Doors, The. (1965–1973) [Apocalypse Now]
The Doors sign off on 'The End' for the Apocalypse Now soundtrack - SIGNED CONTRACTS
Two agreements between members of The Doors associated with the creation of the Apocalypse Now soundtrack album: the first is signed by John Densmore and Robby Krieger, two pages, 8.5 x 11, July 2, 1979, in part: "Reference is made to that certain agreement between you, Elektra/Asylum Records and the undersigned dated as of 0 January 1978 with regard to use of certain masters in the motion picture 'Apocalypse Now' an the soundtrack album thereof…You agree that the Album shall be a double disc Album and shall contain two (2) 'cuts' (as that term is understood in the record industry) of 'The End'"; the second is signed by Ray Manzarek, two pages, 8.5 x 11, March 11, 1980, and modifies the soundtrack to "a single disc Album" with "one (1) 'cut'…of the Composition." In overall fine condition.
The Doors' 'The End' features prominently in the film's opening scene, as the film opens sans credits, the whirling of Huey helicopters in a hellfire landscape interspersed with the whirring of a ceiling fan in the hotel room of Captain Benjamin L. Willard, played by Martin Sheen. He lies contemplatively, cursed by memories. A handgun, an empty glass of cognac, a smoldering cigarette. Willard rises, peers through the blinds, and exclaims: 'Saigon…shit. I'm still only in Saigon. Every time, I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle.'