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  1. More of the Story
  2. Just Another Manic Monday
  3. Apocalypse Now - Wikipedia
  4. From Reznikoff to Public Enemy

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The novella ends with Kurtz dying on the trip back and the narrator musing about the darkness of the human psyche: "the heart of an immense darkness". In the novella, Marlow is the pilot of a river boat sent to collect ivory from Kurtz's outpost, only gradually becoming infatuated with Kurtz. In fact, when he discovers Kurtz in terrible health, Marlow makes an effort to bring him home safely.

In the film, Willard is an assassin dispatched to kill Kurtz. Nevertheless, the depiction of Kurtz as a god-like leader of a tribe of natives and his malarial fever, Kurtz's written exclamation "Exterminate all the brutes! Exterminate them all! The horror! Coppola argues that many episodes in the film—the spear and arrow attack on the boat, for example—respect the spirit of the novella and in particular its critique of the concepts of civilization and progress.

Other episodes adapted by Coppola, the Playboy Playmates' Sirens exit, the lost souls, "take me home" attempting to reach the boat and Kurtz's tribe of white-faced natives parting the canoes gates of Hell for Willard, with Chef and Lance to enter the camp are likened to Virgil and "The Inferno" Divine Comedy by Dante. While Coppola replaced European colonialism with American interventionism , the message of Conrad's book is still clear.

He would send these ears back to his superiors as proof of the efficacy of his operations deep inside Laos. Rheault , who was the actual head of 5th Special Forces Group May to July , and whose arrest over the murder of suspected double agent Thai Khac Chuyen in Nha Trang generated substantial contemporary news coverage, in the Green Beret Affair , [18] including making public the phrase " terminate with extreme prejudice ", [19] which was used prominently in the movie.

In the film, shortly before Colonel Kurtz dies, he recites part of T. Eliot 's poem " The Hollow Men ". Eliot's original epigraph for "The Waste Land" was this passage from Heart of Darkness , which ends with Kurtz's final words: [20].

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Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? Alfred Prufrock ". He had read the novel when he was a teenager and was reminded about it by one of his college lecturers who had mentioned the several unsuccessful attempts to adapt it into a movie. Blacker challenged his class by saying, "No screenwriter has ever perfected a film adaption of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

It would have been too simple to have followed the book completely.

Apocalypse Now - Wikipedia

Milius based the character of Willard and some of Kurtz's on a friend of his, Fred Rexer. Rexer claimed to have experienced, first-hand, the scene related by Brando's character wherein the arms of villagers are hacked off by the Viet Cong. Kurtz was based on Robert B. Rheault , head of special forces in Vietnam.

At one point, Coppola told Milius, "Write every scene you ever wanted to go into that movie", [23] and he wrote ten drafts, amounting to over a thousand pages. He was influenced by an article written by Michael Herr titled "The Battle for Khe Sanh", which referred to drugs, rock 'n' roll, and people calling airstrikes down on themselves. Milius says the classic line "Charlie don't surf" was inspired by a comment Ariel Sharon made during the Six-Day War , when he went skin diving after capturing enemy territory and announced, "We're eating their fish.

Milius had no desire to direct the film himself and felt that Lucas was the right person for the job. Coppola was drawn to Milius's script, which he described as "a comedy and a terrifying psychological horror story". He envisioned the film as a definitive statement on the nature of modern war, the difference between good and evil, and the impact of American society on the rest of the world. The director said that he wanted to take the audience "through an unprecedented experience of war and have them react as much as those who had gone through the war".

Production coordinator Fred Roos had already made two low-budget films there for Monte Hellman , and had friends and contacts in the country. Steve McQueen was Coppola's first choice to play Willard, but the actor did not accept because he did not want to leave America for seventeen weeks. Al Pacino was also offered the role but he too did not want to be away for that long and was afraid of falling ill in the jungle as he had done in the Dominican Republic during the shooting of The Godfather Part II.

In a The Hollywood Reporter interview, Clint Eastwood revealed that Coppola offered him the role of Willard, but much like McQueen and Pacino, did not want to be away from America for a long time. Eastwood also revealed that McQueen tried to convince him to play Willard while he would play Kurtz because he would only have to work for two weeks. Coppola and Roos had been impressed by Martin Sheen 's screen test for Michael in The Godfather and he became their top choice to play Willard, but the actor had already accepted another project and Harvey Keitel was cast in the role based on his work in Martin Scorsese 's Mean Streets.

