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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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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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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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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

This film has particular poignancy for Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola as it contains footage of their young son Gian-Carlo Coppola who died in a boating accident in 1986 at the age of 22. 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 »

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Referenced in Hearts of Darkness: A Painter's Apocalypse (2008) See more »

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O Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni
(from "La Boheme")
by Giacomo Puccini
Courtesy of James & Aster
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A personal journey into the heart of darkness.
8 December 2009 | by bobsgrockSee all my reviews

Never before has a documentary so closely been able to capture the spontaneity, the ambition, the determination needed to make a movie. It is a well-known fact that Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola's epic tale of the chaos and confusion surrounding America's involvement in the Vietnam War, was at first glance a financial and monumental disaster. It took almost twice as long to shoot as expected, went way over budget and Coppola had numerous problems with actors and in writing the script. Yet, 30 years later, we look at this film and it is quite simply perfect. How could this be and what is it that drove Coppola to make this movie despite all outside forces against him? These questions are what is at the center of this fascinating documentary shot by Coppola's own wife, Eleanor. Shot without her husband's awareness, we get the full and unedited explanation of why things went so bad. Bad luck, bad weather and just plain bad results led to the debacle Coppola found himself in; driving so close as to contemplate suicide. In-depth interviews with many of the cast and crew reveal even more. But at the heart of this documentary, the film Apocalypse Now, and the career of Francis Ford Coppola, is a desire.

He mentions it several times; he always had the desire and ambition to go as far as he could, to make a great movie and not just make money. He put up all the money he had to make this one, a personal journey and one that very well may be the highlight of his career. Looking at movies today, I realize that this is what makes Coppola such a great filmmaker and auteur. He has that ambition and desire to go way above and beyond what most other directors do. No movie studio would even dare make another Apocalypse Now today because it is too incredible for their own good. One of the very last great filmmakers of all time, watching this documentary is an account of a personal journey of Coppola into the real heart of darkness: fear and anxiety that he would make a forgettable and deplorable movie. Thank God he did not.


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