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Apocalypse Now Movie Quotes

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Here are the best Apocalypse Now quotes, with movie clips, ranked by fans. This list of great movie quotes from Apocalypse Now collects all of the most famous lines from the film in one place, allowing you to pick the top quotes and move them up the list. The most memorable Apocalypse Now quotes help it rank among the most quotable movies of all time.

Consistently named one of the best movies ever, Apocalypse Now tracks a covert mission to take out a highly decorated US Army officer who has inserted himself as a god among men in a Viet Nam tribe. The all-star movie cast includes Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Lawrence Fishburne, and Harrison Ford. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and best Director for Francis Ford Coppola.

This list includes all the best Apocalypse Now lines and moments, just as they appeared in the actual movie script. Whether they are funny quotes, sad quotes, quotes about love or death, all the most famous Apocalypse Now quotes are here.

  • 1

    The Smell

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    Kilgore: Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that.[kneels]
    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]
    Kilgore: Victory.
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    Dream And Nightmare

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    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.
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    We Must Kill Them

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    Kurtz: We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig... cow after cow... village after village... army after army...
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    He's Been Spoiled by Hawaii

    Video: YouTube
    Kilgore: Charlie don't surf!
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