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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.
and this is his party.. They are drinking cocktails. and snapping pictures.. CLOSER to North America.sugar ! LAWYER What about oil ? CHARLIE Food. It is large. This is the economy of the United States in two years -He takes a newspaper. . Los Angeles. to America. beautiful. The boat belongs to the head of a large American Corporation. finger-like shapes of : 3 EXT. as though SEEN from a satellite. pleasure boat: The people are relaxing in bathing suits and towels and robes. his shirt off to catch some of the late sun.sugar is up to 200 dollars a ton -. let me show you something. Charlie is going on and on : CHARLIE . MARINA DEL REY The VIEW finally SETTLES ON a partically luxury cabin cruiser harbored at a particular dock late in the day. Others have their faces smeared with white suntan oil that reminds us of war paint. STILL CLOSER to the odd. We are MOVING CLOSER to the earth. CHARLIE (continuing) This is West Germany. CLOSER. oil --look. This man. is sitting. CHARLIE. through the soft clouds. The TITLES CONTINUE. It's crazy -. draws a circle. then California. covered in clouds. close enough that we can MAKE OUT the Western Hemisphere. (he draws another.We MOVE CLOSER to the earth.
(pause. The VIEW BEGINS TO PULL AWAY from this group. though. He leans to his associates. You know what's in it ? (another sip) . This kind of man can kill you with his pinky. We can protect our interests. In two years ? (a gigantic circle) Do you understand ? ACCOUNTANT What's to prevent it ? CHARLIE Maybe nothing. I didn't build a two-billion-dollar company in the last twenty years by doing nothing. You talk to him. except he won't talk. in a half-whisper. bigger) This is Italy. A nice quiet fella. CHARLIE (continuing) Carries a attache case at all times. he was a captain in Viet Nam. But I'll tell you. (a very big circle) And this is Saudi Arabia. Militarily.bigger circle) This is Japan. CHARLIE (continuing) You know bodyguard. for a drink) We are still the most powerful nation in the world.. (a dot) This is Iran. (another ..
flirting. but it makes him safe to think there's a machine pistol in it. they're not cleared. I tell him I can't. some people are swimming.. The VIEW MOVE ALONG the guests of this small party : Pictures being taken. Now WILLARD'S VOICE TRACK DOMINATES. WILLARD (V. with the ridge of your If we're strong. How much money did the contractors make on the M-16 ? Our VIEW IS MOVING through the people on the boat. and Bullshit. we should hand to the throat.) I don't tahe chances. and can crush a skull with we should have the respect your knee.) (continuing) He likes to hear stories about Nam. Gradually. even if it can't kill anybody with takes another war. It is the good life. Charlie's voice softens as we MOVE AWAY. I don't like automatic weapons. You can kill neither should this country. your pinky.. you protect our interests. some reading.) The attache case has been empty for three years. COMES IN OVER it : CHARLIE WILLARD (V.An Ingram Machine pistol. WILLARD (V. The truth is he wouldn't understand. and a NEW VOICE.O. . I saw a friend of mine get ripped open because he flicked his M-16 to automatic.O. They jam. but you of the world. the voice of someone thinking.O. and it jammed. drinking.
) (continuing) There's no way I can tell them. but I thought this . WILLARD (V. WILLARD . exactly -. looking the opposite way. We are now RESTING on his back. followed by four or five Vietnamese kids trying to shine his shoes and sell him things. Our VIEW MOVES TOWARD one particular officer. Occasionally.for me. a Captain of the Airborne..L. DISSOLVE TO : 4 EXT. I don't even know if I remember all of it. and R. anyway. A STREET IN SAIGON .DAY A Saigon boom street in late 1968. in uniform. I can't remember how it ended.I was on R. the rickshaws.) (continuing) There was only one part that mattered -. B. the motorbikes. he sips from a beer. my first time south of the DMZ in three months. We MOVE CLOSER. I wasn't sure.because when it ended I was insane. An attache case resting near to him.O. what really happened over there. There are bars and shops for servicemen. but we cannot see his face.) But I know how it started for me -.O. in Saigon. I wouldn't've believed it if someone'd told me.We can now SEE A MAN with his BACK TO US.. WILLARD (V.O. WILLARD (V.
stop talking as he moves by. buys a couple of drinks and approaches Willard's table. CAPTAIN How about a drink ? WILLARD Sure.guy was following me. thanks. WILLARD (he calls for the waiter) Part. He sits down at the table with the drinks. 5 HIS VIEW an American CIVILIAN. Willard looks back. 7 INT. THE SAIGON BAR . VIEW Willard ducks into a bar.DAY Not much in this place -. 6 MED. CAPTAIN . Some of them. The lounge is fairly crowded.a bar. catching sight of his ribbons. CAPTAIN Winning the war by yourself. linoleum flooring. An INFANTRY CAPTAIN enters the bar. a few tables and chairs. Willard takes off his cap and walks quietly past the soldiers at the bar. and a juke box.
but I had hepatitis. Willard looks over his shoulder. Annoyed . (TO THE WAITER) Beer. CAPTAIN That's good gin. The JUKE BOX starts BLARING. Way north. CAPTAIN . CAPTAIN North ? WILLARD Yeah. WILLARD I'm sure it is. CAPTAIN Rangers. CAPTAIN What unit were you with ? WILLARD None.Which part is that ? WILLARD My part. CAPTAIN Delta ? WILLARD No. with ice and water. eh? WILLARD Sort of.
CAPTAIN Sometimes.. then enters and sits down at a table by the doorway. WILLARD Let's talk about you. CAPTAIN I was an FO for the 25th. WILLARD .sometimes fifty. How many gallons does each one of those damn things carry ? CAPTAIN Thirty -.I worked too far north for LRRP.. WILLARD At least you always have enough water. Willard notices the CIVILIAN on the street has glanced in the bar. and the Captain leans over the table to light it for him. WILLARD Tracks ? CAPTAIN Yeah. WILLARD Fat. He reaches into his shirt pocket for a cigarette. That's real fat. CAPTAIN That's quite an array of ribbons.Were you Longe Range Recon -WILLARD No -.
And there were these guys standing by their trucks spilling water all over. buy me all the beer you want.You know. CAPTAIN How long were you up there ? WILLARD A long time..and the first Americans we ran into were a track squadron. if . I just couldn't believe how much water they had. river shit. CAPTAIN A year ? Waiter another beer. for two weeks. we'd been drinking anything -rain water. . I could've killed them.. (solemnly) I swear to God I would have. Listen Captain. WILLARD We do. and before that. WILLARD I go up on missions. stuff right out of the paddies. but you better tell that asshole over there you're not going to find out anymore about me. I can remember once. CAPTAIN I didn't know we had units up there in North Vietnam. too. getting back below the DMZ -. We'd been chewing bamboo shoots for almost a week.
) . 8 EXT. The Civilian follows. and then walks roght out toward the jeep without saying another word.L. The Civilian is given a sign by the Captain.A Battalion -. we'd like you to come with us. He rises and comes over to the bar.Intelligence -Nha Trang. 4th Recon Group.S.O. WILLARD Whose orders ? CAPTAIN Headquarters 11 Corps -. HELICOPTER .S-2 -Com-Sec -. WILLARD (continuing) What do you want ? CIVILIAN (indicating the Army jeep) If you're B.Willard glances over his shoulder and indicates the Civilian. It crosses a barbed wire and sand-bagged perimeter and lands in a heavily fortified. concealed compound. WILLARD (V. Willard. WILLARD Who are you ? CIVILIAN The agency.DUSK A darkly painted "HUEY" ROARS over low paddies and jungle before emerging onto an open plain. Willard looks at the Civilian a moment.405th A.
COLONEL Have you ever seen this officer before.S. sir.UNDERGROUND PLOTTING ROOM A door swings wide -.Willard steps through and comes to attention. The nearest one. revealing an underground corridor -. Willard. Willard.L.. I'd worked for Intelligence before -Armed men jump from the Huey -. a COLONEL puts his cigar out on the bottom of his shoe -. COLONEL (O. sit down. G-4 Headquarters. around steel desks and tables sit several men.among them Willard. WILLARD Captain B. reporting as ordered. Intelligence Headquarters for all operations in South East Asia. 9 FULL SHOT . Captain Willard ? He points to the Major. . blocking the view of the room. The room is covered with plastic maps and filled with smoke.. Across from him. 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.) Okay.behind him sits a MAJOR and a seedy-looking CIVILIAN. A strange reddish light pervades. A large camouflaged cover is moved. sir.They took me to some place outside Nha Trang. Willard sits in a chair that is set in a center of a bare concrete floor. WILLARD No.they enter.
Captain. sir. He turns to the Colonel and nods his approval.shall we say 'erratic' methods of operation. MAJOR Very good. sir. including your paratroopers or whatever. COLONEL I believe on your last job you executed a tax collector in Kontum. COLONEL Then you can appreciate Command's concern over their -. Just because a man jumps out of an airplane or wears a silly hat doesn't give him any . Green Berets. Captain ? WILLARD I've worked with them on occasions and I saw the movie .COLONEL This gentleman or myself ? WILLARD No. The officer smiles at this. is that right ? WILLARD I am not presently disposed to discuss that. sir. (pause) I have never favored elite units. COLONEL You know much about about Special Forces. The Colonel gets up and goes to a large plastic map.
no sir.ON THE MAP COLONEL The A detachment at Nu Mung Ba.twelve or fourteen Americans -. 10 CLOSE VIEW . It was originally a larger base. Two here and another one here -.not in this man's army. give me an Ohio farm boy and an M-1 Garand. built up along the river in an old Cambodian fortress. What we're concerned with is here.priviliges in my book -. The area has been relatively quiet for the past two years -but -11 MED VIEW . they train and motivate Montagnard natives. If they need something. CIVILIAN (stopping him) Major. pick their own operations. MAJOR We didn't need 'em in Korea -no sir. they call for it. none of this fancy crap -.pretty much on their own. COLONEL We have Special Forces A detachments all along the Cambodian border. and get it within reason.
MAJOR Communications naturally dwindled with the lack of V.large numbers of Montagnards of the M'Nong descent began leaving the area -. immediate -always at night. They've put up with war for twenty years -. no one has really gone .. These people aren't afraid of V. But what is unusual is that we began to find Rhade refugees too -. but six months ago communication virtually stopped. MAJOR We communicate with the base infrequently.C. What they call for are air strikes.but something is driving them out. COLONEL About the same time -.. this is routine. expected .COLONEL . WILLARD Who ? MAJOR You see.in the same sampans as the M'Nongs.C. we know something's going on up there -. And we don't know what or who the air strikes are called on.this in itself is not unusual since these people have fought with the Rhade Tribe that lived in the area for centuries... Captain. activity.Major -The Major looks at some papers in front of him.
COLONEL He's commanding the detachment at Nu Mung Ba.into this area and come back alive. VOICE (ON TAPE) Up 2 -. WILLARD Why me ? MAJOR Walter Kurtz. The Colonel gets up and walks over to a tape recorder. slower VOICE in background. like someone dumb. GUNFIRE is HEARD and a lower. Lieutenant Colonel. We understand you knew him. WILLARD Yeah. He puts Kurtz' dossier in Willard's hand.give it to me quick -Mark flare -. talking slurred. The recording is first STATIC -.it all sounds very routine. Then a frantic VOICE comes on.hearing automatic weapons fire man . SECOND VOICE Blue Delta five This Big Rhine -..three Need that ordinance immediately Goddamn give it to me immediate Christ -. ..Big Rhino -Blue God -. Special Forces.affirmative damn -Immediate receive -.goddamn. except very fast. flicks it on.Delta damn -.the AIR CONTROLLER then asks for more information on target coordinates -.0 -. military.
(STATIC) We'd also like some white phosporous.bright orange.spread it among the branches. STATIC interrupts -. MAJOR That's Colonel Kurtz. clear VOICE peaceful and serene.suddenly a low. We'll give you a flare -. White phosporous. THIRD VOICE This is Big Rhino six -.INSANE LAUGH TER -.) I want that napalm dropped in the trees -.STATIC. very faintly we HEAR HARD ROCK MUSIC -.Blue Delta. CIVILIAN You didn't like him. Blue Delta.O. CIVILIAN Would he remember you ? WILLARD Maybe.an orange one -. WILLARD I only met Kurtz once. and faintly. COLONEL What was your impression of him ? Willard shrugs.A heavy BURST of AUTOMATIC WEAPONS FIRE -. .the Major turns the machine off. KURTZ (V. almost tasting the words. give it to me.more STATIC -.
WILLARD Maybe. before he joined Special Forces. The Major offers him one. COLONEL A lame ? WILLARD This is years ago. He was a lame. WILLARD (continuing) I thought he was a lame. that's all. CIVILIAN What does that mean ? . COLONEL But why ? WILLARD He couldn't get through a sentence without all these big words. I guess. thinks. COLONEL Well.WILLARD Anyone got a cigarette. he's killing now. about why we kill. they wait as he lights up. COLONEL About what ? WILLARD I don't know. We had an argument.
if any of this -even rumours leaked out.you'll go up the Nung River in a Navy P. Last week a Recon helicopter was lost in the area -another took heavy damage -direct fire from their base camp. CIVILIAN You can see. . COLONEL It's got to be Kurtz. I don't believe he's capable of that. I just don't believe it. CIVILIAN The point is that Kurtz or somebody attacked a South Vietnamese Ranger Platoon three days ago. WILLARD You want me to clean it up -simple and quiet. of course. WILLARD Our Recon flight ? CIVILIAN Ours. CIVILIAN Exactly -. re-establish your acquintance with Colonel Kurtz.WILLARD Maybe it's not Kurtz. -appear at Nu Mung Ba as if by accident. the implications. WILLARD Touchy.B.R.
Then terminate his command. WILLARD Chief.) I met the P.R. Miller. A Navy patrol boat (P.B. forty-five. helmet. light craft. Gunner's Mate Third Class J.Gunner's Mate Third Class L. VIEW We hear the introductions faintly. UNDER Willard's VOICE. 12 FULL VIEW . and heavily armed. Willard approaches them in battledress: Tiger suit.The Chef -Radio Operator Second Class T.find out what's happened -. water farms. WILLARD Terminate ? CIVILIAN Terminate with extreme prejudice. very fast. try to keep out of where we're going -. Clean. The boat commander salutes Willard. the Chief -. 13 MED. islands. Hicks -.R. M-16. crew. Its men stand at attention in a small and simple military ceremony. Johnson -Lance Johnson.ON THE DELTA A waterway leading out to the ocean -.) is waiting by a dock area. full field pack.and why. they were pretty much all kids.O.it is broken and divided into hundreds of channels. .Why we're goin' and what's gonna be the big surprise. except for Phillips.B. This is small. WILLARD (V. they called him Mr.
The twin diesels kick up -. . The Chief nods.WILLARD AND CHIEF Willard holds on to whatever he can -. The Chief mans the wheel and the ENGINES WHINE. DISSOLVE TO : 14 FULL VIEW . WILLARD Let's go. who just stares ahead into space. Water crashes over the bow and drenches everyone. swallowing. They all break formation and jump aboard and otherwise go about their work. hurtling off the top of a wave and crashing full into the trough of another.STORMY SEA The boat slams through the heavy sea .CHIEF All right with me. I used to drive a taxi. 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 -. 15 MED.and t he boat moves away from the dock. He looks at Willard. DISSOLVE TO : 16 LONG SHOT .they wave to the guards on the dock and move away into the complexity that leads to the ocean.he looks very pale. The Chef jumps aboard. Lance climbs back from his position.BOAT COCKPIT .
I brought his body back down. You know these waters. WILLARD Shot himself.PROCEEDING UP THE COAST The Chief is at the helm -. WILLARD We're gonna have some help to get in the river.Willard approaches him. or the mud. It's all Charlie's turf from there on out. He was regular Army too. looking at Willard.the sun was too much for him. Chief ? CHIEF 'Bout six months ago I took a man up to Lo Mung Bridge. Shot himself in the head. 18 CLOSE SHOT . 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. CHIEF The Delta closes off to us about ten miles out of Hau Fat.ON WILLARD . What for ? CHIEF Beats me -. Who knows ? Pause.DISSOLVE TO : 17 VIEW ON THE BOAT .
He points up to the sky.Suddenly. 19 FULL SHOT .Every time I hear that noise something terrible happens.stand up and look out toward the shore and the green jungle hills beyond. The boat shakes slightly. . CLEAN Charlie don't ever hear 'em. Not till it's too late -.there is a slow buffeting. concussion'll do it for a quarter mile or better. All the men have stopped whatever they're doing -.they all stand silently -. his attention is diverted -. CHIEF Anybody see some smoke ? CLEAN Too far inland.don't have to hit you neither.ON THE SKY Way up -. their vapor trails streaming white against the dark blue sky. we SEE the black silhouttes of four B-52 bombers.past any clouds and barely discernible. LANCE There they are.suck the air outta your lungs.suddenly it stops. The buffeting and NOISE CONTINUES -. Burst your ears -. There is a distant ROLLING NOISE like interrupted thunder. WILLARD Arch light. as if the air around them is being sucked out and replaced quickly. CHEF I hate that -.
we FEEL the terrifying buffeting of the distant B-52 BOMBING.20 FULL SHOT .) Lieutenant Kurtz has shown a dedicated and well-disciplined spirit. 21 CLOSE . in the b.CREW They are looking up.. combining military efficiency -with a broad background in the Humanities. He takes out the dossier given him by ComSec.. He is a fine officer. the Arts and Sciences .ON WILLARD studying. WILLARD (V. examining a report. Occasionally.) The dossier on A detachment had letters from Kurtz' wife and the wives and families of his men. Willard sits down. as Willard reads : WILLARD (V. understanding the necessery silence due to the nature of their work -.PICTURES OF KURTZ Kurtz' face evolves through the various stages of his career as represented in the pictures in the dossier. He flips through the letters and other documents.O.g.O. 22 MONTAGE .BOAT . standing next to the . Another picture of Kurtz in Germany. unconcerned.None of the men had written home in half a year.. All asking where to send future mail.
