Apocalypse Now in which an Army captain is sent to "terminate" a reportedly insane AWOL colonel helped cement an image of psychologically damaged Vietnam veterans. "In this war," the captain is told, "things get confused out there: power, ideals, the old morality and practical military necessity."
Screenwriter John Milius said of director Francis Ford Coppola: "The movie definitely took something out of him. I told him, 'There's a price to pay for you messing with the war.' It's bad medicine. Everyone who worked on that movie is like a Vietnam vet. It was the most profound experience of their lives, and no one was ever the same again."