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  (in credits order)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Dalva ... Himself

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Carroll Ballard ... Himself
Ronald Colby ... Himself (as Ron Colby)

John Calley ... Himself

John Milius ... Himself
Walter Murch ... Himself
Willard Huyck ... Himself

Caleb Deschanel ... Himself
Tony Dingman ... Himself

Robert Duvall ... Himself
John Korty ... Himself
Matthew Robbins ... Himself
Eleanor Coppola ... Herself
Mona Skager ... Herself

Directed by
Gary Leva 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gary Leva 

Produced by
Gary Leva .... producer
Film Editing by
Gary Leva 
Art Department
Eric Floen .... graphics
Jaehi Jung .... graphics
Paolo Ledesma .... graphics
Sound Department
Mike Bidese .... sound
Rick Brush .... sound
Jay Farrington .... sound
Lawrence Freed .... sound
Michael Kimball .... sound
James Lindsey .... sound
Antonio Marques .... sound
Jack Norflus .... sound mixer
Stuart Pickering .... sound (as Stu Pickering)
Kyiakhalid Ruiz .... sound (as Kyia Ruiz)
Phil Ruth .... sound
Chris White .... sound
Marcus Zalewski .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoram Astrakhan .... camera operator
Jeff Daly .... camera operator
Steve Davy .... camera operator
Shaun Donahue .... camera operator
Rob Fortunato .... camera operator
Andrés Garretón .... camera operator
Jeff Halliday .... camera operator
DuWayne Rude .... camera operator (as Duwayne Rude)
Steven Wacks .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Matt Blundell .... assistant editor
Herrianne Cayabyab .... assistant on-line editor
Terence Curren .... colorist
Terence Curren .... on-line editor
Ryan Davis .... on-line editor
Dustin Fine .... assistant editor
Other crew
Matt Azeveda .... photographic retouching
Scott Carter .... photographic retouching
Michelle Jouan .... photographic retouching
Tina Mills .... photographic retouching
Bunny Alsup .... special thanks
Audrey Bamber .... special thanks
Michael Crawford .... special thanks
Rachel Eckerling .... special thanks
Paul Hemstreet .... special thanks
Meg McCarthy .... special thanks
James T. Mockoski .... special thanks (as James Mockoski)
Aggie Murch .... special thanks
Anahid Nazarian .... special thanks
Valarie Schwan .... special thanks
Vivian Sobchack .... special thanks
Chuck Speed .... special thanks
Scott Tambert .... special thanks
Faye Thompson .... special thanks
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... special thanks (as Emma Tillinger)

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64 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc edition DVD for THX 1138 (1971), released in 2004.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Film Documentaries Around, 10 November 2004
Author: ( from The Second City - Chicago, IL

Another documentary from Leva FilmWorks, and one of the best film documentaries I've ever seen. I give it 9.5 out of 10.

Did you know that if it werren't for Francis Ford Coppola, there would probably be no Star Wars? Did you know that Apocalypse Now was originally intended for George Lucas to direct? Did you know that if it werren't for the financial failure of THX:1138, and the insistence of George Lucas, Coppola would not have made The Godfather?

This is not just a documentary about a film. It tells the story of how some of the greatest films of the 70's (and possibly all time) came to be. But it also tells the story of a revolution or re-birth of the film industry. It's not just about George Lucas and Francis Coppola (who are the main focus of this documentary). It's the story of where the people that went on to craft The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Black Stallion, American Graffiti, Conan the Barbarian, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now all came from.

Plus you'll find out where the name American Zoetrope came from.

If you are a fan of films of the 70's (or filmaking in general), I highly recommend this documentary. It's 60 very well spent minutes.

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