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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

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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.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis Ford Coppola ... Self (as Francis Coppola)
Eleanor Coppola ... Self
Orson Welles ... Self - from 1938 radio broadcast (voice) (archive footage)
John Milius ... Self
George Lucas ... Self
Tom Sternberg Tom Sternberg ... Self
Sam Bottoms ... Self
Albert Hall ... Self
Frederic Forrest ... Self (as Fred Forrest)
Laurence Fishburne ... Self (as Larry Fishburne)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... Self (archive footage) (as Gio)
Roman Coppola ... Self (archive footage) (as Roman)
Sofia Coppola ... Self (archive footage) (as Sofia)
Dean Tavoularis ... Self
Fred Roos ... Self
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Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of Apocalypse Now (1979)' and Francis Ford Coppola's struggle with nature, governments, actors, and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The magic and madness of making "Apocalypse Now"

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Martin Sheen admitted in subsequent interviews that he was in terrible shape before embarking on the film's epic shoot, smoking three packs of cigarettes a day. This, and the stresses of filming, were contributing factors to his heart attack. See more »

Goofs

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: I'm sure I have missed a whole bunch of opportunities and I am going to miss others, but I caught a lot of them too. In the end it's about how many I catch, not how many I lose.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD is missing a mention of Harvey Keitel as Willard and a scene of Coppola singing Anything Goes is watered down as well. See more »

Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The End
By Jim Morrison
Performed by The Doors
The Doors appear courtesy of Electra Asylum Records
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Maybe the best behind-the-scenes documentary ever made.
14 October 1999 | by AnonIISee all my reviews

I agree with the most positive reviews of this film. It's probably THE best documentary about the making of a movie, about the emotions and tensions behind the scenes, about the psychic terror of a director/creator trying desperately to not merely hold on to his artistic dream, but to survive! A must-see for any cinemaphile, and every Coppola enthusiast.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,992, 1 December 1991

Gross USA:

$1,318,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,318,449
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American Zoetrope See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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