Within a few days, Coppola was unhappy with Harvey Keitel's take on Willard, saying that the actor "found it difficult to play him as a passive onlooker". Dennis Hopper was cast as a war correspondent and observer of Kurtz; when Coppola heard Hopper talking nonstop on location, he remembered putting "the cameras and the Montagnard shirt on him, and [shooting] the scene where he greets them on the boat". Caan wanted too much money for what was considered a minor part in the movie, and Harrison Ford was eventually cast instead.

On March 1, , Coppola and his family flew to Manila and rented a large house there for the five-month shoot. Typhoon Olga wrecked the sets at Iba and on May 26, , production was closed down. Dean Tavoularis remembers that it "started raining harder and harder until finally it was literally white outside, and all the trees were bent at forty-five degrees". One part of the crew was stranded in a hotel and the others were in small houses that were immobilized by the storm. The Playboy Playmate set had been destroyed, ruining a month's shooting that had been scheduled.

Most of the cast and crew went back to the United States for six to eight weeks. Tavoularis and his team stayed on to scout new locations and rebuild the Playmate set in a different place. Also, the production had bodyguards watching constantly at night and one day the entire payroll was stolen. Coppola flew back to the U. He read a book about Genghis Khan to get a better handle on the character of Kurtz. The director downplayed Brando's weight by dressing him in black, photographing only his face, and having another, taller actor double for him in an attempt to portray Kurtz as an almost mythical character.

After Christmas , Coppola viewed a rough assembly of the footage but still needed to improvise an ending. He returned to the Philippines in early and resumed filming. By that time, the film was already so over-budget, even he worried funding would be halted if word about his condition were to reach the investors, and claimed he suffered heat stroke instead.

He was back on the set on April 19, and during the interim, his brother Joe Estevez filled in for him and provided voice overs needed for his character. Coppola later admitted that he can no longer tell which scenes are Joe and which are Martin. Rumors began to circulate that Apocalypse Now had several endings but Richard Beggs, who worked on the sound elements, said, "There were never five endings, but just the one, even if there were differently edited versions".

These rumors came from Coppola departing frequently from the original screenplay. Coppola admitted that he had no ending because Brando was too fat to play the scenes as written in the original script [ citation needed ]. A water buffalo was slaughtered with a machete for the climactic scene.

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The scene was inspired by a ritual performed by a local Ifugao tribe which Coppola had witnessed along with his wife who filmed the ritual later shown in the documentary Hearts of Darkness and film crew. Although this was an American production subject to American animal cruelty laws, scenes like this filmed in the Philippines were not policed or monitored and the American Humane Association gave the film an "unacceptable" rating. Japanese composer Isao Tomita was scheduled to provide an original score, with Coppola desiring the film's soundtrack to sound like Tomita's electronic adaptation of The Planets by Gustav Holst.

Tomita went as far as to accompany the film crew in the Philippines, but label contracts ultimately prevented his involvement. Murch realized that the script had been narrated but Coppola abandoned the idea during filming. Author Michael Herr received a call from Zoetrope in January and was asked to work on the film's narration based on his well-received book about Vietnam, Dispatches. Murch had problems trying to make a stereo soundtrack for Apocalypse Now because sound libraries had no stereo recordings of weapons.

The sound material brought back from the Philippines was inadequate, because the small location crew lacked the time and resources to record jungle sounds and ambient noises.

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Murch and his crew fabricated the mood of the jungle on the soundtrack. Apocalypse Now had novel sound techniques for a movie, as Murch insisted on recording the most up-to-date gunfire and employed the Dolby Stereo 70 mm Six Track system for the 70mm release. This used two channels of sound from behind the audience as well as three channels of sound from behind the movie screen.

In May , Coppola postponed the opening until spring of and screened a "work in progress" for people in April that was not well received. Since his film The Conversation won the Palme d'Or , Coppola agreed to screen Apocalypse Now with only a month before the festival. The week prior to Cannes, Coppola arranged three sneak previews of slightly different versions. He allowed critics to attend the screenings and believed that they would honor the embargo placed on reviews.

On 14 May, Rona Barrett reviewed the film on television and called it "a disappointing failure". At the time of its release, discussion and rumors circulated about the supposed various endings for Apocalypse Now. Coppola said the original ending was written in haste, where Kurtz convinced Willard to join forces and together they repelled the air strike on the compound. Coppola said he never fully agreed with the Kurtz and Willard dying in fatalistic explosive intensity, preferring to end the film in a more encouraging manner.

When Coppola originally organized the ending, he considered two significantly different ends to the movie. One involved Willard leading Lance by the hand as everyone in Kurtz's base throws down their weapons, and ends with images of Willard piloting the PBR slowly away from Kurtz's compound, this final scene superimposed over the face of a stone idol, which then fades into black.

