THE UGLY AMERICAN
1963, Universal, 120 min, USA, Dir: George Englund

John F. Kennedy was sufficiently impressed with the foreign policy insights of The Ugly American that he sent copies of the book to all his Senate colleagues; director George Englund and screenwriter Stewart Stern give the bestseller a potent adaptation. Marlon Brando stars as a U.S. ambassador to the fictional Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan, where the limitations of America’s anti-Communist crusade offer eerie parallels to that of Vietnam.


VIVA ZAPATA!
1952, 20th Century Fox, 113 min, USA, Dir: Elia Kazan

Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando) leads the poor of his country in an uprising against the corrupt, dictatorial president, with a little help from brother Eufemio (Anthony Quinn). Kazan’s spectacularly entertaining historical epic is part Western, part biopic and part social commentary - and a smashing success on every level. Quinn won the Oscar for his supporting role in this John Steinbeck-scripted masterpiece.


APOCALYPSE NOW
1979, American Zoetrope, 153 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Reluctant assassin Martin Sheen leads a motley crew of soldiers upriver to find unhinged and off-the-map colonel Marlon Brando in director Francis Ford Coppola's wildly surreal Vietnam epic. Adapted from Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness, and co-starring - among many others - Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper (in one of his greatest supporting performances).


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