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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 7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
jungle fever See more (51 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)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... Himself (archive footage) (as Gio)

Roman Coppola ... Himself (archive footage) (as Roman)

Sofia Coppola ... Herself (archive footage) (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 (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert De Niro ... Himself (archive footage)

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. .... re-recording mixer
Steve Hawk .... sound mixer: USA
Richard Mortillaro .... sound mixer: USA (as Rich Mortillaro)
Craig M. Otte .... sound effects editor
Tim Philben .... re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... 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
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Toby Reisz .... additional interviews
Marie Snyder .... research
 
Thanks
Andy Aaron .... special thanks
Lucius Barre .... special thanks
Rona Barrett .... special thanks
Frank Beacham .... special thanks
Lee Beaupre .... in memory of
Richard Beggs .... special thanks
Mary Helen Berg .... special thanks
Sam Bottoms .... special thanks
Thomas Byers .... special thanks
Colleen Camp .... special thanks
Richard Candib .... special thanks
Robert Carringer .... special thanks
John Chapman .... in memory of
Carmine Coppola .... in memory of
Eleanor Coppola .... special thanks
Francis Ford Coppola .... special thanks (as Francis Coppola)
Gian-Carlo Coppola .... in memory of
Marc Coppola .... special thanks
Monty Cox .... special thanks
Loolee DeLeon .... in memory of (as Loolee DeLeon-Honigmn)
Robert Duvall .... special thanks
Phil Ethington .... special thanks
Dennis Fill .... special thanks
Laurence Fishburne .... special thanks (as Larry Fishburne)
Frederic Forrest .... special thanks
Larry J. Franco .... special thanks (as Larry Franco)
Gray Frederickson .... special thanks
Eva Gardos .... special thanks
Dennis Gassner .... special thanks
Bill Graham .... special thanks
Albert Hall .... special thanks
Michael Herr .... special thanks
Dennis Hopper .... special thanks
Dennis Juban .... in memory of
Leland Katz .... special thanks
Raymond Katz .... special thanks (as Ray Katz)
Pat Kelly .... in memory of
Michael Learned .... special thanks
George Lucas .... special thanks
Richard Marks .... special thanks
Frank Marshall .... special thanks
Tom Mason .... special thanks
Mike Medavoy .... special thanks
John Milius .... special thanks
Walter Murch .... special thanks
Barrie M. Osborne .... special thanks (as Barrie Osborne)
U.N. Owen .... special thanks
Fred Rexer .... special thanks
Jerry Ross .... special thanks
David Salven .... in memory of
Bob Scaiffe .... in memory of
Martin Sheen .... special thanks
Mona Skager .... special thanks
Harry Smith .... special thanks
Tom Snyder .... special thanks
Tom Sternberg .... special thanks
Vittorio Storaro .... special thanks
Alex Tavoularis .... special thanks
Dean Tavoularis .... special thanks
Cynthia Wood .... special thanks (as Cyndi Wood)
Jerry Ziesmer .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
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) | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.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:
[last lines]
Francis Ford Coppola:To me, the great hope is that now these little 8mm video recorders and stuff have come out, and some... just people who normally wouldn't make movies are going to be making them. And you know, suddenly, one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart, you know, and make a beautiful film with her little father's camera recorder. And for once, the so-called professionalism about movies will be destroyed, forever. And it will really become an art form. That's my opinion.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
O Mimi, Tu Piu Non TorniSee 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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