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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain -WILLARD You'll see soon enough -. CHEF He has followed her into the tent awe-struck -.she .known to charge.get going. sailor -CHIEF No shit -. WILLARD All right I got a little surprise for you -They all look up. WILLARD Chef -. CHEF I don't believe you -CHIEF What're you trying to say. TENT . 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. SHOT .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.MED.hot damn -124 INT.LYNDA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(hard) This is only for this war. Captain.this is our home. they were. I -.regular forces and otherwise. as I was saying. Viet Cong -. we could have you evacuated from here. Captain -.I guess the Americans do. perhaps. plaque.I would like to know more about the . (pause) Americain -. there is something to say for that. . too. Indochina is ours.. Of course.6. it has been so for a hundred and twenty-one years. Philippe turns around. points to an elaborately scripted wooden plaque with various tallies on it. GASTON Captain? WILLARD You'll get blown outta here some day. South Vietnamese -. GASTON We will never 'evacuate'.. WILLARD Of course. Captain.. North Vietnamese regular forces -. mistakes.28 -. uh.Once we make our repairs. we could send word. GASTON Attacks repulsed.15.54. WILLARD The Vietnamese think it's theirs -.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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