'Apocalypse Now' (1979) Plot: The U.S. Army sends a captain (Martin Sheen) upriver and into the jungles of Vietnam in order to assassinate a special forces colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Remake of: While the main plot and many character names were taken from Joseph Conrad's novella "Heart of Darkness," director Francis Ford Coppola has acknowledged a deep debt to Werner Herzog's similar madness-on-a-jungle-river film, "Aguirre, the Wrath of God." Credit? Conrad's novella wasn't copyrighted in the U.S. The documentary about the making of the film,though, was titled "Hearts of Darkness."
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