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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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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola had to be admitted to hospital for dehydration. 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 greatest fear is to make a really shitty, embarrassing, pompous film on an important subject, and I am doing it. And I confront it. I acknowledge, I will tell you right straight from... the most sincere depths of my heart, the film will not be good.
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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

Referenced in La última película (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The End
By Jim Morrison
Performed by The Doors
The Doors appear courtesy of Electra Asylum Records
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fascinating stuff
24 August 2002 | by General_CromwellSee all my reviews

Best documentary about the making of a film ever. This is fascinating stuff. Scary,funny,and always compelling, watching this you wonder how the film ever got finished. All the main actors contribute interviews for the film, (except Brando of course)and all are quite revealing. There's also contributions from George Lucas and John Milius. Some of Milius's anecdotes are highly amusing, and we get to hear excerpts from his original screenplay, a lot of which was never used, unfortunately. Some amazing footage shot by coppolla's wife include, Martin Sheen drunk and dangerous on set, Coppolla trying to get an obviously high Dennis Hopper to remember his lines, and poor Coppolla trying to shoot the ending with an uncooperative Brando selfishly wanting to do everything his way,and get paid millions for the privilege! If you are a fan of Apocalypse Now or even if you have an interest in cinema, this is a must see.


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