Robert Duvall's Apocalypse Now Colonel Kilgore costume
Robert Duvall’s Apocalypse Now Colonel Kilgore costume is a costume worn by the actor in the iconic 1979 Francis Ford Coppolla film ‘Apocalypse Now’.
The costume features a tropical combat coat with “Kilgore” and “U.S. Army” patches on the chest, along with subdued ranking insignia patches and a subdued First Cavalry – Ranger patch on the left shoulder. In addition, it includes the original yellow branch scarf with snap closure and the hand-brushed beaver Cavalry hat handcrafted by Baron California Hats with black cord band, gold tipped fobs and a Cavalry cross-sabers metal pin.
The costume was worn by Duvall during some of the film’s most memorable scenes, notably the moment a jungle is destroyed by American forces using napalm and Duvall utters the famous line “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”. The speech was voted the best in cinema history in a poll by Blockbuster UK in 2004.
In June 2011 the costume was placed up for sale as part of the Debbie Reynolds Collection of Hollywood costumes and props by the Beverly Hills auction house Profiles in History with a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 - $8,000. It was sold for a price of $18,450 (including buyers premium).
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