289 INT. KURTZ'S HOME - DAY
Everything good and secure and desirable about America.
She stands in the center of the room, a little nervous.
Can I get anything for you?
There are pictures of Kurtz, not too many... but he is
there in the various stages of his career.
Then she sits suddenly, and Willard sits by her.
Did you know him very well?
You get to know each other pretty
well out there.
And you admired him?
He was a remarkable man. It was
impossible not to --
Love him... Yes, it is true.
That's the hard part for me... I
knew him better than anyone ... I
knew him best.
You knew him best.
You were his friend... You must
have been, if he had given you
If he sent you to his home. He
was the best this country had --
he was --
Yes, I know...
I'll never get over it -- But
I'll always remember him...
Both of us...
Men looked up to him...
(she loses herself
in a thought)
He died as he lived...
His death was -- yes, he died as
Were you with him, when...
Yes I was... He said his last
words to me.
290 MED. CLOSE SHOT ON WILLARD
A little of the madness is still with him. He knows what
she will ask.
What were they?
291 MED. CLOSE SHOT ON KURTZ'S WIFE
292 MED. CLOSE ON WILLARD
remembering that incredible day moving down the river.
Our VIEW LOOSENS
Tell me what he said.
The horror ! The horror !
He spoke of you, ma'am.
He sits there looking at her.
293 EXT. TIGHT HIGH ANGLE ON THE MARINA DEL REY BOAT
The cocktail party is breaking up. Willard is one of
the few guests left.
We MOVE FROM Willard standing alone on the deck of the
boat. Moving back through the departing guests. Charlie
is getting ready to leave himself. We MOVE CLOSER to
294 EXT. THE RIVER - P.B.R. - DAY
the boat floating down the river. Kurtz's body; an exhaust-
ed, half-dead Colby. And HOLDING Kurtz, Willard. We HEAR
THE DOORS' "THE END" as we present the END TITLES.
A P O C A L Y P S E N O W
Original screenplay by John Milius.
Inspired by Joseph Conrad's "HEART OF DARKNESS".
This draft by Francis Ford Coppola.
December 3, 1975.
This is an early version of the screenplay. It's quite
different from the final version but very interesting
anyway. It includes f ex The French plantation
scene, which was actually filmed, but later cut
from the movie.