Beside the point . . . . I remember studying Conrad's "Heart Of Darkness" at school in 1979 and was fully psyched to see this film which was based on the novel . . . . . the movie at this point had been recieving some degree of press in the lead up to it's release in 1980 for all the wrong reasons . . . .
The whole point of the film . . . . the further 'up river' Captain Willard travels in pursuit of the totally unhinged/sociopathic/cult figurehead Colonel Kurtz, the more he becomes like the man he's been sent to assasinate . . . . the river being the conduit into the "Heart of Darkness" . . . . .
When it finally arrived, I ended up going to see it five times at the cinema . . . . I was mesmerised and gobsmacked . . . . rivetted from go to whoa, it still nails me everytime . . . . definitely a top five all time bit of celluloid for this little brown dog !!!!
****** To view this intense exchange between Brando's Colonel Kurtz and Martin Sheen's Captain Willard, click on the link below or on post title
Apocalypse Now: Brando to Sheen - 'Are my methods unsound?' - YouTube