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Release Date:
6 December 1991 (UK) See more »
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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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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
Les Mayfield .... producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
George Zaloom .... producer
 
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide 
 
Cinematography by
Larry Carney 
Shana Hagan 
Igor Meglic 
Steven Wacks 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Greer 
Jay Miracle 
 
Production Management
Steven Hewitt .... executive in charge of production
 
Sound Department
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig M. Otte .... sound effects editor
Tim Philben .... sound re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Risner .... sound editor
Richard Hymns .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bahara .... assistant camera
Les Blank .... camera operator
Andrew Parke .... assistant camera
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Brian Risner .... music prelay mixer
 

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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 »
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Francis Ford Coppola:My movie is not about Vietnam... my movie is Vietnam.See more »
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The EndSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
jungle fever, 26 November 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

Francis Ford Coppola was fond of saying 'Apocalypse Now' was "not about the Vietnam War; it was the Vietnam War", and this long overdue chronicle of the film's troubled production certainly proves his point. Using behind-the-scenes 16mm footage shot by Coppola's wife, Eleanor, and borrowing several passages from her published diaries, the documentary traces how what began as a modest wartime action movie (with nods to Joseph Conrad) would emerge, after several years, several tens of millions of dollars, and more than one physical and mental breakdown, as a brilliant, bloated, visionary epic. The production itself was often a living illustration of Murphy's Law: what could go wrong did go wrong, including a civil war, a devastating typhoon, a near-fatal heart attack suffered by actor Martin Sheen, and the appearance on the set of an unprepared, overweight Marlon Brando to play the emaciated Colonel Kurtz. Among the many revealing moments is Martin Sheen's drunken breakdown on camera (included in Coppola's finished film), and snippets of the fascinating, discreet audiotapes showing the director near the end of his wits. Invaluable hindsight is provided by cast and crew, including Coppola himself, who was never quite able to recover professionally from the experience.

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