Apocalypse Now

Widely considered one of the best war movies ever made, Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now follows Martin Sheen's US Army Captain as he journeys up the Nung River from South Vietnam into Cambodia on a mission to assassinate the renegade Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando.

With production in the Philippines fraught with problems including severe weather and ill health, the film went over schedule and over budget, prompting Coppola to explain at the first screening in Cannes ...We had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane. The troubled production was chronicled in the 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.

Prolific poster artist Bob Peak was commissioned to create a series of paintings to promote the film. Two of Peak"s artworks were used for the US poster campaign - a sunset Nung River scene acted as a teaser on this advance poster, while another river scene with the looming portraits of Brando and Sheen graced the final release one sheet. In The Art of Bob Peak, it was revealed that of all his movie work, Peak was the proudest of his work on Apocalypse Now. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning two for Sound and Cinematography

Excellent (A-)
Unfolded, backed on linen. A few minor nicks and creases to edges. Slight darkening to lower white portion. Image and colours excellent

US Advance One Sheet Film Poster
40¾ x 27 in. (103.5 x 68.5 cm.)


  • War