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    1. Photo Journalist: The heads. You're looking at the heads. Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Part of me was afraid of what I would find and what I would do when I got there. I knew the risks, or imagined I knew. But the thing I felt the most, much stronger than fear, was the desire to confront him.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Photo Journalist: There's mines over there, there's mines over there, and watch out those goddamn monkeys bite, I'll tell ya.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Photo Journalist: One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions - what are you going to land on - one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That's dialectic physics.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Chef: So whaddya wanna do? I'll kill the fuck.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Chef: This Colonel guy? He's wacko, man! He's worse than crazy. He's evil. It's fuckin' pagan idolatry. Look around you. Shit! He's loco... I ain't afraid of all them fuckin' skulls and altars and shit.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: It's a way we had over here for living with ourselves. We cut 'em in half with a machine gun and give 'em a Band-Aid. It was a lie. And the more I saw them, the more I hated lies.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: The bullshit piled up so fast in Vietnam, you needed wings to stay above it.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: I worry that my son might not understand what I've tried to be. And if I were to be killed, Willard, I would want someone to go to my home and tell my son everything ? everything I did, everything you saw ? because there's nothing that I detest more than the stench of lies. And if you understand me, Willard, you will do this for me.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: You can either surf, or you can fight!
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Chef: I used to think if I died in an evil place, then my soul wouldn't be able to make it to heaven. But now, fuck. I don't care where it goes as long it ain't here.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Who's the commanding officer here, soldier?
    2. Soldier in Trench: Ain't you?
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. General: Well, you see Willard . . . In this war, things get confused out there, power, ideals, the old morality, practical military necessity. But out there with these natives, it must be a temptation to be god. Because there's a conflict in every human heart, between the rational and the irrational, between good and evil. And good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature. Every man has got a breaking point. You and I have one. Walter Kurtz has reached his. And very obviously, he has gone insane.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: The First of the Ninth was a old cavalry division that traded in their horses for helicopters and went tear-assing around 'Nam looking for the shit...
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    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: The crew were mostly kids; rock & rollers with one foot in their grave.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: What the hell do you know about surfing, Major? You're from goddamned New Jersey!
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Colonel: You understand, Captain, that this mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist...
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Agent: Terminate... with extreme prejudice.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Colonel: Your mission is to proceed up the Nung River in a Navy patrol boat. Pick up Colonel Kurtz's path at Nu Mung Ba, follow it and learn what you can along the way. When you find the Colonel, infiltrate his team by whatever means available and terminate the Colonel's command.
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Terminate the Colonel?
    3. General: He's out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct. And he is still in the field commanding troops.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Are you crazy, Goddammit? Don't you think its a little risky for some R&R?
    2. Lt. Col. Kilgore: If I say its safe to surf this beach, Captain, then its safe to surf this beach! I mean, I'm not afraid to surf this place. I'll surf this whole fucking place!
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm going 75 klicks above the Do Lung bridge.
    2. Chief: That's Cambodia, Captain.
    3. Capt. Benjamin Willard: That's classified.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Chief: My orders say I'm not supposed to know where I'm taking this boat, so I don't! But one look at you, and I know it's gonna be hot!
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Lance: Disneyland? Fuck, man, this is better than Disneyland!
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: Did they say why, Willard, why they want to terminate my command?
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I was sent on a classified mission, sir.
    3. Colonel Kurtz: It's no longer classified, is it? Did they tell you?
    4. Capt. Benjamin Willard: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.
    5. Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
    6. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all, sir.
    7. Colonel Kurtz: I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Are you an assassin?
    8. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm a soldier.
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write "fuck" on their airplanes because it's obscene!
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
    – Submitted by Idan B (6 months ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: Any man brave enough to fight wit his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day.
    – Submitted by Josiah B (14 months ago)
    1. Roach: He's close, real close. Motherfucker.
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Do you know who's in command here?
    3. Roach: Yeah.
    – Submitted by Mark B (14 months ago)
    1. Chief: You like it hot, don't you Captain?
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: You'll never find out about yourself working in some fucking factory in Ohio.
