Quotes from the Movie Apocalypse Now

On the river, I thought that the minute I looked at him, I'd know what to do, but it didn't happen. I was in there with him for days, not under guard, I was free, but he knew I wasn't going anywhere. He knew more about what I was going to do than I did. If the Generals back in Nha Trang could see what I saw, would they still want me to kill him? More than ever, probably. And what would his people back home want if they ever learned just how far from them he'd really gone? He broke from them, and then he broke from himself. I'd never seen a man so broken up and ripped apart.

Captain Benjamin L. Willard

Everybody wanted me to do it, him most of all. I felt like he was up there, waiting for me to take the pain away. He just wanted to go out like a soldier, standing up, not like some poor, wasted, rag-assed renegade. Even the jungle wanted him dead, and that's who he really took his orders from anyway.

Captain Benjamin L. Willard

"Dear son, I'm afraid that both you and your mother would have been worried for not hearing from me these past weeks. But my situation here has become a difficult one. I've been officially accused of murder by the Army. The alleged victims were four Vietnamese double agents. We spent months uncovering and accumulating evidence. When absolute proof was completed, we acted, we acted like soldiers. The charges are unjustified. They are in fact, under the circumstances of this conflict, quite completely insane. In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action, for what is often called ruthless, what may in many circumstances be only clarity; seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it directly, quickly, aware looking at it. I would trust you to tell your mother what you choose about this letter. As for the charges, I'm unconcerned. I'm beyond their timid, lying morality. And so I'm beyond caring. You have all my faith. Your loving father."

Captain Benjamin L. Willard

If I say it's safe to surf this beach, Captain, then it's safe to surf this beach!

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

You either surf or you fight.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

What the hell do you know about surfing, Major? You're from goddamned New Jersey.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

Charlie don't surf!

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

We use Wagner. My boys love it. It scares the hell outta' the slopes.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

Outstanding, Red Team, outstanding! Getcha a case of beer for that one.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

I will not hurt or harm you. Just give me back the board, Lance. It was a good board and I like it. You know how hard it is to find a board you like.(

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

You smell that? Do you smell that? 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 twelve 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.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

Someday this war's gonna end

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

Never get out of the boat!

Jay "Chef" Hicks

Never get out of the boat!

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

Never get out of the boat!

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

He's worse than crazy, he's evil!

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

There's mines over there, there's mines over there, and watch out those goddamn monkeys bite, I'll tell ya.

Photojournalist

One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions what are you going to land on one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That's dialectic physics.

Photojournalist

Dialectic logic is there's only love and hate, you either love somebody or you hate them."

Photojournalist

He likes you because you're still alive.

Photojournalist

I mean, what are they gonna say about him, when he's gone, huh? What are they gonna say? Are they gonna say "he was a kind man"? "He was a wise man"? "He had plans"; "He had wisdom"? Bullshit, man!

Photojournalist

The heads. You're looking at the heads. I, uh sometimes he goes too far, you know he's the first one to admit it!

Photojournalist

Hey, man, you don't talk to the Colonel. You listen to him. The man's enlarged my mind. He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean, sometimes he'll, uh, well, you'll say hello to him, right? And he'll just walk right by you, and he won't even notice you. And suddenly he'll grab you, and he'll throw you in a corner, and he'll say do you know that if is the middle word in life? If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you I mean, I'm no, I can't I'm a little man, I'm a little man, he's, he's a great man. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas I mean

Photojournalist

There are two of you. One that kills and one that loves.

Roxanne

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