Winner of two Academy Awards and nominated for six others, including Best Picture, the film follows a special operations soldier who goes into the jungles of Vietnam to locate and assassinate a maverick colonel. The lead role of U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin Willard was portrayed by Martin Sheen and the colonel, Walter Kurtz, by Marlon Brando.
"[Coppola] asked me if I wanted to play that [role] and I said, 'gee, I don't know. I don't understand this show too much,'" Eastwood recalled.
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