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

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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (as Francis Coppola)
Eleanor Coppola ... Herself
Orson Welles ... Himself - from 1938 radio broadcast (voice) (archive footage)
John Milius ... Himself
George Lucas ... Himself
Tom Sternberg 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 Dean Tavoularis ... Himself
Fred Roos ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aux coeurs des ténèbres - l'apocalypse d'un metteur en scène See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,318,449
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Company Credits

Production Co:

American Zoetrope See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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: My movie is not about Vietnam... my movie is Vietnam.
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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

Features Tomorrow Coast to Coast (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Suzie Q
By Dale Hawkins, Sagan Lewis (as S.J. Lewis), E. Broadwater
Performed by Flash Cadillac (as Flash Cadilac)
Courtesy of Private Stock Records
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A Fascinating Descant into Madness
13 June 2004 | by padi1984See all my reviews

Hurricanes, Bickering Egos, heart ailments, and even war were all obstacles that Mr. Coppola had to overcome in making one of the most pivotal movies of the 1970's, and possibly the best film about the war, no, the experience in Vietnam, Apocalypse Now. Hearts of Darkness details the emotional distress and utter insanity of Francis Ford Coppola as he worked for three years to put the massive project on screen. Along the way, budgets spiraled, heat insued, and rumors of failure were abound, as Francis Ford Coppola tried to finish the nightmare that was Apocalypse Now. As the story begins, we see that Orsen Welles attempted the Heart of Darkness Story, and did not succeed, and how 30 years later, it turned into Apocalypse Now. The ambition of Francis turns to dread and near suicidal tendencies as the first film of his movie studio, American Zoetrope, is plagues with problems: typhoons wreck most of the sets, Martin Sheen has a Heart Attack, The film goes 15 million overbudget, Marlon Brando is unprepared, and a Phillilpino war against communism causes many shots to be ruined. Interviews and retrospectives give shed light on the hectic shoot that lasted 238 days.


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