Someday This War's Gonna End: Apocalypse Now Quiz

Maria Trimarchi

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About This Quiz

Did you know that Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore is a goofy foot? Or that Martin Sheen was drunk when they filmed the opening scene in the Saigon hotel room? See how much you know about the journey into this heart of darkness. And, you understand, of course, that this mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist.

Who was originally cast as Capt. Willard, but replaced after the first few weeks of filming?

Harvey Keitel was the original Capt. Willard, but was released after Coppola didn't find his performance to be what he was looking for in the character.

What does napalm smell like?

According to Kilgore of the 1-9th-Cav, it smells like victory. And, "nothing else in the world smells like that."

What was the name of the typhoon that destroyed sets and delayed filming?

Olga (Didang) was the rain-drenching typhoon that hit the Phillipines during shooting.

Which literary work was the inspiration for the film?

Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness," about a man named Kurtz who journeys into the heart of the Congo, was Coppola's inspiration.

"Apocalypse Now" wasn't always the film's title. Which was an early title of the movie?

"The Psychedelic Soldier" was an early title for "Apocalypse Now." Inspired by the "Nirvana Now" slogan among hippies, it eventually became as we know it.

It's hard to imagine, but Francis Ford Coppola wasn't originally supposed to direct "Apocalypse Now." Who was?

George Lucas was originally intended as the movie's director, with Francis Ford Coppola as producer. Lucas, however, dropped out to make "Star Wars: A New Hope."

Who makes a cameo filming combat on the beach, yelling for the soldiers not to look at the camera?

Director Francis Ford Coppola makes a cameo in his movie as a reporter/director of the camera crew shooting combat on the beach.

What character does Harrison Ford play?

Harrison Ford's character name is Col. Lucas. (Yes, a wink to that George Lucas.)

Williard is assigned to terminate Col. Kurtz with what?

When Col. Lucas orders Williard to terminate the Colonel's command, Jerry, a civilian at the table, adds, "with extreme prejudice."

What piece of music does the 1-9th Cav blast from their helicopters while heading into an area held by "Charlie"?

The 1-9th Cav plays Richard Wagner’s “Ritt der Walküren” (“The Ride of the Valkyrie”). It's the beginning of Act 3 of Die Walküre, which is the second Der Ring des Nibelungen's four operas.

Where was most of the movie shot?

Most of "Apocalypse Now" was filmed in the Philippines.

What is the name of the Navy patrol boat that takes Willard up the river?

The Navy Patrol boat is PBR Streetgang.

While he can't tell them why he needs to go there, where does Willard need the PBR to take him?

Willard's going up the Nung river, toward Cambodia.

Who's running this war, anyway?

The war, Willard feels, is being run by "a bunch of 4-star clowns."

Where did the 1-9th Cav lose McDonald?

The 1-9th Cav lost McDonald at the point at Vin Drin Dop. It's pretty hairy there.

Who pilots one of the helicopters during the 1-9th Cav's "Ride of the Valkyries" attack on a Vietnamese village?

R. Lee Ermey, years before he plays Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket," pilots a helicopter in "Apocalypse Now."

How old was Laurence "Larry" Fishburne when he was cast as Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller?

Laurence (then, "Larry") Fishburne lied about his age during movie casting, claiming he was 16. He wasn't; he was 14.

What does Kilgore put on the dead enemy bodies?

Kilgore puts playing cards -- death cards -- on bodies, to "let Charlie know who did this."

Which one of the PBR's crew water skis behind the boat?

It's surfer Lance B. Johnson who water skis behind the PBR.

You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect what?

As Col. Kurtz put it to Willard, "You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill."

Why do Chef and Willard get off the boat?

Chef, and Willard who goes with him, get out of the boat to look for mangoes in the jungle.

How much time do we see Robert Duvall's "Kilgore" on screen?

Col. Kilgore only has 11 minutes of screen time.

How old was Kurtz when he joined Special Forces?

Kurtz was 38 years old when he joined Special Forces.

Lt. Col. Kilgore sees things two ways in this combat: You can either surf, or you can what?

Kilgore gives the option, "You can either surf, or you can fight."

Who do Willard, Lance, and Chef discover are being used as Kurtz's private army?

Kurtz uses the Montagnard tribesmen as his guard.

What type of man is Col. Kurtz, according to the Photojournalist?

"He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense," according to the Photojournalist.

What T.S. Eliot poem is the Photojournalist quoting when he says, "This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper."?

The Photojournalist is quoting T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men" when he says to Willard: "This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper."

Which song both opens and closes the film?

The Doors' "The End" is used in both the opening and closing of the movie.

What poem is quoted when the Photojournalist quotes Kurtz: "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"?

In the story the Photojournalist tells about him, Kurtz is quoting Rudyard Kipling's poem, If.

Who fills in for Martin Sheen, while the actor recovers from a heart attack he suffered during filming?

Martin Sheen's brother, Joe Estevez, filled in for several long shots, as well as some of Captain Willard's voiceovers.

What is Kurtz's dream/nightmare?

He "watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor," and tells Willard that its "crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor ... and surviving" is both his dream and his nightmare.

What's the graffiti written on the wall outside Kurtz's village?

Outside Kurtz's village is written Apocapylse Now!

What novel do Col. Kurtz's final words, "The horror! The horror!" come from?

Kurtz's final words come directly from Joseph Conrad's novel, "Heart of Darkness." "He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision, – he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath – 'The horror! The horror!'"

Who during the "French Plantation sequence," in "Apocalypse Now Redux," tells Willard about his two selves, "one that kills, and one that loves"?

Roxanne, played by Aurore Clément, tells Willard that there are two selves in people: “There are two of you, don’t you see? One that kills, and one that loves.”

Who won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Score for their original compositions for the film?

Francis Ford Coppola and his father, composer Carmine Coppola, scored the film together and shared the Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

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