.. and his somewhat liberal politics. HAU FAT ..) (continuing) ..) (continuing) . though I can see no reason to deny it. His face is blank and vacant. WILLARD (V. less fortunate areas in the world..161st Petroleum Supply Group sign.O. DISSOLVE TO : 23 EXT.O. A SHOT of Kurtz at jump school.) (continuing) . He views his military career as the dedication of his talents to bringing our values and way of life to those darker. WILLARD (V. MOVE IN TO Kurtz' empty eyes until the photograph is just a BLURRED MASS OF DOTS. I feel Captain Kurtz' request for Special Forces training is highly unusual in regard to his past humanitarian concerns. 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 . WILLARD (V.O. A CLOSE SHOT of Kurtz with Green Beret on in the Vietnam jungle..AN ADVANCE STAGING AREA ...
As the P. LANCE Hey. 24 VIEW ON THE DOCK The P. The VIEW OF THE COASTLINE leading up along the long loading docks at Hau Fat.WILLARD (V.TROOPS ." Everywhere are tents -.O. They look as a Chris-craft speeds by pulling a fancy waterskier who waves as he slaloms by. Lance notices something. This was our last chance to pick up supplies before approaching the mouth of the Nung River. The men just look at one another.R.PARADE GROUNDS .R.the men scan the busy surroundings.look at those uniforms.B. approaches the docking area.I want you to go with the Captain an' get three extra drums of fuel and maybe scrounge some more 50 caliber.men.B.guns -. LANCE Yeah -.tanks -. pulls in -. 25 FULL SHOT . Nobody builds advanced staging areas like the Americans.) One day later we came to an advanced staging area along the coast. CHIEF Lance -.oil drums -. an advance staging area for operations "Brute Force" and "Mailed Fist.sandbagged bunkers -helicopters -.
in contrast to Lance and the others.DOCK . sir.I am. SERGEANT Well. . . 26 FULL SHOT .A platoon drills in the hot. have a long year to go.R.just check with ComSecIntel like I said. SERGEANT Well who the hell verifies that ? WILLARD I do. lazy sun. you know I don't have the priority to do that. just off the airplane. It says here not to contact Com-SecInt.CREW They are tying up at the dock -.it's perfectly clean -.P. they are clean and pale. Who's your commanding officer ? WILLARD Right now -. SERGEANT I don't know anything about these papers.a young SERGEANT is filling cut papers concerning them and talking with Willard. sir. CHIEF Poor bastards. The troops turn and march TOWARD US with six weeks of Advanced Infantry Training to back them up.B. WILLARD They're in order -.
He signs it quickly. It is empty -DISSOLVE TO : 28 FULL SHOT . leaving the Sergeant totally confused.PARADE GROUNDS . CHIEF No shit -.some boss stuff -WILLARD This -.PEDESTAL A large.this is surrounded by a deep moat filled with punji stakes and garnished with concertina wire. well-built pedestal has been erected -. I think -.what's all the activity for around here ? SERGEANT The show -WILLARD What show ? SERGEANT Big show in the parade grounds this noon -.this'll be a little bit different -CHIEF Where's it gonna be ? He points -27 FULL SHOT .Bob Hope or the like -SERGEANT No sir.TROOPS The entire area around the pedestal and right up to the .PARADE GROUNDS .
but implementing this are seven "riot control positions" equipped with the lastest in teargas launchers.he was an Army Sergeant. to see and if possible grab an American girl. Their need far surpasses that of the run-of-the-mill rapist. attack-trained German shepherds and assorted psychological warfare aides.wire is mobbed with seething American fighting men. man -. All have one thing in common. Some of these boys have just gotten here -.others have been in the jungle for months. CLEAN Yeah -.you can really get hung up on them like the cat in the Delta.I mean I've collected every picture of her since she was Miss December. CHIEF What cat ? CLEAN One that went up for murder -. punji stakes and barbed wire -. . To counter their need of course are the moat. CHIEF I never heard about that. CLEAN Yeah -.I mean like he was there when it arrived -. pervert.he really dug his Playboy mag. Even so armed. 29 FORWARD AREA jammed in the crowd CHEF It's really too much -.He just knew. or child-molester. the great mass of wild men are right up to the wire.
N.J. patrols and had one a them little cocky gook asshole Lieutenants -. CHIEF They nail him for it bad ? CLEAN He's in the L.g.CHEF So what happened ? CLEAN He was working A. Then he stood up.R..anyhow. Sergeant says. -.V.didn't give him no medals or nothing -In the b. CLEAN Then went too far -. the ENGINES of four helicopters approaching.Sergeant says.B.R. You leave your shitty little hands off that girl. just the magazine was floatin' there all full of holes.N.typical A. Man. it blew him clean off the dock -Hell. don't do her like that.he sat there and starts mutilating the centerfold. Gook Lieutenant says Fuck you in Vietnamese -. the Lieutenant took his new Playboy one day. CHEF Yeah -. sat on the end of the dock. flicked his iron to rock and roll and gave the little zero a long burst through the Playboy mag. we begin to HEAR a SWELL of TWO THOUSAND MALE VOICES. and wouldn't give it back. All heads turn skywards while one descends onto the . Poking pins in her an' all that. You'll wish you hadn't.V. don't do that again.
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. To prove it -.clothes are formal but hip -.their jaws drop -.'s pass -.Mr.pedestal kicking up a lot of dust and general resentment.Airmen -.his presence causes some stirring but seems to strangely quiet the man. to all of you out there.Quite some dude -." 30 MONTAGE ON THE GIRLS AND MEN VARIOUS SHOTS as the girls dance in an incredibly erotic manner -. He is the epitome of a Hollywood AGENT. Hair is combed impeccably and free of dandruff -.Marines -. Clean . He walks over to the microphone. The faces of the G. When this abates a young.Infantry -. AGENT I'd like to say hello from all of us up here. And I want you to know that we feel proud of you and know how hard your job is. extremelly well-dressed man emerges. The door of the copter slides partially open -. On the nose amd doors of the black Huey are painted large Playboy rabbits.smiling.some look almost horrified.I.and Sailors.shoes are shined -. All of you who've worked so hard during Operation Brute Force -Paratroopers -.Medics -. Chef is hypnotized -.two young Green Berets step out with M-16's to varied catcalls. Finally the blades are trimmed and a strange silence descends over the men.
CHIEF Smoke ! .DAY The P. There are few signs of civilization..cries. Chief mouths unspoken obscenities with sentimental tenderness. Chief looks out. which is filling up fast. then the two Green Berets.the guards in the "riot control positions" forget -. Suddenly. FULL VIEW . The Agent sees this all as he has seen it before. The mob as one surges forward onto the wire.) Two days out of Hau Fat.O. With each movement their need increases by the square. He casually pulls the pin of a smoke grenade. WILLARD (V. no villages. no boats -. leaving them all below.PEDESTAL . CUT TO: 32 EXT. there was nothing but us and the coastline.the attack dogs are trampled. 31 FULL SHOT . but miss. They grab frantically for the wheels. I felt like I had set off for the center of the earth.R. Others grab the air in front of them. the girls retreat into the copter -. Men scream and fall into the moat. Such are the ways of war.B..just the overwhelming presence of the jungle. The ROTARS WHINE -.he follows.MEN They crush forward starting to scream -. moving further up the primitive coastline.the black Playboy Huey lifts off just as the first crazed men reach it. ahead. The Huey wheels up into the blue sky.GIRLS .men fall on the wire -.
the NOISE drowning out Willard's attempt at conversation with some of the men. 33 FULL SHOT . .smashed and smoking palm trees -.THE BEACH AND VILLAGE A vast field of devastation -. WILLARD Black smoke .fishing village -helicopters over there. They're the ones gonna get us into the River.gutted and burning huts -.THE COASTLINE A thick train of black smoke rises from the green jungle.. CHIEF Yeah -.shattered sampans and bodies washing around in the surf. SHOT .. WILLARD First Air Cavalry. Chief points up the coast. 34 FULL SHOT . 35 MED.deep. ragged craters -.WILLARD Where ? They all turn. lots of 'em. Overhead jets swoop by FIRING ROCKETS. The Chief grabs field glasses. Hueys.BEACH . secondary burning.WILLARD AND CREW They wade through the water to the beach where they are met by a heavily armed group of men.
It is no ordinary hat but a L. Then a tall.A. He wears a well-cut and neatly-stretched tiger suit. and then stards to his full immense height and with his hands on his hips he surveys the field of battle. well-tanned. raising a lot of dust.they are heavily laden with machine guns -. A Lieutenant and radio man nod and rush off. KILGORE (bellowing) Lieutenant: Bomb that tree line back about a hundred yards -. Dodgers baseball hat. His eyes are obscured by mirror-fronted sunglasses. He walks out. He crouches over. .give me some room to breathe. and points to it. 38 VIEW ON KILGORE turning to his GUARDS KILGORE Bring me some cards. with a black mustache.rockets and loudspeakers.HELICOPTERS Three Hueys swoop in low -. It cuts its rotors and the other copters pull up and off to the side.tough looking. 37 CLOSE VIEW ON WILLARD He was not quite prepared for this. 36 FULL SHOT . The two outside copters hover. strong looking man emerges. while the center copter lands.We can't hear any of the talk. It is COLONEL WILLIAM KILGORE -. but we notice that the Sergeant turns up to a particular Huey. Two armed soldiers jump from the doors and stand with guns ready. holding his hat in the rotor wash.
GUARD Sir ? KILGORE Body cards. The Sergeant walks up.4th Recon Group -.I carry priority papers from Com-Sec Intelligence 11 Corp -. He cracks the plastic wrapping sharply -. 39 TRACKING VIEW The Colonel walks through the shell-pocked field of devastation. KILGORE (not looking up) Yeah -. Captain. . sir -. Just stay out of my way till this is done. WILLARD (formally) Captain B-L. you damn fool -cards ! The soldier rushes over and hands him two brand new packages of playing cards wrapped in plastic. corpse he drops a playing card on it -.takes out the deck of new cards and fans them. The Colonel strides right past Willard with no further acknowledgement.we'll see what we can do. Willard.C.Na Trang told me to expect you -. They are well-tanned and carry no weapons. the Chief and Lance. Two other soldiers get out of the copter and walk over. as Kilgore comes to each V.I believe you understand the nature of my mission. The others follow. They seem more casual about the Colonel than anyone else.carefully picking out which card he uses. leading Willard. Soldiers gather around smiling.
The Colonel goes on about this business. KILGORE What ? Here. sir. sir.eight a hearts -Isn't one worth a Jack in this whole place. KILGORE .sticks out his hand. On of the two tanned soldiers rushes up and whispers something to him. Kilgore smiles -. He stops. dropping the cards. who almost instinctively moves closer t Willard. KILGORE Lance Johnson? The surfer? LANCE That's right. Johnson. 40 TRACKING ON KILGORE moving through the corpses. You sure? The soldier points to Lance. Kilgore strides over to the young man. Third Class -L. who immediately puts down the card he was holding. KILGORE (continuing) What's your name. sailor ? LANCE Gunner's Mate.KILGORE (to himself) Six a spades -.
WILLARD My orders are from Com-Sec Intel -. sir. LANCE Thank you. I've admired your nose-riding for years -. Willard eats it. Kilgore puts his hand on Lance's shoulder.I'm a goofy foot. KILGORE .L. Willard. though. Captain -I'll get to you soon enough -We've got things to do here. 41 VIEW ON WILLARD His entire.S. I think you have the best cutback there is. top priority mission has been put in the background. and continues flipping the cards indiscriminately on the bodies as they talk. KILGORE You can cut out the sir. for now. Lance -I'm Bill kilgore -.I like your cutback. sort of mumbling thanks.It's an honor to meet you Lance. Lance blushes. KILGORE (O.none of us are anywhere near your class.B. 4th Recon -KILGORE Just hold up a second.) This is Mike from San Diego and Johnny from Malibu -.they're good solid surfers -. too.
We try to work it in. and above it the motto: DEATH FROM ABOVE. He passes a twisted gun emplacement with about five bodies -. 42 CLOSE VIEW OVER THE VIET CONG We SEE the Colonel and the others walk off -. You never can tell when you're gonna run into something good.good lefts.g. KILGORE (continuing) . KILGORE .staring wild-eyed in horror at the sky.. I got a guy in Cam Rau Bay that can predict a swell two days in advance. He stops at a particularly wild-looking Viet Cong who has died with his mouth agape -.sprinkles cards all over them. He puts the card in the gaping mouth.(continuing) . Have you ever surfed the point at Vung Tau? I liked the beach breaks around Na Trang a lot -. that's an Ace if I ever saw one. to himself) Hell..the dead Viet Cong and card are in the immediate f. The card has the shield of the CAV printed bautifully.. we keep three boards in my Command Huey at all times. Kilgore pauses.. Like to finish up operations early and fly down to Vung Tau for the evening glass. KILGORE (continuing. we do a lot of surfing around here.
KILGORE That's terrible -.MED. Walked. barbed wire. got a hell of a left turn. oil drums etc. DISSOLVE TO : 43 EXT. .Where've you been riding. Lance? LANCE I haven't surfed since I got here. KILGORE Why the hell you wanna go up to Nu Mung Ba for? WILLARD I got bored in Saigon. ARTILLERY BOOMS in the far distance. sandbags. KILGORE Haiphong? Shit. Hueys are constantly ROARING over. too.I'd like to see you work -I've always liked your cutback. SHOT Willard is sitting with Kilgore on acouple of chairs by a table set up in front of the command copter.we'll change that -. you jump in ? WILLARD No. Kilgore looks at the map. KILGORE What's the furthest you been in? WILLARD Haiphong. THE HELICOPTER . Everywhere we SEE armed men.
you just pass it up.KILGORE What'd you do for supplies? WILLARD (he shrugs) Mercenaries -. traitors -they put out caches. KILGORE Can you trust them? WILLARD No.agents. i heard some grunt rolled a grenade in his tent. . They put out two or three for every one I needed. Last I heard. WILLARD When did you hear? KILGORE 'Bout a year ago? Is Kurtz still alive? WILLARD Who knows. KILGORE Seems to me he got himself fragged. Walter Kurtz commanded a Green Beret detachment at Nu Mung Ba. KILGORE Nu Mung Ba. you just stake it out. I had to pass up three and ended up living on rats and chocolate bars. On one mission. When you get to the one you'll use. If something feels wrong.
WILLARD Hairy ? KILGORE I mean it's hairy -. Walter Kurtz woulda been a General some day. boy -I've lost a few recon ships in there now and again. here or here. Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Helluva man -remarkable officer. KILGORE Don't you agree? WILLARD He musta changed ! (pointing to the map) I got to get into the Nung River. KILGORE That village you're pointing at is kinda hairy. Shit.they got some pretty heavy ordnance. 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. Did you knew Kurtz? WILLARD I met him. WILLARD So? I heard you had a good bunch of killers here. General of the Army. You say you don't know Kurtz? .Maybe a rumor.
KILGORE You talk like him.WILLARD I met him. Captain.Vin Drin Dop or Lop. I don't mind taking casualties. breaks on the short side of the point -. WILLARD You'll find enough Cong up there. KILGORE What about this point here? He puts his finger on the map. KILGORE What do you mean? MIKE It's really long left slide. you know anything about the point at Vin Drip Drop? MIKE Boss left. damn gook names all sound the same.catches a south swell.ten Cong to one. KILGORE (continuing) What's the name of that goddamn village -. He motions to one of his surfers. KILGORE (continuing) Mike. . but I like to keep my ratio ten to one in this unit -.
(to Willard) There aren't any good left slides in this whole.a good left. WILLARD We could go in tomorrow at dawn .LANCE Nice. MIKE Light off shore -. It's Charlie's point. KILGORE How big it is? MIKE Six to eight feet. That's where we lost McDonnel -.then at Kilgore. KILGORE (to himself) A six-foot left. KILGORE Why the hell didn't you tell me about that place -.who gets the idea. Willard nudges Lance -.though. It's all goddamn beach break. LANCE Boss. shitty country. What's the wind like. MIKE It's hairy .they shot the hell out of us. Kilgore gazes out across the parked helicopters. Willard looks at Lance -.really hollow.
the eight six. 44 FULL SHOT . Hell. CHIEF The draft of that river might be too shallow on the point. we'll pick your boat up and lay it down like a baby. sir -. right where you want it. I can take that point and hold it as long as I like -. Kilgore turns and looks to Willard.Mike.DAWN . Captain. WILLARD Charlie don't surf. take Lance with you -.it's -KILGORE (hard) What is it? TOM Well.there's always off-shore wind in the morning. (he turns to an advisor) You take a gunship back to division -.and you can get anywhere you want up that river that suits you. I mean it's hairy in there -. This is the Cav boy -.it's Charlie's point.it's -.-.airmobile. TOM I don't know. KILGORE Hell. a six foot left. and bring me my Yater Spoon -.HELICOPTERS . exasperated.let him pick out a board.
dressed for battle. Kilgore's helicopter is being loaded with ammunition and has surfboards strapped underneath. boy? GUNNER Like a mean motherfucker.dust flying as fifty helicopters rise. COMMAND COPTER .T. He looks out. their rotors churning a great wind -.KILGORE. man.Inside. KILGORE Let's go. SHOT . 45 MED.gas turbines belching fire from their jet pipes -. He turns to his R. 46 FULL VIEW Helicopter rotors build up speed -. WILLARD.MED. the men of the 1st Cavalry Airmobile -. He turns to his door GUNNER.What seems like hundreds of Hueys standing.toughest unit in Vietnam. KILGORE How do you feel. sir. OTHERS . 48 INT. VIEW Kilgore strides up to the side door. around. 47 NEW VIEW Helicopters moving THROUGH the FRAME: almost a dance of dragonflies. ROAR OVER CAMERA and deploy into attack formation.
the boys love it. low and fast. And finally. WILLARD Music? KILGORE Yeah. CLOSE SHOTS of the three surfboards strapped below the command helicopter. 50 INT. 49 MONTAGE CLOSE SHOTS of rocket pods -. anti-personnel grenades. grenade launchers. 51 MED. next to the fearsome weaponry. M-60 machine guns. excited very few of them really scared -. CLOSE SHOTS of the men -.Kilgore sits near the door.mini-guns in bizarre looking mounts. expandable rocket launchers. COMMAND COPTER Kilgore cranes his neck and almost leans out to watch the waves -. plastic explosives cord.then he sits back relaxed. SHOT . mortars and bayonets. claymore mines.We'll put on the music about a mile out.they fondle their rifles. Below they see the jungle whisk by and they are suddenly over the ocean.nervous. Classical stuff -.scares the hell out of the slopes -. flame-throwers.Willard looks ahead -. KILGORE (to Willard) We'll come in low out of the rising sun -.
