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Release Date:
6 December 1991 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The magic and madness of making "Apocalypse Now"
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Travel deep inside the mind of Coppola & the craft of filmmaking See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (as Francis Coppola)
Eleanor Coppola ... Herself

Orson Welles ... Himself - from 1938 radio broadcast (archive footage) (voice)

John Milius ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself
Tom Sternberg ... Himself

Sam Bottoms ... Himself

Albert Hall ... Himself

Frederic Forrest ... Himself (as Fred Forrest)

Laurence Fishburne ... Himself (as Larry Fishburne)

Gia Coppola ... Herself (as Gia)

Roman Coppola ... Himself (as Roman)

Sofia Coppola ... Herself (as Sofia)
Dean Tavoularis ... Himself
Fred Roos ... Himself

Martin Sheen ... Himself

Vittorio Storaro ... Himself

Robert Duvall ... Himself
Rona Barrett ... Herself (archive footage)
Tom Snyder ... Himself (archive footage)
Monty Cox ... Himself

Doug Claybourne ... Himself

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Marlon Brando ... Himself

Directed by
Fax Bahr 
George Hickenlooper 
Eleanor Coppola (documentary footage)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fax Bahr 
George Hickenlooper 

Produced by
Doug Claybourne .... executive producer
Michael Doqui .... supervising producer: ZM
Fred Fuchs .... supervising producer: Zoetrope
Les Mayfield .... producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
George Zaloom .... producer
 
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Greer 
Jay Miracle 
 
Production Management
Thomas Dugan .... post-production supervisor (as Thomas C. Dugan)
Steven Hewitt .... executive in charge of production
Leslie Jett .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Peter Bettendorff .... sound mixer: USA (as Peter Bettendorf)
Larry Carney .... sound mixer: Philippines
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer: USA (as Bob Gravenor)
Wm. Grimes .... sound mixer: USA
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Hawk .... sound mixer: USA
Richard Mortillaro .... sound mixer: USA (as Rich Mortillaro)
Craig M. Otte .... sound effects editor
Tim Philben .... sound re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Risner .... sound editor
Burton Weinstein .... supervising sound editor (as Burton M. Weinstein)
Richard Hymns .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bahara .... assistant camera
Les Blank .... camera operator: USA
Larry Carney .... camera operator: Philippines
Eleanor Coppola .... camera operator: Philippines
Shana Hagan .... camera operator: USA
John M. Heller .... camera operator: USA (as John Heller)
Igor Meglic .... camera operator: USA
Bill Neil .... camera operator: Philippines
Kevin O'Brien .... camera operator: USA
Andrew Parke .... assistant camera
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator: Philippines (as Doug Ryan)
Steven Wacks .... camera operator: USA (as Steve Wacks)
 
Editorial Department
Anthony Bank .... post-production assistant
Jackie Cole .... negative cutter
Syd Cole .... negative cutter
Grady Cooper .... post-production assistant
Daniel Gillett .... post-production coordinator
Wm. Grimes .... second assistant editor
Shana Hagan .... assistant editor
T.J. LaManna .... post-production coordinator
Kevin Lillestol .... post-production coordinator
David March .... apprentice editor
John Pace .... post-production coordinator
Walter Rose .... color timer
 
Music Department
Evan Greenspan .... music clearance
Brian Risner .... music prelay mixer
 
Other crew
Kary Antholis .... business affairs
Paul Bernhard .... additional interviews
Denise Gigante .... research
Toby Reisz .... additional interviews
Marie Snyder .... research
 

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Rated R for language
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96 min
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Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:15 | USA:R

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Trivia:
It was briefly considered to replace the voice of Eleanor Coppola with that of a professional actress, but that was rejected.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:If Marty dies, I wanna hear that everything's okay, until I say, "Marty is dead."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The EndSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Travel deep inside the mind of Coppola & the craft of filmmaking, 18 April 2001
Author: JawsOfJosh from Chicago

How lucky can a master filmmaker get when the tide is against you smacking you & your new movie deliberately in the face? Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola certainly knows. This documentary, probably one of the most fascinating & insightful examinations into the craft of filmmaking and the creation of art, chronicles Coppola's three year odyssey filming the surreal Vietnam War epic "Apocalypse Now". Directed & narrated by his wife Eleanor, who accompanied her husband throughout the entire shooting of the film, this is THE most splendid "making-of" documentary I've ever seen. The finished version of "Apocalypse Now" that we've come to know is a strange, mystical journey - which probably evolved out of Coppola's own bizarre experiences while making the film.

Most of these strange occurrences on the set of "Apocalypse Now" served to hinder the completion of the film. The fact that such a brilliant film was even salvaged from the wreckage that was Coppola's life at the time is a miracle, but the film also serves as a testament to the genius of Coppola that was already established with the massive success of the first two "Godfather" films. Plagued by constant typhoons, a mercurial Marlon Brando, an unreliable Phillipine army, a cast of actors whacked out on drugs & alcohol (especially the maniacal Dennis Hopper), endless financial woes, and Coppola's own self-doubt & inner demons ("I don't have the movie yet!"), there is no surprise in the eventual photo shown of an exhausted Coppola standing on the set of his film in a damp raincoat, pointing a revolver at his own head. This may be an experience other directors have experienced (many David Lean films were logistical nightmares), but how many directors can testify to enduring these types of repeated misadventures for three years, and still manage to find the light at the end of the tunnel?

The entire cast is interviewed (years afterward) about the making of the film - except, of course, for Marlon Brando (Larry Fishburne doesn't get much screen time in the documentary, but his character was relatively small anyway). Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, and Frederic Forrest provide the most insight. Sheen & Hopper seem particularly direct at disclosing the grim nature of their excessive drinking at the time. Actors Robert Duvall, Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall, co-screenwriter John Milius, and the Coppolas themselves also reflect back on the construction of the film. The film is loaded with deleted scenes, extended takes, and much behind-the-scenes footage (Coppola angrily berates a stoned Dennis Hopper for forgetting his lines). Eleanor Coppola must really love her husband, because it takes a strong person to document - on film, nonetheless - three years worth of strife & turmoil as you watch your spouse in their craft, fearful they are creating the genesis of their own demise as an artist. A powerful, absorbing documentary on the creation of one of the greatest films ever made.

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