

    Civilian: Terminate with extreme prejudice.

    Colonel Lucas: You understand, Captain, that this mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist.

  • Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that?

    Lance: What?

    Kilgore: Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell? The whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Someday this war's gonna end.

    [he reflects on this for a moment and frowns. Then he gets up and walks away. Willard stares at him in disbelief]

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