20 Perfect Shots From Oscar Winning Movies

19. Apocalypse Now - Willard Rises Up

Apocalypse Now Martin Sheen
United Artists

Francis Ford Coppola's hallucinogenic masterpiece is a smorgasbord of provocative images that bore their way into the viewer's brain, and perhaps the most memorable is that of Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) emerging from the Cambodian swamp moments before he kills Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando).

On its own it's an intriguing image loaded with questions, and like so much of the movie, has a uniquely heightened feel that enhances the overall surreal, visceral quality. Sheen's bug eyes and the incredible lighting make this a masterful composition.

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