APOCALYPSE NOW OUTLINE

Narrative Structure of Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now Transcript
Relation of Film to Text
Apocalypse Now Voice-overs
Kurtz's Dossier & Willard's Commentary
M indicates the events retained from Milius' Script.
(C. 1-19.) indicates DVD Chapter.
(VO) indicates Voice-over.


  1. Vietnam: Willard's Memories. ( see Dispatches, p. 34. ) (C. 1)
  2. Willard in Saigon Hotel. (VO-1)
  3. Willard's Summons. [M] (C. 2) (VO-2 & VO-3)
  4. Willard and the General: The Mission. [M] (VO-4)
  5. Journey Begins: Boys in the Boat & Dossier #1. [M] (C. 3) (VO-5; VO-6; VO-7; VO-8; VO-9)
  6. Willard Meets Colonel Kilgore. [M] (C. 4)
  7. Beach Party. [M] (C. 5) (VO-10; VO-11)
  8. Ride of the Valkyries. [M] (C. 6)
  9. Surfing & Napalm. [M] (C. 7)
  10. The Smell of Victory. [M]
  11. In the Boat: Reflection on Kilgore & Kurtz. (C. 8) (VO-12)
  12. Tiger. Tiger: Never get out of the Boat. [M]
  13. In the Boat: Dossier #2 & 3. (VO-13; VO-14)
  14. Hau Phat: R & R. [M] (C. 9) (VO-15)
  15. In the Boat: Reflection on R & R; Dossier #4 & 5. (C. 10) (VO-16; VO-17; VO-18)
  16. The Sampan. (C. 11)
  17. In the Boat: Reflection on Lies and Kurtz. (C. 12) (VO-19)
  18. Du Long Bridge. [M] (VO-20)
  19. In the Boat: Document #6 and Clean's Death. (C. 13) (VO-21; VO-22)
  20. Arrow Attack and Spear-Death of Chief. (C. 14) (VO-23)
  21. End of the River: Kurtz's Compound. [M] (C. 15)
  22. Confronting Kurtz. (VO-24; VO-25)
  23. In the Cage: Willard's New Mission. (C. 16)
  24. Kurtz: "The Hollow Men;" Morality Monologue; (C. 17) (VO-26)
  25. Willard's New Mission. The Death of Kurtz: "The Horror! The Horror! (C. 18) (VO-27)
  26. Journey Home: The Mission and the memories. (C. 19) (VO-28)