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

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself (as Francis Coppola)
Eleanor Coppola ...
Herself
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Himself - from 1938 radio broadcast (voice) (archive footage)
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Himself
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Himself
Tom Sternberg ...
Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself (as Fred Forrest)
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Himself (as Larry Fishburne)
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Herself (as Gia)
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Himself (as Roman)
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Herself (as Sofia)
Dean Tavoularis ...
Himself
Fred Roos ...
Himself
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Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of 'Apocalypse Now' and Francis Ford Coppola's struggle with nature, governments, actors, and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Elanor 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)  »

Also Known As:

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

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$1,318,449 (USA)
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Francis Ford Coppola initially had no desire to release the documentary on DVD, due to him disagreeing with the way he is depicted. It was finally released on DVD in 2007, albeit with an optional Coppola commentary track that clears many things up. In 2010, it was even released in the "Full Disclosure" Blu-ray edition of Apocalypse Now (1979). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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The End
written by Jim Morrison
performed by The Doors
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Maybe the best behind-the-scenes documentary ever made.
14 October 1999 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

I agree with the most positive reviews of this film. It's probably THE best documentary about the making of a movie, about the emotions and tensions behind the scenes, about the psychic terror of a director/creator trying desperately to not merely hold on to his artistic dream, but to survive! A must-see for any cinemaphile, and every Coppola enthusiast.


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