BIG KAHUNAS Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen
THE STORY In Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam morality play, Capt. Benjamin L. Willard (Sheen) skulks through the jungle on a mission to assassinate a rogue Green Beret (Brando).
BEST SCENE Along the way, Willard hitches a ride with Lt. Colonel William ”Bill” Kilgore (Duvall), whose passion for warfare is matched only by his passionate quest for the perfect wave. As his squad lays waste to a Vietcong encampment, he commands two of his charges to surf the swells created by the advancing armada. The audacious sequence (the men, on surfboards, dodging falling shells) puts into relief the insanity of war.
QUOTABLE QUOTE ”What does he know about surfing? He’s from NEW JERSEY.”
WHY WE DIG IT Duvall’s bloodthirsty Kahuna Kilgore puts the ”ire” in ”quagmire.”