.POV behind the PILOT and CO-PILOT -.ROAR over low in battle formation BLARING out "Ride of the Valkyries." 53 FULL SHOT .) Eagle Thrust formation target 2800 yards -. PILOT Big Duke six to Eagle Thrust -turn on coordinates 1-0 -.O.the ocean rushes below. assume attack formation. HELICOPTER . The whole copter shakes.niner.LOUDSPEAKERS The ocean rushes below as suddenly the LOUDSPEAKERS BLARE out Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries. RADIO (V. The helicopter banks into a tight turn and bears toward the coast. SHOT -CREW POV behind pilot -PILOT 700 -.HELICOPTERS From the water we SEE the massive grouping of Hueys -.MED.gunships -.troop carriers -.500 -Commence firing.600 yards -." 54 INT. 52 CLOSE SHOT .begin psch-war operations.medevac and recon -.
they stare out to see. THE HELICOPTER FORMATION .600 -. regulars ambling about.500 -commence firing.FULL SHOT A Vietnamese coastal fishing village built along the beach and palm trees -.AERIAL VIEW coming directly at us. Men scream orders -.with rice paddies behind. VIET CONG FISHING VILLAGE . WAGNER BLARING. 58 INT.A. 57 HIGH ANGLE looking down through the helicopters as they approach the village. Camouflage is removed from anti-aircraft emplacements.CREW POV behind pilot PILOT 700 yards -.Everywhere there is activity to prepare for the defense of the village.MED.V. We SEE bunkers with N. Suddenly we HEAR the distant MUSIC -.Everyone stops. Sampans are pulled into a cover where they are being unloaded. HELICOPTER . The MUSIC GROWS LOUDER with the FAINT SOUND of ROTORS 56 EXT. SHOT . This village commands a delta where ocean and river merge. People feverishly unlimber weapons of all types and run to tunnels and trenches.women run from huts bearing ammunition and rifles -.55 EXT. .
SHOT .38.HELICOPTERS POV behind lead gunship. 59 EXT.COPTERS are ROARING over -. They ROAR in over the beach streaming FIRE from doors.GUNFIRE rips around.MONTAGE We SEE rockets ROAR from pods -.The whole copter shakes. in the head with his . here.men run below SHOOTING back.MACHINE GUNS RATTLE -grenade launchers POUND away -. 61 MED. then ducks back in.we're hit. The leads ship banks sharply up over the trees -. 62 MED. The gunner is blown away.and MINI-GUNS pour streams of lead and tracers with the SOUND of a DIESEL HORN. pods and nose -.Z.C. The gunner FIRES frantically -. CLOSE ON WILLARD as the ship he is in swoops down.The ground is alive with smoke and fire -. its MACHINE GUNS FIRING into the village. 60 FULL SHOT . SHOT . .SWOOPING COPTER The Pilot leans out and SHOOTS a charging V. We got a hot L. 63 MED. CO-PILOT We're down. Eagle Thrust -. HELICOPTERS .a hut EXPLODES.ANTI-AIRCRAFT EMPLACEMENT EXPLOSIONS crash around -.the MUSIC and SOUND of the COPTERS almost drown them out.
O.JET SQUADRON Four F-4H Phantoms peel off and streak toward the coast. The Pilot FIRES back. COMMAND COPTER . RADIO (V. . COMMAND COPTER .) Hell's Angels Four to Big Duke Six -. Hell's Angels -lay it right up the tree line. 64 INT. 65 FULL SHOT . 66 INT. KILGORE Big Duke Six to Hell's Angels Four -.bring it in on along tree line and huts. KILGORE Haven't got time. CO-PILOT (continuing) Hell of a hot L.MED. Need immediate air strike on the tree line.WILLARD.BULLETS RIP through the plexiglass. KILGORE.T.we'll need green smoke -suggest you have the FAC mark it. equipment -.Z. OTHERS Kilgore has R. SHOT .he leans out near the door gunner.VIEW ON WILLARD AND KILGORE KILGORE Fucking savages. Eagle Thrust.
Who else? 67 HELICOPTER'S POV .THE JETS The jets streak by below laying in huge gobs of orange napalm along the trees. RADIO (V. boy. COMMAND COPTER .we're right over you. 68 INT. SHOT They circle the battle. KILGORE (O.O. KILGORE (continuing) Right along the doors. He turns to door gunner. The gunner FIRES leaning out -- .S.) This is Baker Delta Four -Captain hit bad -.MED.hold -. Hell's Angels -.) (on radio) Very good. Receiving heavy automatic weapons fire from huts about thirty yards to our left.need dust-off.suggest you follow with cannon fire. KILGORE Big Duke Six to Baker Delta Four -.WILLARD Who? KILGORE The enemy.
eh. KILGORE (continuing) Sonuvabitch -. sir. Through the roof.anybody hurt? WILLARD Automatic weapons flashes along those trees -. that's good. KILGORE (continuing) Eagle Thrust Four -. yeah.Big Duke .T. grenades. KILGORE (continuing) Didn't anybody bring me any bombs. He leans back in.Plexiglass SHATTERS.. the copter vibrates and turns sharply.. KILGORE (grumbling) You shoulda known.. KILGORE The trees. Suddenly. fine. BULLETS SMASH through the copter -... Kilgore is thrown down where he hangs on.probably eleven millimeter guns and AK-47's.. He grabs the R. little higher.KILGORE (continuing) Fine. claymores or anything? LIEUTENANT You didn't tell me to.
The V. KILGORE (continuing) Take her up to 300 feet.they scream and fall FIRING back.BULLETS EXPLODING around them -. They rise above the paddy -. COMMAND COPTER . He takes a bead on the third. break and run through the rice paddies in the f. break and run through the rice paddies -.Six. -. boy. WILLARD Kilgore looks out as three V.MED.We're even got some rockets left. HELICOPTERS The two helicopters swoop up out of the smoke and blast the trees with ROCKETS. Lieutenant. Big Duke Six -. RADIO (V. Other copters join -.THE TREES.the door gunner swings out and BLASTS two of them into the mud. SHOT .C. Lieutenant.) Affirmative. Join me in sparaying some trees.C. MACHINE GUNS and GRENADE LAUNCHER S. He puts his arms across the sights -. 70 INT. Kilgore motions to the door gunner who . KILGORE Hold it.KILGORE.the gunner swings back inside.O. KILGORE Take her in low.the helicopter turns and follows them -.the man below runs for all he's worth. 69 FULL SHOT .g.
mother of pearl inlays and a variable power scope.MED. KILGORE (continuing. Kilgore buckles himself into the gunner's harness. ON THE V. pulls the gun in tight -. A hand passes him a M-16. He is running hard. COPTER . SHOT . but starting to sink into the mud. 74 INT.takes careful aim and the Cong is BLASTED flat into the paddy. WILLARD Kilgore leans out.KILGORE. Kilgore leans back. its huge shadow behind him on the mud.steps aside. There is some fumbling and then a hand passes him a 300 Weatherby Magnum with a zebra wood stock -. He gets into the sling and slams the bolt shut. Kilgore takes it and opens the bolt. 71 VIEW ON WILLARD Amazed at these proceedings. ejecting the spent . 72 VIEW ON KILGORE as he loads the rifle with huge cartridges. opens the bolt. hard) My rifle. KILGORE (continuing) Rifle. He turns and FIRES with a pistol. soldier. The Huey DRONES overhead.C. 73 MOVING POV.
KILGORE. 75 VIEW ON WILLARD The gaudy rifle passed by him.) That's 27. ETC. regulars burst from a tunnel entrance and charge the Americans.T.THE CAV. WILLARD. LANCE. deliberately avoiding Willard to speak to Lance. The SHOOTING is at point blank range -. He takes a card and flips it out of the copter. DISSOLVE TO : 76 FULL SHOT . SOLDIER (O. sir. Helicopters swoop overhead -.Uniformed N.C.Z. never lifting his gaze from Kilgore. 77 INT. as the V.JETS ROAR by -. WILLARD Anyone got a card? Somebody hands Willard the deck.A. Kilgore leans out carefully.S. He has the R. looking over the battlefield.C. He leans back.cartridge out the door. He hands Weatherby back into the copter. are cut down.BATTLEFIELD . KILGORE The L. COMMAND COPTER . V. Americans run through the hooches FIRING and throwing GRENADES.automatic.'s cooling off fast -we'll move in another company .V.
Three Hueys ROAR in.V. (he laughs to himself) Charlie's point.an occasional MORTAR round SCREAMS in.COPTER. LANCE What. regular troops outside a burning hut.A. KILGORE (continuing) Good swell.they bank sharply and swoop in on the lineup of waves. Lance looks at Willard and then agrees. fanning the smoke with their wind. A soldier yells in Vietnamese in a southern accent and the prisoners are marched away. GUNFIRE is DISTANT and sporadic -. .50 cal machine guns etc.an' then we'll own it.hell of a good swell 'bout six feet. sir? KILGORE I said it's a good swell -. Let's get a look at it.BEACH HUTS. lined-up green wall as if surfing it. SOLDIERS Americans line up blindfolded Viet Cong and N. He looks out toward the ocean. Other soldiers are already setting up heavy weapons emplacements -. They tip up over and up at the last minute as the wave breaks. coming in low over the point and streaking down a long. DISSOLVE TO : 79 FULL SHOT . SURF The pilots are used to this -. 78 FULL SHOT .
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
Mike turns strokes into it -. keeping low -. MIKE They paddle on their stomachs. KILGORE (through megaphone) That's far enough -.They paddle up the point in the calm channel -.KILGORE AND LANCE Kilgore looks at them with his field glasses. SURFERS They line themselves up on the point. Lance kind of sits below taking cover in a shell hole.THE POINT.trims up into a tight section -.drops to the bottom and turns -.breathing hard and constantly looking around scared out of their minds. 86 CLOSE SHOT ON LANCE AND KILGORE Another SHELL SCREAMS over and EXPLODES down the beach. A good set is building.pick one up and come on in -85 FULL SHOT . SHOT . .the beautiful waves breaking beyond them. 83 CLOSE SHOT ON JOHNNY.takes off -.fine -Kilgore turns and takes a giant electric megaphone from a waiting lackey.everything right except he keeps looking around frantically. KILGORE They far enough? LANCE Sure -. 84 MED.
SHOT .Lance looks over at Willard. LANCE (to himself) Maybe he'll get tubed. 88 MED. A SERIES of SHELLS ROAR in. WILLARD Incoming ! Lance ducks -. Kilgore looks through his glasses -. WILLARD What? LANCE Maybe he'll get inside the tube -where -. Lance looks up and out toward the point in horror.where they can't see him. The SHELLS SCREAM over Kilgore and out towards the point. KILGORE Son of a bitch.two EXPLOSIONS in the water are HEARD.puts his hands over his head. .THE POINT Two surfboards float in the channel bobbing up and down on the waves. 87 FULL SHOT .LANCE AND KILGORE LANCE (to himself) The tragedy of this war is a dead surfer.
KILGORE .Willard looks over. WILLARD What's that? LANCE Just something I read in the Free Press. 91 CLOSE SHOT ON KILGORE He turns.THE POINT .smoke hangs over the water. KILGORE (continuing) I'm not afraid to surf this place. beginning to think Lance is crazy. 89 FULL SHOT .S. KILGORE (O.) (megaphone) Try it again. glowering to his lackeys. KILGORE They just missed a good set -the chicken shits ! Lance looks up. you little bastards. SURFERS They come up near their boards and climb on -. 90 BACK TO SCENE He turns to Willard. too. I'll surf this place.
B.just bomb 'em into the Stone Age.napalm -gimme some napalm -.U. He grabs it. He throws the R.yeah.R.COPTERS A sky-crane without pod descends slowly toward us -The P. As the SHELLS EXPLODES on the beach behind him. back to a soldier -.another SALVO WHISTLES over -. to himself) Son of a bitch. soldier. He FIRES another clip as the JETS SCREAM overhead.RIVER .everyone drops. boy. KILGORE (continuing. . Don't you worry. KILGORE (continuing) Big Duke Six to Hell's Angels -Goddamit.T.son of a bitch -. KIlgore raises his M-16 and EMPTIES it full automatic in the general direction of the trees.Bring that R.'s if you got any of them -.yeah -.B.T. boy. I want that treeline bombed -. 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. 92 FULL SHOT . or C. hangs below it.Z.. I'll take H.
94 FULL SHOT ON THE P. The boat begins to back out of the shallows. (high explosives) and C. . Clean and Chef stand watching this sight alomg with other soldiers. 93 FULL SHOT . The EXPLOSIONS of NAPALM are reflected on their faces. The Chief is at the helm --the engine starts.U's (Cluster Bomb Units) and finally an immense amount of NAPALM.B.FIRE five inch ROCKETS in salvo -.E. CLEAN Clear on starboard -.Where's Lance an' the Captain? CHIEF I saw that Colonel's Huey on the point -Two HELICOPTERS SCREAM over FIRING ROCKETS.it's too damn hot. They all look up as a wadge of PHANTOMS streak over low and peel off one by one to begin their bombing run.B. The battle is still going on around them. the ROAR of the FIRE drowns out almost everything.MONTAGE Phantoms RAKE the trees with 20 mm CANNONS -. Clean and Chef work feverishly."Bull Pup" MISSILES -.drop H. CHIEF Forget that extra drum -. A man guides the descending copter till the boat settles carefully in the shallows. unshackle the hoists -. mr. The Chief and others leap aboard.R.The Chief. ducking for cover every-sooften when an EXPLOSION hits nearby.load on ammunition and fuel.PHANTOMS .
KILGORE. (realizing as he says it) We're on his side. But still there remains the threat of Kilgore.small and vulnerable. OTHERS Kilgore watches the waves with his field glasses -smoke drifts over. Willard silently motions Lance toward the boat. WILLARD (to Lance) Look. LANCE.THE POINT .a tremendous relief on his face. but even their noise is drowned out by the fierce SHRIEK of the PHANTOMS and the deafening BLAST of HIGH EXPLOSIVES. is his boat. SHELLS SCREAM over. Kilgore FIRES another clip at the tree line. a hell of fire and bustling steam thet nothing could live in. There it is. Willard stares at the tree line where it comes down to the river. 95 FULL SHOT . Lance looks over -. Willard is up looking off in another direction. The JETS are making a hell of the tree line. Lance crouches below.CHIEF (continuing) Let's just get outta here. Willard's glance goes further downriver through the black smoke and there merging in the river -. and then strides back without looking at them. WILLARD He can't kill us. LANCE (whispers) He'll kill us. standing stark against the sky. the boat. WILLARD . .
nostalgically) I love the smell of napalm in the morning. KILGORE (sadly) Yes. WILLARD You know.. One time we had a hill bombed for 12 hours. not one stinking gook body.the whole hill -.. (louder) You smell that? LANCE What? KILGORE Napalm. we didn't find one of 'em . KILGORE (continuing.KILGORE (almost to himself) You smell that. (pause) victory.but the smell -. some day this war's gonna end.it smelled like . They slipped out in the night -. He looks off nostalgically... boy -.. .. I know. I walked up it when it was all over.that gasoline smell -.nothing else in the world smells like that -They reflect the glow from the burning trees..
this strange wind is causing white caps and cross chop. WILLARD The kid can't ride sloppy waves. KILGORE (continuing) The wind -LANCE What? Sure enough there is a rushing breeze that increases. It's gonna ruin it .lifts his hand -. KILGORE (continuing.it's the wind -. WILLARD (O. Mike and Johnny lay low on their boards.) The kid can't stand sloppy waves.SURFERS The wind has changed. 96 FULL SHOT . Instead of blowing spray back over the waves and hollowing them out.S. reducing the swell to slop.. screaming) It's gonna blow this place out.Suddenly he senses something -.then frantically licks his fingers and puts them up in the air.he stops -. KILGORE (rising maniacally) Feel it -.it's blowing on shore -. overjoyed.. They turn and stare out to sea..It's on shore ! He leans down and practically grabs Lance. .THE POINT .
do you? He's a goddamn artist. WILLARD WILLARD You don't expect this kid to ride that crap.R. The P.my perfect left point break -.R. mumbling) The napalm -. I can understand how you feel. He turns toward the trees.. KILGORE. KILGORE (continuing) It's the napalm -.B. LANCE Yeah.97 MED.ruin -. SHOT .yeah.B.THE BEACH . he needs something to work with.LANCE. I'm an artist. along the river shallows -. goddamit ! KILGORE (apologetically) Yeah -. Slapping Lance on the shoulder.ruining my perfect left. He staggers off toward the trees followed by his guards and other lackeys.The Chief and .napalm my perfect left -. KILGORE (continuing.it's causing the wind -. 98 FULL SHOT ON THE P.napalm -Lance motions with his eyes to Willard..
WILLARD Want to say goodbye to the Colonel? LANCE Nah.the clear one with the thin stringer. Captain.crew waiting and yelling. WILLARD Then let's get the hell out of here. Suddenly.no. VIEW ON WILLARD AND LANCE WILLARD Are you finished surfing? LANCE Yeah... They are cheered by the crew -. Willard glances over to it with determination. LANCE No -. OUR VIEW TRACKS with them. They break and run like hell toward the boat in the distance. In a pile of equipment that the Hueys have left are two surfboards -...Willard looks at them. 99 MED. thanks. There is still MORTAR FIRE coming in between him and the board.suddenly. Lance continuing. Willard sees something and stops. . Willard makes a run for it. WILLARD Which one's the Colonel's? LANCE The Yater -.
