"Napalm in the Morning" Authorship

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun May 23 13:17:23 UTC 2010

[And then there's the famous "napalm" line from "Apocalypse."

"I just wrote it -- it just came up," said Milius, describing the famous
line uttered wistfully by Duvall's surfing Col. Bill Kilgore. "That's what
happens. People love to think that all this stuff happens when you write a
famous line -- that you really thought about it a lot."]

from an interview

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2010 07:29
Subject: "Napalm in the Morning" Authorship

> Can anyone point me to any information, on the web or in books or
> articles, concerning the division of labor between John Milius and Francis
> Ford Coppola in writing the screenplay for "Apocalypse Now"?
> Specifically, is Milius or Coppola given credit for writing the "I love
> the smell of napalm in the morning" speech?
> Fred Shapiro
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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