Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando
Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
, Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
, Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
Francis Ford Coppola

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Overview

One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all." Coppola himself was not certain either, and he tried several different endings between the film's early rough-cut screenings for the press, the Palme d'Or-winning "work-in-progress" shown at Cannes, and the final 35 mm U.S. release (also the ending on the video cassette). The chaotic production also experienced shut-downs when a typhoon destroyed the set and star Sheen suffered a heart attack; the budget ballooned and Coppola covered the overages himself. These production headaches, which Coppola characterized as being like the Vietnam War itself, have been superbly captured in the documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Despite the studio's fears and mixed reviews of the film's ending, Apocalypse Now became a substantial hit and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Duvall's psychotic Kilgore, and Best Screenplay. It won Oscars for sound and for Vittorio Storaro's cinematography. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
UPC: 0031398126201
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 3:22:00
Sales rank: 15,086

Special Features

Audio commentary with Francis Ford Coppola; "A conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola"; "An interview with John Milius" by Francis Ford Coppola; "Fred Roos: casting apocalypse"; Never-before-seen complete Francis Ford Coppola interview with Roger Ebert and the 2001 cannes film festival; Original 1938 mercury theate recording of "heart of darkness," featuring Orson Welles; "Monkey sampan" lost scene; "Destruction of the kurtz compound" end credits with audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola; "The hallow men," video of Marlon Brando readin TS Eliot's poem; "The birth of 5.1 sound"; Additional scenes:; "Ghost helicopter flyover" sound effects demonstration; "A million feet of film: the editing of Apocalypse Now"; "The music of Apocalypse Now"; "The synthesizer soundtrack" article by music synthesizer inventor Bob Moog; "Heard any good movies lately? the sound design of Apocalypse Now"; "The final mix"; "Apocalypse then and now"; "The color palette of Apocalypse Now"; "Pbr streetgang"; Bd touch and metamenu remote enabled for iphone/ipod/ipad interactivity

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Col. Walter E. Kurtz
Robert Duvall Lt. Col. Kilgore
Martin Sheen Capt. Benjamin Willard
Frederic Forrest Chef
Dennis Hopper Photo Journalist
Samuel Bottoms Lance
Albert Hall Chief
Harrison Ford Colonel
G.D. Spradlin General
Bill Graham Agent
Cynthia Wood Playmate of the Year
Francis Ford Coppola Film Director
Bo Byers MP Sergeant No. 1
Colleen Camp Playmate
George Cantero Soldier with Suitcase
George Canters Soldier with Suitcase
Linda Carpenter Playmate
Marc Coppola AFRS Announcer
R. Lee Ermey Heliocopter Pilot
Laurence Fishburne Clean
Scott Glenn Colby
James Keane Kilgore's Machine-Gunner
Damien Leake Kilgore's Machine-Gunner
Tom Mason Supply Sgt. Fourier
Ron McQueen Injured Soldier
Herb Rice Roach
Jerry Ross Johnny from Malibu
Kerry Rossall Mike from San Diego
Vittorio Storaro TV Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Thibeau Soldier in Trench
Glenn Walken Lt. Carlsen
Jerry Ziesmer Civilian

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Brandt Asst. Director
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Leon Chooluck Production Manager
Carmine Coppola Score Composer
Gray Fredrickson Co-producer
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Michael Herr Screenwriter
Charles James Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Malkin Editor
Richard Marks Editor
John Milius Screenwriter
Walter Murch Editor
Bob Nelson Set Decoration/Design
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Barrie M. Osborne Production Manager
Fred Roos Co-producer
Tom Sternberg Co-producer
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director
Joseph Conrad Source Author

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