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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 overview, first billed only:
... Himself (as Francis Coppola)
... Herself
... Himself - from 1938 radio broadcast (voice) (archive footage)
... Himself
... Himself
Tom Sternberg ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself (as Fred Forrest)
... Himself (as Larry Fishburne)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... Himself (archive footage) (as Gio)
... Himself (archive footage) (as Roman)
... Herself (archive footage) (as Sofia)
Dean Tavoularis ... Himself
... Himself
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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6 December 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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

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$1,318,449
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando allegedly refused to be interviewed, claiming Francis Ford Coppola still owed him $2 million. 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: There were too many of us, we had access to too much equipment, too much money, and little by little we went insane.
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Soundtracks

The End
By Jim Morrison
Performed by The Doors
The Doors appear courtesy of Electra Asylum Records
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Fantastic...a must-see 'making of'.
18 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a fantastic documentary on the making of 'Apocalypse Now'. Essential viewing for fans of that motion picture, or just film students in general. It's a real shame that (as of July 2003) this still hasn't been released on DVD; the VHS release is long out of print and getting increasingly difficult to find...


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