    – Submitted by Mark B (14 months ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all, sir.
    3. Colonel Kurtz: I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Are you an assassin?
    4. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm a soldier.
    5. Colonel Kurtz: You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.
    – Submitted by Jim C (22 months ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!
    – Submitted by Alex K (23 months ago)
    1. Soldier in Trench: Ain't you?!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (23 months ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream; that's my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor... and surviving.
    – Submitted by Gonzalo D (23 months ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: This war's gonna end someday.
    – Submitted by John H (24 months ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: How are you feeling Jimmy?
    2. Kilgore's Machine-Gunner: Like a mean motherfucker sir!
    – Submitted by Abhinav K (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!
    – Submitted by Ronni R (2 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I wanted a mission and for my sins they gave me one.
    – Submitted by Sam R (2 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Never get out of the boat. Absolutely god damn right.
    – Submitted by John G (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: You are neither. You are an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.
    – Submitted by John G (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Carlsen: You're in the asshole of the world Captain.
    – Submitted by Pete H (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: Are you an assassin?
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm a soldier.
    3. Colonel Kurtz: You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.
    – Submitted by Pete H (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: The horror.
    – Submitted by Robin S (2 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I was given a mission...and for my sins they gave me one.
    – Submitted by Teddy S (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: This is the end.
    – Submitted by Leon H (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment! Because it's judgment that defeats us.
    – Submitted by Alexandar T (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!
    – Submitted by Benjamin-Ian A (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like... victory.
    – Submitted by Benjamin-Ian A (2 years ago)
    1. Playmate of the Year: Who are you?
    2. Clean: I'm next, ma'am.
    – Submitted by Lukas F (2 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one. Brought it up to me like room service.
    – Submitted by Kevin C (2 years ago)
    1. Chef: Never get out of the boat.
    – Submitted by Steven W (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all sir.
    – Submitted by Joseph W (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: [voiceover] The horror... the horror.
    – Submitted by Evan R (3 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Yes sir. Insane sir. Obviously insane.
    – Submitted by Alex S (3 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... [sniffing, pondering]
    2. Lt. Col. Kilgore: ...victory. Someday this war's gonna end. [suddenly walks off]
    – Submitted by Connor G (3 years ago)
    1. Chief: Captain. You're giving away our fuel for a Playmate of the Month?
    2. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Nope. Playmate of the Year, Chief.
    – Submitted by Jorge S (3 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Saigon... Shit... I'm still only in Saigon... Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle. When I was home after my first tour it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife until I said yes to a divorce. When I was here I wanted to be there. When I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I'm here a week now, waiting for a mission, getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room I get weaker. And every minute Charlie squats in the bush he gets stronger. Each time I look around the walls move in a little tighter...
    – Submitted by Jorge S (3 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: But we must kill them. We must... incinerate them. Pig after pig, cow after cow, village after village, army after army... and they call me an assassin. What do you call it when the assassins accuse the assassin? They lie... They lie, and we have to be merciful for those who lie... Those nabobs, I hate them. I do hate them.
    – Submitted by Jorge S (3 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.
    – Submitted by Daniel W (3 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins they gave me one.
    – Submitted by Owen J (3 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
    – Submitted by Kerby H (3 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won' t allow them to write 'fuck' on their airplanes because it's obscene!
    – Submitted by Sam B (3 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: The horror... the horror.
    – Submitted by Chris D (3 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.
    – Submitted by Chris D (3 years ago)
    1. Capt. Benjamin Willard: They said you'd gone totally insane and that your methods were... unsound.
    2. Colonel Kurtz: Do you think my methods are unsound?
    3. Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all.
    – Submitted by Stu S (3 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf.
    – Submitted by Debbie N (3 years ago)
    1. Colonel Kurtz: We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig... cow after cow... village after village... army after army...
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Chief: Why do all you guys sit on your helmets?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!
    – Submitted by Tyler C (3 years ago)

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