” Have you considered any real freedoms? Freedoms from the opinions of others. Even the opinions of yourself.”

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, (actor Marlon Brando, Apocalypse Now, 1979, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, movie quotes, 50 Greatest Films – British Film Institute.

The screenplay, written by John Milius, adapts the story of Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness, changing its setting from late nineteenth-century Congo to the Vietnam War.


Joseph Conrad, author Heart of Darkness

“The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.”

(p. 7) Marlow offers this comment as a preface to his main tale.

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“Well, you see… 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.”

Lieutenant General Corman (actor G.D. Spradlin)