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  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: They were going to make me a major for this, and I wasn't even in their fucking army anymore. Everybody wanted me to do it; him most of all. I felt like he was up there waiting for me to take the pain away. He just wanted to go out like a soldier. Standing up. Not like some poor wasted rag-assed renegade. Even the jungle wanted him dead. That's who he really took his orders from, anyway.


  • Photo Journalist: The heads. You're looking at the heads. Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it.


  • 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.


  • Photo Journalist: There's mines over there, there's mines over there, and watch out those goddamn monkeys bite, I'll tell ya.


  • 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.


  • Chef: So whaddya wanna do? I'll kill the fuck.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: The bullshit piled up so fast in Vietnam, you needed wings to stay above it.


  • 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.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: You can either surf, or you can fight!


  • 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.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: Who's the commanding officer here, soldier?
    Soldier in Trench: Ain't you?


  • 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.


  • 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...


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: The crew were mostly kids; rock & rollers with one foot in their grave.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: What the hell do you know about surfing, Major? You're from goddamned New Jersey!


  • Colonel: You understand, Captain, that this mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist...


  • Agent: Terminate... with extreme prejudice.


  • 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.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: Terminate the Colonel?
    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.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: Are you crazy, Goddammit? Don't you think its a little risky for some R&R?
    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!


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm going 75 klicks above the Do Lung bridge.
    Chief: That's Cambodia, Captain.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: That's classified.


  • 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!


  • Lance: Disneyland? Fuck, man, this is better than Disneyland!


  • Colonel Kurtz: Did they say why, Willard, why they want to terminate my command?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I was sent on a classified mission, sir.
    Colonel Kurtz: It's no longer classified, is it? Did they tell you?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.
    Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all, sir.
    Colonel Kurtz: I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Are you an assassin?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm a soldier.


  • 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!


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: Any man brave enough to fight wit his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day.


  • Roach: He's close, real close. (He fires grenade). Motherfucker.
    Roach: He's close, real close. Motherfucker.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: Do you know who's in command here?
    Roach: Yeah.


  • Chief: You like it hot, don't you Captain?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: You'll never find out about yourself working in some fucking factory in Ohio.


  • Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all, sir.
    Colonel Kurtz: I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Are you an assassin?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm a soldier.
    Colonel Kurtz: You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.


  • Colonel Kurtz: The horror... The horror...


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie Don't Surf!
    Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!


  • Colonel Kurtz: The horror. The horror.


  • Soldier in Trench: Ain't you?!?
    Soldier in Trench: Ain't you?!


  • 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.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: This war's gonna end someday.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: How are you feeling jimmy ?
    Lt. Col. Kilgore: How are you feeling Jimmy?
    Kilgore's Machine-Gunner: Like a mean motherfucker sir !
    Kilgore's Machine-Gunner: Like a mean motherfucker sir!


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: I wanted a mission and for my sins they gave me one.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: Never get out of the boat. Absolutely god damn right.


  • Colonel Kurtz: You are neither. You are an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.


  • Lt. Carlsen: You're in the asshole of the world Captain.


  • Colonel Kurtz: Are you an assassin?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I'm a soldier.
    Colonel Kurtz: You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.


  • Colonel Kurtz: The Horror
    Colonel Kurtz: The horror.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: I was given a mission...and for my sins they gave me one.


  • Colonel Kurtz: this is the end
    Colonel Kurtz: This is the end.


  • 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.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like.....victory
    Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like... victory.


  • Playmate of the Year: Who are you?
    Clean: I'm next, ma'am.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: Every man gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission. And for my sins they gave me one. Brought it up to me like room service.
    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.


  • Chef: Never get out of the boat...
    Chef: Never get out of the boat.


  • Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all sir.


  • Colonel Kurtz: The horror... the horror...
    Colonel Kurtz: [voiceover] The horror... the horror.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: Yes Sir...insane sir...obviously insane.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: Yes sir. Insane sir. Obviously insane.


  • 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] victory. Someday this war's gonna end... [suddenly walks off]
    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]
    Lt. Col. Kilgore: ...victory. Someday this war's gonna end. [suddenly walks off]


  • Chief: Captain... You're giving away our fuel for a Playmate of the Month?
    Chief: Captain. You're giving away our fuel for a Playmate of the Month?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: Nope... Playmate of the Year, Chief.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: Nope. Playmate of the Year, Chief.


  • 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...


  • 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.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: I am beyond their timed, lying morality. Therefore I am beyond caring.
    Lt. Col. Kilgore: I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins they gave me one
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins they gave me one.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.


  • 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!
    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!


  • Colonel Kurtz: The Horror....The Horror....
    Colonel Kurtz: The horror... the horror.


  • Colonel Kurtz: You're an Erin Boy....Sent By Grocery Clerks....To Collect The Bill...
    Colonel Kurtz: You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.


  • Capt. Benjamin Willard: They said you'd gone totally insane and that your methods were...unsound.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: They said you'd gone totally insane and that your methods were, unsound.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: They said you'd gone totally insane and that your methods were... unsound.
    Colonel Kurtz: Do you think my methods are unsound?
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I ..don't see any method...at all.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method, at all.
    Capt. Benjamin Willard: I don't see any method at all.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf
    Lt. Col. Kilgore: Charlie don't surf.


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: i asked for a mission and for my sins they gave me one.


  • Colonel Kurtz: We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig... cow after cow... village after village... army after army...


  • Chief: Why do all you guys sit on your helmets?


  • Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of Napalm in the mourning!
    Lt. Col. Kilgore: I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!


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