S. The ROUNDS bracket the P. The shells kick up sand.son of a bitch.the board clearly visible on the stern. never had a Yater spoon. Willard hands the board up to Mr.B. the surfboard under his arm. The boat turns -. Fragments whistle by. and line up the beach toward Willard. Lance follows toward the boat. and they both scamper abroad.R . DISSOLVE TO : 100 FULL SHOT ON THE RIVER . CLEAN What'd you that for? WILLARD When I was a kid I. He stands there and doesn't move.CHIEF (O. Lance has dropped. mount.ENGINES RUNNING HARD and ROARS OFF toward the deeper water of the river -. Clean stuffs the board in the stern 50 Cal. one rips a chunk of foam and fibreglass from the rain of the board. Clean. WILLARD (calm) This one . exhausted and relieved. Mr. Willard takes off fast as hell with the board under his arm.P. Lance? LANCE Yeah.) Incoming ! Incoming -.R. through the water. Jesus Christ ! Once again.B.
ROARS BY going down the river at full speed. guns turning.we got his Yater. WILLARD He didn't look like he'd take that sitting down. warily covering the jungled banks. huddled with his M-16 ready.their twin fifty Cal.The P. Chef is behind him at the radio. CHIEF Why don't you roll us a big joint? I think the Captain'd . The Chief nods. SHOT ON THE CREW They all are in full battle positions -.expecting the worst. 101 MED. LANCE (yelling) Maybe we better stay in under the trees till dark -. CHIEF Lance --LANCE Yeah.Willard crouches against some armor plate.R. WILLARD (continuing) Let's put some distance between us and Charlie. They all look up into the sky -. Lance leans back from his forward turret.B. It is swerving and zig-zagging to avoid potential enemy fire. The Chief is at helm -.
They were circling. After a suspensful pause.B.I don't think so. LANCE You think he'd of shot us? WILLARD When? LANCE .Willard lights up. It'll be back. Willard smiles: WILLARD Take one a mine -He fishes into his breast pocket -. It zig-zags away from us down the river at high speed.THE P.R.THE TREES.NIGHT The boat is hidden under some trees along the river bank. They all smile -. But it'll be back.like that. DISSOLVE TO : 102 FULL SHOT . DISSOLVE TO : 103 FULL SHOT . They all look at Willard uneasily. CREW . BOAT. The men wait tensely listening -LANCE You hear it again? WILLARD No -.pulls out a huge cigar-sized joint.
you can find a track and tell not only how many they are. When you get good.that was all true about the rats and chocolate and stuff? WILLARD Sure.he does know what he wants. WILLARD I don't think he'd of shot us on the beach but -.he'd of shot us if he saw me taking the board -LANCE A Yater spoon is hard to get -especially here. LANCE And you could just tell when the supplies were booby trapped? WILLARD It's a feeling you get in the jungle.Any time -. WILLARD He's a man who knows what he wants -. CHEF Can I go get those mangos now? CHIEF I'll go with you in a while -judt hold tight awhile -LANCE Captain -. but their morale.Americans. how far they're . Lance looks over at Willard.us -.
If they're near a base camp. I was going through a village once..so the next one I went in on my belly. and then suddenly his attention is diverted -They all are silent -.It is pitch dark -. I took off my boots. that's what's important. If the branches aren't broken. their weapons are slung.the ROTORS grow LOUDER until almost overhead. I was looking for a certain party. I went into three like that and suddenly I realized I'd gone into each hut the same way -. There's a feeling you get after a while. they wouldn't be conserving food. . A pause. their morale from the way they drag their feet.The talk stops -. they'll be throwing it away half-eaten. (he shrugs) Things like that. the weapons they're carrying. WILLARD Mostly from the imprints when they put them down to rest.we HEAR the distant SOUND of ROTOR-BLADES and indistinguishable language on a loudspeaker -. or the joints that may be lying around.going. But all this is just technique. an' how far they're going? Willard smiles.. whether they're near their camp. It was midnight. and walked into each hut.standing up -. CLEAN How can you tell their weapons. An RPD burst took out the door a bit above my head.
CLEAN Jesus -.You know how hard it is to get a board you like. boy.I just want the board back -.take Lance with you -WILLARD I'll go with him -They all look at him.Finally the noise ceases.O.go ahead -.KILGORE (V. Chef -.the same speech starts again further off -.You can understand -It was one of my best -. CHIEF I wonder if that was the same copter. WILLARD . We better move now while it's dark. I'm not gonna hurt or harm you -Just leave it where I can find it -The HELICOPTER DRONES on into the night -. WILLARD He's probably got 'em all over the river with that recording. CHIEF Yeah. Chef steps forward with a plastic basket.) (over a loudspeaker) I'm not gonna hurt or harm you.that guy's too damn much. boy -.
SHOT .I'm a sauciere -WILLARD A sauciere -CHEF That's right. I was .is that 'cause you like mangoes an' stuff? CHEF No. 104 MED.CHEF.NIGHT They cautiously walk through the underbrush.(continuing) I wanta get my feet on solid land once in awhile -He grabs an M-16 and follows Chef over the side. a great sauciere. sir -WILLARD Why they call you that? CHEF Call me what. sir? WILLARD Chef -. It's what we do. WILLARD .I was raised to be a sauciere. sir -. We specialize in sauces. sir -. WILLARD Chef. CHEF Yes.I come from New Orleans -. my whole family.. sir -. I was supposed to go to Paris and study at the Escoffier School.THE JUNGLE .I'm a real chef.
END REVEALING Willard and Chef. an' it was turning gray. WILLARD (whispering) -. WILLARD What are you doing out here? CHEF Cook school -. I couldn't stand it. Then they started throwing it in these big cauldrons.boiling. They called me for my physical so I figured the Navy had better food.that did it. . WILLARD (silent) There.saving the money.. WILLARD How? CHEF They lined us all up in front of a hundred yards of prime rib -magnificent meat. all of it -. They move into a slight clearing. Willard gestures that he heard something.redies his M-16.DIFFERENT ANGLE PAN SLOWLY over jungle -. I looked in... SHOT .quiet -Chef crouches close -. beautifully marbled. he points. 105 MED. I went into radio school.
motions Chef to move away -. methodical. The Chef retreats FIRING short BURSTS into the grass -.WILLARD AND CHEF Suddenly there is a RUSHING SOUND -. 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 -. They look at each other. They FIRE wildly. He makes another command and they rush the trapped enemy. and join in stalking the probable V. They move stealthily. closing the apex of their triangle on the hunted. Willard directs the Chef with hand gestures. It is obviously no small jungle creature. He and Chef move a distance apart. and remain motionless. There is a noise again -.willard plants his feet and from the hip lets go FULL AUTOMATIC. CHEF (continuing. doing something he knows well.He points -. Then Willard makes the cricket noise.THE ELEPHANT GRASS .the grass folds almost to Willard -.C. as scared as a man can be. A few yards from them they hear something move.they cover the spot.ohhhhhhhhh -- . CHEF It's a motherfucking tiger -goddamn.Jesus Christ tiger -motherfucking tiger -. snarling magnificently. screaming) Goddamn -.. their guns at the ready.. and they move closer.then a huge tiger leaps out at them. SHOT . and bird and cricket sounds. They walk toward a patch of black elephant grass. 106 MED. He turns and bolts through the jungle. Willard's left hand edges out along the M-16's far end. Willard is cold. emptying their clips.some of the growth rustles. The two men drop low into the elephant grass.
but is unable to take a hold of the Chef.. takes his gun away. 107 FULL SHOT . willard follows from the jungle -.The Chef is moaning and stares off into the night. throws his rifle into the boat and dives headfirst after it.THE BOAT . a tiger ! Ohhhhhhhh. I think I shot the hell out of him. CLEAN Was a big tiger -. covering the bushes and runs.. LANCE You think? WILLARD I wasn't looking.. LANCE What's this tiger shit? WILLARD No shit.Lance has the twin 50's pointed into the jungle.tiger ! Oh goddamn ! It's a tiger ! Jesus Christ ! Goddamn. I was running.no shit? WILLARD Who stopped to measure him -. . Chef comes screaming out of the brush. scared out of his head as well.THE CREW They all are armed -. as he slithers around the boat. trying to find safety. CHEF (hysterical) Ohhhh -.let's get the hell out of here. The Chief tries to grab him.Willard jams another clip in his gun and backs out of the clearing.
a maturity. They move off. WILLARD (V. the light of his match illuminating his face momentarily. his BACK TO US.) He was right. Suddenly.I could've been killed. a cool inner peace. swallowed by the darkness. I'm never going into that jungle again.NIGHT Willard.R. waiting for me? He lights the cigarette.the P.I could've been eaten alive. he turns around. thinking. The ENGINE ROARS to life -. THE BOAT IN MARINA DEL RAY . WILLARD (V.never go into the jungle. unless you're ready to go all the way. the Chef -. never get outta the boat. pulls away with great speed. . The JUNGLE NOISES remain. DISSOLVE TO : 108 EXT.B. CHIEF You forgot the mangoes. I gotta remember never get out of the boat. as OUR VIEW BEGINS a MOVE INTO the jungle.CHEF A motherfucking tiger -.) What was in the jungle? What was there.O. and we SEE his face.O. didn't you? CHEF Mangoes? There as a fucking tiger in the woods -. There is something different about him.
) (continuing) .. 110 VIEW ON CHEF by himself on the P. it is incredibly hot.. Or was he. was it Kurtz? He was just a name to me now. wearing a hat made of a banana palm..I really started to look forward to meeting Kurtz again.he just didn't add up to me. a voice -. he has wiped mud under his eyes to kill the glare. Willard looks toward the group of people on the boat -there is still some MUSIC.MOVING FORWARD . WILLARD (V.WILLARD (V. . -.O.here's another oldie -....this one dedicated.O. He is barechested.B.DAY We HEAR: RADIO -. DISSOLVE TO : 109 WATERWAY .and the role of our culture. our way of life..) (continuing) Our way of life -. Kurtz was in there.S. They talk and drink and laugh.O. all his liberal bullshit about the end of savagery -.R. I couldn't remember a face.must remember that we owe our thanks for these to the wonderful services of the U.
. sitting alone in the rear. Fred the Head -111 VIEW ON THE GROUP RADIO The Rolling Stones and "Satisfaction.. 112 NEW VIEW .ON THE P. to the fire team at An Khe from their groovy C." 113 VIEW ON CLEAN alert.O.. waterskiing behind the P. The SONG BLARES ON -. slaloming back and forth on his single ski to the MUSIC -. PAN TO Willard.B. just in case..R.his M-16 ready.B. Lance waterskiing to "Satisfaction.. We can SEE it is a private correspondence -..R.feminine writing on the envelope.jumping the wake occasionally." CHEF Outa sight.g.O.RADIO .they all dig it. reading from his file on Kurtz.) . WILLARD (V. at the rear of the boat -. We REVEAL Lance in the b. 114 VIEW ON WILLARD _Willard opens a letter from the packet.
Deep imppenetrable jungle -. She is classically American.in the corner is the return addess of Mrs. WILLARD (V.I have to confess something.. 115 CLOSE SHOT . Colonel Walter Kurtz -Willard's hand fushes through the packet and comes up with apicture of a very attractive.O. I know how you feel about this. Willard looks out at the jungle.ON WILLARD looking at the picture -. Walt -.I just couldn't stand it anymore.. whether you're alive or dead.I can't stand it anymore.he said he couldn't -.O.The dossier of A Dtachment contained letters from the families and wives of Kurtz' men There were letters from Kurtz' wife as well.dark and primeval forests pass by. thirty-five year old American Beauty.puts it back.g. then opens the letter. not knowing where you are. I'm sorry Walt.) Dearest Walt -. WILLARD (V. I'm sorry I said that. 116 CLOSE SHOT . Bob didn't tell me anything -. The Rolling Stones CHANT on in the b. but I had to ask Bob to find out what he could -.I just can't stand it.ON THE LETTER It is addressed to Colonel Walter Kurtz -.) (continuing) . straightens it.
Walt. I can't take this much longer.he has maps of Viet Nam in his room now. I love you and I just can't stand it. 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. 117 CLOSE ON WILLARD He folds the letter up. DISSOLVE TO : .it is written in a scrawled savage hand to no one in particular. He wouldn't tell me what the fight was about. 118 CLOSE SHOT .I have to take the kids to school every morning now -. files through some others quickly and gets to a peculiar envelope stamped Top Secret with a stenciled date on it.carpools just never work out. Jeff keeps asking where you are -. He misses you very much. Jeff came home with a black eye on Tuesday but said he won anyway. He opens the letter -.WILLARD He looks out at the ominous jungled mountains. It is also noted that this was the last correspondence to leave Nu Mung Ba. It is addressed to Kurtz' wife.
DIFFERENT ANGLE . .P.the H-34 painted with Playboy rabbits that brought the girls to Hau Fat. Several soldiers in raincoats come out the dock as the P.RIVER OUTPOST . soldier? The soldier he was talking to turns around smiling idiotically and making animal noises.where''s your C.B. 120 MED.don't have any idea -. who's in command here? SOLDIER I don't know -.WILLARD . sir -got blown all to hell -WILLARD Well . but only one helicopter -.R.R. He stumbles off after his friend.119 FULL SHOT . Various helicopters pads are SEEN.looks around the dreary muddy camp. pulls in towards an American outpost that is being used as a forward medical evacuation center.O. Two soldiers pass.I'm just the night man -He turns and walks off babbling incoherently -WILLARD What about you.RAIN The P. WILLARD Soldier -. SHOT . pulls up. SHOT . 121 MED.R. SOLDIERS Willard looks into some empty tents -.B.WILLARD.B.? SOLDIER Stepped on a booby trap.
play cards with the helicopter pilot. He motions Willard into the tent. TERRI and LYNDA.S. picks leeches out of her feet. AGENT You came in on that boat. He wears the same clothes as before.it is dark and damp. Willard looks over the situation. CATHY.He looks around disgustedly VOICE (O.S.WILLARD.) (whispering) Captain -Willard turns around looking for where the voice came from. VOICE (O. but is much dirtier.MED. On cots around astove sit the three playmates and the pilot. Captain -He turns to see the Hollywood Agent under the flap of a large tent so that he won't get wet. SHOT . didn't you? WILLARD Yeah -AGENT Where are you headed? WILLARD What's it matter? Get to the . TENT .) (continuing) Over here. The nearest one. a blonde. AGENT They duck inside -. The other two. 122 INT.
They all look over.you know the girls -Thta's Terri -. AGENT Look -.point. AGENT Look -.they rudely took our helicopter for MedEvac work on this -.Well. WILLARD Dreadful.I see -. AGENT Look -. this is Captain -.eh -WILLARD Captain Willard -.They just brought it back this morning.we're not supposed to be this close combat. girls. I mean .uh Operation Brute Force -. AGENT Well I mean like they also took our fuel -.We've been here two days.the girls could get killed -.we got in a little trouble -.go ahead. WILLARD Yeah. I caught your show at Hau Fat. AGENT Oh -.she was playmate of -WILLARD Yeah.
WILLARD Well -AGENT We could use some fuel -. TERRI (continuing) It's really rough here -.Captain -.I'd do one for you -. WILLARD We need all our fuel.just enough to get us out a here. He turns and starts to leave. Captain.if I could -Willard just stares at her -.just a half drum -. AGENT But. PILOT That's rich -TERRI Do us a favor -.real combat. think what these girls have done for the boys -think of how they've risked -Willard is almost out of the tent. TERRI Captain -He turns around.we're just not built for it -The Pilot laughs.even though she's in jeans .
I can tell -WILLARD I like all of them -AGENT Good -. take your pick.wait -.what I meant was we'd need a whole drum for that -- . Captain -.I'm doing you a favor.don't get up tight -.you'll never see stuff that good outside of a magazine for the rest of your life. AGENT Now just a second -.and field jacket she is something to see -.like I said.The Agent takes Willard aside -.you know who that is. AGENT Wait -. AGENT Look -. WILLARD We need all our fuel anyway. buddy -.what're you trying to pull? Willard turns to leave again. WILLARD I'm not that fond of blondes -maybe I like brunettes -AGENT Take your pick -.they all like you -. WILLARD I said I like all of them.Terri goes back to the others.you know what she's saying -.
absolutely not -- .we'll talk about it. WILLARD My men -AGENT What ! WILLARD That's what there is to talk about -.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.this whole thing disgusts me. 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 -. Willard sits down on a metal chair -.motions the Agent to do likewise.WILLARD Sit down -.my man -. AGENT What's there to talk about -.what kind of people do you think -WILLARD Esprit de corps -AGENT No -.
WILLARD You make some of your closest friends in the army -.I assure you that -You got a fifty on that H-34 -- .WILLARD One for all -. AGENT Two drums -Willard turns around slowly. 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 -.nationalities -He gets up and starts out. AGENT Get out -WILLARD Men of all races -.Get fucked -WILLARD I will -.war has a way of bringing men together.all for one -AGENT You can keep your fucking fuel -Willard gets up.
P.S. CHIEF Careful. Behins them on the beach stand several water buffaloes eating mud or whatever they do. Captain.get off my back. Army No.put on something -..I'll get my men to bring the first drum with 'em -He turns to go under the tent flap.you know what I mean -He leaves. WILLARD (continuing) Have the girls freshen up a bit -comb their hair -. cleaning an M-16.leave the ammo in boxes -. CLEAN You keep this thing in this condition an' it's gonna jam.g. they've been . 15239 Willard walks through them down to the boat.R.mark my words. They are painted jungle brown and green camouflage with grey bottoms -.B. Water B-1A U. LANCE Why don't you go pet the water buffaloes -.CREW They are all working on patching the boat and cleaning it up in general. 123 FULL SHOT .on their sides the words have been stenciled in black: 1 Each -Buffalo. Lance -. Clean sits in f. Mr. .
