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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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself (as Francis Coppola)
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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)
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 ...
Himself
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Himself
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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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Documentary

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fragments of Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "Hearts of Darkness" are used as a narrative device. 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: First of all, I call this whole movie the Idiodyssey. None of my tools, none of my tricks, none of my ways of doing things works for this ending. I have tried so many times that I know I can't do it. It might be a big victory to know that I can't do it. I can't write the ending to this movie.
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Connections

Spoofed in Moonbeam City: Lights! Camera! Reenaction! (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

O Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni
(from "La Boheme")
by Giacomo Puccini
Courtesy of James & Aster
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The most insightful (if not, one of the most) documentaries ever made
17 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Francis Ford Coppolla made a undeniable masterpiece with Apocalypse Now and became (for me at least) one of the greatest films ever made and the best war picture ever. To have this documentary sitting about is like having a documentary about success, failure and what life is, craziness. That is the essence caught in this film.

The film follows the events of the making of Apocalypse Now, including some moments of insight I almost couldn't believe (George Lucas might've been the director, Harvey Keitel was the original Willard, Coppolla almost gave up on the project, etc) and behind the camera footage I thought was ludicrous- in a good way. For instance, being a long time fan of Marlon Brando, it was as much cringe like as it was interesting to see deleted, improvised footage of Brando spouting lines and such. But the centerpiece here is Coppolla himself, as we see his descent into almost like what Kurtz went through, and that might be the most extraordinary part of all (considering that he is one of the best American directors of the last quarter century). One of the best pictures of 1991. A+


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