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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 »
User Reviews:
Blew Me Away. See more (45 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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Certification:
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:
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:
Factual errors: In the end credits for musical listings under the Doors song The End, Elektra (Records) is misspelled (as "Electra.")See more »
Quotes:
John Milius:...studio executives, you know, are not noted for their social courage.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness (2008) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The EndSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Blew Me Away., 24 April 2004
Author: Rob from United Kingdom

Never in my whole life have I ever watched a documentary that was so detailed down to every last thing and has been so influential and haunting at the same time. What Eleanor Coppola did was make a documentary that showed filmmakers not what to and how to solve the things that go wrong and also not to jump into something without realising it's outcome. What she also did was collect moments on the set and off of the greatest film ever made.

I have always made that known when reviewing a lot of films on IMDB how much this film means to me and when you watch Heart of Darkness without flickering an eyelid you kind of find out why. At the beginning of the documentary you see Francis ford Coppola talking about Apocalypse Now at a press conference and he says the famous line `The film wasn't about Vietnam, it was Vietnam' and after hearing it you are thinking what the hell is this guy on about and then you watch it and you think to yourself `Oh he was probably right bless him' because no one apart from the cast and crew knew what he really meant. Then you watch the documentary and you eat your words because we see how much pressure he was under and Brando and Martin Sheen's heart attack didn't help but he pulls through. It was like he made a pack with the devil for his film to be an absolute nightmare to make but for the final outcome to become a glorified Masterpiece which is what it is.

To see what had happened when filming stopped in the jungle with the tribe and the footage of the cow's and pigs being slaughtered to death was extraordinary and disturbing that this really happens. In the scene where the cow or bull (I don't know) gets hacked into pieces is well known for being real but it was well constructed before Francis said `action' but on the documentary you see a number of men just go up to the animal and do what they have to do. It' really sinks in when looking at that part what kind of film Apocalypse Now is. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Brando but I think it's good that we don't because it just like the film in that respect that even in a documentary he continues to be secluded from the rest and kept in the dark. Francis Ford Coppola was wasted after making Apocalypse now. Never will Hollywood not even Peter Jackson ever see a director like Francis because films like Apocalypse Now will probably never be made again because of the financial side of the business but Coppola was beyond a director, he was a master that had no hold on itself and without his belief and madness we wouldn't be blessed with this outstanding film. It's not a point that I am making it's a fact and it destroys me to think there is nobody challenging the ways he did anymore, but in a way I like it like that.





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