TENT .known to charge.LYNDA. CHEF He has followed her into the tent awe-struck -.MED. Captain -WILLARD You'll see soon enough -.hot damn -124 INT. sailor -CHIEF No shit -.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. CHEF I don't believe you -CHIEF What're you trying to say. SHOT .get going. WILLARD Chef -. 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.she . WILLARD All right I got a little surprise for you -They all look up.
I just don't believe -CUT TO: 125 INT. his arms at his sides. CHEF I've got every one of your pictures -.cut this crap -.everything.uh kinda draping that jacket over you sort of the way you were in the calender.LANCE.I've got the centerfold -.I gotta get back to Saigon -CHEF Just let me look awhile -. TENT .the Playmate of the Year run-off -.CLOSE SHOT .the Playmate's review -. get undressed and let's get it over with -CHEF I can't believe it -.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. would you? LYNDA Come on -.casuallu starts unbuttoning her fatigue jacket and taking off her pants. he just stands there. CHEF (continuing) You wouldn't mind -. even the calender -LYNDA Well. CATHY .
They have just finished making love. SHOT .she pulls herself up and starts combing her hair -. She looks up at him -WILLARD Ma'am -. Lance finishes tying his boots -.MED. . Clean walks in.pulls on his jacket -his gun belt and picks up his M-16.starts to leave. CATHY Yeah. Miss.WILLARD. I want you to know personally. cathy looks very pleased. LANCE Well -. He leaves -.I want you to know that me an' the men appreciate you coming all this way -.riskin' your lives -.she draws on his back.Mr.uh thanks -. TERRI He finishes tying on his boots -. CATHY (continuing) Who are you? CLEAN I'm next -She shrugs.I'd like to thank you for what you an' all your friends have done for us -. that for the past few minutes you have made me feel at home. DISSOLVE TO : 126 INT. TENT .living uncomfortably an' doing all you can to entertain us. He gets up -.see you around.
he turns. 128 VIEW ON THE FACES OF THE P. Everywhere are wrecked boats -. WILLARD (V. The P. we approach the Do Lung Bridge.R.g.B. Soldiers run up through the water.R. edges in under the span of the old bridge. APPROACHING DO LUNG BRIDGE .FULL SHO TNIGHT The boat edges in toward the wrecked bridge in the distance.R. exits f.O. THE P. CREW watching.parts of trunks sticking out of the water -. Light automatic WEAPON FIRE is HEARD occasionally. The SHOE CLANGS off his helmet.S. They are obscured in the darkness. carrying materials for the bridge or tending to the wounded. SOLDIER .She picks up a shoe to throw at him. Along the banks are sandbagged fortificvations with U. soldiers in them.B. There is a bright fire burning uncontrolled in the distance. Mortars and rockets arc through the night indiscriminately and rip through the nearby jungle.smashed helicopters on the banks.) Two days and nights later. ma'am. The bridge is in a state of siege. Soldiers are everywhere -scurrying from trenches. CUT TO: 127 EXT. the sparks and white light from welding on the bridge momentarily lights up the night. the maimed and the dead. WILLARD (continuing) Just wanted to say that.B.
maximum security markings. SOLDIER Fuck you. LIEUTENANT Captain Willard? WILLARD That's me.I got money.I'll pay -.if . CHIEF Get away from this boat. sir. soldier? The Soldier ducks back and runs away. A young LIEUTENANT steps forward. you'll get what's coming to you. Willard takes it.we got these from Nha Thrang two days ago -they expected you here then -He hands up a plastic bag. LIEUTENANT Captain Willard -. Other men approach the boat. WILLARD Who's your C. WILLARD Why? LIEUTENANT Now I can get out a here -..I gotta get out a here -.O. LIEUTENANT (continuing) You don't know how happy that makes me.
I can find a way out. sir. He points to the men getting ready to work.it and a lot of good men -. He turns and splashes off into the darkness.S. 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 -. WILLARD We'll be needing some supplies and fuel -. LIEUTENANT (continuing) Every night we build it and by 0800 they've blown it up -. LIEUTENANT (continuing) This is the cesspool of hell.the generals don't like to admit that Bat Shan is surrounded.ha ! Nobody uses that road except Charlie. They're gonna start working on the bridge with torches again.) Incoming. . SOLDIER (O.But the generals like to say the road is 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.
sir -. go with the Captain an' see what you can scrounge -Willard climbs out with Lance.TRENCH They dive in. 129 MED.MEN SCREAM in the distance -. CHIEF (yelling) All right -. VOICE Straight ahead. Willard nods and they scurry off the bank under the bridge.g.SHELLS WHISTLE OVER and CRASH into the bridge -.WILLARD. CHIEF (continuing. to Willard) Better make it fast.Lance.the EXPLOSIONS are thunderous. SOLDIER You came right to it. They dive towards the voice. a SOLDIER is crounched in f. son of a bitch -- . LANCE They dash up the embankment and along the barbed wire on the edge of the road. SHELLS SCREAM overhead. they don't know where to run. 130 CLOSE SHOT . son of a bitch.we don't really need much anyway. holding his buddy who is crying uncontrollably. SHOT .
One has a sniper rifle -. VOICE Watch your feet.a concrete bunker -.another tries to spot for the Gunner. asshole -Willard looks down.where else you think he'd be? WILLARD C'mon -There is an apparent lull and they dash out along the road.S. Willard trips. SOLDIER (O. Suddenly to their right an M-60 STARTS OPENING UP from a sandbagged emplacement. They drop and crawl to the slit trench and run up to the emplacement.) Get your asses down. Willard and Lance edge up along the trench.WILLARD Son of a bitch.Beverly Hills -. The Soldier doesn't respond. buddy. Several SOLDIERS man a M-60. sir. WILLARD (continuing) Where's your chief supply officer? SOLDIER Beverly Hills -WILLARD What? SOLDIER Straight up the road -. .
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
SOLDIER (continuing) It's to everyone I really knew -the first girl I screwed -. CLEAN What're you askin' me for -. SOLDIER Send these out when you get back to the world.Hey.it's been a great twenty years. SOLDIER Do me a favor buddy.best friend -. SOLDIER (continuing) .put 'em in the first helicopter comes in tomorrow. He points up at the mountain ridges. I gotta let 'em know.my brother -. please. CLEAN What is it? He takes out a handful of crumpled envelopes. it still runs. eh? CLEAN Yeah. buddy. He puts them in Clean's hand. that boat still runs.I wanted to tell 'em how much I enjoyed knowing 'em -. SOLDIER Nobody comes in here.
CLEAN We ain't goin' down the river. 312th -. SOLDIER Spooky. Clean takes the letters. SOLDIER (continuing) You got a chance in that boat -by morning you could be five miles down the river. CLEAN (continuing) What's up river from here anyhow -The Soldier doesn't answer. there's a million of those shitty little bastards out there -.on that hill we counted fourteen different guns in one minute -.over there the 307th -. CLEAN Charlie? SOLDIER No.A.V. He grabs Clean and looks at him with a maniacal urgency. SOLDIER (continuing) I'm gonna be dead. it'd be spooky without the war .The N.we're all gonna die.they got rockets mortars. The Soldier looks at him as if he is joking. just stares dumbfounded. snipers in those trees.
B.R. SHOT .g.P. CREW The Chief is at the helm -. . CHIEF Wow. through this tropical downpour.R. FULL SHOT .B. taking shelter from the rain under the canvas canopy.let's get out a here.the hills flash with artillery discharges -.THE P. . 133 MED.B. DISSOLVE TO : 134 EXT.give 'em back.CREW . eh? WILLARD We found some bodies -..P.they all look back in the distance where the bridge was -. Mr.O.DIFFERENT ANGLE .the rest of the crew are forward.R. 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. 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.-. oiling and cleaning his 50-cal. He takes the letters and leaves. Willard and Lance come back down the beach carrying some belts of ammunition and a couple of extra M-16's. you must a found the C. his M-11 and M-79 -. Clean is in thef. somewhat disappointed and disgusted. 132 FULL SHOT ..RAIN The boat moves uneasily upriver.
What do you think? CHIEF I think this river wants to take us home fast. Clean joins him. and looks down. all manner of debris.trunk whacks the hull.R. as one of the pieces of tree. sweeping by the P. warding off the big debris moving toward the P. I'm practically goin' in reverse. Willard points his pole in the direction of the mouth . CHIEF (continuing) We hit a big enough one this hull will shatter like a Corvette. THE RUSHING RIVER . Willard climbs forward. There is a loud CRACKING SOUND.R. tree trunks. Willard practically hangs off forward with a long pole.B.RAIN The river is moving fast against them.B. 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.NEW VIEW . CHIEF (to Willard) I can't see a fucking thing. and bounces off. helping.135 EXT. Fucking plastic boat.
WILLARD Get in there now or I'll bury you in this river. The P.of a tributary. CHIEF (finally relents. navigates through the rush and into the mouth of the tributary. You're going to get us all killed. THE TRIBUTARY .R. who ducks.C. WILLARD Get in there ! CHIEF This is my crew and my fucking boat. throws the pole at the Chief. CHIEF This whole area is lousy with V.RAIN . There is a really loud WHACK against the hull. and I'm the responsible party. Lemme turn around and we'll be in Hau Fat in six minutes. get in there. WILLARD Well. It's clear that Willard will kill the Chief if he doesn't do as he says.We don't stand a chance. DISSOLVE TO : 136 EXT. turns the helm) You're fucking crazy.B.R. willard really mad. .B.P. -.
the jungle at this point is very dark and high -. WILLARD Keep cutting. 139 VIEW ON CHEF cutting with all he's got. WILLARD What do you see? CHEF I don't know. knowing something is wrong.B. 137 VIEW ON LANCE having climbed to the highest point of the cockpit. he looks to Chef.totally impenetrable.Rain is pouring down. . and is staring into the jungle. who has stopped cutting. cutting through them with machetes. literally across the waterway. Willard. They work feverishly. 138 VIEW ON WILLARD cutting through. Chef and Clean in the water.R. but the P. is slowed down to a snail's pace by Hyacinths. He looks out -. LANCE It breaks through in about twenty feet.
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.
.R. . A large tree falls. 149 MED.the boat surges ahead. exhausted. Willard FIRES another GRENADE from his M-79. wounded.B. because they know they're too far from the banks to be shot at. They smoke pot and eat silently. brutalized. . Splotches of paint have been blown away from the armor shield -.145 POV. moving through the river.pieces of deck are ripped and ragged around the mount. but they are relaxed. DISSOLVE TO : 148 FULL VIEW ON THE P. The boat is a floating wreck. flat area in the river. The boat slams through the hyacinth growth. Lance smokes a joint and looks at his gun. We HEAR strange SCREAMING from the trees and jungle.TWILIGHT The boat moves ahead at half speed through a wide. FIRING BACK at unseen enemy in the jungle. just as the craft speeds up through the thinning growth. 147 FULL SHOT ON THE P. VIEW The men sit around. They look like animals. There is another POP and WHISTLE . 146 CLOSE SHOT ON THE CHIEF He jams the throttle forward -.BEHIND THEM He FIRES another burst as the GRENADE EXPLODES brightly. another BLAST.B.R. hideous MOANS and terror-filled CRIES.
he has been wounded in the shoulder. 151 WILLARD'S POV A light. WILLARD How much is left? CHEF Less than half -. . man. But we're running low on the other. Chef comes up from below. All of the men are silent. CHEF There's some bad holes.Clean's body is being prepared in a plastic sack by Chief. Chief has been silent by the body of Clean in a plastic sack. Food's shot to hell. and the cracks -.water's coming through the cracks. 150 VIEW ON WILLARD He notices something in the distance. WILLARD And the grass? CHEF Still got a lot of that stuff from Nha Trang. Chief pushes Clean's body into the river.sure is a mess down there.
THE TWILIGHT The P.R. he uses field glasses. WILLARD Hey.B. . CHIEF What the hell is it? WILLARD In the middle of the jungle -a goddamn light. approaches the distant light -. WILLARD (continuing) That's a light down there -CHEF Yeah. VIEW Willard stands up.152 MED. .B. The figures pull back behind some drums. 155 POV . it is.which seems to be on the dock of an overgrown plantation building. pointing up the river.THROUGH THE GLASSES Seems to be some figures standing on the dock. They all look over. 153 FULL SHOT .THE P. CHIEF straining to see. 154 VIEW ON WILLARD.R.
closer. CHEF (continuing) Nous ne voulon pas vous agresser. CHEF Maybe you shouldn't say we're Americans? Willard stares at the dock and building. Chief hands the loud-hailer to Chef.R.'s bow. try your French. . stitching the water across the P. trying to figure it out. CHIEF (over the loud-hailer) We're Americans. WILLARD Chef.156 BACK TO SCENE WILLARD Watch it ! They duck as SHOTS RING OUT from the dock. Another BURST.B. who shrugs and shouts: CHEF Nous sommes Americains -Silence. WILLARD (continuing) They're not Cong. guns trained on the dock as the boat still approaches. The crew crouches.
159 BACK TO SCENE We drift closer to the dock. The Chef starts enjoying speaking French. though. . CHIEF What'd he say? CHEF Said I speak French like a Spanish cow.they may not be too friendly. 158 POV THROUGH THE GLASSES Gradually. myself. CHEF (to himself) I thought it was pretty good. CHEF Nous sommes Americains -.) French Nationals -.S. Then: FRENCHMAN (shouting out) Vous parlez Francais comme une vache espanole. WILLARD (O. a small group appears from behind the drums on the dock.157 VIEW ON WILLARD He looks through the glasses.nous sommes des amis -There is silence as the boat drifts closer.
They do. PHILIPPE.S. a bearded.FRENCHMAN (O. He is dressed in a tiger suit and the red beret of the French colonial paratroops. They all bear automatic weapons and suspicious in their eyes. with a strength about him. a middleaged half-breed slave. obviously the head man. dark-looking man of 35. GASTON De MARAIS. about 25. about fifty. 160 FULL SHOT .) Vous pouvez approcher mais doucement -CHEF Take her in slow. strong and handsome. which is covered by a patch. FRENCHMAN (O. CHIEF I can't steer with my goddamn feet. another Frenchman joins the group.S. They are a young man.DIFFERENT ANGLE . PHILIPPE Hands on the heads. and TRAN VAN KAC. Also of the red beret are HENRY LeFEVRE.DOCK The men on the dock move forward. cautiously. WILLARD Do it.stand away from the mounts. As the boat pulls up to the dock. . small and delicate.) Laisser tomber vos armes -CHEF Put the guns straight up -. save for a scar down on the side of his face and through his left eye.
Kac grabs the rope from the deck and ties it to the dock. This is Chief Warrant Officer Phillips -. We were shot up bad downriver and need repairs and food -.CHEF Hey. Captain -WILLARD As I said. GASTON Philippe -Philippe moves to another position -.it's his boat.we can pay you in gold. . Captain. GASTON Who is the commanding officer? CHIEF I -WILLARD I am -. LANCE I'll help you with -PHILIPPE Do not move -Gaston looks at the skyward pointed twin fifties admiringly. they speak American. GASTON Entirely unnecessary. GASTON Fifty calibers.I'm Captain B. eh. we can pay you in gold. Willard.L.
Christian -161 CLOSE SHOT .a sergeant. GASTON (continuing) My youngest son -. goodlooking. Philippe -.He puts down his gun -. This is my son. but severe -. It has been such for 121 years.she carries an M-16. It will be such after I die.a belt of ammunition trailing off behind him. (he steps back) I am Gaston de marais -. A young man in a tiger suit and three women come forward from different positions -all wear bush clothing and bear weapons.he has fought in Algeria and held the rank of Captain.Ann-Marie -A tall girl.you are our guests. GASTON (continuing) And my youngest daughter -Claudine. he was at Dien Bien Phu.this is my family's plantation.the others do likewise -GASTON We share a common enemy -. And Henry LeFevre -. My personal servant. Tran Van Kac --Then he motions to the trees. GASTON Christian's wife -. .CHRISTIAN He carries an M-60 machine gun in his hand -.
to shower. Philippe yells in Vietnamese -. 163 FULL VIEW . She carries an M-79 grenade launcher and plenty of ammunition.about a dozen native men in tiger suits. Captain. WILLARD We don't want to bother you any. OTHERS They stand there. . CHEF Shower. dazed. She wears a red paratrooper beret and a well-fitted bush suit. Willard steps off -. They look the Americans over warily and assemble at Philippe's command. exhausted and amazed. heavily armed.then stops. We'll attend to your repairs after dinner.I assume you want to rest. GASTON. (smiles) Now -. WILLARD American weapons? GASTON We took them from the dead. reaches back and picks up his M-16 by the stock.B.CREW.162 CLOSE ON CLAUDINE an attractive girl about eighteen.R. .P.you will follow me. walk out of the trees from all around them. Willard's men look at one another. we -GASTON A man of war is never bothered to aid an ally -.
of course. I'll stay with the boat.PLANTATION . GASTON Of course. be quartered with us -- .well. save the many sandbagged gun emplacements and barbed wire.you will. They pick up their weapons and follow. CHIEF What about the boat? PHILIPPE My men will keep it for you -CHIEF Yeah -. (pause) Come with us.an unfortunate necessity. points to a guest house off the main structure which is a typical jungle plantation house. The Chief shrugs and follows. 164 FULL SHOT .WILLARD. The men are relieved. captain -. WILLARD Chief.WILLARD A habit of men of war. GASTON. Captain -. They look at each other a moment. OTHERS Gaston stops. GASTON A suitable accomodation for your men. sir -you understand.
