Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film set during the Vietnam War.The plot revolves around Special Operator Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) who is sent into the jungle to assassinate the rogue and presumably insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) of Special Forces.The film was produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script by Coppola and John Milius. "Apocalypse Now" won Academy Awards for cinematography and sound, and was nominated for six others, including best picture, director and supporting actor (for Duvall).