Again, it is a reversal of expectations. Soldiers start to jump off, run for cover, as shells hit the ground. When the film premiered in a limited 70mm format, it had no beginning or end credits, nothing but a one-line Omni Zoetrope copyright notice at the end. After this part of the scene we return to a normal shot, a close up of protagonists face. The Chief watches as Chef goes through the routine of examining the sampan and what it carries. It is swerving and zig-zagging to avoid potential enemy fire. What is Kurtz going to do? Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.
A director, cameraman, and soundman; the director keeps waving them by. Willard is tired and confused and hung over, but he is handling himself well. He looks down at them as they sprawl in the mud. He just thought it up and did it. He views his military career as the dedication of his talents to bringing our values and way of life to those darker, less fortunate areas in the world. The music has stopped now and there is then a cut to a Point of view shot of the ceiling showing only fans. Willard has heard something in the jungle during this explanation.
Then the explosions, scary, silent. He truly believes he will get to that nirvana. Kilgore returns to Lance, who is cowering in a foxhole with Willard. Roast beef, and usually it's not bad. Lance gives a handful of palm leaves to Chef, who is sitting up on top of the canvas roof, trying to patch up the hole that was caused by the fire. One looks up to the sky. Every time, I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle.
Intelligence Headquarters for all operations in South East Asia. Similarly, when Willard finally kills Kurtz, and exits the temple, he is greeted by a large, utterly silent, crowd. He bangs on the window. Each man in his heart feels a need to stay -- his soul cries to stop -- stop their madness -- this spiral into hell. Lance leaps down to his position. Clean sits down next to Chef, who is rolling a joint.
Finally, Willard sits as well. Chef, Lance, and Clean all think it's fantastic. It will be such after I die. Willard climbs forward, and looks down. Carrie breaks the embrace and looks up at Clean. Kilgore looks at the map.
She is lying back on one of the beds, and Lance is trying to pull her boots off. Other soldiers are already setting up heavy weapons emplacements -- 50 cal machine guns etc. A place belongs to those who bring light to it, don't you agree. Chef starts down into the Vietnamese sampan. Somehow, he was the only light in this hopeless, hopeless darkness. It is large, pleasure boat: The people are relaxing in bathing suits and towels and robes.
I don't like automatic weapons. Disappears down the hole of the ship. Carrie's portfolio and pictures are spread around the bed with some of her fan mail. DeMarais looks up and sees her. But I'll tell you, I didn't build a two-billion-dollar company in the last twenty years by doing nothing. Helicopters wheel by carrying out wounded. It's too bad he didn't get no medals or nothing.
He split from the whole fucking program. The drug is beginning to take effect. They're shooting fucking arrows at us. They'd given Charlie a few surprises in their time here. Brando is constantly using his body gestures to create his character. He opens one, thumbing through the material. They turn around and start to go back to their tents.
This Kurtz is ruining the war; I mean, this don't look good for America! The movement of the shots serves the meaning. Even the jungle wanted him dead, and that's who he really took his orders from anyway. The success of this scene depends on four elements. The captain turns and exits, as the sergeant walks up leading Willard, Lance, and Clean. By this time the lieutenant has run back in from the helicopter with the deck of playing cards. One image and one sound tell it all.