He indicates that the men should follow Philippe. The Chief is hesitant. GASTON No. Yeah. The bottom is filled with water and young French and Vietnamese children swim in it. GASTON (continuing) Magnificent. I've seen those in Normandy. muttering. 100 feet across and about thirty feet deep. a two thousand pound bomb. eh.there is no current -. GASTON (continuing) It is very good -.do you know what might have caused -WILLARD Looks like a two thousand pound to me. GASTON Captain. sit two men and a woman with machine guns.they walk over past the house and toward the jungle. I have never seen one like it in all Indochina. approaching a huge crater. (pause) . Willard follows -. this way. Gaston strides up and looks down at the crater with pride. Captain? Willard looks. This is much better. WILLARD Go ahead -Philippe leads them on.It is very good. On the opposite rim. I was in Paris when it arrived -.
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. Our VIEW MOVES through the curtain and settles in a MEDIUM VIEW of the group. they come from the sky. ROXANNE Je vais bien maintenant. I hope you are feeling better. The men rise as a very attractive woman enters the room. where the De Marais family is dining with Willard. and the ongoing conversation on the other. Willard finally does as well. more elaborate table. He is forced to face toward Gaston. Our VIEW REVEALS that behind a transparent silk curtain there is another.there's an uneasy silence. Willard is caught with this exotic woman on one side of him. Um. don't you .Huh? Oh. GASTON May I present Captain Willard? He is of a paratroop regiment. wouldya pass me the Rice-a-roni.. please. You know the difference between a paratrooper and a regular soldier. WILLARD . wouldya . and drawn to look at Roxanne. And then he looks to his friends for approval. my dear? ROXANNE (smiling and taking Willard's hand) Yes. and she moves to the chair next to him. She sits -.
GASTON Attacks repulsed. Captain -. GASTON Captain? WILLARD You'll get blown outta here some day. as I was saying. mistakes. they were. Captain. it has been so for a hundred and twenty-one years. (pause) Americain -. there is something to say for that. Indochina is ours. WILLARD Of course. uh. we could have you evacuated from here. North Vietnamese regular forces -.. GASTON We will never 'evacuate'. (hard) This is only for this war.this is our home.15. South Vietnamese -. plaque.6. too. I -. WILLARD The Vietnamese think it's theirs -.28 -.I guess the Americans do.regular forces and otherwise.I would like to know more about the . we could send word. points to an elaborately scripted wooden plaque with various tallies on it. Of course. Captain..Once we make our repairs.54.. Philippe turns around. perhaps. Viet Cong -. .
but no man can live there. WILLARD Do you know that jungle? GASTON When I was a boy. WILLARD I always thought the French came here to get the rubber. A place belongs to those who bring light to it. my father would take me there. I must attend to my men. ma'am. only jungle. don't you agree.followed by his wife. He gets up. 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. GASTON Upriver? Why upriver? There is nothing there. no white man.GASTON But we civilized it. to hunt. and leaves abruptely -. PHILIPPE Excuse me. WILLARD What about an American named Kurtz? There is a pause. . There are a few savages.
his wife and son. Gaston leaves. Willard and Roxanne are left alone. WILLARD I'm sorry to hear that. and takes Roxanne's hand. ROXANNE You must realize. Roxanne -. ROXANNE (rising) Cognac? WILLARD I should be checking on the boat. ROXANNE The war will still be here tomorrow. She walks out of the room.bon nuit. my husband.we have lost much here -.GASTON We have never heard of him. GASTON (continuing) Bon nuit. Gaston -. Captain. Willard turns.I. Captain -. . WILLARD Good night. Gaston rises. The servants clear the table.
while Willard stands. No. ROXANNE Then you are like us. I went home. wasted some time. ROXANNE Do you miss your home.FULL SHOT . 175 INT. Not really. I was discharged from the army four years ago. drove it a week. She reaches out to him. trying to answer the little questions and staying away from the big ones. one at a time. pouring a brandy. Captain? Have you someone there? WILLARD No.WILLARD (thinking) I guess so. bought a Mustang Mach 1. Then I re-upped for another tour. everything I love is here. indicating that he sit. He follows.WILLARD AND ROXANNE Roxanne sits. SITTING ROOM . ROXANNE . ROXANNE (continuing) What will you do after the war? WILLARD I just follow my footsteps.
ROXANNE Yes.. . ROXANNE But Captain. upriver -. Then she looks at the cognac she poured for him. I mean -. Captain. WILLARD What things? ROXANNE Gaston would never tell me.What's a big question? WILLARD Kurtz.deeper in the jungle.cannibals. A long pause. Kurtz. (pause) I know you've heard of him.there are savages? WILLARD I know. WILLARD Yes. It was asubject not to be spoken of. terrible things have occured around this American. WILLARD What did you hear? ROXANNE That strange things. ROXANNE Did you know -.
comes up behind him. Captain? WILLARD The river is beautiful.NIGHT A machine gun emplacement is situated on the terrace covering the front of house. VIEW ON WILLARD.WILLARD . The P. ROXANNE (from the sitting room) Are you warm. you don't drink. Willard moves to the French doors.MED. ROXANNE . THE TERRACE . there are so many things I must do alone. VIEW . He steps onto a terrace overlooking the river. which have been left partly open to let a breeze in.ROXANNE (continuing) What a pity. from the river. 176 MED. 177 WILLARD'S POV. thinking it romantic to talk about the river.B. 176 EXT. is under guard by a couple of Gaston's Vietnamese. we REALIZE that he is checking the boat. In fact.R. Since my husband died. ROXANNE She. She takes a sip.
It fascinates me. Then she takes his hand. in a moment.R. In the center of the room is a large canopied bed with mosquito netting hanging down over it. ROXANNE .two remain. She moves her body close to his.FULL VIEW It is dark. ROXANNE I have been lonely here. ROXANNE'S ROOM . and up the stairs.R. he is kissing her. she goes over to the bed. 179 CLOSE ON WILLARD. 181 VIEW ON WILLARD. 182 INT.ON THE TERRACE His hands wander over her body as she clings to him. and turns down the sheets. Captain. The windows also have netting and barbed wire -there is a . ROXANNE One eye steals another look at the P. Two of the guards leave -.I spend hours watching that river from my bedroom window. 180 VIEW ON THE P. and leads him back into the sitting room. She lays down on the bed and watches him. He stands there. getting ready for the long night.30 calibre machine gun mount in the far one. Then she slips out of her dress and stands there facing him. and.B. He look around. . She leads him into her room and closes the door.B. He puts down his gun and strips off his shirt.
and scales down the wall of the old building.suddenly. ROXANNE'S TERRACE .P.R.He moves to her.NIGHT Two Vietnamese guard the P. slipping into the bed. He disappears into the hold. 186 MED. working quickly. Willard stalks the second guard and makes quick work of him with his knife. THE DOCK .NIGHT We can VIEW into the room.R. He even enjoys it. the first disappears into the thicket. we realize he has just killed the man with a knife. FADE OUT. -. Without a sound. as Willard has silently slipped out of her bed. feet first. 184 EXT. he drags the body out of sight.B. 183 EXT. Silently.B. VIEW ON THE P.B. 185 CLOSE VIEW ON WILLARD in the thicket. with a grace that indicates he is a man who has done his . M-16 is leaning against the wall in his reach. . and is a dark sinister figure kneeling in final preparations for going out in the night. disappearing into the darkness.R. he comes out to the terrace. 187 NEW VIEW He lifts out several cases of supplies. The dark figure boards the boat silently.
and at night.a case of grenades. Captain. WILLARD So that's it.PULL BACK TO REVEAL Roxanne combing her hair and buttoning up her blouse.best work alone. 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 -. She notices he is awake and smiles. ROXANNE You may think what you wish. She turns to go. but I like you very much. 188 INT. He starts to get up. He stops -.CLOSE SHOT .we HEAR SOMEONE moving around in the room. He wakes suddenly -. ROXANNE I will fix you breakfast. ROXANNE'S ROOM .seemingly stunned.MORNIN G He sleeps soundly alone in the bed . .WILLARD . a mortar and two M-16's and a case of clips are being transfered to us by your order. CUT TO.
said it was your orders.FULL SHOT . She leaves. It happens from time to time.I did. Gaston's men are transferring ammunition boxes.eh? . The Chief spits in the water disgustedly and starts the engines. Gaston is standing with Philippe. CHIEF They taking half our ammo. 189 EXT. OTHERS He walks down onto the dock.WILLARD. WILLARD I guess this is whAt men of war do -. Captain -. who are covering the Chief and crew with M-16's. Willard looks hard at Gaston.WILLARD What if I say no. I assume my daughter told you of our conditions. WILLARD That's right -. ROXANNE Then Philippe will have to kill all of you. DOCK . WILLARD Your daughter. GASTON Two of my men deserted last night. He pauses for a second.
destroy that and we'll dig a hole in the jungle and sleep on it. The Chief looks over at Willard.I'd like to know how she was.the men stare in amezement.R. grenades. we do but one thing -.B. .B. Captain. he leans over and pulls up a floorboard -.DOCK . CHIEF The BOAT ROARS out across the river. clips. CHIEF Next time we get in a good fire fight -.MED. SHOT .GASTON We endure. CLEAN What did you put in all those ammo boxes? . Captain. all the while.clean the blood off our bayonets. Burn the forest and we'll hide in the swamp. (pause) Au revoir. 190 LONG SHOT .you can blow up the house and we will live in the cellar -.R. it contains the contents of all those ammo boxes.50 calibre. Willard climbs on board and it pulls away. .WILLARD. Willard just smiles at the Chief. P. 191 EXT. CHEF Holy shit.P. captain -. They stare at each other for a moment.
where the men thought they crawled to. Willard moves to the back of the boat. Willard looks out ahead and points.. sand -. WILLARD (V. They move ahead at half speed. ready for anything.B. just the tall trees and ferms. The trees are higher in this area and much of the river is shaded on one side.P.WILLARD Rocks.those two men who deserted. 193 FULL SHOT . an unknown world . For me. It was like wandering on a prehistoric planet. .DIFFERENT ANGLE .VILLAGE . CREW The river has narrowed and runs swifter -. we crawled toward Kurtz -exclusively.) We moved deeper and deeper into the jungle.O.the water dark and deep. CHIEF When'd you do it? WILLARD While you were sleeping. I don't know. 192 FULL SHOT . It was very quiet there.. He lets the board drop. There is no undergrowth. We PAN TO REVEAL a small village of huts along the bank. alert.RIVER .R. They all turn their guns in that direction.
DISSOLVE TO : 195 POV BOAT .B. Pieces of aluminum hang loosely from it.they are just skeletons of what they once were. ominous -. 196 FULL SHOT .there'd still be some sign -.a huge snake slips along an overheading limb.194 POV.R. The huts are on stilts to avoid the flooding of the river -.most of 'em are still standing -.) I don't know -.it's just like the one this morning.the jungle is claiming it. They pass in front of the village which is rundown and completely deserted.JUNGLE Suddenly the river widens. The depth of the jungle is dark.S. CHIEF (O. Strange birds fly out of the trees as the boat passes -. WILLARD (O. OF THE P. the trees give way to marsh and as they emerge into the light a strange shadow falls upon the boat.) Flood. Creepers have already started to grow up around its heights -.S.) No -.yet cool and strangely inviting. It is the shadow cast by an enormous vertical tail section of a B-52 bomber thrusting out from the mud. The forest itself has grown darker and more twisted with ferns and creepers. But . oxidizing in the sun. CHEF (O.might've been disease.JUNGLE The canopy of trees grows taller and stretches out across the river filtering the sun.S.BOAT .FULL SHOT .
they have passed a gateway.R.his soul cries to stop -.R. Each man in his heart feels a need to stay -.DAWN The skull looms in the f. Strange orange colored water-fowl swim lazily out of their way. is pulled back about seventy yards -.All right. The sun is warm and the breeze gentle and laced with wild gardenians.Early morning mist still hangs on the water -.once under its shadow. The smoke clears. The river widens and the trees at its edge are soft and seductive. we SEE another post and skulls on the opposite bank.RIVER . CHIEF -.g.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.P. Lance -Lance's TWIN FIFTIES split the silence as they POUR into the skulls on the opposite bank -. 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. -.the P.stop their madness -.B. The boat drifts on its own toward a hole at the end of the clearing. The water itself is glass smooth and black as if there were no bottom. A gateway to paradise.this spiral into hell. It is strangely quiet. . The boat follows the river into this hole. DISSOLVE TO : 197 FULL SHOT . Here is all that can be had of earth. .as it clears. But no hand moves. A hole into the jungle from which a darkness permeats.B. The hills beyond are purple and lush.
Mist swells in and around the river. Everything was still.FOG .R. WILLARD (V.DAY The P.like keep out -Willard motions -.B.Charlie put it there to kill -WILLARD Thta's not Charlie's work -There is silence. and they coast. THE RIVER .leave it -CHIEF Why -. we judged ourselves about eight miles from Kurtz' base.they move ahead past the smoking mound. WILLARD Whoever put'em there didn't do it to kill people -. pushed deeper into this mysterious area. the trees. . as the boat moves into an obscure fog. The Chief cuts the engine.They put 'em up as signs -CHIEF Signs? WILLARD Yeah -. 198 EXT.O.the Chief accelerates -.LANCE The other one -WILLARD No -.) Toward the night of the fifth day out of Do Lung Bridge.
The boat disappears in the thick fog. They are silent.then the fog came suddenly. 200 VIEW ON LANCE Frantically.the creepers. he swings the twin fifties around. even though we are close.. It was unnatural. 199 MED. The GROANING. CHIEF What is it? WILLARD Listen. WILLARD Listen. CLOSE ON WILLARD We catch glimpses of him. OR WAILING . CHIEF They're on the banks of the river. Not a sound could be heard. of HUNDREDS OF MEN. and I was blind too. We can HEAR the most ominous SOUND COMING FROM THE BANKS. I began to think I was deaf -. even the brush seemed like it had been changed into some kind of stone. like a trance. LANCE Jesus ! .
. . I don't understand. or canoes. CHIEF Will they attack? WILLARD If they have boats .. We can't move either -we'll end up on the shore. but rather the SOUND OF HUMAN ANGUISH.. But it is not ahostile cahnt. The CHORUS OF GROANS in unbearable. WILLARD (continuing) It doesn't sound hostile -it sounds like they've seen us coming and it sounds like -I don't know. CHIEF No. HORRIFYING. CHEF God. LANCE Sounds like hundreds of them.. WILLARD Shhhhhh. 202 VIEW ON WILLARD listening. a funeral.. Not while you can't see.. or a war chant. Lance.201 VIEW ON CHIEF We can barely SEE him -. they'd get lost in the fog.in and out of the fog. The SOUND IS TERRIBLE.
R. The P. VIEW .B.R. 205 VIEW ON WILLARD The men are really tense now -. CHIEF Which way? Right or left? WILLARD Who knows? Right. . The Navy craft proceeds cautiously. CHIEF Looks pretty shallow. DISSOLVE TO : 204 MED. WILLARD (V.B.THE P. We then SEE glimpses. almost in tears. Willard takes out the TOP SECRET packet he received at Do Lung.) Two hours after the fog lifted.203 VIEW ON LANCE A glimpse of him. moves toard the right-most channel.O.R. of all the men on the P. We approached a long sand-bank stretching down the middle of the river. Chef takes a long pole and begins sounding depth. fog moving. we moved slowly to a spot we thought was roughly a mile and a half below Kurtz's camp.B. Chief keeps his fingers on an M-16.Lances swivels his gun from bank to bank. MOVING THROUGH the thinning mist.
rattling against the boat.R.B.naked limbs. . (pause) Purgative air strike ! Purgative ! They'd kill me too ! Suddenly Chef lays out flat on the bow.R. break radio silence Com-Sec Command code Strong Arm -indicate purgative air strike -code -. CHIEF Shit ! Fucking arrows ! They're shooting fucking arrows at us. WILLARD (reading) Upon reaching objective. 206 CLOSE ON WILLARD looking toward the banks.B. Target key personnel and commence operation. glaring eyes entangled in the dense jungle gloom. crazily zig-zagging up the river in the midst of the childish assault. And hundreds of pathetic wooden arrows flying out toward them. Should difficulty arise from which extraction is impossible. We MOVE IN ON him.Tears it open. 207 WILLARD'S POV Frags of men -. 208 VIEW ON THE P. Hundreds and hundreds of slender sticks fly onto the P. breasts. arms.Street Gang.
bleeding onto Willard's boots.B. a primitive spear having caught him right through the ribs. WILLARD Keep going. keep going. Willard looks down in horror. Stop it ! Slowly he pulls his boots from under Chief. Then slowly lets the rifle fall out of his hands. 210 VIEW ON CHIEF laying at Willard's feet -. They're just fucking sticks ! Chief.B.the long spear through him. VIEW ON THE P. CHIEF A spear? He dies. WILLARD Stop it. stay at the helm. They are . 209 VIEW ON THE P. He looks up at Willard. and falls to Willard's feet. arrows hitting the deck.he lets the clip of his M-16 go. 211 MED. about to say something.WILLARD Steer her right. But Chief seems out of control -..R. The men open up everything they've got.R. Lance is FIRING the two fifties wildly. The men are still crazily FIRING into the empty jungle long after those who attacked beat their retreat.
Kurtz had grown into something -.O. THE BOAT AT MARINA DEL REY . disappeared. LANCE Chief's dead.) (continuing) Somehow. 212 EXT. WILLARD (V. Two of my men dead.NIGHT The people at Charlie's cocktail party on the boat. Some flashbulbs are going off.. on .. He is stunned -. Some people are dancing to the MUSIC. He starts to wipe the blood off the boot. to hear Kurtz. he was the only light in this hopeless.absolutely soaked in blood. I felt like howling like those animals in the fog.) It was the strangest thing -I don't know that I can explain it.a gifted officer. Willard unlaces the other boot.. Christ. Somehow. OUR VIEW MOVES SLOWLY TOWARD Willard.O. And now I was too late -he was probably gone. That's all I wanted: to see Kurtz. and take them off.. carnival.sits down and begins to unlace the bloody boots. WILLARD (V.or by some spear on the head. in the middle of this . and holds the bloody boot in his hand. and all I could think of was whether Kurtz was dead too. by a grenade rolled into his tent -. a great man. hopeless darkness.
