It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him! Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River.
Martin Sheen....Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Robert Duvall....Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Frederic Forrest....Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Sam Bottoms....Lance B. Johnson
Laurence Fishburne....Tyrone 'Clean' Miller (as Larry Fishburne)
Albert Hall....Chief Phillips
Harrison Ford....Colonel Lucas
G.D. Spradlin....General Corman
Jerry Ziesmer....Jerry, Civilian
Scott Glenn....Lieutenant Richard M. Colby
Bo Byers....MP Sergeant
James Keane....Kilgore's Gunner
Kerry Rossall....Mike from San Diego
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