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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 »
User Reviews:
The most insightful (if not, one of the most) documentaries ever made See more (43 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
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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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:
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:
References The Godfather (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Ride of the ValkyriesSee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The most insightful (if not, one of the most) documentaries ever made, 17 February 2001
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

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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