There's a supermarket around the corner. Everything is safe. . cod-pieces -. They don't even make an effort to touch their weapons.dressed in the most ornate and primitive manner: feathers. But there is a purity about them.R. Kurtz was alive and he was waiting for me. THE RIVER .B.all in body and face paint of the most savage nature.B. white and blue.the edge of the party.R. parts of birds and animals. men and boys. DISSOLVE TO : 213 EXT.O. Their manner is lifeless as though in a trance. (pause) Of course I was wrong. looking at the banks of the river.R. The men are practically in a trance now. The men of the crew are not the same men who began this voyage. 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.B.) Here they are in Los Angeles. moving up the river. 215 VIEW ON THE P. 214 WHAT THEY SEE Hundreds and hundreds of Montagnard natives -.P. the police station around the other. DAY The P. WILLARD (V. He was waiting for me. standing passively watching the small Navy craft flying the strange flag of red.
their hands visibly without weapons. 217 VIEW ON WILLARD Mus on his face (to protect it from the sun). The boat moves closer.B. he looks something like atribal chieftan himself. The men on the crew stand in a group. undulating. keeping pace with the P. in almost a ritual of birth. 218 FULL VIEW ON THE RIVER Hundreds of Montagnards who had been lining the river now run. Their uniforms have been torn and patched throughout the difficult journey. some animal teeth. Lance's face has been painted with mud under the eyes to block the glare of the sun. trinkets. He senses that they would be allowed to pass. absolutely silently. They accept the small boat moving toward them with a sort of inevitability. MOVING SLOWLY TOWARD the fantastic human wall of feathers and war paint. 216 VIEW FROM BEHIND THE P. the palms of some jungle vegetation protecting his head. allowing the little boat to penetrate. The Chef has made a hat of birdfeathers. There is no hostility in these .R.The various decorations and paraphenelia that they have picked up along the way seem oddly relevant to the savages that stand before them. standing on canoes across the river. approaches the wall of feathers -. They start to move to their gun positions.which slowly and automatically gives away. WILLARD Just stand here with me where they can see us. The natives standing across the river make no hostile gestures as they approach.B. He wears certain animal skins.R. along the banks. Do nothing. His intuition was right.
a fortified encampment. 220 THEIR POV The temple at NU MUNG BA. THE CREW They look up toward the bank. barbed wire. built around the ruins of a former Cambodian civilization.B. OUR MOTTO: APOCALYPSE NOW ! The POV OF THE GLASSES MOVE once again and come upon an astonished sight. cracked pyramids and rows and rows of Escher-like sandbags arranged in an endless maze around the fortress. feathers. only curiosity and a sort of grief. He looks something like a multi-colored harlequin waving frantically to the P. a black man dressed in a tatter of colored fabrics. Stone walls.THROUGH GLASSES A sign entangled in the barbed wire -. and an Australian bush hat. The POV OF THE GLASSES MOVE OFF of him. .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.R.faces. 222 WILLARD'S POV . 219 VIEW ON WILLARD. 221 VIEW ON WILLARD He picks up his field glasses and looks through.
fresh shell craters indicate a recent battle. This way.half submerged in the water. guiding them safely in.223 VIEW ON WILLARD not believing what he's just seen. Fire literally burns from out of the ground. WILLARD We've been attacked. 224 THE GLASSES POV Once again the young black man is now waving his Australian hat. Willard look at Chef who is at the helm. It's all right. moves towards the water's edge where there is a dock covered with concertina wire.B.R. Willard shouts out to the starnge greeter. AUSTRALIAN (shouting back) I know. The odd Australian stands waving his hat. Chef nods at the bodies. 225 VIEW ON THE P. He shrugs and they do as this man says. I know. it's all right. Near the dock there is a tangled clump of corpses -.B. It's mined over there. A thick greasy smoke hangs from fires that burn near the fort. Come in this way. Other piles of bodies lie about. CHEF Charlie? .R. The P. some of them on fire.
Ex-Corporal Moonby. Task Force. Nobody has any Winstons? Chef automatically offers Moonby a Winston. Got any Winstons? WILLARD Moonby what? AUSTRALIAN Moonby. WILLARD (incredulously. The Australian harlequin hops on board. the crew regards him with their dark faces splattered with mud and blood. Royal Australian Regiment. 4th battalion. deserted. CHEF (looking at the Australian) Who's he? WILLARD God knows.WILLARD Looks that way. The boat pulls up. . indicating the hundreds of natives) What is this? MOONBY Oh. they're simple enough people. It's good to see you. baby. WILLARD (continuing) Who the hell are you? AUSTRALIAN Moonby.
I kept these people off you. But I'd dig goin' to California. He opens his arms wide. WILLARD Why did they attack us? MOONBY Simple. actually. WILLARD Where's Kurtz? I want to talk to him. I tell you. MOONBY Oh. (he puffs. It wasn't easy. They don't want him to go. God. WILLARD You're Australian? MOONBY Pre-Australian.MOONBY This boat's a mess. you don't talk to Colonel Kurtz. that man has enlarged my mind. . then smiles) You listen to him. I'm California dreamin'. these are good. you know. to indicate the breadth of his mind's expansion. WILLARD (almost to himself) So Kurtz is alive. MOONBY Kurtz.
uncut Heroin. why didn't he shoot me? He didn't shoot me. About everything ! Everything. and Acid -. the wealth of the Orient: Marijuana -. too. I hid it in the jungle. no.. the Gold of the Golden Triangle.I make Koolaid that makes purple Owsley come on like piss. Of love. He made me see ..Hashish -.cocaine -.Opium -. Everything. 'I'm going to shoot you just the same. because I had a stash like you wouldn't believe. I forgot there's such a thing as sleep.MOONBY (continuing) But lemme tell you. 'I'm going to shoot you because you are a deserter. not what you think. CHEF Love? MOONBY Oh. I said to myself.' I said I didn't desert from your army. Now I'm Kurtz' own Disciple -. I deserted from my army. He said.' WILLARD Why didn't he shoot you? MOONBY I've asked myself that question.I listen he talks. He wanted to shoot me. he is the most dangerous thing in every way that I've come on so far. The first thing he said is. Cosmic love.
you know. huddled over food. WILLARD Is that where he is? By the shrunken heads. Colonel Kurtz couldn't be crazy -. There are stakes in front.THROUGH THE FIELD GLASSES Men in small groups.and leave your guns up. LANCE What? WILLARD .things -. 227 BACK TO SCENE WILLARD Sounds like he's gone crazy. 226 WILLARD'S POV . yes. Tie her up -.if you heard him talk. The whole time Moonby is chattering on. WILLARD (to his men) We're going ashore. MOONBY Those heads. you'd never think he was crazy.. Willard has picked up his field glasses and scans the fortress. Now he settles on the entrance in the temple. the rebels. just last week. MOONBY No. and on top of them are horrible shrunken heads. Lance. Well.things..
battle smoke. The paint on their bodies is. They carry Army M-16's.Bring your rifles.WILLARD. men appear where a moment before there was only jungle. but far more savage looking than any we've seen before.B. Interspersed among them are a few taller men with paler skins. with the remnants of Army insignia on them. their bodies are painted in strange patterns. save a loincloth. matted with mud and grease. they are armed and equally primitive looking. We CONTINUE TO MOVE ACROSS the entire group up to the stone gates of the fort.R. Moonby nods and shrugs. Women emerge from the brush as well. in the center of the group. strange camouflage patterns. that's all. They are mostly Montagnards. what once appears to have been an American. They encounter. (looking at Moonby) Take us to him. if anything more bizarre. willard and the men follow. His face is darkened from dirt. gaunt. Willard and his men look up at people more primitive and more savage than any since the time of Captain Cook.he's been waiting for -WILLARD And shut up. They wear only loinclothes and bandoliers of ammunition. MOONBY Right on -. Russian AK-47's and a wide variety of knives and clubs. 228 MOVING VIEW . and hops off the P. he is tall. He carries an AK-47 . wears a flak jacket. where thirty or so more are seen silhouetted against the sky. but is otherwise naked. His hair and beard are long. MOONBY AND THE CREW As they proceed closer to the fortress-temple.
He is dumbstrucked at seeing them. who seems shy and retiring. Special Forces. WILLARD What happened here? COLBY What -. They're coming again tonight. commanding. Willard approaches this beast.. Willard is the man in the middle -. officer.assault. as they are to see him. WILLARD I'm not ever goin' to tell you to shut up again. Exec. F-82 -. WILLARD Who are you? MOONBY (breaking in) His name is. Tet -.decorated with scalps and human ears.. Moonby shuts up. MAN Colby..he doesn't know what to say to this man. A-Team.Col.their big -.happened here. He takes his arm.. WILLARD Charlie? COLBY NVA regulars. . but he understands the forces that pounded him. Walter Kurtz. but nothing comes out. The MAN tries to speak.
Major.229 REVERSE ON COLBY looks at Willard. seeing the shrunken heads on poles. and then. MOONBY Oh.the team. to Willard: COLBY I had nothing to do with these operations -. He turns. WILLARD Take me to him. You'll see -the genius of our Colonel. he turns.I did not do the planning -. and he and Colby would be identical. don't you think? A General? It's. 230 REVERSE ON WILLARD Six months later. frightened. no.. Colby starts.he was the genius. Moonby slaps himself in the head with his hand.none of us did. not understanding. Without looking Willard knows that Kurtz is standing behind him. Suddenly. . Colonel Kurtz has such plans for -. He should be made a General. the operation -.the team. agitated. WILLARD I'm taking you back. he stops.. don't say that. Take us back ! But. It was all Colonel Kurtz -. COLBY Take us back.
Willard reporting his presence. as he regards him) Sit down. though obviously very ill. VIEW There is. no chair or anything like a chair. I guess. He is feverish. and then. His midsection is bandaged from what seems to be a serious wound. 234 MED. WILLARD Colonel Kurtz. and simply: KURTZ At ease. though it is ripped and bloodied. with long blonde hair and beautiful features. of course.L. 232 VIEW ON WILLARD This is not what he expected. .S. WILLARD (he salutes) Captain B. 233 VIEW ON KURTZ looking at him a long time. KURTZ I'm Kurtz. as well as his U.. He is quiet. he comes to an attention. automatically. (pause.. and now combined with primitive ornaments designating him a tribal chief. sir. Colonel's insignia. Then he returns the salute. His eyes almost hypnotize. He slowly attempts to pull the remnants of his uniform together.A.Kurtz has stepped out from his headquarters: He is a powerful man.
ritualistically.. the joint is passed from man to man. Then Kurtz does. Colonel? KURTZ (gently) . like we did. Finally. and passes it respectfully to Kurtz -. So simple. sir.throughout the scene.no. WILLARD We were attacked -. Willard sits as well.But behind and around him. KURTZ You came up my river -. We need supplies and medical help. Moonby lights a joint.. cross-legged.down river. KURTZ (slowly) Why did you come to . KURTZ You were not coming here. I always thought the final justice would come from the sky. aren't you? WILLARD What do you mean. my province. to see me? WILLARD (finding it more and more difficult to go on with this lie) No -. Kurtz's men begin to sit on the ground. (pause) You are the final justice.in that small boat.
Paratrooper. KURTZ You've spent tome at the Royal Tracking School of Malaysia. Ranger. KURTZ Then the Agency approached you. 235 CLOSE ON WILLARD He remains silent. There is a clear. Am I right about these things? WILLARD You know you're right. Nobody's orders but your own. There is a long pause. as an act assuring Kurtz that he is not an assasin. incredible intelligence about this man. I understand you. Maybe in a bar in Quinon or Pleiku. Then Willard reaches to his holstered . Exciting work. as the two men regard each other. 236 CLOSE ON KURTZ He smiles. I can tell from the way the laces on your boots are tied.45 -. Simple. Graduate of the Recondo School. A year's pay for one life.withdraws it. Captain. and places it on the dirt before Kurtz. We understand each other. . or a tax collector.What other reason could you have come? A Captain. Perhaps a village elder.
Montagnard families -. .it is like a primitive civilization. KURTZ'S OUTPOST .45 -.FULL VIEW . CHEF Captain -. There's gonna be a big offense any time. a respectful distance behind. Chef approaches. Lance sleeps by the fire. 238 VIEW BY THE TEMPLE WALL Willard is alone by a campfire -. Rises. Moonby scampers off after him. 237 EXT. Kurtz reaches down. a little distance away. KURTZ (continuing) Do you know me ? He throws the .his M-16 leans by a wall next to him. crouches down. takes the .WILLARD Do you know me? KURTZ Yes. and walks back into the cavernous headquarters behind the shrunken heads.they've been probed all this week -. He is exhausted.45 back on the dirt. shoots and kills a man.Cong and NVA regulars. Even Willard is stunned.and without another word or gesture.TWILIGHT Dotted with campfires. CHEF Holy shit.
KURTZ Yeah. WILLARD Sure. I can see that. (thinking) Recoil. Chef looks at him.. He's fuckin nuts -WILLARD Yeah. don't you feel something.WALL . CHEF . CHEF What are we doing here? WILLARD Kurtz. LANCE . just like he said. WILLARD Not a thing. 239 FULL SHOT . I'm supposed to kill him. CHEF When you kill Cong. confused and frightened.WILLARD. starts to wake up. Lance stirs. Willard rises.. CHEF He killed that guy without feeling anything. I feel the recoil of my rifle.WILLARD I know.
WILLARD (continuing) I've done things.triple overlapping fields of fire -. A woman tentatively moves to Willard. men. sit near the gun. WE ARE TRACKING with them as they move past the groups of people.62 mini-gun that was mounted there sticks up above the sandbags. WILLARD This is good -. Several Montagnard children giggle at their feet and play with bayonets. Some Americans. They continue past amount where the shattered wreck of half a helicopter is laying.walls so thick ordinary artillery just cleans the moss off their surfaces.Willard walks along the top of a thick wall -.adorn every sandbagged bunker -.. when I was alone in the jungle -. and then runs off to her bunker. It has been altered and fortified with sandbags and concertina wire. huddled by their fires.sandbagged and dug out every so often for an M-60 or a mortar emplacement. Skulls. The emplacement is built on amound so the gun commands a clear field of fire into the jungle beyond. shrunken and otherwise hang from every hut -. The wreck lays on its side so that a 7.dried scalps hang from barbed wire. barely recognizible because of their beards and savage manner. and seem to bow to Willard as he passes. bowing. . A child is chewing on a big piece of almost raw meat. women and children.. Wild looking savages man these guns.that I never told anyone about.
Lance and the Chef crouch outside.. Willard steps in -. He thinks.evil. Let's do it. WILLARD Yeah. Lance just stands there.Lance and me. CHEF I don't get it -. This Kurtz is ruining the war. his eyes vacant. KURTZ HEADQUARTERS . I know. We're all gonna die here.You said your mission was to kill him. Captain.I don't wanna die here -.. He sort of nods. sucking a joint.Willard approaches the stakes with the shrunken heads.CHEF This is evil -. Captain -.. WILLARD Yeah. an' get our asses outta here. he's an amazing officer. I mean. CHEF You got to kill this sonuvabitch -. I know.Do it quick. this don't look good for America ! WILLARD (lost in his thoughts) .NIGHT VIEW FROM INSIDE -. waiting.Jesus. we don''t understand none of this -. . Chef and Lance with him. 240 INT.
don't bother him. with maps. There are native decorations to ward off evil spirits. Now all those things are no longer important.everything is permitted. moves to Willard. . love it or leave it" to quotes of Nietzsche "Nothing is true -. MOONBY He's asleep -. KURTZ I'm awake. KURTZ (continuing) You.not wanting to leave him alone with Willard. Moonby hesitates -. Get out." Moonby. slumped back in a wicker chair. We SEE what is left of the maps and other military charts -.241 WILLARD'S VIEW An austere stone savern in the temple: Kurtz's headquarters. and graffiti on the stone walls. things ranging fromm "Viet Nam. There is a large wooden planning table next to him. but have now fallen into decayed disuse. KURTZ (continuing. Electric lights hanging in odd contrast to the ancient stone. who had been crouching in a corner. Kurtz sits alone. There are other indications of the modern headquarters this had been. Willard steps in closer. lamps and apile of debris that is practically garbage. suddenly) I said get the fuck out ! (to himself) I'm going to kill the little weirdo myself tomorrow.they had been tacked up on big boards. Kurtz looks to Moonby.
grinning. He knows how to use a hypodermic. And for an idea ! That's rich. I like it. He rests back. the little gookpricks. But I'll call in a major blotto airstrike tonight. We'll have ourselves a helluva airstrike tonight. But they are noble little gook-pricks. like Gods. KURTZ (continuing) Do you? WILLARD Yeah. . KURTZ I love it.. a lightshow. How do you like The Doors': 'C'mon Baby Light My Fire. bad -. We fight with ingenious machines and fire.. like animals..a whole regiment of NVA regulars.(he shows some pain when moving his midsection) He's only stayed alive this long because he's a good orderly and medic. and for nothing. WILLARD You're gonna get hit tonight. KURTZ That's right. noble.' Willard shrugs.. Because they fight with their guts.
. THE HEADQUARTERS . witnessing the proceedings inside. KURTZ (in pain) Oh shit -. Suddenly Kurtz is seized with a terrible pain from his stomach wound. checking the seriousness of the wound.Oh.Chef leans in. CHEF (muttering) Kill him -. VIEW . why don't you kill him 243 INT. He literally falls from his chair onto the dirt floor. morphine.WILLARD You've gone crazy. 242 EXT. Christ. He groans horribly. my gut ! Willard leans over him. KURTZ (continuing) My gut -.MED.on the table.come on. (calmly) But my soul has gone mad. THE HEADQUARTERS . KURTZ (angrily) No. My thinking is clear.KURTZ AND WILLA RD NIGHT Willard examining the wound.NIGHT Lance is crouching by the stone entrance -. clutching at it.
