APOCALYPSE NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lance looks over at Willard.Americans.us -. 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 -. how far they're . LANCE And you could just tell when the supplies were booby trapped? WILLARD It's a feeling you get in the jungle. but their morale.Any time -.he does know what he wants. When you get good. you can find a track and tell not only how many they are.that was all true about the rats and chocolate and stuff? WILLARD Sure. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 -.this whole thing disgusts me.we'll talk about it. AGENT What's there 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.my man -.WILLARD Sit down -. WILLARD My men -AGENT What ! WILLARD That's what there is to talk about -. Willard sits down on a metal chair -.what kind of people do you think -WILLARD Esprit de corps -AGENT No -.motions the Agent to do likewise.absolutely not -- .

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

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

Captain -WILLARD You'll see soon enough -. TENT .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.MED. WILLARD Chef -. sailor -CHIEF No shit -. WILLARD All right I got a little surprise for you -They all look up.get going. CHEF He has followed her into the tent awe-struck -. SHOT .hot damn -124 INT. 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.LYNDA.known to charge.she .

LANCE.everything.I gotta get back to Saigon -CHEF Just let me look awhile -. even the calender -LYNDA Well. CATHY .casuallu starts unbuttoning her fatigue jacket and taking off her pants. his arms at his sides. get undressed and let's get it over with -CHEF I can't believe it -.uh kinda draping that jacket over you sort of the way you were in the calender. CHEF (continuing) You wouldn't mind -.I just don't believe -CUT TO: 125 INT.CLOSE SHOT .cut this crap -. he just stands there. would you? LYNDA Come on -.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. TENT .the Playmate of the Year run-off -.the Playmate's review -.I've got the centerfold -. CHEF I've got every one of your pictures -.

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

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

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

sir.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.it and a lot of good men -.ha ! Nobody uses that road except Charlie.I can find a way out.S.) Incoming. 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 -. He points to the men getting ready to work. SOLDIER (O. LIEUTENANT (continuing) This is the cesspool of hell. He turns and splashes off into the darkness. . WILLARD We'll be needing some supplies and fuel -. LIEUTENANT (continuing) Every night we build it and by 0800 they've blown it up -.the generals don't like to admit that Bat Shan is surrounded.But the generals like to say the road is open -. They're gonna start working on the bridge with torches again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain. 188 INT. She notices he is awake and smiles.CLOSE SHOT . .MORNIN G He sleeps soundly alone in the bed . ROXANNE'S ROOM . and at night.seemingly stunned.a case of grenades. 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 -. He starts to get up. WILLARD So that's it. CUT TO.WILLARD . ROXANNE You may think what you wish. She turns to go. a mortar and two M-16's and a case of clips are being transfered to us by your order. but I like you very much. He stops -.we HEAR SOMEONE moving around in the room.best work alone. ROXANNE I will fix you breakfast. He wakes suddenly -.PULL BACK TO REVEAL Roxanne combing her hair and buttoning up her blouse.

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

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

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

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

Strange orange colored water-fowl swim lazily out of their way. -. Here is all that can be had of earth. DISSOLVE TO : 197 FULL SHOT .RIVER .this spiral into hell.g. A hole into the jungle from which a darkness permeats. The smoke clears.R. is pulled back about seventy yards -.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. The water itself is glass smooth and black as if there were no bottom.B. CHIEF -. . Lance -Lance's TWIN FIFTIES split the silence as they POUR into the skulls on the opposite bank -. The hills beyond are purple and lush. The boat drifts on its own toward a hole at the end of the clearing. But no hand moves.as it clears. The boat follows the river into this hole. A gateway to paradise.DAWN The skull looms in the f. they have passed a gateway.P.once under its shadow. .All right.Early morning mist still hangs on the water -.his soul cries to stop -.stop their madness -. Each man in his heart feels a need to stay -. It is strangely quiet. The river widens and the trees at its edge are soft and seductive.R.the P. 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.B. The sun is warm and the breeze gentle and laced with wild gardenians. we SEE another post and skulls on the opposite bank.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LANCE .for years. CHEF Captain -. 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. like some sort of mindless. WILLARD We'll exterminate the fuckers ! Chef steps into the Headquarters -.WILLARD Fuck no. He draws his bayonet. programmed killer. 246 VIEW ON LANCE He has let loose with his M-16 at Chef.instinctively. Willard GUNS him -. savages with pathetic painted faces were scared shitless that fire would rain down from the sky. And goddamn. we made it happen.kill him.he is terrified.then there is additional automatic FIRE. Chef is being riddled by bullets. millions of years. KURTZ Think of it -. God bless Dow ! CHEF Kill him ! Chef rushes at Kurtz with his bayonet -.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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