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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
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Himself - from 1938 radio broadcast (voice) (archive footage)
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Himself
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Tom Sternberg ...
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Himself
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Himself (as Fred Forrest)
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Himself (as Larry Fishburne)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Gio)
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Himself (archive footage) (as Roman)
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Herself (archive footage) (as Sofia)
Dean Tavoularis ...
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Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of Apocalypse Now (1979)' and Francis Ford Coppola's struggle with nature, governments, actors, and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The magic and madness of making "Apocalypse Now"

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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6 December 1991 (UK)  »

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Aux coeurs des ténèbres - l'apocalypse d'un metteur en scène  »

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$1,318,449 (USA)
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Trivia

Marlon Brando allegedly refused to be interviewed because he claimed Francis Ford Coppola still owed him $2 million. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits for musical listings under the Doors song The End, Elektra (Records) is misspelled (as "Electra.") See more »

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Francis Ford Coppola: There were too many of us, we had access to too much equipment, too much money, and little by little we went insane.
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O Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni
(from "La Boheme")
by Giacomo Puccini
Courtesy of James & Aster
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A Fascinating Descant into Madness
13 June 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Hurricanes, Bickering Egos, heart ailments, and even war were all obstacles that Mr. Coppola had to overcome in making one of the most pivotal movies of the 1970's, and possibly the best film about the war, no, the experience in Vietnam, Apocalypse Now. Hearts of Darkness details the emotional distress and utter insanity of Francis Ford Coppola as he worked for three years to put the massive project on screen. Along the way, budgets spiraled, heat insued, and rumors of failure were abound, as Francis Ford Coppola tried to finish the nightmare that was Apocalypse Now. As the story begins, we see that Orsen Welles attempted the Heart of Darkness Story, and did not succeed, and how 30 years later, it turned into Apocalypse Now. The ambition of Francis turns to dread and near suicidal tendencies as the first film of his movie studio, American Zoetrope, is plagues with problems: typhoons wreck most of the sets, Martin Sheen has a Heart Attack, The film goes 15 million overbudget, Marlon Brando is unprepared, and a Phillilpino war against communism causes many shots to be ruined. Interviews and retrospectives give shed light on the hectic shoot that lasted 238 days.


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