Water. .Willard moves to the table. KURTZ (continuing. WILLARD You can't have water after morphine. KURTZ Still playing by the rules. He takes out a morphine capsule. (almost affectionately) You're a damn good kiler. KURTZ (continuing) No -. opens the medical packet.I don't want to sleep. Give me water. I want to think. Willard quickly prepares another shot. holds up his hand. Kurtz. looking up in pain) You see how stupid it would have been to blow out my brains? I'm dying from the gut anyway. WILLARD (still holding the second morphine) How's the pain? KURTZ How's yours? WILLARD I can handle it. truly frightened. leans over the writhing Kurtz and injects him with the drug.
KURTZ (continuing) Gimme water. Asshole ! Schmuck ! How long does it take you to figure out that nobody knows what they're doing here. . (coldly) Except me. And do you know why? (looks at him) Yes. you know why. ans so far you haven't done it.but nobility. the nobility of a man is judged by how much Truth he can handle. The drug is beginning to take effect. KURTZ You know what you're doing? You are interfering with my plans ! He crawls in pain toward the canteen Willard watches him impassively. WILLARD What Truth? KURTZ The truth that you were sent here to murder me. (he looks) Your mission makes about as much sense as those idiots who sent you on it. WILLARD No water. He rests back..KURTZ Pain is easy to handle -.
Then he throws the canteen to Willard. KURTZ Goddamn -. Think of it. Lance stands up holding his M-16. too.You've gotta dig napalm on Speed. looks into the cavern with Chef. 244 EXT. It's spectacular.you'll love it. It's beautiful -. A whole regiment of those shitty little Cong -War. 245 INT.NIGHT We can SEE into the headquarters: Kurtz offers the canteen to Willard. you'll see. holding the morphine needle in his hand.MED.the fucker's not gonna do it. HEADQUARTERS . VIEW . THE HEADQUARTERS . CHEF Lance -.Lance is stoned out. Trust me.drink it for tonight. Chef is terrified -. water spilling all over.KURTZ (continuing) This water's got Moonby's acid in it -He drinks sloppily from the canteen. . KURTZ (continuing) Drink it -.LANCE AND CHEF . Total war -.war like you've never known it.NIGHT Willard stands there.
the thing we do best -. I could never figure -(he drinks from the canteen) I could never figure how they can teach boys how to bomb villages with napalm -. WILLARD I think think a lie stinks. KURTZ Oh Captain. Then it becomes your jungle.you have to be a cannibal. Willard shoots himself in the arm with the morphine.and not let them write the word 'fuck' on their airplanes. WILLARD Stinks. Willard drinks more of the LSD water. You can't -it's too terrible. KURTZ (angrily) You could never figure it because it doesn't make sense.is lie. WILLARD How did we get here? KURTZ Because of all the things we do. You have to smear yourself with warpaint to look at it -.KURTZ Look into the jungle. (whispered) That's why warpaint was invented. . that is so true.
for years.WILLARD Fuck no. savages with pathetic painted faces were scared shitless that fire would rain down from the sky. CHEF Captain -. we made it happen. like some sort of mindless. 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. programmed killer. millions of years.then there is additional automatic FIRE. WILLARD We'll exterminate the fuckers ! Chef steps into the Headquarters -. He draws his bayonet. God bless Dow ! CHEF Kill him ! Chef rushes at Kurtz with his bayonet -.he is terrified. 246 VIEW ON LANCE He has let loose with his M-16 at Chef. Willard GUNS him -.instinctively. LANCE . KURTZ Think of it -. Chef is being riddled by bullets.kill him. And goddamn.
(FIRING) Hot damn ! Then hes tops -. 249 ANOTHER LOUDSPEAKER Cannibal-painted men in savage decorations wait.Chef falls to the dirt -. LIGHT MY FIRE is blasted out to the enemy. injecting speed. as illuminating flares light up the blackness.. . CLOSE VIEW of enormous loudspeakers protected behind spirals of razor-sharp concertina wire. OF THE TEMPLE AT NU MUNG BA .. loud and overwhelming. 248 MED. as in a psychedelic hallucination. 251 VIEW ON THE SOLDIER SOLDIER Wow. Another behind him is chanting the word NAPALM softly t himself. Bayonets are fixed. strobing.NIGHT The DOORS begin LIGHT MY FIRE . One looks up to the sky. eating grass. then: 247 EXT. poised to attack.there is an instant of silence. 250 EIS VIEW A rocket illuminates the sky. smoking hashish in water pipes. sniffing cocaine. Men are stoned to acid.
garlands of teeth around his neck. outward like some sort of cosmic flower. radiating outward with ice-blue energy.B. salute or kneel before Willard. crew either bow. All the men: Montagnards. with his weapons -. He looks like a magnificent warrior -Genghis. fierce Americans. They hit and grow. into the positions around the gate. 256 CLOSE SHOT .252 MED. mauve and purple. EXPLOSIONS around the fort. The color pulsates around the edge of the image. waiting. red and orange and blue and green. 254 CLOSE SHOT . VIEW ON THE GATE Willard strides out of the darkness. his face painted. 255 CLOSE SHOT . . even the savage men of the P. 257 SHOT ON LOUDSPEAKERS blasting out music.R. We SEE Lance.A FLAME-THROWER (ON TANK) Shoots out a stream of burning napalm that looks like a death ray gun.A MORTAR A hand drops a shell and it FIRES. red and green.ROCKET LAUNCHER It FIRES.MONTAGE Enemy ARTILLERY BLASTING away at the fortress. 253 FULL VIEW .
CLOSE VIEW ON YOUNG SOLDIERS With the MUSIC. Willard looks through the infra-red sniper scope. 261 FULL SHOT ON KURTZ KURTZ Mini-gun. OT HERS (In SLOW MOTION) Shells WHISTLE in and EXPLODE on the walls in the compound. When they FIRE the SOUND is incredibly loud and steady like a high-pitched foghorn. luminescent images of North Vietnamese approaching the outer perimeters.MINI-GUN A SERGEANT in feathered head-piece and wildly painted operates the mini-gun with several native helpers.258 MED. SHOT . Thousands of them. SHELLS BURST around them. right up to the moment he is blown to eternity by an all-engulfing 105mm shell. Everywhere metal and rock and flame fly and it is beautiful to see. Sergeant. KURTZ . The men behind them are setting up rocket launcher (missile) . A solid stream of molten lead seems to pour into the darkness as 7000 rounds a minute rip into the enemy. 262 MED.INFRA-RED POV Strange. 260 WILLARD . The sergeant laughs maniacally as the GUN resumes FIRING.WILLARD . . The pass of the lead reaches out in beautiful patterns as the Sergeant sweeps the area. 259 SHOT ON THE COMMAND BUNKER . Colby. Mini-gun. like those people you see listening to radios in their cars.
NVA CHARGE through wires and claymore glass. His face seems to change from one grotesgue primitive face to another. NVA have reached the walls and throw down scaling ladders and start up. and moving with the MUSIC. as though the whole history mankind is evolving in front of us. Kurtz looks out over the field of slaughter. 264 VIEW ON KURTZ KURTZ Claymores. claymores. 265 FULL SHOT . SHELL BURSTS overhead. Colby pushes a row of plungers: Advancing NVAs illuminated by napalm drums. like a magnificent firework.263 VIEW ON WILLARD Exhilarated. The SCREAMS of maimed and dismembered men almost penetrates the INCREDIBLY LOUD MUSIC and we HEAR Kurtz's men LAUGHING and SCREAMING in delight. WILLARD Napalm. They chant to themselves as they advance. They burn in the pools of luminescent napalm but press relentlessly on. each wilder and more extreme. Kurtz's face is illuminated by each of these. The SOUND DISTORTED of tremendous HOWLING EXPLOSIONS penetrate the track of LIGHT MY FIRE one after another. Suddenly the sky is bright with flares which produce weird psychedelic light. phosphorescent napalm EXPLODES beautiful. Blared out at tremendous vol- .
EVERYBODY The Americans and Montagnards stand up screaming. He pulls himself up -.WILLARD AT THE R. Lance opens up FULL AUTOMATIC .LANCE The VC rush his position. 269 VIEW ON MOONBY sees this and scampers off into the jungle. bayoneting. Willard and Lance move down to the nest wall. FIRING . both sides collide in the utter and most horrible savagery. removes it with a foot and stabs another. biting necks. gouging. he thrusts his bayonet into one attacker. bodies tumbling over. VIEW . Lance is caught in a CROSSFIRE and hit several times. From him he takes his AK47 and BLASTS more as they come. they charge up. 267 MED. muttering madly to himself. SHOT . 270 MED. kicking. SHOT .T.WILLARD standing on the wall BLASTING as bodies fall around him. More fill in. blasting. Spurred by MUSIC.WALL .FIRES a final BURST and then falls under the enemy's feet. 266 FULL SHOT . shouting into the radio . 268 MED.ume over and above the DIN OF BATTLE is LIGHT MY FIRE. splittin throats. M-16's in both hands. Willard trips a claymore that BLASTS most of them to shreads.
He braces the gun at his side and steps out. Viets break over the walls and charge. KURTZ (yelling) Charles ! They stagger and fall. The light patterns are fantastic.COMMAND POST .KURTZ He rounds the shadow wall. 272 VIEW ON WILLARD watching this spectacle.Street Gang ! Purgative air strike.DIFFERENT ANGLE . Kurtz cocks an M-16 and walks off the bunker. They don't see him. Kurtz flicks some switches and the whole north wall EXPLODES in overwhelming FIRE. 271 FULL SHOT .WILLARD Code -. They crouch and rip into them FULL AUTOMATIC.Street Gang -. save one who's merely lost his weapon. his . SHOT . Kurtz sees a group of Viets and rushes up and prepares a machine gun mount. Men fall.KURTZ Kurtz watches as invaders swarm through his domain. They break the charge and continue cutting their way through the NVA masses like torches through metal. SHELLS are EXPLODING everywhere. Women and children rush upon him now. 273 MED. Street Gang ! He turns and runs back through the compound with the receding Montagnards. The gates are uprooted. The stone lions tumble. shattered and bleeding. crushing men below. Kurtz looks at him.
All around us is a spectacle of MUSIC and light and fire and overwhelming color.gun empty. WILLARD . moving around and cutting off the crawling Kurtz KURTZ Go away -.hide yourself. The machine gun jams and Kurtz grabs a rifle. When it's empty and the bayonet is off he wields it as a club. Kurtz beats him to the draw and bloes him into the night. 275 FULL VIEW . He drops it and flips open the flap of his holster. The Viet soldier goes for his pistol.KURTZ taking swings with his rifle.THE FORTRESS The air strike hits with all its force. He has crawled on all fours back into the jungle to die. The wall Kurtz was standing on. He stalks Kurtz into the jungle . They are quickly encircled by onrushing Viets and are being overrun. 276 TRACKING SHOT ON WILLARD following Kurtz's trail in the mud. Balls and rain of fire sweeps down on the temple. everything.LOW ANGLE . Willard sees this and makes his way toward him as the air strike continues. he stands atop one of the ruined walls and FIRES into the masses. His native men see him and rush for the chance to die beside him. 274 MED. SHOT . He moves over to pick up the NVA light machine gun. It is the biggest firework show in history. standing atop the wall and battering the oncoming enemy like Davy Crockett at the Alamo. the enemy. and he falls with it. Holding it at his hip.
FADE OUT. WILLARD I'm gonna get you out of here. KURTZ I had immense plans. 277 EXT. . FADE IN. You can still live. KURTZ I was on threshold of great things.to the jungle to die. Willard crawls out of the jungle. Willard slings Kurtz's bleeding body around his neck.R.B.What are you doing? KURTZ Going back . THE P. . WILLARD I'm taking you back. dragging hom through the jungle.g. The spectacle continues in the b. holding his hand. carrying the dying Kurtz and manages to get him onto the boat.THE RIVER This wreck of a boat is still afloat. 278 EXTREME FULL SHOT The spectacle of total psychedelic war: the fortress of Nu Mung Ba.
Montagnards. They stagger away from the field of slaughter. frightened of him. COLBY Who is he? WILLARD He was the tragedy -. Willard sits by him. Everywhere is smoke and heaps of bodies.g. The battle is not over. Some of the natives move in terror. Colby stumbles over. Their eyes are red and glazed. . As the boat moves. Colby. battered. 281 TIGHTER VIEW Colby is at helm. Vultures by the hundreds circle overhead. come and pay their respects by the riverbanks.the tragedy of this war. Don't frighten them away.MORNING The entire temple is devastation.279 EXT. moving slowly down the river. delirious. and some Montagnards sit near them. those left alive.B. Willard holds Lance up by his hair. Colby takes an automatic weapon and FIRES it into the air.R. their jaws hang slack and they tumble occasionally. There are a few survivors. below is Lance. THE TEMPLE . Kurtz lies feverish. kicks several bodies away and in the f. Willard looks down and sees something. dead. KURTZ Don't. CUT TO: 280 THE P. a Sergeant. Moves over to it.
WILLARD I'm taking you back. my wife.. he cries out twice.. my jungle.Willard looks down at him... my death. past him with fury.. The SOUND of ROTORS in the distance... . There is a slight smile... immense plans... Kurtz looks up to him. (he looks at Willard) . my people. longing in his eyes. RIVER . KURTZ The horror. the horror... KURTZ My river. WILLARD You had immense plans. then an expression of overwhelming intense and hopeless terror. at some vision. They look up. KURTZ Do I not? 282 EXT. my country....MED. WILLARD So you understand this? Kurtz looks up at him.. a cry that is no more than a breath.. KURTZ Yes.. my ideas. VIEW The boat moves as though naturally carried by the river. hopeless despair. We HEAR the distant SOUND of HELICOPTERS approaching.. A whisper at some image.
Colby points. The helicopters are closer now but high up. spiraling in TOWARD US. COLBY There. They're Medevac. WILLARD Yeah. WILLARD (to himself) They're coming to take us back. WILLARD (continuing) Yeah. Two of them breaking off. COLBY (continuing) How did they know? WILLARD They must have seen the fire. .craning their eyes at the sky. COLBY Colonel Kurtz. 283 CLOSE SHOT ON WILLARD He stares up at the sky. COLBY They're coming to rescue us. he's dead. Copters directly overhead. Over the jungle mountains the small formation of MEDEVAC helicopters hooping toward them.
THE COPTER It frantically pours on the power and wheels up to the sky. Colby takes his rifle and joins Willard in FIRING at the retreating American helicopters. WILLARD I never answered questions about Kurtz -.He raises his M-16 and FIRES the entire clip at the approaching rescue helicopter.. WILLARD (V.ON THE BOAT The men in the boat FIRING AT US as we fly further into the air.NIGHT MOVING DOWN back to the pleasure boat at the Marina. 284 FULL SHOT . Don't remember a lot about my rehabilitation.I gave them a few of his unimportant papers -. 285 FULL SHOT .EXTREME HIGH ANGLE . 286 HELICOPTER'S POV . COLBY WILLARD Yeah. the boat getting smaller and smaller.. MARINA DEL RAY . 287 EXT..WILLARD... Willard is very silent.O.but for the .) . but I was sent back to the world before the fall of Saigon.. Pause.
DAY A bright clear day in a scrubbed-clean California neighborhood. There is a sense of purity about her. There were other letters.. 289 EXT.DAY Everything good and secure and desirable about America. a little nervous. though she is not young. She is still beautiful.most part I saved everything. Willard. He enters. The boy looks back. CALIFORNIA NEIGHBORHOOD . young teen-aged boy working on a motor-scooter. proceeds past the lawn to the attractive home. KURTZ'S WIFE Come in.. Some kids are playing in the street. Then the door opens. KURTZ'S HOME . WILLARD Hi. and dressed in mourning even though she doesn't wear black. I watched the fall of Saigon on television in a bar in Alameda. Captain Willard. and KURTZ'S WIFE is standing at the door. 289 INT. I brought them to het. dressed as a civilian. personal ones written earlier to his wife. carrying a packet under his arm. Willard looks at him. blonde. He passes a lanky. She stands in the center of the room. KURTZ'S WIFE Can I get anything for you? . years later.
You must have been. (the packet) If he sent you to his home.. I knew him better than anyone .. It was impossible not to -KURTZ'S WIFE Love him.. Then she sits suddenly. KURTZ'S WIFE You were his friend.There are pictures of Kurtz. KURTZ'S WIFE . I knew him best....... He was the best this country had -he was -WILLARD Yes. and Willard sits by her. but he is there in the various stages of his career. not too many. if he had given you this. WILLARD You knew him best.. That's the hard part for me.. I know. KURTZ'S WIFE (continuing) Did you know him very well? WILLARD You get to know each other pretty well out there.. Yes.. it is true. KURTZ'S WIFE And you admired him? WILLARD He was a remarkable man..
CLOSE SHOT ON WILLARD A little of the madness is still with him. WILLARD Yes I was. He said his last words to me. He knows what she will ask. (she loses herself in a thought) He died as he lived.yes. when.... Pause.. KURTZ'S WIFE Were you with him... he died as he lived. CLOSE SHOT ON KURTZ'S WIFE KURTZ'S WIFE Tell me. WILLARD Both of us.I'll never get over it -.But I'll always remember him... KURTZ'S WIFE What were they? 291 MED.. CLOSE ON WILLARD . 290 MED. 292 MED. KURTZ'S WIFE Men looked up to him. WILLARD His death was -....
We HEAR THE DOORS' "THE END" as we present the END TITLES. FADE OUT. ma'am. DISSOLVE TO: 294 EXT. Charlie is getting ready to leave himself. We MOVE FROM Willard standing alone on the deck of the boat. We MOVE CLOSER to Willard. 293 EXT. Moving back through the departing guests. Willard. half-dead Colby. And HOLDING Kurtz. Kurtz's body. Our VIEW LOOSENS KURTZ'S WIFE Tell me what he said.R. THE END .) The horror ! The horror ! WILLARD He spoke of you.P.DAY the boat floating down the river. THE RIVER . .B.remembering that incredible day moving down the river.O. He sits there looking at her. Willard is one of the few guests left. TIGHT HIGH ANGLE ON THE MARINA DEL REY BOAT The cocktail party is breaking up. KURTZ (V. an exhausted.
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