Someday This War's Gonna End: Apocalypse Now Quiz

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Someday This War's Gonna End: Apocalypse Now Quiz
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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?
Steve McQueen
Al Pacino
Nick Nolte
Harvey Keitel
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.

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What does napalm smell like?
victory
According to Kilgore of the 1-9th-Cav, it smells like victory. And, "nothing else in the world smells like that."
oranges
kind of sweet
it's odorless

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What was the name of the typhoon that destroyed sets and delayed filming?
Typhoon Olga
Olga (Didang) was the rain-drenching typhoon that hit the Phillipines during shooting.
Super Typhoon Pamela
Typhoon Ruby
Tropical Storm Fernanda

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Which literary work was the inspiration for the film?
Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness," about a man named Kurtz who journeys into the heart of the Congo, was Coppola's inspiration.
T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Man"
E. M. Forster's "A Passage to India"
Tim O'Brien's "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home"

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"Apocalypse Now" wasn't always the film's title. Which was an early title of the movie?
"Drop Acid Not Bombs"
"Make Love Not War"
"Nirvana Now"
"The Psychedelic Soldier"
"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.

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It's hard to imagine, but Francis Ford Coppola wasn't originally supposed to direct "Apocalypse Now." Who was?
Robert Altman
Stanley Kubrick
George Lucas
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."
Martin Scorsese

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Who makes a cameo filming combat on the beach, yelling for the soldiers not to look at the camera?
Oliver Stone
John Milius
Stanley Kurbick
Francis Ford Coppola
Director Francis Ford Coppola makes a cameo in his movie as a reporter/director of the camera crew shooting combat on the beach.

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What character does Harrison Ford play?
Mike from San Diego
Col. Lucas
Harrison Ford's character name is Col. Lucas. (Yes, a wink to that George Lucas.)
Lt. Richard M. Colby
Gen. Corman

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Williard is assigned to terminate Col. Kurtz with what?
terminate with cause
terminate without exception
terminate with extreme caution
terminate with extreme prejudice
When Col. Lucas orders Williard to terminate the Colonel's command, Jerry, a civilian at the table, adds, "with extreme prejudice."

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What piece of music does the 1-9th Cav blast from their helicopters while heading into an area held by "Charlie"?
Modest Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain"
Jacques Offenbach’s “Galop Infernal” (“Infernal Gallop”)
Carl Orf's “O Fortuna” (from Carmina Burana)
Richard Wagner’s “Ritt der Walküren” (“The Ride of the Valkyrie”)
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.

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Where was most of the movie shot?
in Vietnam
in the Philippines
Most of "Apocalypse Now" was filmed in the Philippines.
in Laos
in Cambodia

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What is the name of the Navy patrol boat that takes Willard up the river?
Pibber
PBR Midget
PBR Streetgang
The Navy Patrol boat is PBR Streetgang.
PBR Tango

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While he can't tell them why he needs to go there, where does Willard need the PBR to take him?
Khone Falls
Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge
the Chiang Saen port
up the Nung River
Willard's going up the Nung river, toward Cambodia.

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Who's running this war, anyway?
a bunch of 4-star clowns
The war, Willard feels, is being run by "a bunch of 4-star clowns."
the sergeants
Charlie
Col. Kurtz

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Where did the 1-9th Cav lose McDonald?
the sand bar at Cue Dai Beach
the reef-rocky Dark Reef
the point at Vin Drin Dop
The 1-9th Cav lost McDonald at the point at Vin Drin Dop. It's pretty hairy there.
the beach-break at Da Nang

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Who pilots one of the helicopters during the 1-9th Cav's "Ride of the Valkyries" attack on a Vietnamese village?
Bruno Kirby
R. Lee Ermey
R. Lee Ermey, years before he plays Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket," pilots a helicopter in "Apocalypse Now."
Robert De Niro
Robert Duvall

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How old was Laurence "Larry" Fishburne when he was cast as Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller?
14
Laurence (then, "Larry") Fishburne lied about his age during movie casting, claiming he was 16. He wasn't; he was 14.
15
16
18

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What does Kilgore put on the dead enemy bodies?
death cards
Kilgore puts playing cards -- death cards -- on bodies, to "let Charlie know who did this."
dimes
helmet
dog tags

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Which one of the PBR's crew water skis behind the boat?
Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller
Lance B. Johnson
It's surfer Lance B. Johnson who water skis behind the PBR.
Jay "Chef" Hicks
Chief Phillips

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

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Why do Chef and Willard get off the boat?
to look for mangoes
Chef, and Willard who goes with him, get out of the boat to look for mangoes in the jungle.
to kill a tiger
to kidnap Kurtz
to kill Kurtz

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How much time do we see Robert Duvall's "Kilgore" on screen?
4 minutes
11 minutes
Col. Kilgore only has 11 minutes of screen time.
14 minutes
41 minutes

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How old was Kurtz when he joined Special Forces?
16
18
28
38
Kurtz was 38 years old when he joined Special Forces.

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Lt. Col. Kilgore sees things two ways in this combat: You can either surf, or you can what?
die
fight
Kilgore gives the option, "You can either surf, or you can fight."
go home
sleep

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Who do Willard, Lance, and Chef discover are being used as Kurtz's private army?
the Hmong tribesmen
the Mon-Khmer peoples
the Montagnard tribesmen
Kurtz uses the Montagnard tribesmen as his guard.
the Nung people

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What type of man is Col. Kurtz, according to the Photojournalist?
a hollow man
a poet-warrior
"He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense," according to the Photojournalist.
a social critic
the twinkle of a fading star

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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 Waste Land"
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
"The Hollow Men"
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."
"The Hippopotamus"

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Which song both opens and closes the film?
Flash Cadillac's "Suzy Q"
The Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari"
The Doors' "The End"
The Doors' "The End" is used in both the opening and closing of the movie.
The Rolling Stone's "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

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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"?
T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
Rudyard Kipling's poem, "If"
In the story the Photojournalist tells about him, Kurtz is quoting Rudyard Kipling's poem, If.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan"
Sun Tzu's classic, "The Art of War"

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Who fills in for Martin Sheen, while the actor recovers from a heart attack he suffered during filming?
Francisco Estevez
Joe Estevez
Martin Sheen's brother, Joe Estevez, filled in for several long shots, as well as some of Captain Willard's voiceovers.
Ramon Estevez
Charlie Sheen

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What is Kurtz's dream/nightmare?
being locked in a tiger cage
heaven falls on the earth in the form of gardenias
making friends with horror
watching a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor
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.

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What's the graffiti written on the wall outside Kurtz's village?
Apocalypse Now!
Outside Kurtz's village is written Apocapylse Now!
Charlie Don't Surf!
Exterminate Them All!
Mistah Kurtz – He Dead

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What novel do Col. Kurtz's final words, "The horror! The horror!" come from?
V.S. Naipaul's "A Bend in the River"
Henry James' "The Beast in the Jungle"
T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
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!'"

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Who during the "French Plantation sequence," in "Apocalypse Now Redux," tells Willard about his two selves, "one that kills, and one that loves"?
Sandra Beatty
Terri Tersay
Roxanne Sarrault
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.”
Carrie Foster

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Who won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Score for their original compositions for the film?
Francis Ford Coppola, as Francis Ford
Francis' father, Carmine Coppola
Francis' brother, Anton Coppola
both Francis Ford and Carmine Coppola
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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