Video Release: September 25, 2012
Studio: Alliance Films
A masterful film about the moral madness of the Vietnam War, inspired by the novella "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. A soldier is sent into the Cambodian jungle to assassinate a colonel who has become insane and now runs his own fiefdom. The grueling production and Coppola's insistence on authenticity led to vast budget overruns and physical and emotional breakdowns. Considered by many to be the best war movie of all time, incredible performances and beautifully chaotic visuals make it an absolute must-see. Available in letterbox widescreen version with a remixed soundtrack. Also see the 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Sound.
The film premiered on August 15, 1979. APOCALYPSE NOW is number 28 on the American Film Insitute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. A Francis Ford Coppola private joke: The name tags on the army shirts of the two men giving Willard his assassination orders are R. Corman and Colonel G. Lucas, Coppola's two director buddies. Larry Fishburne was only 14 when he played the part of Clean. Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack during the strenuous shoot. Francis Ford Coppola appears in the film as a newsreel director. Harvey Keitel was originally cast as Willard. He was fired after the first week of filming. Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, and Al Pacino were all considered for the role of Kurtz. Orson Welles wanted to make a version of HEART OF DARKNESS in 1939. He got as far as storyboarding the film before abandoning the project for CITIZEN KANE. "Charlie don't surf."--Lt. Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall) "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like...victory."--Kilgore "The horror. The horror."--Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando)