APOCALYPSE NOW

Original screenplay by John Milius. Inspired by Joseph Conrad's "HEART OF DARKNESS". This draft by Francis Ford Coppola. December 3, 1975. This is an early version of the screenplay. It's quite different from the final version but very interesting anyway. It includes f ex The French plantation scene, which was actually filmed, but later cut from the movie. 1 PRIMEVAL SWAMP - EARLY DAWN It is very early in the dawn - blue light filters through the jungle and across a foul swamp. A mist clings to the trees. This could be the jungle of a million years ago. Our VIEW MOVES CLOSER, through the mist, TILTING DOWN to the tepid water. A small bubble rises to the surface; then another. Suddenly, but quietly, a form begins to emerge; a helmet. Water and mud pour off revealing a set of beady eyes just above the mud. Printed on a helmet, in a psychedelic hand, are the words: "Gook Killer." The head emerges revealing that the tough-looking soldier beneath has exceptionally long hair and beard; he has no shirt on, only bandoliers of ammunition - his body is painted in an odd camouflage pattern. He looks to the right; he looks to the left; he looks INTO CAMERA, and slowly sinks back into the swamp, disapperaring completely. Our VIEW HOLDS, We begin to HEAR natural, though unrecognizable JUNGLE SOUNDS, far off in the distance. We PAN TO REVEAL a clump of logs half submerged in the swamp; and part of what seems to be a Falstaff beer can

in the mud. A hand reaches out, and the beer can disappears. As we TILT UP, we NOTICE that the log is hollow and houses the rear of a M-60 machine gun, hand painted in a paisley design. Now the VIEW MOVES AWAY, ACROSS the ancient growth, PAST the glimmer of what seems to be another soldier hiding in ambush, wearing an exotic hat made from birds and bushes. ACROSS to a dark trail where the legs of those in black pajamas move silently across our ever TIGHTENING VIEW. Their feet, boots and sandals leave no impression; make no sound. A slight flicker of light reveals a pair of eyes in the foliage across the path, waiting and watching. The VIEW PUSHES ALONG WITH the Vietnamese, MOVING FASTER AND FASTER WITH them, until suddenly, directly in front about ten feet away, an enormous AMERICAN clad in rags and bushes and holding a 12 gauge automatic shotgun casually at his side, steps in front of them. He smiles laconically, and BLASTS OUT FIVE SHOTS that rip THROUGH US. By the second shot, the whole jungle blazes out with AUTOMATIC FIRE. Out VIEW TURNS as the men around us are thrown and torn, screaming and scattering into the jungle. More AMERICANS appear; unexplainably, out of the growth. It is now that we fully SEE the bizarre manner in which they are dressed. Some wear helmets, others wear strange hats made from feathers and parts of animals. Some of them have long savage-looking hair; other crew-cut or completely shaved; they wear bandoliers, flak jackets, shorts and little else. They wear Montagnard sandals or no shoes at all, and their bodies and faces are painted in bizarre camouflage patterns. They appear one with the jungle and mist, FIRING INTO US as they move. The soldier we saw earlier emerges from the swamp, dripping mud, his MACHINE GUN BLASTING FIRE. We begin to move quickly with one Vietnamese, breathlessly running for his life; we MOVE INTO the jungle with him, only to be impaled on a large spear of a smiling AMERICAN

painted and wearing feathers like an Indian. OUR VIEW FALLS WITH him to the ground, STARING UPWARDS, as FLAME and EXPLODING MUD scatter above us. Men scream and die around us. The screams amid the GUNFIRE and EXPLOSIONS are piercing and terrible, as though the jungle itself is frightened. An AMERICAN wearing a jungle hat with a large Peace Sign on it, wearing war paint, bends TOWARD US, reaching down TOWARD US with a large knife, preparing to scalp the dead. OUR VIEW MOVES AWAY, along with the running sandals of a Vietnamese soldier, MOVING FASTER AND FASTER, only to be stopped by still another of the savage-looking AMERICANS with primitive ornamentation, wearing only a loin-cloth and green beret. He opens his flame-thrower directly ON US and the NVA soldier and we are incinerated in flame, bright psychedelic orange-red flame. Outrageous, loud, electric ROCK MUSIC OVERWHELMS the SOUNDTRACK : MAIN TITLE : APOCALYPSE NOW 2 TITLE SEQUENCE The CREDIT TITLES proceed as the FLANE CONSUME US, growing more intense, brighter, more vivid, purifying; transforming into an intense white heat that we can barely look at, like the sun itself. Then it EXPLODES, breking apart, and shattering once again. It begins to cool, as the TITLES CONTINUE. It is as though WE ARE MOVING through the white center of cooling flame, forming a spinning web, and becoming more distant. The TITLES CONTINUE. We are MOVING TOWARD planetary nebulae; MOVING through the stars; MOVING closer to the Earth. We can BARELY HEAR the MUSIC now.

Others have their faces smeared with white suntan oil that reminds us of war paint. CHARLIE (continuing) This is West Germany. his shirt off to catch some of the late sun. finger-like shapes of : 3 EXT. is sitting.sugar is up to 200 dollars a ton -. as though SEEN from a satellite. This is the economy of the United States in two years -He takes a newspaper. draws a circle. (he draws another. then California. CLOSER to North America. It's crazy -. and this is his party. let me show you something. through the soft clouds. close enough that we can MAKE OUT the Western Hemisphere. MARINA DEL REY The VIEW finally SETTLES ON a partically luxury cabin cruiser harbored at a particular dock late in the day. STILL CLOSER to the odd. beautiful. .We MOVE CLOSER to the earth.. and snapping pictures. CHARLIE. It is large. to America. They are drinking cocktails. The boat belongs to the head of a large American Corporation. oil --look. This man. Charlie is going on and on : CHARLIE . pleasure boat: The people are relaxing in bathing suits and towels and robes. Los Angeles. covered in clouds. CLOSER.. We are MOVING CLOSER to the earth. The TITLES CONTINUE.sugar ! LAWYER What about oil ? CHARLIE Food.

(a dot) This is Iran. except he won't talk. I didn't build a two-billion-dollar company in the last twenty years by doing nothing. CHARLIE (continuing) Carries a attache case at all times. for a drink) We are still the most powerful nation in the world... The VIEW BEGINS TO PULL AWAY from this group. This kind of man can kill you with his pinky. A nice quiet fella. in a half-whisper. (another . He leans to his associates. Militarily. (pause. In two years ? (a gigantic circle) Do you understand ? ACCOUNTANT What's to prevent it ? CHARLIE Maybe nothing. You talk to him. CHARLIE (continuing) You know bodyguard. But I'll tell you. We can protect our interests.bigger circle) This is Japan. he was a captain in Viet Nam. (a very big circle) And this is Saudi Arabia. bigger) This is Italy. though. You know what's in it ? (another sip) .

. Gradually. I saw a friend of mine get ripped open because he flicked his M-16 to automatic. WILLARD (V. flirting. I don't like automatic weapons. and can crush a skull with we should have the respect your knee.O. but it makes him safe to think there's a machine pistol in it. but you of the world. even if it can't kill anybody with takes another war. some people are swimming. you protect our interests. The truth is he wouldn't understand. drinking. You can kill neither should this country. and a NEW VOICE. with the ridge of your If we're strong.) (continuing) He likes to hear stories about Nam. and it jammed. your pinky. some reading.An Ingram Machine pistol.. I tell him I can't.) I don't tahe chances. How much money did the contractors make on the M-16 ? Our VIEW IS MOVING through the people on the boat. we should hand to the throat. and Bullshit.) The attache case has been empty for three years. The VIEW MOVE ALONG the guests of this small party : Pictures being taken. They jam. Now WILLARD'S VOICE TRACK DOMINATES. . It is the good life. they're not cleared. the voice of someone thinking.O.O. COMES IN OVER it : CHARLIE WILLARD (V. WILLARD (V. Charlie's voice softens as we MOVE AWAY.

looking the opposite way.. WILLARD (V. what really happened over there. I wouldn't've believed it if someone'd told me. but I thought this . We MOVE CLOSER.L. a Captain of the Airborne.) (continuing) There was only one part that mattered -. and R. DISSOLVE TO : 4 EXT.O. Our VIEW MOVES TOWARD one particular officer. followed by four or five Vietnamese kids trying to shine his shoes and sell him things. We are now RESTING on his back. he sips from a beer. the rickshaws. but we cannot see his face.We can now SEE A MAN with his BACK TO US. WILLARD (V. I wasn't sure. my first time south of the DMZ in three months. anyway. Occasionally.O.because when it ended I was insane..DAY A Saigon boom street in late 1968. WILLARD . in uniform. An attache case resting near to him. WILLARD (V. I don't even know if I remember all of it. There are bars and shops for servicemen.O.for me. in Saigon.) But I know how it started for me -. I can't remember how it ended. the motorbikes. B.) (continuing) There's no way I can tell them. A STREET IN SAIGON .I was on R. exactly -.

5 HIS VIEW an American CIVILIAN. The lounge is fairly crowded. buys a couple of drinks and approaches Willard's table. CAPTAIN Winning the war by yourself. catching sight of his ribbons. and a juke box.a bar. CAPTAIN How about a drink ? WILLARD Sure. He sits down at the table with the drinks. An INFANTRY CAPTAIN enters the bar. stop talking as he moves by. THE SAIGON BAR . VIEW Willard ducks into a bar. linoleum flooring. a few tables and chairs. Willard looks back. Willard takes off his cap and walks quietly past the soldiers at the bar. thanks. CAPTAIN . WILLARD (he calls for the waiter) Part.DAY Not much in this place -. 6 MED. Some of them.guy was following me. 7 INT.

but I had hepatitis. Willard looks over his shoulder. Way north. eh? WILLARD Sort of. CAPTAIN That's good gin.Which part is that ? WILLARD My part. CAPTAIN Delta ? WILLARD No. CAPTAIN . with ice and water. The JUKE BOX starts BLARING. Annoyed . WILLARD I'm sure it is. CAPTAIN Rangers. CAPTAIN What unit were you with ? WILLARD None. CAPTAIN North ? WILLARD Yeah. (TO THE WAITER) Beer.

then enters and sits down at a table by the doorway. CAPTAIN I was an FO for the 25th. WILLARD Let's talk about you. He reaches into his shirt pocket for a cigarette. and the Captain leans over the table to light it for him. How many gallons does each one of those damn things carry ? CAPTAIN Thirty -. That's real fat. WILLARD Tracks ? CAPTAIN Yeah. CAPTAIN That's quite an array of ribbons. CAPTAIN Sometimes.. WILLARD At least you always have enough water.. Willard notices the CIVILIAN on the street has glanced in the bar.sometimes fifty.Were you Longe Range Recon -WILLARD No -. WILLARD .I worked too far north for LRRP. WILLARD Fat.

and the first Americans we ran into were a track squadron. . I just couldn't believe how much water they had. We'd been chewing bamboo shoots for almost a week. Listen Captain. And there were these guys standing by their trucks spilling water all over.. I could've killed them. CAPTAIN A year ? Waiter another beer. too. for two weeks. CAPTAIN How long were you up there ? WILLARD A long time. CAPTAIN I didn't know we had units up there in North Vietnam. river shit. WILLARD We do.You know. buy me all the beer you want. stuff right out of the paddies. if . (solemnly) I swear to God I would have. WILLARD I go up on missions.. I can remember once. we'd been drinking anything -rain water. but you better tell that asshole over there you're not going to find out anymore about me. and before that. getting back below the DMZ -.

It crosses a barbed wire and sand-bagged perimeter and lands in a heavily fortified.) .405th A.S-2 -Com-Sec -.L. Willard.Intelligence -Nha Trang. The Civilian follows.O.DUSK A darkly painted "HUEY" ROARS over low paddies and jungle before emerging onto an open plain. He rises and comes over to the bar. WILLARD Who are you ? CIVILIAN The agency. HELICOPTER . 8 EXT.Willard glances over his shoulder and indicates the Civilian. 4th Recon Group.S. WILLARD (continuing) What do you want ? CIVILIAN (indicating the Army jeep) If you're B. The Civilian is given a sign by the Captain. and then walks roght out toward the jeep without saying another word. we'd like you to come with us. WILLARD (V. WILLARD Whose orders ? CAPTAIN Headquarters 11 Corps -. Willard looks at the Civilian a moment. concealed compound.A Battalion -.

I'd worked for Intelligence before -Armed men jump from the Huey -. Willard. 9 FULL SHOT .UNDERGROUND PLOTTING ROOM A door swings wide -. Willard sits in a chair that is set in a center of a bare concrete floor. The nearest one. . revealing an underground corridor -. The whole place has been hewn out of the ground itself and there is a sense of the cut-back jungle growth slowly reclaiming it. a COLONEL puts his cigar out on the bottom of his shoe -.S.they enter. around steel desks and tables sit several men. WILLARD Captain B. reporting as ordered.Willard steps through and comes to attention.They took me to some place outside Nha Trang. Across from him. COLONEL (O. Captain Willard ? He points to the Major. Willard.among them Willard.) Okay.L. Intelligence Headquarters for all operations in South East Asia. sir. WILLARD No. A strange reddish light pervades. sir.behind him sits a MAJOR and a seedy-looking CIVILIAN... A large camouflaged cover is moved. G-4 Headquarters. COLONEL Have you ever seen this officer before. blocking the view of the room. The room is covered with plastic maps and filled with smoke. sit down.

sir. Just because a man jumps out of an airplane or wears a silly hat doesn't give him any . He turns to the Colonel and nods his approval. The officer smiles at this. COLONEL I believe on your last job you executed a tax collector in Kontum. The Colonel gets up and goes to a large plastic map. Captain. COLONEL You know much about about Special Forces. sir. COLONEL Then you can appreciate Command's concern over their -. Green Berets. (pause) I have never favored elite units. including your paratroopers or whatever. Captain ? WILLARD I've worked with them on occasions and I saw the movie .COLONEL This gentleman or myself ? WILLARD No. MAJOR Very good. sir.shall we say 'erratic' methods of operation. is that right ? WILLARD I am not presently disposed to discuss that.

MAJOR We didn't need 'em in Korea -no sir.no sir. It was originally a larger base.ON THE MAP COLONEL The A detachment at Nu Mung Ba. none of this fancy crap -.twelve or fourteen Americans -.pretty much on their own. 10 CLOSE VIEW . What we're concerned with is here. Two here and another one here -. and get it within reason. they train and motivate Montagnard natives.not in this man's army. If they need something.priviliges in my book -. give me an Ohio farm boy and an M-1 Garand. COLONEL We have Special Forces A detachments all along the Cambodian border. The area has been relatively quiet for the past two years -but -11 MED VIEW . they call for it. built up along the river in an old Cambodian fortress. pick their own operations. CIVILIAN (stopping him) Major.

.in the same sampans as the M'Nongs. this is routine.large numbers of Montagnards of the M'Nong descent began leaving the area -. But what is unusual is that we began to find Rhade refugees too -.COLONEL . They've put up with war for twenty years -. COLONEL About the same time -. MAJOR Communications naturally dwindled with the lack of V. These people aren't afraid of V. no one has really gone . but six months ago communication virtually stopped. immediate -always at night. WILLARD Who ? MAJOR You see.. expected . activity.but something is driving them out. And we don't know what or who the air strikes are called on..C.C. MAJOR We communicate with the base infrequently. What they call for are air strikes. Captain.. we know something's going on up there -.this in itself is not unusual since these people have fought with the Rhade Tribe that lived in the area for centuries.Major -The Major looks at some papers in front of him.

The recording is first STATIC -. We understand you knew him.hearing automatic weapons fire man .it all sounds very routine. military.three Need that ordinance immediately Goddamn give it to me immediate Christ -. Then a frantic VOICE comes on. flicks it on. VOICE (ON TAPE) Up 2 -. Lieutenant Colonel. slower VOICE in background. COLONEL He's commanding the detachment at Nu Mung Ba..affirmative damn -Immediate receive -.into this area and come back alive. .0 -. GUNFIRE is HEARD and a lower. WILLARD Yeah. He puts Kurtz' dossier in Willard's hand. The Colonel gets up and walks over to a tape recorder. talking slurred..Big Rhino -Blue God -. SECOND VOICE Blue Delta five This Big Rhine -.goddamn.Delta damn -.the AIR CONTROLLER then asks for more information on target coordinates -.give it to me quick -Mark flare -. WILLARD Why me ? MAJOR Walter Kurtz. like someone dumb. Special Forces. except very fast.

STATIC.suddenly a low. MAJOR That's Colonel Kurtz. (STATIC) We'd also like some white phosporous.more STATIC -. WILLARD I only met Kurtz once.spread it among the branches. White phosporous.) I want that napalm dropped in the trees -. give it to me. CIVILIAN Would he remember you ? WILLARD Maybe. THIRD VOICE This is Big Rhino six -.INSANE LAUGH TER -.O.bright orange.the Major turns the machine off. and faintly. almost tasting the words.an orange one -. clear VOICE peaceful and serene. very faintly we HEAR HARD ROCK MUSIC -. STATIC interrupts -. CIVILIAN You didn't like him. Blue Delta. KURTZ (V. .Blue Delta. COLONEL What was your impression of him ? Willard shrugs. We'll give you a flare -.A heavy BURST of AUTOMATIC WEAPONS FIRE -.

COLONEL About what ? WILLARD I don't know. he's killing now. I guess. WILLARD Maybe. WILLARD (continuing) I thought he was a lame. that's all.WILLARD Anyone got a cigarette. they wait as he lights up. CIVILIAN What does that mean ? . thinks. The Major offers him one. before he joined Special Forces. about why we kill. COLONEL A lame ? WILLARD This is years ago. COLONEL But why ? WILLARD He couldn't get through a sentence without all these big words. He was a lame. COLONEL Well. We had an argument.

you'll go up the Nung River in a Navy P. the implications.R. I just don't believe it. -appear at Nu Mung Ba as if by accident. CIVILIAN Exactly -. WILLARD You want me to clean it up -simple and quiet. WILLARD Touchy. re-establish your acquintance with Colonel Kurtz. .WILLARD Maybe it's not Kurtz. WILLARD Our Recon flight ? CIVILIAN Ours. COLONEL It's got to be Kurtz.B. if any of this -even rumours leaked out. CIVILIAN You can see. I don't believe he's capable of that. Last week a Recon helicopter was lost in the area -another took heavy damage -direct fire from their base camp. of course. CIVILIAN The point is that Kurtz or somebody attacked a South Vietnamese Ranger Platoon three days ago.

forty-five. A Navy patrol boat (P. WILLARD (V. Then terminate his command. very fast.B.R. VIEW We hear the introductions faintly. The boat commander salutes Willard. light craft. 12 FULL VIEW . WILLARD Terminate ? CIVILIAN Terminate with extreme prejudice. . try to keep out of where we're going -. This is small. water farms. crew. M-16. Clean.find out what's happened -. Johnson -Lance Johnson.ON THE DELTA A waterway leading out to the ocean -.R.and why. except for Phillips. Willard approaches them in battledress: Tiger suit. UNDER Willard's VOICE.B. Gunner's Mate Third Class J.it is broken and divided into hundreds of channels. they called him Mr. Hicks -. full field pack. 13 MED. Miller.) I met the P.O. Its men stand at attention in a small and simple military ceremony. the Chief -.The Chef -Radio Operator Second Class T.Gunner's Mate Third Class L.) is waiting by a dock area. they were pretty much all kids. and heavily armed. islands.Why we're goin' and what's gonna be the big surprise. helmet. WILLARD Chief.

STORMY SEA The boat slams through the heavy sea . The twin diesels kick up -. SHOT .and t he boat moves away from the dock. The Chief nods. Lance climbs back from his position. WILLARD Let's go.he looks very pale. DISSOLVE TO : 14 FULL VIEW . The Chief mans the wheel and the ENGINES WHINE. He looks at Willard. who just stares ahead into space. DISSOLVE TO : 16 LONG SHOT .BOAT DUSK The dusk is spectacular through the broken storm clouds -the sea is calm again. Lance mans the forward twin fifty-caliber machine guns -.WILLARD AND CHIEF Willard holds on to whatever he can -.BOAT COCKPIT . hurtling off the top of a wave and crashing full into the trough of another.CHIEF All right with me.they wave to the guards on the dock and move away into the complexity that leads to the ocean. They all break formation and jump aboard and otherwise go about their work. The Chef jumps aboard. 15 MED. . swallowing. I used to drive a taxi. Water crashes over the bow and drenches everyone.

We'll be able to pick up some supplies -bit I think there are only two points we can draw enough water to get into the Nung River. Who knows ? Pause. You know these waters.PROCEEDING UP THE COAST The Chief is at the helm -. looking at Willard. 18 CLOSE SHOT . He was regular Army too. What for ? CHIEF Beats me -. or the mud.ON WILLARD .the sun was too much for him. Shot himself in the head. WILLARD We're gonna have some help to get in the river. It's all Charlie's turf from there on out. I brought his body back down. WILLARD Shot himself.Willard approaches him.DISSOLVE TO : 17 VIEW ON THE BOAT . CHIEF The Delta closes off to us about ten miles out of Hau Fat. Chief ? CHIEF 'Bout six months ago I took a man up to Lo Mung Bridge.

their vapor trails streaming white against the dark blue sky.suddenly it stops. There is a distant ROLLING NOISE like interrupted thunder. Not till it's too late -. He points up to the sky. All the men have stopped whatever they're doing -. CHEF I hate that -. as if the air around them is being sucked out and replaced quickly. .stand up and look out toward the shore and the green jungle hills beyond. Burst your ears -. The boat shakes slightly. CLEAN Charlie don't ever hear 'em.Suddenly. we SEE the black silhouttes of four B-52 bombers.ON THE SKY Way up -. 19 FULL SHOT . his attention is diverted -. concussion'll do it for a quarter mile or better. CHIEF Anybody see some smoke ? CLEAN Too far inland. WILLARD Arch light.suck the air outta your lungs. LANCE There they are.there is a slow buffeting.they all stand silently -.Every time I hear that noise something terrible happens. The buffeting and NOISE CONTINUES -.don't have to hit you neither.past any clouds and barely discernible.

All asking where to send future mail.O.20 FULL SHOT . Another picture of Kurtz in Germany..CREW They are looking up. the Arts and Sciences . 22 MONTAGE .. we FEEL the terrifying buffeting of the distant B-52 BOMBING. Willard sits down. He takes out the dossier given him by ComSec. He is a fine officer. in the b.g. examining a report. WILLARD (V. standing next to the .None of the men had written home in half a year.) Lieutenant Kurtz has shown a dedicated and well-disciplined spirit. unconcerned.O.ON WILLARD studying.. combining military efficiency -with a broad background in the Humanities. understanding the necessery silence due to the nature of their work -.) The dossier on A detachment had letters from Kurtz' wife and the wives and families of his men. 21 CLOSE . as Willard reads : WILLARD (V. He flips through the letters and other documents.PICTURES OF KURTZ Kurtz' face evolves through the various stages of his career as represented in the pictures in the dossier.BOAT . Occasionally.

MOVE IN TO Kurtz' empty eyes until the photograph is just a BLURRED MASS OF DOTS. WILLARD (V.O.O.. HAU FAT .) (continuing) .. I feel Captain Kurtz' request for Special Forces training is highly unusual in regard to his past humanitarian concerns. A CLOSE SHOT of Kurtz with Green Beret on in the Vietnam jungle. and his somewhat liberal politics. though I can see no reason to deny it..) (continuing) . less fortunate areas in the world.AN ADVANCE STAGING AREA .161st Petroleum Supply Group sign. A SHOT of Kurtz at jump school. His face is blank and vacant. He views his military career as the dedication of his talents to bringing our values and way of life to those darker. WILLARD (V.... We feel Major Kurtz' need to bring a sense of Western culture to the backward peoples of these areas will be of use in accordance with our 'Vietnamization' programs ..) (continuing) .O. DISSOLVE TO : 23 EXT. WILLARD (V..

men.) One day later we came to an advanced staging area along the coast.PARADE GROUNDS .I want you to go with the Captain an' get three extra drums of fuel and maybe scrounge some more 50 caliber. The VIEW OF THE COASTLINE leading up along the long loading docks at Hau Fat.guns -." Everywhere are tents -.WILLARD (V. approaches the docking area. They look as a Chris-craft speeds by pulling a fancy waterskier who waves as he slaloms by. Nobody builds advanced staging areas like the Americans. pulls in -.sandbagged bunkers -helicopters -. Lance notices something. LANCE Yeah -.R. This was our last chance to pick up supplies before approaching the mouth of the Nung River. an advance staging area for operations "Brute Force" and "Mailed Fist. LANCE Hey.R.B. 25 FULL SHOT . As the P.tanks -. CHIEF Lance -.TROOPS .look at those uniforms.O.the men scan the busy surroundings.oil drums -. The men just look at one another. 24 VIEW ON THE DOCK The P.B.

CREW They are tying up at the dock -.A platoon drills in the hot. just off the airplane.it's perfectly clean -. 26 FULL SHOT . . . sir. The troops turn and march TOWARD US with six weeks of Advanced Infantry Training to back them up.I am. sir.DOCK . have a long year to go.R. in contrast to Lance and the others. It says here not to contact Com-SecInt. WILLARD They're in order -. SERGEANT Well who the hell verifies that ? WILLARD I do.B.a young SERGEANT is filling cut papers concerning them and talking with Willard. they are clean and pale.just check with ComSecIntel like I said. SERGEANT Well. CHIEF Poor bastards. you know I don't have the priority to do that. SERGEANT I don't know anything about these papers.P. Who's your commanding officer ? WILLARD Right now -. lazy sun.

It is empty -DISSOLVE TO : 28 FULL SHOT .this is surrounded by a deep moat filled with punji stakes and garnished with concertina wire.some boss stuff -WILLARD This -.this'll be a little bit different -CHIEF Where's it gonna be ? He points -27 FULL SHOT .PEDESTAL A large.PARADE GROUNDS .what's all the activity for around here ? SERGEANT The show -WILLARD What show ? SERGEANT Big show in the parade grounds this noon -.Bob Hope or the like -SERGEANT No sir. I think -.He signs it quickly. leaving the Sergeant totally confused. CHIEF No shit -.PARADE GROUNDS .TROOPS The entire area around the pedestal and right up to the . well-built pedestal has been erected -.

He just knew. CHIEF I never heard about that. Some of these boys have just gotten here -. All have one thing in common.I mean like he was there when it arrived -. the great mass of wild men are right up to the wire. attack-trained German shepherds and assorted psychological warfare aides. pervert. Their need far surpasses that of the run-of-the-mill rapist.but implementing this are seven "riot control positions" equipped with the lastest in teargas launchers. CLEAN Yeah -. man -.others have been in the jungle for months. . punji stakes and barbed wire -. 29 FORWARD AREA jammed in the crowd CHEF It's really too much -. to see and if possible grab an American girl. To counter their need of course are the moat.he was an Army Sergeant. CHIEF What cat ? CLEAN One that went up for murder -.you can really get hung up on them like the cat in the Delta. CLEAN Yeah -.wire is mobbed with seething American fighting men.he really dug his Playboy mag. or child-molester.I mean I've collected every picture of her since she was Miss December. Even so armed.

. You leave your shitty little hands off that girl.g. and wouldn't give it back. CHIEF They nail him for it bad ? CLEAN He's in the L. don't do that again. All heads turn skywards while one descends onto the . CLEAN Then went too far -. sat on the end of the dock. Then he stood up. Gook Lieutenant says Fuck you in Vietnamese -.he sat there and starts mutilating the centerfold. Poking pins in her an' all that.N.CHEF So what happened ? CLEAN He was working A. don't do her like that.J.anyhow. -. we begin to HEAR a SWELL of TWO THOUSAND MALE VOICES. patrols and had one a them little cocky gook asshole Lieutenants -. the Lieutenant took his new Playboy one day. it blew him clean off the dock -Hell. flicked his iron to rock and roll and gave the little zero a long burst through the Playboy mag. the ENGINES of four helicopters approaching. You'll wish you hadn't. Man.typical A.N.V.Sergeant says.R.R.didn't give him no medals or nothing -In the b.V.B. just the magazine was floatin' there all full of holes. Sergeant says. CHEF Yeah -.

extremelly well-dressed man emerges.their jaws drop -.two young Green Berets step out with M-16's to varied catcalls. On the nose amd doors of the black Huey are painted large Playboy rabbits. to all of you out there. Finally the blades are trimmed and a strange silence descends over the men.and Sailors.some look almost horrified.Airmen -. Chef is hypnotized -.Marines -. He is the epitome of a Hollywood AGENT. AGENT I'd like to say hello from all of us up here.I.his presence causes some stirring but seems to strangely quiet the man.shoes are shined -.clothes are formal but hip -.pedestal kicking up a lot of dust and general resentment. The faces of the G." 30 MONTAGE ON THE GIRLS AND MEN VARIOUS SHOTS as the girls dance in an incredibly erotic manner -. To prove it -.Quite some dude -.Mr. Hair is combed impeccably and free of dandruff -. The door of the copter slides partially open -.'s pass -.we've brought some entertainment we think you're gonna like: The Playmate of the Year and her two runners up ! He pulls open the door and three unbelieveably beautiful sex playmates in fringed go-go outfits leap out and start dancing to the Creedence Clearwater Revival singing "Suzy Q.Infantry -. He walks over to the microphone. And I want you to know that we feel proud of you and know how hard your job is.smiling. All of you who've worked so hard during Operation Brute Force -Paratroopers -. When this abates a young. Clean .Medics -.

Chief looks out. He casually pulls the pin of a smoke grenade. which is filling up fast. I felt like I had set off for the center of the earth.cries. The ROTARS WHINE -. there was nothing but us and the coastline.B. no villages. The Agent sees this all as he has seen it before.GIRLS . ahead..the black Playboy Huey lifts off just as the first crazed men reach it. the girls retreat into the copter -. They grab frantically for the wheels. moving further up the primitive coastline. 31 FULL SHOT . FULL VIEW .R.he follows. Others grab the air in front of them. WILLARD (V. With each movement their need increases by the square. Men scream and fall into the moat. There are few signs of civilization.O. The mob as one surges forward onto the wire.men fall on the wire -.DAY The P. no boats -.) Two days out of Hau Fat. but miss. Chief mouths unspoken obscenities with sentimental tenderness.the guards in the "riot control positions" forget -.the attack dogs are trampled. Such are the ways of war. Suddenly.MEN They crush forward starting to scream -.just the overwhelming presence of the jungle. The Huey wheels up into the blue sky. CUT TO: 32 EXT. leaving them all below.PEDESTAL .. CHIEF Smoke ! . then the two Green Berets.

secondary burning.WILLARD AND CREW They wade through the water to the beach where they are met by a heavily armed group of men.deep. They're the ones gonna get us into the River.shattered sampans and bodies washing around in the surf. Hueys.fishing village -helicopters over there... WILLARD Black smoke .smashed and smoking palm trees -. the NOISE drowning out Willard's attempt at conversation with some of the men. WILLARD First Air Cavalry. 33 FULL SHOT .WILLARD Where ? They all turn.BEACH .THE BEACH AND VILLAGE A vast field of devastation -. .gutted and burning huts -. Chief points up the coast. Overhead jets swoop by FIRING ROCKETS. The Chief grabs field glasses. ragged craters -. CHIEF Yeah -.THE COASTLINE A thick train of black smoke rises from the green jungle. 35 MED. 34 FULL SHOT . lots of 'em. SHOT .

HELICOPTERS Three Hueys swoop in low -.We can't hear any of the talk.tough looking. Then a tall.give me some room to breathe. but we notice that the Sergeant turns up to a particular Huey. He crouches over. . 36 FULL SHOT . raising a lot of dust. with a black mustache. A Lieutenant and radio man nod and rush off.rockets and loudspeakers. 38 VIEW ON KILGORE turning to his GUARDS KILGORE Bring me some cards. He walks out.A. The two outside copters hover. His eyes are obscured by mirror-fronted sunglasses. It is no ordinary hat but a L. KILGORE (bellowing) Lieutenant: Bomb that tree line back about a hundred yards -. Two armed soldiers jump from the doors and stand with guns ready. and then stards to his full immense height and with his hands on his hips he surveys the field of battle.they are heavily laden with machine guns -. He wears a well-cut and neatly-stretched tiger suit. holding his hat in the rotor wash. well-tanned. Dodgers baseball hat. It is COLONEL WILLIAM KILGORE -. and points to it. 37 CLOSE VIEW ON WILLARD He was not quite prepared for this. It cuts its rotors and the other copters pull up and off to the side. while the center copter lands. strong looking man emerges.

C. He cracks the plastic wrapping sharply -. The Sergeant walks up.we'll see what we can do. Just stay out of my way till this is done. Soldiers gather around smiling.I believe you understand the nature of my mission. 39 TRACKING VIEW The Colonel walks through the shell-pocked field of devastation.takes out the deck of new cards and fans them. The Colonel strides right past Willard with no further acknowledgement. the Chief and Lance. Willard. KILGORE (not looking up) Yeah -. corpse he drops a playing card on it -.4th Recon Group -. leading Willard.GUARD Sir ? KILGORE Body cards.Na Trang told me to expect you -. Two other soldiers get out of the copter and walk over. . Captain.I carry priority papers from Com-Sec Intelligence 11 Corp -. They are well-tanned and carry no weapons. you damn fool -cards ! The soldier rushes over and hands him two brand new packages of playing cards wrapped in plastic. sir -.carefully picking out which card he uses. The others follow. as Kilgore comes to each V. They seem more casual about the Colonel than anyone else. WILLARD (formally) Captain B-L.

eight a hearts -Isn't one worth a Jack in this whole place. The Colonel goes on about this business. He stops.sticks out his hand. sir. KILGORE (continuing) What's your name. dropping the cards. sir. On of the two tanned soldiers rushes up and whispers something to him. who immediately puts down the card he was holding.KILGORE (to himself) Six a spades -. You sure? The soldier points to Lance. KILGORE . sailor ? LANCE Gunner's Mate. Johnson. Kilgore strides over to the young man. 40 TRACKING ON KILGORE moving through the corpses. KILGORE What ? Here. KILGORE Lance Johnson? The surfer? LANCE That's right. Third Class -L. who almost instinctively moves closer t Willard. Kilgore smiles -.

Willard eats it. KILGORE You can cut out the sir. for now. sort of mumbling thanks. KILGORE . top priority mission has been put in the background. KILGORE (O. sir.I like your cutback.L. Kilgore puts his hand on Lance's shoulder. 4th Recon -KILGORE Just hold up a second. LANCE Thank you. I've admired your nose-riding for years -.) This is Mike from San Diego and Johnny from Malibu -.S. I think you have the best cutback there is. Lance blushes. Lance -I'm Bill kilgore -.I'm a goofy foot. Willard. Captain -I'll get to you soon enough -We've got things to do here.none of us are anywhere near your class. though. and continues flipping the cards indiscriminately on the bodies as they talk. 41 VIEW ON WILLARD His entire.B.they're good solid surfers -. too.It's an honor to meet you Lance. WILLARD My orders are from Com-Sec Intel -.

I got a guy in Cam Rau Bay that can predict a swell two days in advance.(continuing) .the dead Viet Cong and card are in the immediate f. He passes a twisted gun emplacement with about five bodies -.. The card has the shield of the CAV printed bautifully. that's an Ace if I ever saw one. Like to finish up operations early and fly down to Vung Tau for the evening glass.good lefts.sprinkles cards all over them.staring wild-eyed in horror at the sky. KILGORE . we do a lot of surfing around here. We try to work it in. to himself) Hell.. 42 CLOSE VIEW OVER THE VIET CONG We SEE the Colonel and the others walk off -. KILGORE (continuing) . He stops at a particularly wild-looking Viet Cong who has died with his mouth agape -. He puts the card in the gaping mouth. and above it the motto: DEATH FROM ABOVE.. we keep three boards in my Command Huey at all times.. KILGORE (continuing.g. Have you ever surfed the point at Vung Tau? I liked the beach breaks around Na Trang a lot -. Kilgore pauses. You never can tell when you're gonna run into something good.

we'll change that -. Everywhere we SEE armed men. . KILGORE Why the hell you wanna go up to Nu Mung Ba for? WILLARD I got bored in Saigon. SHOT Willard is sitting with Kilgore on acouple of chairs by a table set up in front of the command copter. too. DISSOLVE TO : 43 EXT. KILGORE What's the furthest you been in? WILLARD Haiphong.MED. Hueys are constantly ROARING over. oil drums etc. KILGORE That's terrible -.I'd like to see you work -I've always liked your cutback. you jump in ? WILLARD No. got a hell of a left turn. Kilgore looks at the map.Where've you been riding. Walked. ARTILLERY BOOMS in the far distance. barbed wire. sandbags. Lance? LANCE I haven't surfed since I got here. KILGORE Haiphong? Shit. THE HELICOPTER .

Walter Kurtz commanded a Green Beret detachment at Nu Mung Ba. KILGORE Nu Mung Ba. I had to pass up three and ended up living on rats and chocolate bars. . They put out two or three for every one I needed. On one mission. When you get to the one you'll use. you just pass it up. you just stake it out. i heard some grunt rolled a grenade in his tent.KILGORE What'd you do for supplies? WILLARD (he shrugs) Mercenaries -. KILGORE Seems to me he got himself fragged. If something feels wrong. KILGORE Can you trust them? WILLARD No.agents. Last I heard. traitors -they put out caches. WILLARD When did you hear? KILGORE 'Bout a year ago? Is Kurtz still alive? WILLARD Who knows.

they got some pretty heavy ordnance. WILLARD Hairy ? KILGORE I mean it's hairy -.Maybe a rumor. KILGORE That village you're pointing at is kinda hairy. Helluva man -remarkable officer. You say you don't know Kurtz? . Walter Kurtz woulda been a General some day. Did you knew Kurtz? WILLARD I met him. KILGORE And I don't intend to get some of them chewed up just to get your tub put in the mouth of the goddman Nung River. General of the Army. boy -I've lost a few recon ships in there now and again. Shit. Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. WILLARD So? I heard you had a good bunch of killers here. here or here. KILGORE Don't you agree? WILLARD He musta changed ! (pointing to the map) I got to get into the Nung River.

ten Cong to one.catches a south swell.Vin Drin Dop or Lop.WILLARD I met him. He motions to one of his surfers. Captain. you know anything about the point at Vin Drip Drop? MIKE Boss left. damn gook names all sound the same. KILGORE (continuing) Mike. KILGORE What do you mean? MIKE It's really long left slide. I don't mind taking casualties. breaks on the short side of the point -. KILGORE You talk like him. KILGORE What about this point here? He puts his finger on the map. WILLARD You'll find enough Cong up there. but I like to keep my ratio ten to one in this unit -. . KILGORE (continuing) What's the name of that goddamn village -.

really hollow.who gets the idea. It's all goddamn beach break. Willard nudges Lance -. WILLARD We could go in tomorrow at dawn . shitty country. LANCE Boss.a good left.then at Kilgore.LANCE Nice. KILGORE Why the hell didn't you tell me about that place -. It's Charlie's point.they shot the hell out of us. Willard looks at Lance -. Kilgore gazes out across the parked helicopters.though. (to Willard) There aren't any good left slides in this whole. MIKE It's hairy . MIKE Light off shore -. KILGORE How big it is? MIKE Six to eight feet. That's where we lost McDonnel -. KILGORE (to himself) A six-foot left. What's the wind like.

Captain. right where you want it.-. and bring me my Yater Spoon -. 44 FULL SHOT . I mean it's hairy in there -.it's Charlie's point. (he turns to an advisor) You take a gunship back to division -. Hell. we'll pick your boat up and lay it down like a baby. sir -.let him pick out a board. CHIEF The draft of that river might be too shallow on the point. Kilgore turns and looks to Willard.airmobile. a six foot left. This is the Cav boy -.HELICOPTERS . exasperated.there's always off-shore wind in the morning. I can take that point and hold it as long as I like -. WILLARD Charlie don't surf.it's -.DAWN .Mike. TOM I don't know. take Lance with you -.the eight six. KILGORE Hell.it's -KILGORE (hard) What is it? TOM Well.and you can get anywhere you want up that river that suits you.

gas turbines belching fire from their jet pipes -. 48 INT. COMMAND COPTER . He turns to his R. He turns to his door GUNNER. their rotors churning a great wind -. the men of the 1st Cavalry Airmobile -. ROAR OVER CAMERA and deploy into attack formation. He looks out. 46 FULL VIEW Helicopter rotors build up speed -. SHOT .dust flying as fifty helicopters rise.T. 45 MED. man. around. KILGORE Let's go. Kilgore's helicopter is being loaded with ammunition and has surfboards strapped underneath.What seems like hundreds of Hueys standing. sir.MED. WILLARD.KILGORE.Inside. 47 NEW VIEW Helicopters moving THROUGH the FRAME: almost a dance of dragonflies. boy? GUNNER Like a mean motherfucker. KILGORE How do you feel. OTHERS . VIEW Kilgore strides up to the side door.toughest unit in Vietnam. dressed for battle.

M-60 machine guns. grenade launchers. COMMAND COPTER Kilgore cranes his neck and almost leans out to watch the waves -. KILGORE (to Willard) We'll come in low out of the rising sun -. 50 INT. anti-personnel grenades. plastic explosives cord.We'll put on the music about a mile out. excited very few of them really scared -. 51 MED.nervous. 49 MONTAGE CLOSE SHOTS of rocket pods -.Kilgore sits near the door. WILLARD Music? KILGORE Yeah.mini-guns in bizarre looking mounts. SHOT . mortars and bayonets.Willard looks ahead -.then he sits back relaxed. CLOSE SHOTS of the men -. CLOSE SHOTS of the three surfboards strapped below the command helicopter. Classical stuff -. flame-throwers. expandable rocket launchers. claymore mines. And finally. low and fast.scares the hell out of the slopes -.they fondle their rifles.the boys love it. Below they see the jungle whisk by and they are suddenly over the ocean. next to the fearsome weaponry.

assume attack formation.gunships -.the ocean rushes below. The whole copter shakes.POV behind the PILOT and CO-PILOT -. SHOT -CREW POV behind pilot -PILOT 700 -.O.begin psch-war operations.HELICOPTERS From the water we SEE the massive grouping of Hueys -.ROAR over low in battle formation BLARING out "Ride of the Valkyries. RADIO (V. HELICOPTER .niner. 52 CLOSE SHOT .LOUDSPEAKERS The ocean rushes below as suddenly the LOUDSPEAKERS BLARE out Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries.) Eagle Thrust formation target 2800 yards -.medevac and recon -. PILOT Big Duke six to Eagle Thrust -turn on coordinates 1-0 -." 54 INT. .500 -Commence firing.600 yards -.troop carriers -. The helicopter banks into a tight turn and bears toward the coast." 53 FULL SHOT .MED.

V. they stare out to see.AERIAL VIEW coming directly at us. Men scream orders -.Everywhere there is activity to prepare for the defense of the village. This village commands a delta where ocean and river merge.FULL SHOT A Vietnamese coastal fishing village built along the beach and palm trees -. . WAGNER BLARING.CREW POV behind pilot PILOT 700 yards -.MED.with rice paddies behind.600 -. SHOT .A. 57 HIGH ANGLE looking down through the helicopters as they approach the village. We SEE bunkers with N. Sampans are pulled into a cover where they are being unloaded.55 EXT.women run from huts bearing ammunition and rifles -. THE HELICOPTER FORMATION . Camouflage is removed from anti-aircraft emplacements. HELICOPTER . regulars ambling about. Suddenly we HEAR the distant MUSIC -.500 -commence firing. VIET CONG FISHING VILLAGE . The MUSIC GROWS LOUDER with the FAINT SOUND of ROTORS 56 EXT.Everyone stops. People feverishly unlimber weapons of all types and run to tunnels and trenches. 58 INT.

The leads ship banks sharply up over the trees -.we're hit. The gunner FIRES frantically -.ANTI-AIRCRAFT EMPLACEMENT EXPLOSIONS crash around -. CLOSE ON WILLARD as the ship he is in swoops down. CO-PILOT We're down.HELICOPTERS POV behind lead gunship. in the head with his . 63 MED. 60 FULL SHOT .38.GUNFIRE rips around. 59 EXT.and MINI-GUNS pour streams of lead and tracers with the SOUND of a DIESEL HORN. HELICOPTERS . SHOT .Z. 62 MED. We got a hot L.a hut EXPLODES. . They ROAR in over the beach streaming FIRE from doors.men run below SHOOTING back. pods and nose -.SWOOPING COPTER The Pilot leans out and SHOOTS a charging V. here.C. SHOT . Eagle Thrust -. 61 MED.MACHINE GUNS RATTLE -grenade launchers POUND away -. The gunner is blown away.MONTAGE We SEE rockets ROAR from pods -.The whole copter shakes.the MUSIC and SOUND of the COPTERS almost drown them out.The ground is alive with smoke and fire -. then ducks back in.COPTERS are ROARING over -. its MACHINE GUNS FIRING into the village.

COMMAND COPTER .we'll need green smoke -suggest you have the FAC mark it.JET SQUADRON Four F-4H Phantoms peel off and streak toward the coast.O. KILGORE. Need immediate air strike on the tree line. 66 INT.T. OTHERS Kilgore has R.) Hell's Angels Four to Big Duke Six -. SHOT .MED.BULLETS RIP through the plexiglass.bring it in on along tree line and huts. KILGORE Big Duke Six to Hell's Angels Four -. The Pilot FIRES back. RADIO (V. 65 FULL SHOT .Z.VIEW ON WILLARD AND KILGORE KILGORE Fucking savages. KILGORE Haven't got time. Eagle Thrust. Hell's Angels -lay it right up the tree line.he leans out near the door gunner.WILLARD. . COMMAND COPTER . equipment -. 64 INT. CO-PILOT (continuing) Hell of a hot L.

MED.we're right over you.S.WILLARD Who? KILGORE The enemy. KILGORE Big Duke Six to Baker Delta Four -.suggest you follow with cannon fire.need dust-off. The gunner FIRES leaning out -- . Receiving heavy automatic weapons fire from huts about thirty yards to our left. 68 INT. He turns to door gunner. SHOT They circle the battle. COMMAND COPTER .hold -. boy.THE JETS The jets streak by below laying in huge gobs of orange napalm along the trees. RADIO (V. KILGORE (O. Who else? 67 HELICOPTER'S POV .) This is Baker Delta Four -Captain hit bad -.) (on radio) Very good.O. Hell's Angels -. KILGORE (continuing) Right along the doors.

claymores or anything? LIEUTENANT You didn't tell me to. BULLETS SMASH through the copter -. Suddenly. He grabs the R.probably eleven millimeter guns and AK-47's. yeah... KILGORE (continuing) Didn't anybody bring me any bombs. little higher.. the copter vibrates and turns sharply. He leans back in.Big Duke . Through the roof.T. KILGORE The trees. Kilgore is thrown down where he hangs on. sir. eh.KILGORE (continuing) Fine. fine. KILGORE (continuing) Sonuvabitch -.. grenades. that's good.Plexiglass SHATTERS. KILGORE (grumbling) You shoulda known.anybody hurt? WILLARD Automatic weapons flashes along those trees -.. KILGORE (continuing) Eagle Thrust Four -..

Join me in sparaying some trees. break and run through the rice paddies -. WILLARD Kilgore looks out as three V. HELICOPTERS The two helicopters swoop up out of the smoke and blast the trees with ROCKETS.O. RADIO (V.Six. 70 INT.C. -.the man below runs for all he's worth. They rise above the paddy -.the gunner swings back inside.KILGORE. KILGORE Hold it. Lieutenant.they scream and fall FIRING back. He puts his arms across the sights -.) Affirmative.We're even got some rockets left. COMMAND COPTER . SHOT .BULLETS EXPLODING around them -. He takes a bead on the third. KILGORE (continuing) Take her up to 300 feet. Kilgore motions to the door gunner who .the door gunner swings out and BLASTS two of them into the mud.The V.THE TREES.C.g.the helicopter turns and follows them -. KILGORE Take her in low.MED. boy. Lieutenant. Big Duke Six -. Other copters join -. 69 FULL SHOT . MACHINE GUNS and GRENADE LAUNCHER S. break and run through the rice paddies in the f.

KILGORE. pulls the gun in tight -. 74 INT.C.takes careful aim and the Cong is BLASTED flat into the paddy. There is some fumbling and then a hand passes him a 300 Weatherby Magnum with a zebra wood stock -. Kilgore buckles himself into the gunner's harness. He is running hard. KILGORE (continuing. He gets into the sling and slams the bolt shut. A hand passes him a M-16.mother of pearl inlays and a variable power scope. KILGORE (continuing) Rifle. WILLARD Kilgore leans out. Kilgore leans back. 72 VIEW ON KILGORE as he loads the rifle with huge cartridges. opens the bolt. COPTER . but starting to sink into the mud.steps aside. ON THE V.MED. hard) My rifle. its huge shadow behind him on the mud. soldier. SHOT . 71 VIEW ON WILLARD Amazed at these proceedings. The Huey DRONES overhead. ejecting the spent . He turns and FIRES with a pistol. Kilgore takes it and opens the bolt. 73 MOVING POV.

) That's 27.cartridge out the door. KILGORE The L. looking over the battlefield. deliberately avoiding Willard to speak to Lance. 75 VIEW ON WILLARD The gaudy rifle passed by him. sir. DISSOLVE TO : 76 FULL SHOT . Americans run through the hooches FIRING and throwing GRENADES. V.KILGORE. never lifting his gaze from Kilgore. WILLARD Anyone got a card? Somebody hands Willard the deck.Uniformed N. The SHOOTING is at point blank range -. as the V. Kilgore leans out carefully. LANCE.C. SOLDIER (O.A.S. regulars burst from a tunnel entrance and charge the Americans. WILLARD.'s cooling off fast -we'll move in another company .THE CAV.T.Z.C.V. ETC. Helicopters swoop overhead -.automatic. He leans back. He takes a card and flips it out of the copter. COMMAND COPTER . He has the R. 77 INT. are cut down.JETS ROAR by -.BATTLEFIELD . He hands Weatherby back into the copter.

78 FULL SHOT .an' then we'll own it. coming in low over the point and streaking down a long. He looks out toward the ocean. LANCE What.A. A soldier yells in Vietnamese in a southern accent and the prisoners are marched away. DISSOLVE TO : 79 FULL SHOT .an occasional MORTAR round SCREAMS in. sir? KILGORE I said it's a good swell -.they bank sharply and swoop in on the lineup of waves. KILGORE (continuing) Good swell. fanning the smoke with their wind. (he laughs to himself) Charlie's point.BEACH HUTS. GUNFIRE is DISTANT and sporadic -.50 cal machine guns etc. SURF The pilots are used to this -. lined-up green wall as if surfing it.V. Let's get a look at it. Three Hueys ROAR in. .hell of a good swell 'bout six feet. They tip up over and up at the last minute as the wave breaks. regular troops outside a burning hut. SOLDIERS Americans line up blindfolded Viet Cong and N. Lance looks at Willard and then agrees. Other soldiers are already setting up heavy weapons emplacements -.COPTER.

The center one, the command ship, lands. JETS SCREAM over and the two gunships pull up at 200 feet. Another Huey zooms in low and lands behind the Colonel's. The doors open, guards jump out, check the situation, and out steps Kilgore and Lance. From the other copter are more guards, Kilgore's surfers and others of the P.B.R. crew. Willard follows. 80 FULL SHOT - THE POINT They stride out across the debris-strewn beach. Kilgore stands majestically on the point watching the waves. A SHELL SCREAMS overhead. SOLDIER Incoming ! They all dive, except Kilgore. He is watching a big set -- the SHELL EXPLODES in the water about a hundred yards away, sending up a huge geyser of spray. Kilgore is unmoved. KILGORE Look at that. They look. LANCE This L.Z. is still pretty hot, sir, maybe we oughta stand somewhere else. Kilgore pays him no mention. WILLARD I'm waiting for the fucking boat, Colonel. KILGORE (without looking) It'll get here, soldier.

He turns to Mike and Johnny who have their faces in the sand. KILGORE (continuing) Change. MIKE Wh -- what? KILGORE Change -- get out there -- I want'a see if it's ridable -change. MIKE It's still pretty hairy, sir. KILGORE (bellowing) You want'a surf, soldier? He nods yes meakly. KILGORE (continuing) That's good, boy, because it's either surf or fight. They turn and hurry off -- Kilgore grabs an M-1 from one of the guards. They all think he's going to shoot the surfers or someone. They move back uneasy. KILGORE (continuing) I'm gonna cover for 'em -- that's all. He cocks thye weapon. Lance looks around uneasily. The Colonel walks over.

KILGORE (continuing) You think that section on the point is ridable, Lance? LANCE I think we ought to wait for the tide to come in. A SHELL SCREAMS OVER -- they all hit the dirt except for Kilgore. It EXPLODES throwing sand through the air. Kilgore leans down yelling over the NOISE. KILGORE Doesn't happen for six hours. Lance looks up at him terrified, holding onto his helmet. KILGORE (continuing) The tide -- doesn't come in for six hours. DISSOLVE TO : 81 FULL SHOT - SURF - MIKE AND JOHNNY They walk through shallows carrying brightly colored boards. They look very scared. JETS SCREAM overhead, FIRING CANNONS. Helicopters wheel by carrying out wounded. They wear olive drab surfing trunks with the Cav's shield on the left leg. The same shield is emblazoned on the boards along the word "Airmobile". They edge into the water and paddle through the mild shorebreak. 82 FULL SHOT - THE POINT - SURFERS

Lance kind of sits below taking cover in a shell hole.drops to the bottom and turns -.breathing hard and constantly looking around scared out of their minds.They paddle up the point in the calm channel -. 84 MED.KILGORE AND LANCE Kilgore looks at them with his field glasses. 83 CLOSE SHOT ON JOHNNY. 86 CLOSE SHOT ON LANCE AND KILGORE Another SHELL SCREAMS over and EXPLODES down the beach.takes off -. SURFERS They line themselves up on the point. A good set is building. keeping low -.fine -Kilgore turns and takes a giant electric megaphone from a waiting lackey. .the beautiful waves breaking beyond them.everything right except he keeps looking around frantically. Mike turns strokes into it -. SHOT . KILGORE They far enough? LANCE Sure -.trims up into a tight section -.pick one up and come on in -85 FULL SHOT . KILGORE (through megaphone) That's far enough -.THE POINT. MIKE They paddle on their stomachs.

. WILLARD What? LANCE Maybe he'll get inside the tube -where -. The SHELLS SCREAM over Kilgore and out towards the point.THE POINT Two surfboards float in the channel bobbing up and down on the waves. 87 FULL SHOT . KILGORE Son of a bitch.LANCE AND KILGORE LANCE (to himself) The tragedy of this war is a dead surfer. LANCE (to himself) Maybe he'll get tubed. SHOT . Lance looks up and out toward the point in horror.where they can't see him. Kilgore looks through his glasses -. A SERIES of SHELLS ROAR in.Lance looks over at Willard.two EXPLOSIONS in the water are HEARD. 88 MED. WILLARD Incoming ! Lance ducks -.puts his hands over his head.

89 FULL SHOT . KILGORE . WILLARD What's that? LANCE Just something I read in the Free Press.S. SURFERS They come up near their boards and climb on -. beginning to think Lance is crazy. KILGORE (O.smoke hangs over the water. too.Willard looks over. KILGORE They just missed a good set -the chicken shits ! Lance looks up. you little bastards. 90 BACK TO SCENE He turns to Willard. I'll surf this place.) (megaphone) Try it again. 91 CLOSE SHOT ON KILGORE He turns. KILGORE (continuing) I'm not afraid to surf this place.THE POINT . glowering to his lackeys.

another SALVO WHISTLES over -. to himself) Son of a bitch. Don't you worry.everyone drops. boy.just bomb 'em into the Stone Age. He FIRES another clip as the JETS SCREAM overhead. KIlgore raises his M-16 and EMPTIES it full automatic in the general direction of the trees. He mumbles a few unintelligible swear words and jams a new clip into his rifle turning to Lance -KILGORE (continuing) We'll have this place cleaned up and ready for us in a jiffy.yeah -. He throws the R. I'll take H.yeah.B. I want that treeline bombed -. . back to a soldier -.U. He grabs it.RIVER .'s if you got any of them -.T. KILGORE (continuing) Big Duke Six to Hell's Angels -Goddamit. hangs below it.napalm -gimme some napalm -. 92 FULL SHOT .Bring that R.T.B.Z.. soldier. or C. boy. As the SHELLS EXPLODES on the beach behind him. KILGORE (continuing.R.COPTERS A sky-crane without pod descends slowly toward us -The P.son of a bitch -.

Clean and Chef work feverishly. The EXPLOSIONS of NAPALM are reflected on their faces. Clean and Chef stand watching this sight alomg with other soldiers. The Chief is at the helm --the engine starts.B. (high explosives) and C. A man guides the descending copter till the boat settles carefully in the shallows.it's too damn hot. The battle is still going on around them. unshackle the hoists -.load on ammunition and fuel. mr.The Chief. CLEAN Clear on starboard -. . 93 FULL SHOT . They all look up as a wadge of PHANTOMS streak over low and peel off one by one to begin their bombing run. CHIEF Forget that extra drum -.Where's Lance an' the Captain? CHIEF I saw that Colonel's Huey on the point -Two HELICOPTERS SCREAM over FIRING ROCKETS.B. ducking for cover every-sooften when an EXPLOSION hits nearby.drop H.MONTAGE Phantoms RAKE the trees with 20 mm CANNONS -.PHANTOMS .E.FIRE five inch ROCKETS in salvo -. the ROAR of the FIRE drowns out almost everything.R. The Chief and others leap aboard."Bull Pup" MISSILES -. The boat begins to back out of the shallows.U's (Cluster Bomb Units) and finally an immense amount of NAPALM. 94 FULL SHOT ON THE P.

LANCE (whispers) He'll kill us. the boat. WILLARD (to Lance) Look.KILGORE. There it is. LANCE. and then strides back without looking at them. standing stark against the sky. WILLARD He can't kill us.small and vulnerable. OTHERS Kilgore watches the waves with his field glasses -smoke drifts over. WILLARD . a hell of fire and bustling steam thet nothing could live in. Kilgore FIRES another clip at the tree line. Willard stares at the tree line where it comes down to the river. But still there remains the threat of Kilgore. but even their noise is drowned out by the fierce SHRIEK of the PHANTOMS and the deafening BLAST of HIGH EXPLOSIVES.CHIEF (continuing) Let's just get outta here. Lance crouches below. The JETS are making a hell of the tree line. 95 FULL SHOT . . (realizing as he says it) We're on his side. Lance looks over -.THE POINT . Willard is up looking off in another direction. Willard's glance goes further downriver through the black smoke and there merging in the river -. is his boat.a tremendous relief on his face. SHELLS SCREAM over. Willard silently motions Lance toward the boat.

He looks off nostalgically.the whole hill -. One time we had a hill bombed for 12 hours..KILGORE (almost to himself) You smell that. boy -. I walked up it when it was all over. (pause) victory. nostalgically) I love the smell of napalm in the morning. . KILGORE (sadly) Yes...nothing else in the world smells like that -They reflect the glow from the burning trees. WILLARD You know. some day this war's gonna end. I know.. (louder) You smell that? LANCE What? KILGORE Napalm. KILGORE (continuing. They slipped out in the night -.but the smell -... not one stinking gook body.. we didn't find one of 'em .it smelled like .that gasoline smell -.

WILLARD (O.) The kid can't stand sloppy waves. It's gonna ruin it . KILGORE (continuing) The wind -LANCE What? Sure enough there is a rushing breeze that increases.S. this strange wind is causing white caps and cross chop.THE POINT . Instead of blowing spray back over the waves and hollowing them out. WILLARD The kid can't ride sloppy waves.It's on shore ! He leans down and practically grabs Lance..then frantically licks his fingers and puts them up in the air. 96 FULL SHOT .he stops -. overjoyed. KILGORE (continuing..SURFERS The wind has changed. screaming) It's gonna blow this place out.it's the wind -. They turn and stare out to sea. Mike and Johnny lay low on their boards.Suddenly he senses something -.lifts his hand -. reducing the swell to slop.it's blowing on shore -. KILGORE (rising maniacally) Feel it -. ..

napalm my perfect left -. He staggers off toward the trees followed by his guards and other lackeys. KILGORE (continuing.B. 98 FULL SHOT ON THE P. SHOT .THE BEACH . Slapping Lance on the shoulder.The Chief and .ruining my perfect left. mumbling) The napalm -.my perfect left point break -.R. I'm an artist...napalm -Lance motions with his eyes to Willard. KILGORE (continuing) It's the napalm -.ruin -.R. he needs something to work with. LANCE Yeah. WILLARD WILLARD You don't expect this kid to ride that crap. He turns toward the trees.B.LANCE.97 MED.yeah.it's causing the wind -. KILGORE. The P. I can understand how you feel. goddamit ! KILGORE (apologetically) Yeah -. do you? He's a goddamn artist. along the river shallows -.

OUR VIEW TRACKS with them.. Willard sees something and stops.the clear one with the thin stringer. Captain.no. Suddenly. . WILLARD Want to say goodbye to the Colonel? LANCE Nah. Lance continuing. 99 MED.suddenly.crew waiting and yelling. Willard glances over to it with determination.Willard looks at them. WILLARD Which one's the Colonel's? LANCE The Yater -. In a pile of equipment that the Hueys have left are two surfboards -. They are cheered by the crew -. Willard makes a run for it. LANCE No -. thanks.. They break and run like hell toward the boat in the distance.. VIEW ON WILLARD AND LANCE WILLARD Are you finished surfing? LANCE Yeah. WILLARD Then let's get the hell out of here. There is still MORTAR FIRE coming in between him and the board..

Fragments whistle by. Willard takes off fast as hell with the board under his arm.S. Lance? LANCE Yeah.B. Jesus Christ ! Once again. one rips a chunk of foam and fibreglass from the rain of the board.R. He stands there and doesn't move.R . Clean stuffs the board in the stern 50 Cal. and they both scamper abroad.) Incoming ! Incoming -. Lance has dropped. CLEAN What'd you that for? WILLARD When I was a kid I.the board clearly visible on the stern. and line up the beach toward Willard. WILLARD (calm) This one .P.B.CHIEF (O.ENGINES RUNNING HARD and ROARS OFF toward the deeper water of the river -. exhausted and relieved. through the water.son of a bitch. Willard hands the board up to Mr. Clean. DISSOLVE TO : 100 FULL SHOT ON THE RIVER . Mr. Lance follows toward the boat. The shells kick up sand. The boat turns -. The ROUNDS bracket the P. the surfboard under his arm. never had a Yater spoon. mount.

B. WILLARD (continuing) Let's put some distance between us and Charlie.expecting the worst. Chef is behind him at the radio.R. They all look up into the sky -. The Chief nods.we got his Yater. SHOT ON THE CREW They all are in full battle positions -. WILLARD He didn't look like he'd take that sitting down. CHIEF Lance --LANCE Yeah. It is swerving and zig-zagging to avoid potential enemy fire. 101 MED. guns turning. ROARS BY going down the river at full speed.their twin fifty Cal. huddled with his M-16 ready.Willard crouches against some armor plate.The P. LANCE (yelling) Maybe we better stay in under the trees till dark -. Lance leans back from his forward turret. The Chief is at helm -. CHIEF Why don't you roll us a big joint? I think the Captain'd . warily covering the jungled banks.

LANCE You think he'd of shot us? WILLARD When? LANCE . They were circling. It zig-zags away from us down the river at high speed.I don't think so.THE TREES.NIGHT The boat is hidden under some trees along the river bank. The men wait tensely listening -LANCE You hear it again? WILLARD No -. They all look at Willard uneasily.B.Willard lights up. CREW .THE P.like that. BOAT. After a suspensful pause. They all smile -. Willard smiles: WILLARD Take one a mine -He fishes into his breast pocket -.R.pulls out a huge cigar-sized joint. DISSOLVE TO : 103 FULL SHOT . But it'll be back. It'll be back. DISSOLVE TO : 102 FULL SHOT .

he does know what he wants. When you get good. you can find a track and tell not only how many they are. Lance looks over at Willard. LANCE And you could just tell when the supplies were booby trapped? WILLARD It's a feeling you get in the jungle. but their morale. CHEF Can I go get those mangos now? CHIEF I'll go with you in a while -judt hold tight awhile -LANCE Captain -.he'd of shot us if he saw me taking the board -LANCE A Yater spoon is hard to get -especially here.that was all true about the rats and chocolate and stuff? WILLARD Sure.Americans. WILLARD He's a man who knows what he wants -.Any time -. WILLARD I don't think he'd of shot us on the beach but -.us -. how far they're .

But all this is just technique. whether they're near their camp. WILLARD Mostly from the imprints when they put them down to rest.standing up -.the ROTORS grow LOUDER until almost overhead.It is pitch dark -. (he shrugs) Things like that.going. that's what's important. An RPD burst took out the door a bit above my head. an' how far they're going? Willard smiles. their morale from the way they drag their feet.we HEAR the distant SOUND of ROTOR-BLADES and indistinguishable language on a loudspeaker -. the weapons they're carrying. and walked into each hut. If the branches aren't broken. their weapons are slung. A pause. I was looking for a certain party.. I was going through a village once. they'll be throwing it away half-eaten. There's a feeling you get after a while. they wouldn't be conserving food.so the next one I went in on my belly. I went into three like that and suddenly I realized I'd gone into each hut the same way -. It was midnight. CLEAN How can you tell their weapons.. I took off my boots.The talk stops -. . If they're near a base camp. or the joints that may be lying around. and then suddenly his attention is diverted -They all are silent -.

WILLARD He's probably got 'em all over the river with that recording.the same speech starts again further off -.Finally the noise ceases.take Lance with you -WILLARD I'll go with him -They all look at him.) (over a loudspeaker) I'm not gonna hurt or harm you. Chef -. Chef steps forward with a plastic basket. WILLARD . I'm not gonna hurt or harm you -Just leave it where I can find it -The HELICOPTER DRONES on into the night -.I just want the board back -. CHIEF I wonder if that was the same copter. boy.go ahead -.You can understand -It was one of my best -.KILGORE (V. We better move now while it's dark.that guy's too damn much.O. CHIEF Yeah. boy -.You know how hard it is to get a board you like. CLEAN Jesus -.

I'm a real chef. I was .I'm a sauciere -WILLARD A sauciere -CHEF That's right. It's what we do. sir? WILLARD Chef -. I was supposed to go to Paris and study at the Escoffier School. sir -. WILLARD Chef. sir -WILLARD Why they call you that? CHEF Call me what.. 104 MED. a great sauciere. sir -.is that 'cause you like mangoes an' stuff? CHEF No. WILLARD .CHEF.THE JUNGLE .I was raised to be a sauciere. my whole family. SHOT . CHEF Yes.I come from New Orleans -.NIGHT They cautiously walk through the underbrush. We specialize in sauces. sir -.(continuing) I wanta get my feet on solid land once in awhile -He grabs an M-16 and follows Chef over the side.

WILLARD (whispering) -. They move into a slight clearing.boiling. WILLARD (silent) There. . WILLARD What are you doing out here? CHEF Cook school -.redies his M-16.END REVEALING Willard and Chef. WILLARD How? CHEF They lined us all up in front of a hundred yards of prime rib -magnificent meat. beautifully marbled. I went into radio school..saving the money. an' it was turning gray. I looked in.. 105 MED.DIFFERENT ANGLE PAN SLOWLY over jungle -. Willard gestures that he heard something. SHOT . he points.quiet -Chef crouches close -. I couldn't stand it. all of it -. Then they started throwing it in these big cauldrons.. They called me for my physical so I figured the Navy had better food.that did it.

He turns and bolts through the jungle. They move stealthily. There is a noise again -.they cover the spot. The two men drop low into the elephant grass. screaming) Goddamn -. They look at each other.some of the growth rustles. and remain motionless.willard plants his feet and from the hip lets go FULL AUTOMATIC.Jesus Christ tiger -motherfucking tiger -. Willard is cold.He points -.C.then a huge tiger leaps out at them. and bird and cricket sounds.motions Chef to move away -. emptying their clips. so that he only has to point the finger of that hand and he will hit what he wants..The grass folds down quickly toward them -. It is obviously no small jungle creature. CHEF It's a motherfucking tiger -goddamn. They FIRE wildly.. He and Chef move a distance apart. as scared as a man can be. CHEF (continuing. Then Willard makes the cricket noise. methodical. Willard directs the Chef with hand gestures. A few yards from them they hear something move.WILLARD AND CHEF Suddenly there is a RUSHING SOUND -. SHOT . and join in stalking the probable V. He makes another command and they rush the trapped enemy.ohhhhhhhhh -- . Willard's left hand edges out along the M-16's far end.the grass folds almost to Willard -. They walk toward a patch of black elephant grass. doing something he knows well.THE ELEPHANT GRASS . The Chef retreats FIRING short BURSTS into the grass -. and they move closer. snarling magnificently. closing the apex of their triangle on the hunted. their guns at the ready. 106 MED.

scared out of his head as well. as he slithers around the boat. trying to find safety. takes his gun away. LANCE What's this tiger shit? WILLARD No shit.THE CREW They all are armed -. I think I shot the hell out of him.tiger ! Oh goddamn ! It's a tiger ! Jesus Christ ! Goddamn. throws his rifle into the boat and dives headfirst after it. ..let's get the hell out of here.Lance has the twin 50's pointed into the jungle. 107 FULL SHOT . willard follows from the jungle -.Willard jams another clip in his gun and backs out of the clearing. I was running. Chef comes screaming out of the brush.. covering the bushes and runs.The Chef is moaning and stares off into the night.. CHEF (hysterical) Ohhhh -.no shit? WILLARD Who stopped to measure him -.THE BOAT . a tiger ! Ohhhhhhhh. CLEAN Was a big tiger -. but is unable to take a hold of the Chef. LANCE You think? WILLARD I wasn't looking. The Chief tries to grab him.

a maturity.O. as OUR VIEW BEGINS a MOVE INTO the jungle. unless you're ready to go all the way. CHIEF You forgot the mangoes. he turns around.never go into the jungle. They move off. The ENGINE ROARS to life -. Suddenly. the light of his match illuminating his face momentarily.the P. WILLARD (V. waiting for me? He lights the cigarette. I gotta remember never get out of the boat.R. didn't you? CHEF Mangoes? There as a fucking tiger in the woods -.B.I could've been eaten alive.) What was in the jungle? What was there.I could've been killed. I'm never going into that jungle again. and we SEE his face. pulls away with great speed. the Chef -.) He was right. The JUNGLE NOISES remain. WILLARD (V. swallowed by the darkness. DISSOLVE TO : 108 EXT.NIGHT Willard. thinking. a cool inner peace. never get outta the boat. There is something different about him. his BACK TO US.CHEF A motherfucking tiger -. THE BOAT IN MARINA DEL RAY . .O.

DISSOLVE TO : 109 WATERWAY . was it Kurtz? He was just a name to me now. all his liberal bullshit about the end of savagery -. 110 VIEW ON CHEF by himself on the P. . He is barechested. he has wiped mud under his eyes to kill the glare. WILLARD (V.) (continuing) Our way of life -. I couldn't remember a face. Kurtz was in there.O.here's another oldie -..I really started to look forward to meeting Kurtz again.WILLARD (V.S.O.. They talk and drink and laugh.O.this one dedicated.R.. -.must remember that we owe our thanks for these to the wonderful services of the U. Willard looks toward the group of people on the boat -there is still some MUSIC..he just didn't add up to me. wearing a hat made of a banana palm. Or was he..DAY We HEAR: RADIO -. a voice -.MOVING FORWARD ..B.) (continuing) . it is incredibly hot. our way of life..and the role of our culture.

g. The SONG BLARES ON -. Lance waterskiing to "Satisfaction.O.ON THE P.. 114 VIEW ON WILLARD _Willard opens a letter from the packet..B...RADIO . at the rear of the boat -. PAN TO Willard. slaloming back and forth on his single ski to the MUSIC -.feminine writing on the envelope.O.. 112 NEW VIEW . WILLARD (V.B." 113 VIEW ON CLEAN alert. reading from his file on Kurtz. sitting alone in the rear.jumping the wake occasionally.R. to the fire team at An Khe from their groovy C. We REVEAL Lance in the b.his M-16 ready.) . We can SEE it is a private correspondence -.R. just in case.they all dig it. Fred the Head -111 VIEW ON THE GROUP RADIO The Rolling Stones and "Satisfaction." CHEF Outa sight. waterskiing behind the P..

WILLARD (V. I'm sorry Walt. but I had to ask Bob to find out what he could -.The dossier of A Dtachment contained letters from the families and wives of Kurtz' men There were letters from Kurtz' wife as well.puts it back. thirty-five year old American Beauty. then opens the letter.I have to confess something.O.I can't stand it anymore. Deep imppenetrable jungle -.I just couldn't stand it anymore. whether you're alive or dead.. 116 CLOSE SHOT . Bob didn't tell me anything -. Willard looks out at the jungle.he said he couldn't -.) (continuing) . not knowing where you are.dark and primeval forests pass by.g. I'm sorry I said that.ON THE LETTER It is addressed to Colonel Walter Kurtz -. WILLARD (V. 115 CLOSE SHOT .in the corner is the return addess of Mrs. Walt -. Colonel Walter Kurtz -Willard's hand fushes through the packet and comes up with apicture of a very attractive.I just can't stand it.O. The Rolling Stones CHANT on in the b.ON WILLARD looking at the picture -. straightens it.. She is classically American.) Dearest Walt -. I know how you feel about this.

WILLARD He looks out at the ominous jungled mountains. Walt. He misses you very much. I love you and I just can't stand it.I have to take the kids to school every morning now -. 118 CLOSE SHOT . It reads: Sell the house Sell the car Sell the kids Find someone else Forget it I'm never coming back Forget it -He folds up the letter. It is also noted that this was the last correspondence to leave Nu Mung Ba.carpools just never work out. I can't take this much longer. Jeff came home with a black eye on Tuesday but said he won anyway.he has maps of Viet Nam in his room now. Jeff keeps asking where you are -. files through some others quickly and gets to a peculiar envelope stamped Top Secret with a stenciled date on it.it is written in a scrawled savage hand to no one in particular. He wouldn't tell me what the fight was about. He opens the letter -. It is addressed to Kurtz' wife. DISSOLVE TO : . 117 CLOSE ON WILLARD He folds the letter up.

R. Two soldiers pass.I'm just the night man -He turns and walks off babbling incoherently -WILLARD What about you. sir -got blown all to hell -WILLARD Well . who's in command here? SOLDIER I don't know -.WILLARD . but only one helicopter -.R. Several soldiers in raincoats come out the dock as the P. 120 MED. soldier? The soldier he was talking to turns around smiling idiotically and making animal noises. . SHOT .DIFFERENT ANGLE .? SOLDIER Stepped on a booby trap.RIVER OUTPOST . 121 MED. pulls in towards an American outpost that is being used as a forward medical evacuation center.WILLARD.B.B.P.don't have any idea -.the H-34 painted with Playboy rabbits that brought the girls to Hau Fat.B.R. WILLARD Soldier -.O. pulls up. SHOT . Various helicopters pads are SEEN.looks around the dreary muddy camp.where''s your C.RAIN The P. He stumbles off after his friend.119 FULL SHOT . SOLDIERS Willard looks into some empty tents -.

) (whispering) Captain -Willard turns around looking for where the voice came from.S. play cards with the helicopter pilot.MED. Willard looks over the situation.it is dark and damp. 122 INT.WILLARD. Captain -He turns to see the Hollywood Agent under the flap of a large tent so that he won't get wet. VOICE (O. The nearest one. a blonde. On cots around astove sit the three playmates and the pilot.He looks around disgustedly VOICE (O.) (continuing) Over here. didn't you? WILLARD Yeah -AGENT Where are you headed? WILLARD What's it matter? Get to the .S. picks leeches out of her feet. but is much dirtier. He wears the same clothes as before. TERRI and LYNDA. AGENT You came in on that boat. CATHY. TENT . He motions Willard into the tent. AGENT They duck inside -. SHOT . The other two.

they rudely took our helicopter for MedEvac work on this -. AGENT Look -.We've been here two days. girls.go ahead.we're not supposed to be this close combat.point.we got in a little trouble -.eh -WILLARD Captain Willard -. this is Captain -.uh Operation Brute Force -. AGENT Look -. AGENT Oh -. They all look over. AGENT Look -.I see -.you know the girls -Thta's Terri -. I caught your show at Hau Fat. WILLARD Yeah. WILLARD Dreadful.she was playmate of -WILLARD Yeah.Well.the girls could get killed -.They just brought it back this morning. I mean . AGENT Well I mean like they also took our fuel -.

WILLARD We need all our fuel.Captain -. think what these girls have done for the boys -think of how they've risked -Willard is almost out of the tent. He turns and starts to leave.if I could -Willard just stares at her -. PILOT That's rich -TERRI Do us a favor -.just a half drum -.just enough to get us out a here. AGENT But.even though she's in jeans .real combat.I'd do one for you -. TERRI Captain -He turns around.we're just not built for it -The Pilot laughs. TERRI (continuing) It's really rough here -. Captain. WILLARD Well -AGENT We could use some fuel -.

WILLARD We need all our fuel anyway.like I said. WILLARD I'm not that fond of blondes -maybe I like brunettes -AGENT Take your pick -. buddy -.what I meant was we'd need a whole drum for that -- .The Agent takes Willard aside -.wait -.you know what she's saying -.you'll never see stuff that good outside of a magazine for the rest of your life.I'm doing you a favor.don't get up tight -. AGENT Now just a second -. WILLARD I said I like all of them.they all like you -.Terri goes back to the others. take your pick.you know who that is. AGENT Look -. AGENT Wait -. Captain -.I can tell -WILLARD I like all of them -AGENT Good -.what're you trying to pull? Willard turns to leave again.and field jacket she is something to see -.

absolutely not -- . Willard sits down on a metal chair -.this whole thing disgusts me. WILLARD My men -AGENT What ! WILLARD That's what there is to talk about -. AGENT You're out of your skull -WILLARD We have a lot of pride in our unit -AGENT How far do you think you can push -.my man -.motions the Agent to do likewise.I take a good care of my men -The girls are trying to pretend they're not listening -the helicopter Pilot is cackling to himself. AGENT What's there to talk about -.what kind of people do you think -WILLARD Esprit de corps -AGENT No -.we'll talk about it.WILLARD Sit down -.

all for one -AGENT You can keep your fucking fuel -Willard gets up. AGENT Two drums -Willard turns around slowly. WILLARD You make some of your closest friends in the army -. AGENT (continuing) Two whole drums -WILLARD We can use some fifty caliber and a 16 too -AGENT I don't know what you're talking about -.WILLARD One for all -. AGENT Get out -WILLARD Men of all races -.nationalities -He gets up and starts out.war has a way of bringing men together.Get fucked -WILLARD I will -.I assure you that -You got a fifty on that H-34 -- .

LANCE Why don't you go pet the water buffaloes -.you know what I mean -He leaves. cleaning an M-16. Captain.S. they've been . They are painted jungle brown and green camouflage with grey bottoms -.I'll get my men to bring the first drum with 'em -He turns to go under the tent flap. Mr.CREW They are all working on patching the boat and cleaning it up in general.on their sides the words have been stenciled in black: 1 Each -Buffalo.P.leave the ammo in boxes -.R. 123 FULL SHOT .B. Clean sits in f.. Lance -.put on something -.g. . WILLARD (continuing) Have the girls freshen up a bit -comb their hair -. Army No. Water B-1A U.get off my back. CLEAN You keep this thing in this condition an' it's gonna jam. Behins them on the beach stand several water buffaloes eating mud or whatever they do. CHIEF Careful.mark my words. 15239 Willard walks through them down to the boat.

known to charge. TENT . WILLARD Chef -. CHEF He has followed her into the tent awe-struck -.LYNDA.hot damn -124 INT. WILLARD All right I got a little surprise for you -They all look up. CHEF I don't believe you -CHIEF What're you trying to say. sailor -CHIEF No shit -.get going.since you're such a fan of Miss December's I think you should be detailed with Lance and Clean to take the first drum up there.she . Captain -WILLARD You'll see soon enough -. WILLARD (continuing) I've arranged with those people we saw at Hau Fat to give us some 50 caliber in trade for a couple a drums of fuel -CHEF No shit.MED. SHOT .

would you? LYNDA Come on -. CATHY .cut this crap -.everything.I gotta get back to Saigon -CHEF Just let me look awhile -. his arms at his sides.I just don't believe -CUT TO: 125 INT. even the calender -LYNDA Well. TENT .the Playmate's review -. he just stands there.LANCE.I'd a never even got to see you if it wasn't for this war -She lies down on the cot in only her panties.I've got the centerfold -.the Playmate of the Year run-off -. CHEF I've got every one of your pictures -. get undressed and let's get it over with -CHEF I can't believe it -.uh kinda draping that jacket over you sort of the way you were in the calender.casuallu starts unbuttoning her fatigue jacket and taking off her pants. CHEF (continuing) You wouldn't mind -.CLOSE SHOT .

riskin' your lives -. TENT . that for the past few minutes you have made me feel at home. cathy looks very pleased. He gets up -.starts to leave. Clean walks in.see you around. .They have just finished making love.she draws on his back. Lance finishes tying his boots -. She looks up at him -WILLARD Ma'am -.I'd like to thank you for what you an' all your friends have done for us -.WILLARD.living uncomfortably an' doing all you can to entertain us.uh thanks -.she pulls herself up and starts combing her hair -. He leaves -. I want you to know personally.Mr. SHOT . Miss. DISSOLVE TO : 126 INT.MED.pulls on his jacket -his gun belt and picks up his M-16. TERRI He finishes tying on his boots -. CATHY Yeah.I want you to know that me an' the men appreciate you coming all this way -. CATHY (continuing) Who are you? CLEAN I'm next -She shrugs. LANCE Well -.

Soldiers are everywhere -scurrying from trenches. The P. the sparks and white light from welding on the bridge momentarily lights up the night. Mortars and rockets arc through the night indiscriminately and rip through the nearby jungle. soldiers in them. CUT TO: 127 EXT. They are obscured in the darkness. THE P. SOLDIER . Light automatic WEAPON FIRE is HEARD occasionally. carrying materials for the bridge or tending to the wounded. CREW watching. Everywhere are wrecked boats -. 128 VIEW ON THE FACES OF THE P. we approach the Do Lung Bridge. The bridge is in a state of siege.B. Along the banks are sandbagged fortificvations with U.O. edges in under the span of the old bridge.smashed helicopters on the banks.parts of trunks sticking out of the water -. the maimed and the dead. Soldiers run up through the water. exits f.FULL SHO TNIGHT The boat edges in toward the wrecked bridge in the distance.S.) Two days and nights later. The SHOE CLANGS off his helmet.R. he turns.B.R. There is a bright fire burning uncontrolled in the distance.She picks up a shoe to throw at him.R. WILLARD (continuing) Just wanted to say that. WILLARD (V. ma'am. APPROACHING DO LUNG BRIDGE .g.B.

you'll get what's coming to you. sir. WILLARD Who's your C.we got these from Nha Thrang two days ago -they expected you here then -He hands up a plastic bag. A young LIEUTENANT steps forward.O. LIEUTENANT Captain Willard? WILLARD That's me. SOLDIER Fuck you.I'll pay -. Other men approach the boat. LIEUTENANT Captain Willard -. WILLARD Why? LIEUTENANT Now I can get out a here -. LIEUTENANT (continuing) You don't know how happy that makes me.. Willard takes it. maximum security markings.if . CHIEF Get away from this boat.I got money. soldier? The Soldier ducks back and runs away.I gotta get out a here -.

it and a lot of good men -. .) Incoming. He turns and splashes off into the darkness. LIEUTENANT (continuing) Every night we build it and by 0800 they've blown it up -. They're gonna start working on the bridge with torches again.the generals don't like to admit that Bat Shan is surrounded. sir. WILLARD We'll be needing some supplies and fuel -.ha ! Nobody uses that road except Charlie. LIEUTENANT (continuing) This is the cesspool of hell.S.But the generals like to say the road is open -. Charlie will start throwing it in hard -WILLARD What is this bridge? LIEUTENANT It's of strategic importance for keeping the highway into Bat Shan open -.do you know anybody who can give me a hand? LIEUTENANT I'd just clear out as soon as I could if I were you. SOLDIER (O. He points to the men getting ready to work.I can find a way out.

VOICE Straight ahead. holding his buddy who is crying uncontrollably. a SOLDIER is crounched in f. Willard nods and they scurry off the bank under the bridge.Lance.the EXPLOSIONS are thunderous.TRENCH They dive in. LANCE They dash up the embankment and along the barbed wire on the edge of the road. SHOT . go with the Captain an' see what you can scrounge -Willard climbs out with Lance. son of a bitch. to Willard) Better make it fast.WILLARD. SHELLS SCREAM overhead. SOLDIER You came right to it. CHIEF (yelling) All right -.we don't really need much anyway.SHELLS WHISTLE OVER and CRASH into the bridge -.MEN SCREAM in the distance -. 129 MED. CHIEF (continuing. son of a bitch -- .g. they don't know where to run. They dive towards the voice. 130 CLOSE SHOT . sir -.

SOLDIER (O. Several SOLDIERS man a M-60.S.another tries to spot for the Gunner. asshole -Willard looks down. Suddenly to their right an M-60 STARTS OPENING UP from a sandbagged emplacement.a concrete bunker -. Willard and Lance edge up along the trench. One has a sniper rifle -. buddy. Willard trips.Beverly Hills -. They drop and crawl to the slit trench and run up to the emplacement. WILLARD (continuing) Where's your chief supply officer? SOLDIER Beverly Hills -WILLARD What? SOLDIER Straight up the road -. VOICE Watch your feet.WILLARD Son of a bitch. The Soldier doesn't respond. .where else you think he'd be? WILLARD C'mon -There is an apparent lull and they dash out along the road. sir.) Get your asses down.

VOICE (continuing) You stepped on my face. LANCE We thought you were dead. VOICE The whole world loves a smart ass. They move ahead more carefully. The Gunner BLASTS away into the night, there is a pile of brass cases about three feet high next to him. Finally he stops swearing to himself. WILLARD What're you shooting at, soldier? GUNNER Gooks. He turns and sees it's an officer. GUNNER (continuing) I'm sorry, sir. WILLARD It's all right, sergeant -- what's out there? GUNNER They were tryin' to cut through the wire -- I got 'em all I think. OTHER SOLDIER Oh yeah -- listen. There is a low moaning SCREAM from out in the wire -- it stops for aminute then continues hideously. GUNNER

He's trying to call his friends -send up a flare. The Spotter does, it arcs up, then bathes them in eerie light. The Gunner FIRES a long BURST. SPOTTER Those are all dead, stupid, he's obviously underneath 'em -They think about this as the flare goes out. The SCREAMING gets more intense. GUNNER Wake up the Roach. The Spotter moves down to where a tall lanky SOLDIER is leaned up against the trench. He kicks him hard several times. Roach wakes and just looks up. On his helmet are the words: "GOD BLESS DOW." ROACH Yeah, man. SPOTTER Slope in the wire -- hear him. He listens, he does, he nods. SPOTTER (continuing) Bust him. Roach gets up somewhat annoyed but very cool. He saunters up the machine gun dragging his M-79 which has paisley designs all over it. GUNNER Hear him? ROACH Sure , yeah.

GUNNER You need a flare -ROACH No, it's cool. He opens the breech of his shotgun-like weapon and plunks the big slug into it. He snaps it closed then rests it across his forearm over the trench -- he listens to the SCREAM, calculating. ROACH (continuing) He's close -- real close. He adjusts his sights so that the gun is aimed high into the air. He listens again then FIRES. The GRENADE WHISTLES off into the night. There is a sharp EXPLOSION that cuts off the scream. Then the THUD of bodies or pieces of bodies coming down around them. ROACH (continuing) Muhhh Fuhhh ... He staggers back down the trench to go to sleep. 131 FULL SHOT - P.B.R. - BRIDGE - CLEAN, CHEF They stand in the shallows waiting for Willard and Lance. Clean is nervous, he constantly checks his M-16. SHELLS WHISTLE by and CRASH in the distance. CHEF Geez, I wish they'd hurry. A SOLDIER comes up on his way with some others to start building the bridge. SOLDIER

that boat still runs. SOLDIER Send these out when you get back to the world. CLEAN What is it? He takes out a handful of crumpled envelopes.put 'em in the first helicopter comes in tomorrow. eh? CLEAN Yeah. He points up at the mountain ridges. SOLDIER (continuing) . buddy. please. He puts them in Clean's hand.best friend -. I gotta let 'em know.my brother -.I wanted to tell 'em how much I enjoyed knowing 'em -. SOLDIER Nobody comes in here.Hey.it's been a great twenty years. SOLDIER (continuing) It's to everyone I really knew -the first girl I screwed -. CLEAN What're you askin' me for -. SOLDIER Do me a favor buddy. it still runs.

Clean takes the letters.they got rockets mortars.V.over there the 307th -. The Soldier looks at him as if he is joking. there's a million of those shitty little bastards out there -. SOLDIER (continuing) You got a chance in that boat -by morning you could be five miles down the river. CLEAN Charlie? SOLDIER No.The N. CLEAN We ain't goin' down the river. 312th -.on that hill we counted fourteen different guns in one minute -. CLEAN (continuing) What's up river from here anyhow -The Soldier doesn't answer.we're all gonna die. He grabs Clean and looks at him with a maniacal urgency. SOLDIER Spooky. snipers in those trees. just stares dumbfounded. SOLDIER (continuing) I'm gonna be dead. it'd be spooky without the war .A.

Clean works methodically under an umbrella he was set up by leaning the surfboard against gun mount.there is a fiery glow from the bridge area and the CONCUSSION of heavy EXPLOSIONS.P. FULL SHOT .CREW . They edge through the shallows as the men light up their welding torches to start work on the pontoon bridge -then pull away and accelerate fast. Mr.. 133 MED. DISSOLVE TO : 134 EXT.-.. . CREW The Chief is at the helm -.R. eh? WILLARD We found some bodies -.P.O.the rest of the crew are forward. .R.B. CHIEF Wow.B. Willard and Lance come back down the beach carrying some belts of ammunition and a couple of extra M-16's. Clean is in thef. oiling and cleaning his 50-cal.RAIN The boat moves uneasily upriver.the hills flash with artillery discharges -.they all look back in the distance where the bridge was -. taking shelter from the rain under the canvas canopy.B.let's get out a here. SHOT .THE P. through this tropical downpour.DIFFERENT ANGLE . 132 FULL SHOT . somewhat disappointed and disgusted. He takes the letters and leaves.g.R. you must a found the C. his M-11 and M-79 -.give 'em back.

There is a loud CRACKING SOUND.trunk whacks the hull. I'm practically goin' in reverse. Clean joins him. tree trunks. Willard climbs forward. CHIEF (continuing) We hit a big enough one this hull will shatter like a Corvette. What do you think? CHIEF I think this river wants to take us home fast. and bounces off.RAIN The river is moving fast against them.B.NEW VIEW . sweeping by the P. WILLARD (shouting to Chief) What about ducking into one of those tributaries till this river slows down? CHIEF Who knows what's up there? WILLARD Can't be any worse than this. helping.R. as one of the pieces of tree. and looks down.R. Willard practically hangs off forward with a long pole.135 EXT. THE RUSHING RIVER . Willard points his pole in the direction of the mouth . CHIEF (to Willard) I can't see a fucking thing. Fucking plastic boat. warding off the big debris moving toward the P. all manner of debris.B.

of a tributary. You're going to get us all killed. There is a really loud WHACK against the hull. WILLARD Well.R. CHIEF (finally relents. -. CHIEF This whole area is lousy with V.P. throws the pole at the Chief. DISSOLVE TO : 136 EXT.C.RAIN . WILLARD Get in there now or I'll bury you in this river. THE TRIBUTARY . . and I'm the responsible party. It's clear that Willard will kill the Chief if he doesn't do as he says. WILLARD Get in there ! CHIEF This is my crew and my fucking boat. willard really mad.B.B. The P. navigates through the rush and into the mouth of the tributary.R. turns the helm) You're fucking crazy. Lemme turn around and we'll be in Hau Fat in six minutes. who ducks. get in there.We don't stand a chance.

and is staring into the jungle. LANCE It breaks through in about twenty feet.B. . 137 VIEW ON LANCE having climbed to the highest point of the cockpit.totally impenetrable. Chef and Clean in the water. WILLARD What do you see? CHEF I don't know.the jungle at this point is very dark and high -. but the P. knowing something is wrong. he looks to Chef. WILLARD Keep cutting. is slowed down to a snail's pace by Hyacinths. 139 VIEW ON CHEF cutting with all he's got.R. They work feverishly. who has stopped cutting. He looks out -. literally across the waterway. 138 VIEW ON WILLARD cutting through. cutting through them with machetes.Rain is pouring down. Willard.

CHEF I know it sounds stupid, but I feel like the goddamn jungle's watching us. WILLARD Probably is. CHEF Whatdoya think it thinks. WILLARD That we're dumber than we look. Chef stops again, looks hard, trying to penetrate the darkness and from the very depth of it -- the darkness of it, comes a stream of tracers, lazily arching out at them. It whips between them -- the SOUND FOLLOWING much later. Other BULLETS SMASH through and ricochet off the deck fittings. GLASS SHATTERS, and a huge hunk of paint is removed from the armor shield by a 20 mm cannon. CHIEF Lance -- 'bout twenty meters starboard. Lance leaps down to his position. Willard, Clean and Chef cut feverishly, as the trapped boat struggles to get free. CHEF There in the trees ! Everything is confusion -- yelling -- GUNFIRE -- the THUD of heavy BULLETS ripping inti the P.B.R.'s fibreglass hull. 140 VIEW ON LANCE Lance's twin guns return the FIRE. The Chief moves to one of the heavy guns and joins Lance in returning the FIRE.

141 VIEW ON THE MEN IN THE WATER pushing, cutting. Bullets SMASH and EXPLODE around. Clean climbs onto the boat, and leaps onto a gun emplacement. 142 MED. VIEW Nobody really knows where the erratic fire is coming from. CHIEF (back at the helm) Elevate Lance, in the tree. No, I saw another. CHEF Thirty meters up, Lance; I saw the fucking flash. Lance grits his teeth, FIRING -143 CLOSE SHOT ON CLEAN 144 POV BEHIND CLEAN He BLASTS short bursts of tracers into the jungle, cutting it to salad. Suddenly more tracers from another direction -- Clean swings around -- BULLETS smash against his shield and rip chunks from the surfboard. He BLASTS a long heavy burst at the jungle -- trees crumble. CLEAN I'm ripping 'em, man, son-of-abitch, it's jammed, oh God, it's jammed. Clean is riddled by MACHINE GUN FIRE.

Chief runs to Mr. Clean -- it is obvious that he is dead. He looks angrily to Willard. Willard and Chef are practically through. Willard leaps up, as Chef finishes the last strokes. He moves toward the cockpit. WILLARD Throw me that ordnance. Chef throws him an M-79 and several shells -- Willard opens it, jams a huge projectile and pulls himself over the edge of the cockpit. WILLARD (continuing) Give me some kind a field a fire -BULLETS rip by. CHEF (exhausted) We're through. He climbs aboard and collapses. CHEF (continuing) Oh, God -LANCE (FIRING) I ain't finished ! I ain't finished ! WILLARD Bring that bow ordnance into those trees. He jams his gun up as he sees a flash and FIRES -- there is a low POP and a WHISTLE as the GRENADE arches into the jungle.

FIRING BACK at unseen enemy in the jungle. . 147 FULL SHOT ON THE P. Lance smokes a joint and looks at his gun. The boat slams through the hyacinth growth. 146 CLOSE SHOT ON THE CHIEF He jams the throttle forward -. wounded. We HEAR strange SCREAMING from the trees and jungle. .pieces of deck are ripped and ragged around the mount. 149 MED. Willard FIRES another GRENADE from his M-79. VIEW The men sit around. exhausted.145 POV. because they know they're too far from the banks to be shot at.the boat surges ahead. They smoke pot and eat silently. flat area in the river. brutalized. another BLAST. moving through the river.BEHIND THEM He FIRES another burst as the GRENADE EXPLODES brightly. Splotches of paint have been blown away from the armor shield -. DISSOLVE TO : 148 FULL VIEW ON THE P.R. but they are relaxed. There is another POP and WHISTLE . They look like animals.B. .B.TWILIGHT The boat moves ahead at half speed through a wide. The boat is a floating wreck. A large tree falls. just as the craft speeds up through the thinning growth.R. hideous MOANS and terror-filled CRIES.

Food's shot to hell. 151 WILLARD'S POV A light. All of the men are silent. 150 VIEW ON WILLARD He notices something in the distance. . Chief pushes Clean's body into the river. Chief has been silent by the body of Clean in a plastic sack. and the cracks -. WILLARD And the grass? CHEF Still got a lot of that stuff from Nha Trang.sure is a mess down there. But we're running low on the other. CHEF There's some bad holes.water's coming through the cracks. WILLARD How much is left? CHEF Less than half -. Chef comes up from below. he has been wounded in the shoulder.Clean's body is being prepared in a plastic sack by Chief. man.

pointing up the river. CHIEF What the hell is it? WILLARD In the middle of the jungle -a goddamn light. WILLARD Hey.152 MED. .B.THE P. approaches the distant light -. .R. 154 VIEW ON WILLARD. VIEW Willard stands up. he uses field glasses.which seems to be on the dock of an overgrown plantation building.R. 153 FULL SHOT . 155 POV . They all look over.THROUGH THE GLASSES Seems to be some figures standing on the dock.B. WILLARD (continuing) That's a light down there -CHEF Yeah. The figures pull back behind some drums.THE TWILIGHT The P. it is. CHIEF straining to see.

WILLARD (continuing) They're not Cong.B. guns trained on the dock as the boat still approaches. Chief hands the loud-hailer to Chef. . closer. CHEF Maybe you shouldn't say we're Americans? Willard stares at the dock and building. who shrugs and shouts: CHEF Nous sommes Americains -Silence. Another BURST. trying to figure it out.156 BACK TO SCENE WILLARD Watch it ! They duck as SHOTS RING OUT from the dock.R. try your French. CHIEF (over the loud-hailer) We're Americans. The crew crouches. stitching the water across the P. WILLARD Chef. CHEF (continuing) Nous ne voulon pas vous agresser.'s bow.

. 158 POV THROUGH THE GLASSES Gradually. 159 BACK TO SCENE We drift closer to the dock.nous sommes des amis -There is silence as the boat drifts closer.157 VIEW ON WILLARD He looks through the glasses.) French Nationals -. CHIEF What'd he say? CHEF Said I speak French like a Spanish cow. CHEF (to himself) I thought it was pretty good. CHEF Nous sommes Americains -. myself. a small group appears from behind the drums on the dock. Then: FRENCHMAN (shouting out) Vous parlez Francais comme une vache espanole. WILLARD (O. though. The Chef starts enjoying speaking French.they may not be too friendly.S.

obviously the head man. They do. They are a young man. which is covered by a patch. save for a scar down on the side of his face and through his left eye. They all bear automatic weapons and suspicious in their eyes. dark-looking man of 35. WILLARD Do it. PHILIPPE Hands on the heads. He is dressed in a tiger suit and the red beret of the French colonial paratroops. Also of the red beret are HENRY LeFEVRE. FRENCHMAN (O.DOCK The men on the dock move forward. As the boat pulls up to the dock. small and delicate. CHIEF I can't steer with my goddamn feet. another Frenchman joins the group.FRENCHMAN (O.stand away from the mounts.S.) Laisser tomber vos armes -CHEF Put the guns straight up -. with a strength about him. a bearded. GASTON De MARAIS. 160 FULL SHOT .S. and TRAN VAN KAC. .DIFFERENT ANGLE . strong and handsome. a middleaged half-breed slave. cautiously. PHILIPPE.) Vous pouvez approcher mais doucement -CHEF Take her in slow. about fifty. about 25.

they speak American.CHEF Hey. This is Chief Warrant Officer Phillips -.Kac grabs the rope from the deck and ties it to the dock. Captain.L. Captain -WILLARD As I said. GASTON Entirely unnecessary. GASTON Who is the commanding officer? CHIEF I -WILLARD I am -. GASTON Philippe -Philippe moves to another position -. Willard. .I'm Captain B. We were shot up bad downriver and need repairs and food -.we can pay you in gold. GASTON Fifty calibers. LANCE I'll help you with -PHILIPPE Do not move -Gaston looks at the skyward pointed twin fifties admiringly. we can pay you in gold. eh.it's his boat.

GASTON (continuing) My youngest son -. This is my son.a belt of ammunition trailing off behind him. Philippe -. Tran Van Kac --Then he motions to the trees. (he steps back) I am Gaston de marais -. My personal servant. It has been such for 121 years. .Christian -161 CLOSE SHOT . he was at Dien Bien Phu.he has fought in Algeria and held the rank of Captain.He puts down his gun -.this is my family's plantation. And Henry LeFevre -.CHRISTIAN He carries an M-60 machine gun in his hand -.she carries an M-16. A young man in a tiger suit and three women come forward from different positions -all wear bush clothing and bear weapons. GASTON (continuing) And my youngest daughter -Claudine.you are our guests. but severe -.the others do likewise -GASTON We share a common enemy -. It will be such after I die.a sergeant. goodlooking.Ann-Marie -A tall girl. GASTON Christian's wife -.

Willard steps off -.R. . dazed. to shower. OTHERS They stand there. WILLARD We don't want to bother you any. She wears a red paratrooper beret and a well-fitted bush suit. Philippe yells in Vietnamese -.CREW. They look the Americans over warily and assemble at Philippe's command. Willard's men look at one another.about a dozen native men in tiger suits.162 CLOSE ON CLAUDINE an attractive girl about eighteen. We'll attend to your repairs after dinner. She carries an M-79 grenade launcher and plenty of ammunition. heavily armed. GASTON.you will follow me.B. CHEF Shower. (smiles) Now -. 163 FULL VIEW . . reaches back and picks up his M-16 by the stock. we -GASTON A man of war is never bothered to aid an ally -.then stops.P. exhausted and amazed. WILLARD American weapons? GASTON We took them from the dead.I assume you want to rest. walk out of the trees from all around them. Captain.

WILLARD A habit of men of war. GASTON A suitable accomodation for your men. save the many sandbagged gun emplacements and barbed wire.PLANTATION .well. be quartered with us -- . They look at each other a moment. GASTON.an unfortunate necessity. CHIEF What about the boat? PHILIPPE My men will keep it for you -CHIEF Yeah -. captain -. WILLARD Chief. of course. They pick up their weapons and follow. Captain -.WILLARD. The men are relieved. OTHERS Gaston stops. sir -you understand. The Chief shrugs and follows.you will. (pause) Come with us. 164 FULL SHOT . points to a guest house off the main structure which is a typical jungle plantation house. GASTON Of course. I'll stay with the boat.

I have never seen one like it in all Indochina. Willard follows -. this way. I was in Paris when it arrived -. (pause) . eh. sit two men and a woman with machine guns.It is very good.do you know what might have caused -WILLARD Looks like a two thousand pound to me. muttering. The bottom is filled with water and young French and Vietnamese children swim in it. GASTON No. Captain? Willard looks. a two thousand pound bomb. approaching a huge crater.He indicates that the men should follow Philippe. 100 feet across and about thirty feet deep. Gaston strides up and looks down at the crater with pride. Yeah.they walk over past the house and toward the jungle. On the opposite rim.there is no current -. WILLARD Go ahead -Philippe leads them on. GASTON (continuing) It is very good -. This is much better. The Chief is hesitant. GASTON (continuing) Magnificent. GASTON Captain. I've seen those in Normandy.

My country -- my country could never originate this. Magnificent. Gaston stands in serious admiration for this feat; Willard looks between him and this big hole in the ground in amezement. 165 INT. WORKMEN'S SHOWER - EVENING A foreman's shower from the old plantation days. The Chief steps out of it, refreshed, though still exhausted. Lance stands there, about to step in, absolutely filthy, caked with blood. His reaction is odd; rather than just stepping into the shower, he seems almost frightened, reluctant to step in. Chef is waiting behind him. CHEF A hot shower, hot damn. He pushes him forward into the water. The dirt and caked mud go swirling off his face and shoulders, and he relaxes as though he suddenly remenbers what a shower is. 166 EXT. THE DOCK - P.B.R. - EVENING battered and torn -- a few of Philippe's Vietnamese guard at the boat. 167 INT. WILLARD'S QUARTERS - EVENING A beautiful European room with tall ceilings. Still elegantly furnished, although old and decaying. Willard sits in a comfortable chair in the corner of the room, looking out over the carpet, the bed with its elegant spread; the wash basin; the bidet. His battle dress is black with muck, with bloodstaines and burns.

He rises from the chair and steps to a dresser above which is a large mirror. There is an album on the marble top of the dresser. He turns to a page at random. 168 VIEW ON WILLARD haggard, looking down at the album. WILLARD (V.O.) I wondered -- how long has this room been like this; how long has the furniture been standing in these places? 169 VIEW ON THE ALBUM Some old photographs of people standing around a car in the 20's in front of the plantation. Another picture shows a child playing by the rubber trees near the plantation. WILLARD (V.O.) Was it like this sixty years ago? Eighty years? But here, even eighty years is nothing. He turns the page, The plantation being built. Pictures of the framing, skeletal against the sky and jungle. 170 VIEW ON WILLARD fascinated WILLARD (V.O.) It was jungle, once; and it will be jungle, again...

171 VIEW ON THE ALBUM Onlu the very beginnings of the house; the first structures. Then another picture of the jungle site where it was to be built. 172 CLOSE VIEW ON WILLARD He looks up and sees his own face, reflected in the garish mirror. He barely recognizes himself. 173 MED. VIEW Willard looks at himself in the mirror, in this odd, outof-time room. 174 INT. DINING ROOM GROUP - TRACKING SHOT TRACK DOWN the long table, covered with delicious food. The P.B.R. crew sits with others of the De Marais group. The table is headed by St. LeFevre. Chef's face lights up as he regards the wonderful European-style food. CHEF This food is wonderful ! I can't believe the chef is a slope. (turning to Clean) Some more? Opposite the table, sitting next to the Chief, Lance reaches hungrily for bread and other food with his hands. CHEF (continuing) Hey -- Lance. LANCE

GASTON Roxanne. wouldya . and she moves to the chair next to him. He is forced to face toward Gaston.there's an uneasy silence. they come from the sky. And then he looks to his friends for approval. You know the difference between a paratrooper and a regular soldier. don't you . WILLARD . more elaborate table. and drawn to look at Roxanne. and the ongoing conversation on the other. please. Willard finally does as well. Our VIEW MOVES through the curtain and settles in a MEDIUM VIEW of the group. I hope you are feeling better. ROXANNE Je vais bien maintenant. She sits -. GASTON May I present Captain Willard? He is of a paratroop regiment. where the De Marais family is dining with Willard.Huh? Oh.. Um. my dear? ROXANNE (smiling and taking Willard's hand) Yes. Our VIEW REVEALS that behind a transparent silk curtain there is another. Willard is caught with this exotic woman on one side of him. The men rise as a very attractive woman enters the room. wouldya pass me the Rice-a-roni.

Captain. Philippe turns around. I -.Once we make our repairs. Captain -.this is our home.. WILLARD The Vietnamese think it's theirs -. Indochina is ours. we could have you evacuated from here. it has been so for a hundred and twenty-one years. .6.I would like to know more about the . points to an elaborately scripted wooden plaque with various tallies on it.I guess the Americans do.28 -.54. plaque. (hard) This is only for this war. as I was saying. there is something to say for that. uh. GASTON Captain? WILLARD You'll get blown outta here some day. perhaps.15.regular forces and otherwise. GASTON We will never 'evacuate'. we could send word. mistakes. Viet Cong -. they were. Captain. North Vietnamese regular forces -. South Vietnamese -.. GASTON Attacks repulsed. Of course.. WILLARD Of course. (pause) Americain -. too.

only jungle.GASTON But we civilized it. and leaves abruptely -.followed by his wife. I must attend to my men. . PHILIPPE Excuse me. but no man can live there. He gets up. WILLARD Do you know that jungle? GASTON When I was a boy. ROXANNE May I ask where the Captain is going in his little boat? WILLARD We were going upriver when we got caught in a storm. to hunt. There are a few savages. don't you agree. no white man. ma'am. A place belongs to those who bring light to it. WILLARD I always thought the French came here to get the rubber. my father would take me there. WILLARD What about an American named Kurtz? There is a pause. GASTON Upriver? Why upriver? There is nothing there.

GASTON (continuing) Bon nuit. ROXANNE The war will still be here tomorrow. Captain.we have lost much here -. WILLARD I'm sorry to hear that. my husband.I. Gaston -.bon nuit. Roxanne -. Captain -. ROXANNE (rising) Cognac? WILLARD I should be checking on the boat.his wife and son. Gaston rises. The servants clear the table. and takes Roxanne's hand. Gaston leaves. Willard and Roxanne are left alone. ROXANNE You must realize. . Willard turns. She walks out of the room.GASTON We have never heard of him. WILLARD Good night.

175 INT. pouring a brandy. trying to answer the little questions and staying away from the big ones. Captain? Have you someone there? WILLARD No. SITTING ROOM . one at a time. bought a Mustang Mach 1.WILLARD (thinking) I guess so. wasted some time. ROXANNE Do you miss your home.WILLARD AND ROXANNE Roxanne sits. Not really. No. drove it a week. ROXANNE .FULL SHOT . He follows. everything I love is here. ROXANNE Then you are like us. Then I re-upped for another tour. She reaches out to him. indicating that he sit. I went home. ROXANNE (continuing) What will you do after the war? WILLARD I just follow my footsteps. while Willard stands. I was discharged from the army four years ago.

What's a big question? WILLARD Kurtz. Captain. ROXANNE Did you know -.there are savages? WILLARD I know. It was asubject not to be spoken of. ROXANNE But Captain. WILLARD Yes. WILLARD What things? ROXANNE Gaston would never tell me. ROXANNE Yes. . A long pause. I mean -. WILLARD What did you hear? ROXANNE That strange things..deeper in the jungle. (pause) I know you've heard of him. terrible things have occured around this American. Kurtz.cannibals. upriver -. Then she looks at the cognac she poured for him.

Captain? WILLARD The river is beautiful. ROXANNE She. THE TERRACE . is under guard by a couple of Gaston's Vietnamese. VIEW ON WILLARD.MED. ROXANNE . comes up behind him. In fact. He steps onto a terrace overlooking the river.R. 176 EXT. we REALIZE that he is checking the boat. 177 WILLARD'S POV. you don't drink.B. She takes a sip. there are so many things I must do alone. which have been left partly open to let a breeze in. Since my husband died.NIGHT A machine gun emplacement is situated on the terrace covering the front of house. VIEW .WILLARD . from the river. 176 MED. thinking it romantic to talk about the river.ROXANNE (continuing) What a pity. The P. Willard moves to the French doors. ROXANNE (from the sitting room) Are you warm.

two remain. She moves her body close to his.B. In the center of the room is a large canopied bed with mosquito netting hanging down over it. ROXANNE'S ROOM .R. Captain. He stands there. getting ready for the long night. 179 CLOSE ON WILLARD.R. 182 INT.I spend hours watching that river from my bedroom window. 181 VIEW ON WILLARD. The windows also have netting and barbed wire -there is a . and. ROXANNE I have been lonely here. and leads him back into the sitting room. He puts down his gun and strips off his shirt. and up the stairs. she goes over to the bed.FULL VIEW It is dark.ON THE TERRACE His hands wander over her body as she clings to him. ROXANNE One eye steals another look at the P.B. . in a moment. he is kissing her. 180 VIEW ON THE P.30 calibre machine gun mount in the far one. ROXANNE . He look around. and turns down the sheets. Two of the guards leave -. She lays down on the bed and watches him. Then she slips out of her dress and stands there facing him. It fascinates me. Then she takes his hand. She leads him into her room and closes the door.

184 EXT. as Willard has silently slipped out of her bed. 187 NEW VIEW He lifts out several cases of supplies. He disappears into the hold. Silently.B. working quickly. and scales down the wall of the old building. -. the first disappears into the thicket. 185 CLOSE VIEW ON WILLARD in the thicket. He even enjoys it.B. he drags the body out of sight. slipping into the bed.P.suddenly. M-16 is leaning against the wall in his reach. 186 MED. disappearing into the darkness. FADE OUT.NIGHT Two Vietnamese guard the P. Willard stalks the second guard and makes quick work of him with his knife. . THE DOCK .B. The dark figure boards the boat silently.He moves to her. VIEW ON THE P.NIGHT We can VIEW into the room. with a grace that indicates he is a man who has done his . feet first. 183 EXT.R. Without a sound.R. he comes out to the terrace. ROXANNE'S TERRACE . we realize he has just killed the man with a knife.R. and is a dark sinister figure kneeling in final preparations for going out in the night.

WILLARD I'm afraid I won't have time -I gotta -ROXANNE Whe you reach the boat you will find that half your fifty calibre stores -. WILLARD So that's it. ROXANNE You may think what you wish. She notices he is awake and smiles. ROXANNE I will fix you breakfast. .best work alone.MORNIN G He sleeps soundly alone in the bed .a case of grenades. Captain. 188 INT. He wakes suddenly -. He starts to get up. He stops -.seemingly stunned. but I like you very much. a mortar and two M-16's and a case of clips are being transfered to us by your order.we HEAR SOMEONE moving around in the room. ROXANNE'S ROOM . CUT TO.PULL BACK TO REVEAL Roxanne combing her hair and buttoning up her blouse.CLOSE SHOT . She turns to go. and at night.WILLARD .

Willard looks hard at Gaston. DOCK . I assume my daughter told you of our conditions.WILLARD What if I say no. OTHERS He walks down onto the dock.said it was your orders.FULL SHOT . GASTON Two of my men deserted last night. He pauses for a second. ROXANNE Then Philippe will have to kill all of you. Gaston's men are transferring ammunition boxes. WILLARD I guess this is whAt men of war do -. Captain -.I did. 189 EXT. WILLARD Your daughter. The Chief spits in the water disgustedly and starts the engines. She leaves.eh? .WILLARD. CHIEF They taking half our ammo. who are covering the Chief and crew with M-16's. WILLARD That's right -. It happens from time to time. Gaston is standing with Philippe.

destroy that and we'll dig a hole in the jungle and sleep on it. CHIEF Next time we get in a good fire fight -.you can blow up the house and we will live in the cellar -. Burn the forest and we'll hide in the swamp. (pause) Au revoir. CHEF Holy shit. all the while.P.clean the blood off our bayonets.B.DOCK . CLEAN What did you put in all those ammo boxes? . The Chief looks over at Willard. P. he leans over and pulls up a floorboard -. 190 LONG SHOT . Willard climbs on board and it pulls away. SHOT . 191 EXT. . . They stare at each other for a moment.MED. Willard just smiles at the Chief.WILLARD. it contains the contents of all those ammo boxes. CHIEF The BOAT ROARS out across the river.B.R. we do but one thing -. clips. Captain. grenades.R.the men stare in amezement. Captain. captain -.GASTON We endure.50 calibre.I'd like to know how she was.

For me.those two men who deserted. They all turn their guns in that direction.WILLARD Rocks. They move ahead at half speed.O. He lets the board drop. It was like wandering on a prehistoric planet.P.. The trees are higher in this area and much of the river is shaded on one side. I don't know. sand -.. There is no undergrowth. an unknown world . Willard moves to the back of the boat. CHIEF When'd you do it? WILLARD While you were sleeping.the water dark and deep.VILLAGE . just the tall trees and ferms. alert. 192 FULL SHOT .DIFFERENT ANGLE . Willard looks out ahead and points.B. It was very quiet there.RIVER . WILLARD (V. we crawled toward Kurtz -exclusively. . 193 FULL SHOT . where the men thought they crawled to.) We moved deeper and deeper into the jungle. We PAN TO REVEAL a small village of huts along the bank. CREW The river has narrowed and runs swifter -. ready for anything.R.

194 POV.) I don't know -.S. ominous -. The depth of the jungle is dark. DISSOLVE TO : 195 POV BOAT . CHEF (O.S.it's just like the one this morning.there'd still be some sign -.might've been disease. The forest itself has grown darker and more twisted with ferns and creepers.BOAT .a huge snake slips along an overheading limb.FULL SHOT .) No -.JUNGLE The canopy of trees grows taller and stretches out across the river filtering the sun.the jungle is claiming it.R. 196 FULL SHOT .S. Strange birds fly out of the trees as the boat passes -. Creepers have already started to grow up around its heights -.) Flood. CHIEF (O.JUNGLE Suddenly the river widens. It is the shadow cast by an enormous vertical tail section of a B-52 bomber thrusting out from the mud.most of 'em are still standing -. They pass in front of the village which is rundown and completely deserted.yet cool and strangely inviting. OF THE P.B. oxidizing in the sun. The huts are on stilts to avoid the flooding of the river -. Pieces of aluminum hang loosely from it. WILLARD (O. the trees give way to marsh and as they emerge into the light a strange shadow falls upon the boat.they are just skeletons of what they once were. But .

is pulled back about seventy yards -. But no hand moves. .g. DISSOLVE TO : 197 FULL SHOT .this spiral into hell.RIVER .stop their madness -.the P. CHIEF -.his soul cries to stop -.once under its shadow. The smoke clears. A hole into the jungle from which a darkness permeats. they have passed a gateway.R. It is strangely quiet.All right.Suddenly there is a tremendous EXPLOSION and SECONDARY ONES from the jungle as shrapnel rips into the jungle and water from CLAYMORE MINES obviously set to cover the mound of skulls. It is indeed the most peaceful valley in all the world and each man looks upon it and has never known such a sense of peace and wellbeing. A gateway to paradise.B. Each man in his heart feels a need to stay -. Strange orange colored water-fowl swim lazily out of their way. Lance -Lance's TWIN FIFTIES split the silence as they POUR into the skulls on the opposite bank -. The sun is warm and the breeze gentle and laced with wild gardenians. . Here is all that can be had of earth. The river widens and the trees at its edge are soft and seductive.B. we SEE another post and skulls on the opposite bank. The hills beyond are purple and lush. The water itself is glass smooth and black as if there were no bottom.R.P.DAWN The skull looms in the f. The boat drifts on its own toward a hole at the end of the clearing. The boat follows the river into this hole. -.as it clears.Early morning mist still hangs on the water -.

we judged ourselves about eight miles from Kurtz' base.Charlie put it there to kill -WILLARD Thta's not Charlie's work -There is silence.leave it -CHIEF Why -.they move ahead past the smoking mound. THE RIVER .like keep out -Willard motions -.) Toward the night of the fifth day out of Do Lung Bridge.B. The Chief cuts the engine.O. WILLARD (V. and they coast.DAY The P. pushed deeper into this mysterious area. 198 EXT.R.FOG . WILLARD Whoever put'em there didn't do it to kill people -.LANCE The other one -WILLARD No -.They put 'em up as signs -CHIEF Signs? WILLARD Yeah -. Everything was still. Mist swells in and around the river. . as the boat moves into an obscure fog. the trees.the Chief accelerates -.

CLOSE ON WILLARD We catch glimpses of him.. The GROANING. of HUNDREDS OF MEN. 200 VIEW ON LANCE Frantically. LANCE Jesus ! .then the fog came suddenly. even though we are close. and I was blind too. I began to think I was deaf -. The boat disappears in the thick fog. We can HEAR the most ominous SOUND COMING FROM THE BANKS. like a trance. They are silent. 199 MED. Not a sound could be heard.the creepers. OR WAILING . WILLARD Listen. CHIEF They're on the banks of the river. CHIEF What is it? WILLARD Listen. even the brush seemed like it had been changed into some kind of stone. he swings the twin fifties around. It was unnatural.

I don't understand. But it is not ahostile cahnt. but rather the SOUND OF HUMAN ANGUISH. a funeral. The SOUND IS TERRIBLE. LANCE Sounds like hundreds of them. or canoes.. CHIEF Will they attack? WILLARD If they have boats . WILLARD Shhhhhh. WILLARD (continuing) It doesn't sound hostile -it sounds like they've seen us coming and it sounds like -I don't know.201 VIEW ON CHIEF We can barely SEE him -. We can't move either -we'll end up on the shore. or a war chant. they'd get lost in the fog.. CHEF God.in and out of the fog.. 202 VIEW ON WILLARD listening.. .. HORRIFYING.. Lance. Not while you can't see. The CHORUS OF GROANS in unbearable. CHIEF No.

fog moving.R.203 VIEW ON LANCE A glimpse of him.R. WILLARD (V. CHIEF Which way? Right or left? WILLARD Who knows? Right.Lances swivels his gun from bank to bank. . MOVING THROUGH the thinning mist. We then SEE glimpses.B. CHIEF Looks pretty shallow. almost in tears.B.B. The Navy craft proceeds cautiously. we moved slowly to a spot we thought was roughly a mile and a half below Kurtz's camp.R. Chief keeps his fingers on an M-16.) Two hours after the fog lifted. We approached a long sand-bank stretching down the middle of the river.THE P. VIEW . Willard takes out the TOP SECRET packet he received at Do Lung. Chef takes a long pole and begins sounding depth. of all the men on the P. DISSOLVE TO : 204 MED. moves toard the right-most channel. The P.O. 205 VIEW ON WILLARD The men are really tense now -.

crazily zig-zagging up the river in the midst of the childish assault. arms. (pause) Purgative air strike ! Purgative ! They'd kill me too ! Suddenly Chef lays out flat on the bow.B. CHIEF Shit ! Fucking arrows ! They're shooting fucking arrows at us.naked limbs. . Should difficulty arise from which extraction is impossible. 207 WILLARD'S POV Frags of men -. Target key personnel and commence operation. WILLARD (reading) Upon reaching objective. breasts. break radio silence Com-Sec Command code Strong Arm -indicate purgative air strike -code -. 206 CLOSE ON WILLARD looking toward the banks.Tears it open. We MOVE IN ON him. 208 VIEW ON THE P. rattling against the boat.R.R.B. Hundreds and hundreds of slender sticks fly onto the P. glaring eyes entangled in the dense jungle gloom. And hundreds of pathetic wooden arrows flying out toward them.Street Gang.

about to say something. keep going. bleeding onto Willard's boots.B.WILLARD Steer her right. Willard looks down in horror.R. They're just fucking sticks ! Chief. 209 VIEW ON THE P. 210 VIEW ON CHIEF laying at Willard's feet -.. Then slowly lets the rifle fall out of his hands. WILLARD Keep going. WILLARD Stop it. a primitive spear having caught him right through the ribs. Lance is FIRING the two fifties wildly. He looks up at Willard. stay at the helm. 211 MED. But Chief seems out of control -. The men open up everything they've got.the long spear through him. They are . arrows hitting the deck. Stop it ! Slowly he pulls his boots from under Chief. The men are still crazily FIRING into the empty jungle long after those who attacked beat their retreat.R. VIEW ON THE P.B.he lets the clip of his M-16 go. and falls to Willard's feet. CHIEF A spear? He dies.

Some flashbulbs are going off. And now I was too late -he was probably gone. He starts to wipe the blood off the boot..absolutely soaked in blood. and all I could think of was whether Kurtz was dead too. Willard unlaces the other boot. OUR VIEW MOVES SLOWLY TOWARD Willard. in the middle of this ..) It was the strangest thing -I don't know that I can explain it.. on . Christ. Some people are dancing to the MUSIC. He is stunned -. WILLARD (V.O. Kurtz had grown into something -. THE BOAT AT MARINA DEL REY . carnival.or by some spear on the head. disappeared.. I felt like howling like those animals in the fog. LANCE Chief's dead. a great man. he was the only light in this hopeless. by a grenade rolled into his tent -.sits down and begins to unlace the bloody boots. WILLARD (V. Two of my men dead.a gifted officer. 212 EXT. to hear Kurtz. Somehow.O. and take them off.NIGHT The people at Charlie's cocktail party on the boat. hopeless darkness.) (continuing) Somehow. That's all I wanted: to see Kurtz. and holds the bloody boot in his hand.

The men are practically in a trance now.R. It would seem ridiculous to them that I was shot to hell because I had lost the privilege of listening to the mysterious Colonel Kurtz. cod-pieces -. moving up the river.) Here they are in Los Angeles. He was waiting for me.B.P. WILLARD (V. But there is a purity about them. Their manner is lifeless as though in a trance. the police station around the other. 215 VIEW ON THE P. (pause) Of course I was wrong. Everything is safe.all in body and face paint of the most savage nature. THE RIVER . DISSOLVE TO : 213 EXT.R. . Kurtz was alive and he was waiting for me. The men of the crew are not the same men who began this voyage. men and boys.R. DAY The P. There's a supermarket around the corner. parts of birds and animals. 214 WHAT THEY SEE Hundreds and hundreds of Montagnard natives -. looking at the banks of the river.B.B.the edge of the party.dressed in the most ornate and primitive manner: feathers. They don't even make an effort to touch their weapons. white and blue.O. standing passively watching the small Navy craft flying the strange flag of red.

which slowly and automatically gives away.The various decorations and paraphenelia that they have picked up along the way seem oddly relevant to the savages that stand before them. the palms of some jungle vegetation protecting his head.B.R. 217 VIEW ON WILLARD Mus on his face (to protect it from the sun). His intuition was right. absolutely silently. The natives standing across the river make no hostile gestures as they approach. approaches the wall of feathers -. trinkets. standing on canoes across the river. in almost a ritual of birth. There is no hostility in these .B. along the banks. The Chef has made a hat of birdfeathers. he looks something like atribal chieftan himself. 216 VIEW FROM BEHIND THE P. Do nothing. some animal teeth. 218 FULL VIEW ON THE RIVER Hundreds of Montagnards who had been lining the river now run. their hands visibly without weapons. undulating. The men on the crew stand in a group. allowing the little boat to penetrate. Lance's face has been painted with mud under the eyes to block the glare of the sun. They accept the small boat moving toward them with a sort of inevitability. The boat moves closer. They start to move to their gun positions. MOVING SLOWLY TOWARD the fantastic human wall of feathers and war paint. He wears certain animal skins. Their uniforms have been torn and patched throughout the difficult journey. WILLARD Just stand here with me where they can see us. He senses that they would be allowed to pass.R. keeping pace with the P.

Stone walls. a fortified encampment. THE CREW They look up toward the bank.R.THROUGH GLASSES A sign entangled in the barbed wire -. 221 VIEW ON WILLARD He picks up his field glasses and looks through. OUR MOTTO: APOCALYPSE NOW ! The POV OF THE GLASSES MOVE once again and come upon an astonished sight. a black man dressed in a tatter of colored fabrics.faces. barbed wire. The POV OF THE GLASSES MOVE OFF of him.B. He looks something like a multi-colored harlequin waving frantically to the P. only curiosity and a sort of grief. and an Australian bush hat. built around the ruins of a former Cambodian civilization. 220 THEIR POV The temple at NU MUNG BA. 219 VIEW ON WILLARD.its lettering strict and military: FOURTH SPECIAL FORCES MISSION F-82 NU MUNG BA The GLASSES POV MOVES REVEALING another sign written in a wild psychedelic hand. feathers. cracked pyramids and rows and rows of Escher-like sandbags arranged in an endless maze around the fortress. . 222 WILLARD'S POV .

The P. 225 VIEW ON THE P. The odd Australian stands waving his hat. It's all right. A thick greasy smoke hangs from fires that burn near the fort. Fire literally burns from out of the ground.223 VIEW ON WILLARD not believing what he's just seen.half submerged in the water. I know. Come in this way.R. 224 THE GLASSES POV Once again the young black man is now waving his Australian hat. CHEF Charlie? .B. Willard look at Chef who is at the helm.B. guiding them safely in. it's all right. It's mined over there. AUSTRALIAN (shouting back) I know. moves towards the water's edge where there is a dock covered with concertina wire. some of them on fire. Chef nods at the bodies. fresh shell craters indicate a recent battle. Near the dock there is a tangled clump of corpses -. Other piles of bodies lie about. This way. He shrugs and they do as this man says.R. WILLARD We've been attacked. Willard shouts out to the starnge greeter.

Got any Winstons? WILLARD Moonby what? AUSTRALIAN Moonby. the crew regards him with their dark faces splattered with mud and blood. WILLARD (incredulously. 4th battalion. WILLARD (continuing) Who the hell are you? AUSTRALIAN Moonby. CHEF (looking at the Australian) Who's he? WILLARD God knows. Ex-Corporal Moonby. deserted. The boat pulls up. Royal Australian Regiment. The Australian harlequin hops on board.WILLARD Looks that way. Nobody has any Winstons? Chef automatically offers Moonby a Winston. they're simple enough people. indicating the hundreds of natives) What is this? MOONBY Oh. baby. . It's good to see you. Task Force.

I'm California dreamin'. But I'd dig goin' to California. MOONBY Oh. He opens his arms wide. I kept these people off you. actually. you don't talk to Colonel Kurtz. . WILLARD Why did they attack us? MOONBY Simple. to indicate the breadth of his mind's expansion. then smiles) You listen to him. It wasn't easy. that man has enlarged my mind. WILLARD Where's Kurtz? I want to talk to him. you know. WILLARD (almost to himself) So Kurtz is alive. They don't want him to go. God. (he puffs. WILLARD You're Australian? MOONBY Pre-Australian. MOONBY Kurtz.MOONBY This boat's a mess. these are good. I tell you.

and Acid -. I said to myself. I hid it in the jungle.cocaine -. the wealth of the Orient: Marijuana -. I forgot there's such a thing as sleep. He said. The first thing he said is.. not what you think. he is the most dangerous thing in every way that I've come on so far. About everything ! Everything.Opium -. the Gold of the Golden Triangle. He wanted to shoot me. CHEF Love? MOONBY Oh.' WILLARD Why didn't he shoot you? MOONBY I've asked myself that question. too.I listen he talks. I deserted from my army. Everything.uncut Heroin.I make Koolaid that makes purple Owsley come on like piss.. 'I'm going to shoot you because you are a deserter. He made me see . why didn't he shoot me? He didn't shoot me. Cosmic love. because I had a stash like you wouldn't believe.Hashish -.MOONBY (continuing) But lemme tell you. 'I'm going to shoot you just the same. Now I'm Kurtz' own Disciple -. Of love. no.' I said I didn't desert from your army.

There are stakes in front. Now he settles on the entrance in the temple. 226 WILLARD'S POV . LANCE What? WILLARD .if you heard him talk.and leave your guns up. Tie her up -. just last week. Lance. huddled over food. Willard has picked up his field glasses and scans the fortress. Well. MOONBY Those heads. 227 BACK TO SCENE WILLARD Sounds like he's gone crazy. WILLARD (to his men) We're going ashore. WILLARD Is that where he is? By the shrunken heads. The whole time Moonby is chattering on.THROUGH THE FIELD GLASSES Men in small groups. yes.things -. you'd never think he was crazy. Colonel Kurtz couldn't be crazy -. MOONBY No.. the rebels..things. you know. and on top of them are horrible shrunken heads.

They wear only loinclothes and bandoliers of ammunition. MOONBY Right on -. Women emerge from the brush as well. and hops off the P. if anything more bizarre. with the remnants of Army insignia on them. Russian AK-47's and a wide variety of knives and clubs. The paint on their bodies is. Interspersed among them are a few taller men with paler skins. what once appears to have been an American. men appear where a moment before there was only jungle. that's all. His face is darkened from dirt. They are mostly Montagnards. MOONBY AND THE CREW As they proceed closer to the fortress-temple. (looking at Moonby) Take us to him. but far more savage looking than any we've seen before. willard and the men follow.Bring your rifles. strange camouflage patterns.he's been waiting for -WILLARD And shut up. Moonby nods and shrugs. their bodies are painted in strange patterns. matted with mud and grease. They encounter. he is tall.WILLARD. wears a flak jacket. but is otherwise naked. they are armed and equally primitive looking. save a loincloth.B. battle smoke.R. He carries an AK-47 . in the center of the group. They carry Army M-16's. Willard and his men look up at people more primitive and more savage than any since the time of Captain Cook. We CONTINUE TO MOVE ACROSS the entire group up to the stone gates of the fort. where thirty or so more are seen silhouetted against the sky. 228 MOVING VIEW . gaunt. His hair and beard are long.

A-Team..assault. He is dumbstrucked at seeing them. WILLARD Who are you? MOONBY (breaking in) His name is. Exec.. WILLARD Charlie? COLBY NVA regulars.their big -. WILLARD I'm not ever goin' to tell you to shut up again. WILLARD What happened here? COLBY What -. Moonby shuts up. who seems shy and retiring. commanding. Willard is the man in the middle -. Tet -. They're coming again tonight. as they are to see him. .. but he understands the forces that pounded him.. Willard approaches this beast. F-82 -. The MAN tries to speak.decorated with scalps and human ears. officer.Col. MAN Colby. Walter Kurtz. Special Forces. He takes his arm. but nothing comes out.happened here.he doesn't know what to say to this man.

and then.he was the genius.the team.I did not do the planning -. Colby starts. to Willard: COLBY I had nothing to do with these operations -. not understanding. the operation -. 230 REVERSE ON WILLARD Six months later. and he and Colby would be identical. .the team.none of us did.. Moonby slaps himself in the head with his hand. WILLARD Take me to him. Take us back ! But. Colonel Kurtz has such plans for -. he turns. seeing the shrunken heads on poles. He should be made a General. Without looking Willard knows that Kurtz is standing behind him. no. COLBY Take us back. WILLARD I'm taking you back.229 REVERSE ON COLBY looks at Willard. MOONBY Oh. he stops. don't you think? A General? It's. Suddenly. You'll see -the genius of our Colonel. He turns.. Major. agitated. It was all Colonel Kurtz -. don't say that. frightened.

VIEW There is. as he regards him) Sit down. though obviously very ill. His eyes almost hypnotize.L. I guess. though it is ripped and bloodied. and then. . 232 VIEW ON WILLARD This is not what he expected. (pause.. as well as his U.A. no chair or anything like a chair.S. Then he returns the salute. He is feverish. and simply: KURTZ At ease.Kurtz has stepped out from his headquarters: He is a powerful man. Willard reporting his presence. with long blonde hair and beautiful features. automatically. He is quiet. sir. His midsection is bandaged from what seems to be a serious wound. of course. WILLARD (he salutes) Captain B. Colonel's insignia. WILLARD Colonel Kurtz. KURTZ I'm Kurtz. He slowly attempts to pull the remnants of his uniform together.. 233 VIEW ON KURTZ looking at him a long time. and now combined with primitive ornaments designating him a tribal chief. 234 MED. he comes to an attention.

and passes it respectfully to Kurtz -. Moonby lights a joint. We need supplies and medical help. ritualistically.in that small boat. my province. Willard sits as well. Kurtz's men begin to sit on the ground. to see me? WILLARD (finding it more and more difficult to go on with this lie) No -. (pause) You are the final justice. Then Kurtz does. Finally. like we did. WILLARD We were attacked -. aren't you? WILLARD What do you mean. KURTZ You came up my river -.down river. So simple. KURTZ You were not coming here. cross-legged.throughout the scene.But behind and around him. the joint is passed from man to man.no. KURTZ (slowly) Why did you come to . Colonel? KURTZ (gently) .. I always thought the final justice would come from the sky. sir..

Perhaps a village elder.withdraws it. incredible intelligence about this man. or a tax collector. Graduate of the Recondo School. Paratrooper. I understand you. There is a clear.45 -. 235 CLOSE ON WILLARD He remains silent. Simple. as an act assuring Kurtz that he is not an assasin. Captain. KURTZ Then the Agency approached you. Maybe in a bar in Quinon or Pleiku. 236 CLOSE ON KURTZ He smiles. A year's pay for one life. . and places it on the dirt before Kurtz. KURTZ You've spent tome at the Royal Tracking School of Malaysia. We understand each other. Nobody's orders but your own. There is a long pause. as the two men regard each other. I can tell from the way the laces on your boots are tied. Then Willard reaches to his holstered . Ranger. Am I right about these things? WILLARD You know you're right.What other reason could you have come? A Captain. Exciting work.

Chef approaches. 237 EXT.they've been probed all this week -. crouches down. KURTZ (continuing) Do you know me ? He throws the . 238 VIEW BY THE TEMPLE WALL Willard is alone by a campfire -. shoots and kills a man. a respectful distance behind. Montagnard families -. Kurtz reaches down. CHEF Captain -. Lance sleeps by the fire. There's gonna be a big offense any time. Rises. KURTZ'S OUTPOST .45 back on the dirt.TWILIGHT Dotted with campfires. CHEF Holy shit. .his M-16 leans by a wall next to him.FULL VIEW . takes the .45 -. and walks back into the cavernous headquarters behind the shrunken heads. He is exhausted.it is like a primitive civilization. a little distance away.WILLARD Do you know me? KURTZ Yes.Cong and NVA regulars. Moonby scampers off after him. Even Willard is stunned.and without another word or gesture.

I'm supposed to kill him. Chef looks at him. I feel the recoil of my rifle. LANCE . CHEF When you kill Cong.WILLARD I know. starts to wake up.WALL .WILLARD. Willard rises. Lance stirs. CHEF He killed that guy without feeling anything. just like he said. WILLARD Sure. CHEF What are we doing here? WILLARD Kurtz. WILLARD Not a thing. He's fuckin nuts -WILLARD Yeah. KURTZ Yeah. 239 FULL SHOT . (thinking) Recoil... I can see that. don't you feel something. CHEF . confused and frightened.

62 mini-gun that was mounted there sticks up above the sandbags..triple overlapping fields of fire -. The emplacement is built on amound so the gun commands a clear field of fire into the jungle beyond.that I never told anyone about. Some Americans. huddled by their fires. A child is chewing on a big piece of almost raw meat. bowing. WILLARD (continuing) I've done things. The wreck lays on its side so that a 7. .Willard walks along the top of a thick wall -. Skulls. WE ARE TRACKING with them as they move past the groups of people. They continue past amount where the shattered wreck of half a helicopter is laying. when I was alone in the jungle -. barely recognizible because of their beards and savage manner. shrunken and otherwise hang from every hut -.. and then runs off to her bunker.adorn every sandbagged bunker -.sandbagged and dug out every so often for an M-60 or a mortar emplacement.dried scalps hang from barbed wire. WILLARD This is good -. A woman tentatively moves to Willard. sit near the gun.walls so thick ordinary artillery just cleans the moss off their surfaces. Wild looking savages man these guns. and seem to bow to Willard as he passes. men. Several Montagnard children giggle at their feet and play with bayonets. It has been altered and fortified with sandbags and concertina wire. women and children.

this don't look good for America ! WILLARD (lost in his thoughts) .. WILLARD Yeah. Willard steps in -. This Kurtz is ruining the war. KURTZ HEADQUARTERS . Chef and Lance with him. sucking a joint. Let's do it. CHEF You got to kill this sonuvabitch -. we don''t understand none of this -. WILLARD Yeah.. I know. Lance just stands there.You said your mission was to kill him. We're all gonna die here.NIGHT VIEW FROM INSIDE -.. I know. .Jesus.evil. he's an amazing officer. CHEF I don't get it -. waiting. Captain -. He thinks. He sort of nods. his eyes vacant.I don't wanna die here -.Lance and the Chef crouch outside. I mean.CHEF This is evil -.Lance and me. 240 INT.Willard approaches the stakes with the shrunken heads. an' get our asses outta here. Captain.Do it quick.

Get out.don't bother him. Electric lights hanging in odd contrast to the ancient stone. things ranging fromm "Viet Nam. KURTZ (continuing.they had been tacked up on big boards. with maps. Kurtz sits alone. There is a large wooden planning table next to him. Moonby hesitates -. and graffiti on the stone walls. MOONBY He's asleep -. . We SEE what is left of the maps and other military charts -. love it or leave it" to quotes of Nietzsche "Nothing is true -. lamps and apile of debris that is practically garbage." Moonby.everything is permitted. There are native decorations to ward off evil spirits. suddenly) I said get the fuck out ! (to himself) I'm going to kill the little weirdo myself tomorrow. KURTZ (continuing) You. Kurtz looks to Moonby. but have now fallen into decayed disuse. Now all those things are no longer important. who had been crouching in a corner. slumped back in a wicker chair. There are other indications of the modern headquarters this had been. KURTZ I'm awake. Willard steps in closer.not wanting to leave him alone with Willard.241 WILLARD'S VIEW An austere stone savern in the temple: Kurtz's headquarters. moves to Willard.

