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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

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

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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

Marlon Brando: I swallowed a bug.
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Soundtracks

The Ride of the Valkyries
(from "Die Walkure")
by Richard Wagner
Courtesy of James & Aster
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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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