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Apocalypse Now

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By Arthur I. Cyr

Accomplished prominent American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has produced a third variation of his Vietnam War film. The appearance of "Apocalypse Now: Final Cut" marks the 40th anniversary of the original release in 1979.

The story focuses on U.S. Army Captain Willard, an intelligence officer who accepts a classified mission to assassinate Colonel Walter Kurtz. The target is a renegade Special Forces officer who is an embarrassment to the U.S. high command because he is fighting the war his way, not by the book, and winning.

Special Forces are the legendary "Green Berets," with their jaunty headgear in an era when the corporate-style U.S. army discouraged distinctive dress. President John Kennedy made special operations a priority, and he created the Navy SEALS. The Green Berets date back to the early 1950s and a Republican Party campaign pledge to create elite units to help "roll back" communism in East Europe.

The Vietnam War did........

© The Korea Times