He knows how to use a hypodermic.. We fight with ingenious machines and fire. But they are noble little gook-pricks. KURTZ I love it. How do you like The Doors': 'C'mon Baby Light My Fire. He rests back.. KURTZ That's right. like animals. But I'll call in a major blotto airstrike tonight. We'll have ourselves a helluva airstrike tonight. the little gookpricks. KURTZ (continuing) Do you? WILLARD Yeah. And for an idea ! That's rich. and for nothing.' Willard shrugs. grinning.. bad -. like Gods. WILLARD You're gonna get hit tonight. Because they fight with their guts.(he shows some pain when moving his midsection) He's only stayed alive this long because he's a good orderly and medic.a whole regiment of NVA regulars. I like it. noble.. . a lightshow.

CHEF (muttering) Kill him -. Christ. KURTZ (angrily) No.KURTZ AND WILLA RD NIGHT Willard examining the wound. my gut ! Willard leans over him. He groans horribly. . VIEW .Oh.MED. checking the seriousness of the wound. witnessing the proceedings inside. THE HEADQUARTERS . Suddenly Kurtz is seized with a terrible pain from his stomach wound.Chef leans in. 242 EXT. why don't you kill him 243 INT. He literally falls from his chair onto the dirt floor.come on.on the table. KURTZ (continuing) My gut -.WILLARD You've gone crazy. KURTZ (in pain) Oh shit -. clutching at it. morphine. (calmly) But my soul has gone mad.NIGHT Lance is crouching by the stone entrance -. THE HEADQUARTERS . My thinking is clear.

Kurtz. truly frightened. WILLARD (still holding the second morphine) How's the pain? KURTZ How's yours? WILLARD I can handle it. Give me water. WILLARD You can't have water after morphine.Willard moves to the table. opens the medical packet. holds up his hand. KURTZ (continuing. KURTZ (continuing) No -. He takes out a morphine capsule. . Willard quickly prepares another shot. leans over the writhing Kurtz and injects him with the drug. (almost affectionately) You're a damn good kiler. Water. I want to think. looking up in pain) You see how stupid it would have been to blow out my brains? I'm dying from the gut anyway.I don't want to sleep. KURTZ Still playing by the rules.

WILLARD What Truth? KURTZ The truth that you were sent here to murder me. you know why. He rests back. Asshole ! Schmuck ! How long does it take you to figure out that nobody knows what they're doing here. WILLARD No water. . the nobility of a man is judged by how much Truth he can handle. (coldly) Except me.but nobility. ans so far you haven't done it.KURTZ Pain is easy to handle -. KURTZ You know what you're doing? You are interfering with my plans ! He crawls in pain toward the canteen Willard watches him impassively.. And do you know why? (looks at him) Yes. The drug is beginning to take effect. KURTZ (continuing) Gimme water. (he looks) Your mission makes about as much sense as those idiots who sent you on it.

drink it for tonight.Lance is stoned out. Then he throws the canteen to Willard. Chef is terrified -. Lance stands up holding his M-16. It's beautiful -. KURTZ (continuing) Drink it -.you'll love it.MED. KURTZ Goddamn -. holding the morphine needle in his hand.the fucker's not gonna do it.LANCE AND CHEF .NIGHT We can SEE into the headquarters: Kurtz offers the canteen to Willard. CHEF Lance -. HEADQUARTERS . A whole regiment of those shitty little Cong -War. 244 EXT.war like you've never known it. Total war -. 245 INT.You've gotta dig napalm on Speed. Think of it. . water spilling all over. too. looks into the cavern with Chef. THE HEADQUARTERS .KURTZ (continuing) This water's got Moonby's acid in it -He drinks sloppily from the canteen. Trust me. VIEW . you'll see.NIGHT Willard stands there. It's spectacular.

the thing we do best -.is lie. Willard drinks more of the LSD water.KURTZ Look into the jungle. (whispered) That's why warpaint was invented. Willard shoots himself in the arm with the morphine. WILLARD I think think a lie stinks.you have to be a cannibal. WILLARD Stinks. that is so true.and not let them write the word 'fuck' on their airplanes. You can't -it's too terrible. I could never figure -(he drinks from the canteen) I could never figure how they can teach boys how to bomb villages with napalm -. KURTZ Oh Captain. Then it becomes your jungle. WILLARD How did we get here? KURTZ Because of all the things we do. KURTZ (angrily) You could never figure it because it doesn't make sense. . You have to smear yourself with warpaint to look at it -.

savages with pathetic painted faces were scared shitless that fire would rain down from the sky. CHEF Captain -. God bless Dow ! CHEF Kill him ! Chef rushes at Kurtz with his bayonet -. programmed killer. like some sort of mindless.then there is additional automatic FIRE. Chef is being riddled by bullets. WILLARD We'll exterminate the fuckers ! Chef steps into the Headquarters -. LANCE .for years. we made it happen. millions of years. 246 VIEW ON LANCE He has let loose with his M-16 at Chef. And goddamn.instinctively.WILLARD Fuck no. KURTZ Think of it -. He draws his bayonet.he is terrified.kill him. KURTZ I'll tell you what makes sense ! Air strikes ! White Phosphorus ! Napalm ! We'll bomb the shit out of them if they don't do what we want. Willard GUNS him -.

smoking hashish in water pipes. OF THE TEMPLE AT NU MUNG BA . One looks up to the sky.. eating grass. 250 EIS VIEW A rocket illuminates the sky. Bayonets are fixed. loud and overwhelming. injecting speed.there is an instant of silence.NIGHT The DOORS begin LIGHT MY FIRE . LIGHT MY FIRE is blasted out to the enemy. CLOSE VIEW of enormous loudspeakers protected behind spirals of razor-sharp concertina wire. then: 247 EXT.Chef falls to the dirt -.. . Another behind him is chanting the word NAPALM softly t himself. poised to attack. 249 ANOTHER LOUDSPEAKER Cannibal-painted men in savage decorations wait. as illuminating flares light up the blackness. 248 MED. strobing. sniffing cocaine.(FIRING) Hot damn ! Then hes tops -. as in a psychedelic hallucination. Men are stoned to acid. 251 VIEW ON THE SOLDIER SOLDIER Wow.

256 CLOSE SHOT . . The color pulsates around the edge of the image.garlands of teeth around his neck. EXPLOSIONS around the fort. salute or kneel before Willard.A MORTAR A hand drops a shell and it FIRES.R. 255 CLOSE SHOT .MONTAGE Enemy ARTILLERY BLASTING away at the fortress. All the men: Montagnards.ROCKET LAUNCHER It FIRES. 257 SHOT ON LOUDSPEAKERS blasting out music. red and green. waiting.A FLAME-THROWER (ON TANK) Shoots out a stream of burning napalm that looks like a death ray gun. 253 FULL VIEW . VIEW ON THE GATE Willard strides out of the darkness. red and orange and blue and green. They hit and grow. radiating outward with ice-blue energy. fierce Americans.252 MED. He looks like a magnificent warrior -Genghis. We SEE Lance. 254 CLOSE SHOT . with his weapons -. even the savage men of the P. into the positions around the gate. outward like some sort of cosmic flower. crew either bow. mauve and purple. his face painted.B.

Thousands of them.MINI-GUN A SERGEANT in feathered head-piece and wildly painted operates the mini-gun with several native helpers. The pass of the lead reaches out in beautiful patterns as the Sergeant sweeps the area. 259 SHOT ON THE COMMAND BUNKER . Colby. KURTZ . When they FIRE the SOUND is incredibly loud and steady like a high-pitched foghorn. luminescent images of North Vietnamese approaching the outer perimeters. Everywhere metal and rock and flame fly and it is beautiful to see. SHOT . The men behind them are setting up rocket launcher (missile) . Willard looks through the infra-red sniper scope. Mini-gun. SHELLS BURST around them. right up to the moment he is blown to eternity by an all-engulfing 105mm shell. . like those people you see listening to radios in their cars. The sergeant laughs maniacally as the GUN resumes FIRING.258 MED. 262 MED. CLOSE VIEW ON YOUNG SOLDIERS With the MUSIC. Sergeant. 260 WILLARD .INFRA-RED POV Strange.WILLARD . A solid stream of molten lead seems to pour into the darkness as 7000 rounds a minute rip into the enemy. 261 FULL SHOT ON KURTZ KURTZ Mini-gun. OT HERS (In SLOW MOTION) Shells WHISTLE in and EXPLODE on the walls in the compound.

Suddenly the sky is bright with flares which produce weird psychedelic light. as though the whole history mankind is evolving in front of us. The SCREAMS of maimed and dismembered men almost penetrates the INCREDIBLY LOUD MUSIC and we HEAR Kurtz's men LAUGHING and SCREAMING in delight. 264 VIEW ON KURTZ KURTZ Claymores. each wilder and more extreme. They burn in the pools of luminescent napalm but press relentlessly on. NVA have reached the walls and throw down scaling ladders and start up. Kurtz's face is illuminated by each of these.NVA CHARGE through wires and claymore glass.263 VIEW ON WILLARD Exhilarated. claymores. WILLARD Napalm. His face seems to change from one grotesgue primitive face to another. like a magnificent firework. Colby pushes a row of plungers: Advancing NVAs illuminated by napalm drums. Kurtz looks out over the field of slaughter. They chant to themselves as they advance. 265 FULL SHOT . Blared out at tremendous vol- . The SOUND DISTORTED of tremendous HOWLING EXPLOSIONS penetrate the track of LIGHT MY FIRE one after another. and moving with the MUSIC. phosphorescent napalm EXPLODES beautiful. SHELL BURSTS overhead.

ume over and above the DIN OF BATTLE is LIGHT MY FIRE.LANCE The VC rush his position. He pulls himself up -. both sides collide in the utter and most horrible savagery. Willard and Lance move down to the nest wall. kicking. biting necks. splittin throats. bayoneting. More fill in. FIRING .T. VIEW .WILLARD AT THE R. 268 MED. 270 MED.FIRES a final BURST and then falls under the enemy's feet. Willard trips a claymore that BLASTS most of them to shreads.WILLARD standing on the wall BLASTING as bodies fall around him. he thrusts his bayonet into one attacker.EVERYBODY The Americans and Montagnards stand up screaming. SHOT . gouging. bodies tumbling over. M-16's in both hands.WALL . 267 MED. shouting into the radio . they charge up. Lance opens up FULL AUTOMATIC . blasting. removes it with a foot and stabs another. SHOT . muttering madly to himself. From him he takes his AK47 and BLASTS more as they come. Spurred by MUSIC. Lance is caught in a CROSSFIRE and hit several times. 266 FULL SHOT . 269 VIEW ON MOONBY sees this and scampers off into the jungle.

KURTZ He rounds the shadow wall. 271 FULL SHOT . SHELLS are EXPLODING everywhere. 272 VIEW ON WILLARD watching this spectacle. shattered and bleeding. The stone lions tumble. Kurtz looks at him.Street Gang ! Purgative air strike. Kurtz cocks an M-16 and walks off the bunker. They crouch and rip into them FULL AUTOMATIC. The gates are uprooted. Women and children rush upon him now. Kurtz sees a group of Viets and rushes up and prepares a machine gun mount. Men fall.DIFFERENT ANGLE . He braces the gun at his side and steps out. They don't see him. Street Gang ! He turns and runs back through the compound with the receding Montagnards. crushing men below. They break the charge and continue cutting their way through the NVA masses like torches through metal. 273 MED. save one who's merely lost his weapon. Kurtz flicks some switches and the whole north wall EXPLODES in overwhelming FIRE. KURTZ (yelling) Charles ! They stagger and fall.Street Gang -. his .COMMAND POST . SHOT .KURTZ Kurtz watches as invaders swarm through his domain. Viets break over the walls and charge.WILLARD Code -. The light patterns are fantastic.

The wall Kurtz was standing on. Kurtz beats him to the draw and bloes him into the night. His native men see him and rush for the chance to die beside him. He moves over to pick up the NVA light machine gun. All around us is a spectacle of MUSIC and light and fire and overwhelming color. standing atop the wall and battering the oncoming enemy like Davy Crockett at the Alamo.KURTZ taking swings with his rifle. SHOT . the enemy. 274 MED. everything. He has crawled on all fours back into the jungle to die. It is the biggest firework show in history.LOW ANGLE . He stalks Kurtz into the jungle . WILLARD . They are quickly encircled by onrushing Viets and are being overrun. The machine gun jams and Kurtz grabs a rifle. 275 FULL VIEW . and he falls with it. Willard sees this and makes his way toward him as the air strike continues. He drops it and flips open the flap of his holster.THE FORTRESS The air strike hits with all its force. When it's empty and the bayonet is off he wields it as a club. Holding it at his hip. moving around and cutting off the crawling Kurtz KURTZ Go away -. he stands atop one of the ruined walls and FIRES into the masses. 276 TRACKING SHOT ON WILLARD following Kurtz's trail in the mud. The Viet soldier goes for his pistol.gun empty. Balls and rain of fire sweeps down on the temple.hide yourself.

Willard crawls out of the jungle.R.What are you doing? KURTZ Going back . 277 EXT. KURTZ I had immense plans. carrying the dying Kurtz and manages to get him onto the boat. WILLARD I'm taking you back.THE RIVER This wreck of a boat is still afloat. KURTZ I was on threshold of great things. The spectacle continues in the b. You can still live.g. 278 EXTREME FULL SHOT The spectacle of total psychedelic war: the fortress of Nu Mung Ba.to the jungle to die. FADE OUT. dragging hom through the jungle. . Willard slings Kurtz's bleeding body around his neck.B. WILLARD I'm gonna get you out of here. THE P. holding his hand. FADE IN. .

a Sergeant. Colby stumbles over. As the boat moves. THE TEMPLE .MORNING The entire temple is devastation. They stagger away from the field of slaughter. dead. Montagnards.B. Colby. KURTZ Don't. Everywhere is smoke and heaps of bodies. moving slowly down the river. below is Lance.the tragedy of this war. COLBY Who is he? WILLARD He was the tragedy -. There are a few survivors. kicks several bodies away and in the f. . Willard looks down and sees something. CUT TO: 280 THE P.g. Colby takes an automatic weapon and FIRES it into the air. come and pay their respects by the riverbanks. Some of the natives move in terror. The battle is not over. Willard holds Lance up by his hair. Vultures by the hundreds circle overhead.R. Moves over to it. Their eyes are red and glazed. their jaws hang slack and they tumble occasionally. delirious. Kurtz lies feverish. battered. Willard sits by him. those left alive. 281 TIGHTER VIEW Colby is at helm. frightened of him.279 EXT. and some Montagnards sit near them. Don't frighten them away.

We HEAR the distant SOUND of HELICOPTERS approaching.. he cries out twice.. my death. hopeless despair. RIVER .Willard looks down at him.. my wife. at some vision. longing in his eyes.. WILLARD You had immense plans. KURTZ Do I not? 282 EXT. past him with fury. a cry that is no more than a breath. WILLARD I'm taking you back. WILLARD So you understand this? Kurtz looks up at him. the horror.. KURTZ My river... my jungle... then an expression of overwhelming intense and hopeless terror. VIEW The boat moves as though naturally carried by the river. immense plans. They look up. There is a slight smile. The SOUND of ROTORS in the distance.. my ideas... KURTZ The horror. my people... A whisper at some image. ....MED. KURTZ Yes. (he looks at Willard) . my country. Kurtz looks up to him....

The helicopters are closer now but high up. Two of them breaking off. Over the jungle mountains the small formation of MEDEVAC helicopters hooping toward them. WILLARD (to himself) They're coming to take us back. WILLARD Yeah. COLBY (continuing) How did they know? WILLARD They must have seen the fire. Copters directly overhead. spiraling in TOWARD US. They're Medevac. COLBY They're coming to rescue us. COLBY Colonel Kurtz. COLBY There. 283 CLOSE SHOT ON WILLARD He stares up at the sky. Colby points. . WILLARD (continuing) Yeah.craning their eyes at the sky. he's dead.

.O...) . WILLARD I never answered questions about Kurtz -. Willard is very silent. Don't remember a lot about my rehabilitation.. Colby takes his rifle and joins Willard in FIRING at the retreating American helicopters.EXTREME HIGH ANGLE . 285 FULL SHOT .ON THE BOAT The men in the boat FIRING AT US as we fly further into the air.but for the . MARINA DEL RAY .He raises his M-16 and FIRES the entire clip at the approaching rescue helicopter.NIGHT MOVING DOWN back to the pleasure boat at the Marina.THE COPTER It frantically pours on the power and wheels up to the sky.WILLARD. but I was sent back to the world before the fall of Saigon. Pause.. COLBY WILLARD Yeah.I gave them a few of his unimportant papers -.. 284 FULL SHOT . 286 HELICOPTER'S POV . the boat getting smaller and smaller. WILLARD (V. 287 EXT.

289 EXT. KURTZ'S HOME .. There were other letters. She stands in the center of the room. 289 INT. a little nervous. personal ones written earlier to his wife. I watched the fall of Saigon on television in a bar in Alameda. and KURTZ'S WIFE is standing at the door. WILLARD Hi. She is still beautiful. Willard looks at him.DAY A bright clear day in a scrubbed-clean California neighborhood. blonde. carrying a packet under his arm.DAY Everything good and secure and desirable about America. and dressed in mourning even though she doesn't wear black. Willard. He passes a lanky.most part I saved everything. CALIFORNIA NEIGHBORHOOD . Then the door opens. The boy looks back. There is a sense of purity about her. I brought them to het. Some kids are playing in the street. He enters. young teen-aged boy working on a motor-scooter. dressed as a civilian. Captain Willard. KURTZ'S WIFE Can I get anything for you? . proceeds past the lawn to the attractive home. years later.. though she is not young. KURTZ'S WIFE Come in.

if he had given you this.. He was the best this country had -he was -WILLARD Yes. I knew him better than anyone . I know. You must have been.. It was impossible not to -KURTZ'S WIFE Love him.... Yes. WILLARD You knew him best... and Willard sits by her. (the packet) If he sent you to his home. KURTZ'S WIFE . KURTZ'S WIFE And you admired him? WILLARD He was a remarkable man.. Then she sits suddenly. but he is there in the various stages of his career....There are pictures of Kurtz. I knew him best.. KURTZ'S WIFE (continuing) Did you know him very well? WILLARD You get to know each other pretty well out there. That's the hard part for me. KURTZ'S WIFE You were his friend.. not too many. it is true..

. He said his last words to me.. CLOSE SHOT ON WILLARD A little of the madness is still with him. (she loses herself in a thought) He died as he lived.. 292 MED. CLOSE SHOT ON KURTZ'S WIFE KURTZ'S WIFE Tell me. WILLARD His death was -. he died as he lived.. He knows what she will ask.yes.. KURTZ'S WIFE Men looked up to him... when. WILLARD Yes I was. CLOSE ON WILLARD .I'll never get over it -... WILLARD Both of us. KURTZ'S WIFE Were you with him. KURTZ'S WIFE What were they? 291 MED.. Pause. 290 MED..But I'll always remember him..

Our VIEW LOOSENS KURTZ'S WIFE Tell me what he said.remembering that incredible day moving down the river.B. We MOVE FROM Willard standing alone on the deck of the boat. THE RIVER . Kurtz's body. 293 EXT. Charlie is getting ready to leave himself.) The horror ! The horror ! WILLARD He spoke of you. . KURTZ (V. TIGHT HIGH ANGLE ON THE MARINA DEL REY BOAT The cocktail party is breaking up. an exhausted. He sits there looking at her. Moving back through the departing guests.R. Willard is one of the few guests left. FADE OUT. We MOVE CLOSER to Willard.O.DAY the boat floating down the river. ma'am. half-dead Colby. THE END . DISSOLVE TO: 294 EXT. Willard.P. And HOLDING Kurtz. We HEAR THE DOORS' "THE END" as we present the END TITLES.

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