The other option showed an air strike being called and the base being blown to bits in a spectacular display, consequently killing everyone left within it. The original 70mm exclusive theatrical release ended with Willard's boat, the stone statue, then fade to black with no credits, save for '"Copyright Omni Zoetrope"' right after the film ends. This mirrors the lack of any opening titles and supposedly stems from Coppola's original intention to "tour" the film as one would a play: the credits would have appeared on printed programs provided before the screening began.

There have been, to date, many variations of the end credit sequence, beginning with the 35mm general release version, where Coppola elected to show the credits superimposed over shots of the jungle exploding into flames. The network television version of the credits ended with " One variation of the end credits can be seen on both YouTube and as a supplement on the current Lionsgate Blu-ray.

Later when Coppola heard that audiences interpreted this as an air strike called by Willard, Coppola pulled the film from its 35 mm run and put credits on a black screen. However, the "air strike" footage continued to circulate in repertory theaters well into the s, and it was included in the s LaserDisc release.

In the DVD commentary, Coppola explains that the images of explosions had not been intended to be part of the story; they were intended to be seen as completely separate from the film. He had added the explosions to the credits as a graphic background to the credits. Coppola explained he had captured the now-iconic footage during demolition of the sets set destruction and removal was required by the Philippine government. Coppola filmed the demolition with multiple cameras fitted with different film stocks and lenses to capture the explosions at different speeds.

He wanted to do something with the dramatic footage and decided to add them to the credits. This is an extended version that restores 49 minutes of scenes cut from the original film. Coppola has continued to circulate the original version as well: the two versions are packaged together in the Complete Dossier DVD, released on August 15, and in the Blu-ray edition released on October 19, The longest section of added footage in the Redux version is a chapter involving the de Marais family's rubber plantation, a holdover from the colonization of French Indochina , featuring Coppola's two sons Gian-Carlo and Roman as children of the family.

Around the dinner table, a young French child recites a poem by Charles Baudelaire entitled L'Albatros. The French family patriarch is not satisfied with the child's recitation. The child is sent away. These scenes were removed from the cut, which premiered at Cannes. In behind-the-scenes footage in Hearts of Darkness , Coppola expresses his anger, on the set, at the technical limitations of the shot scenes, the result of tight allocation of resources.

At the time of the Redux version, it was possible to digitally enhance the footage to accomplish Coppola's vision. In the scenes, the French family patriarchs argue about the positive side of colonialism in Indochina and denounce the betrayal of the military men in the First Indochina War. Other added material includes extra combat footage before Willard meets Kilgore, a humorous scene in which Willard's team steals Kilgore's surfboard which sheds some light on the hunt for the mangoes , a follow-up scene to the dance of the Playboy Playmates, in which Willard's team finds the Playmates awaiting evacuation after their helicopter has run out of fuel trading two barrels of fuel for two hours with the Bunnies , and a scene of Kurtz reading from a Time magazine article about the war, surrounded by Cambodian children.

As the sampan gets closer, Willard realizes there are monkeys on it and no helmsman. Finally, just as the two boats pass, the wind turns the sail and exposes a naked dead civilian tied to the sail boom. His body is mutilated and looks as though the man had been whipped. The singing stops. As they pass on by, Chief notes out loud, "That's comin' from where we're going, Captain.

Coppola said that he made up for cutting this scene by having the PBR pass under an airplane tail in the final cut. A minute First Assembly circulates as a video bootleg, containing extra material not included in either the original theatrical release or the "redux" version. It is also the first time the film has been restored from the original camera negative at 4K; previous transfers were made from an IP. A three-hour version of Apocalypse Now was screened as a "work in progress" at the Cannes Film Festival and met with prolonged applause.

Apocalypse Now performed well at the box office when it opened in August It ran exclusively in these three locations for four weeks before opening in an additional 12 theaters on October 3, and then several hundred the following week.

The film was re-released on August 28, in six cities to capitalize on the success of Platoon , Full Metal Jacket , and other Vietnam War movies. The film was given the same kind of release as the exclusive engagement in , with no logo or credits and audiences were given a printed program. Upon its release, Apocalypse Now received mixed reviews. Coppola himself describes it as "operatic," but Apocalypse Now is neither a tone poem nor an opera.

It's an adventure yarn with delusions of grandeur, a movie that ends—in the all-too-familiar words of the poet Mr. Coppola drags in by the bootstraps—not with a bang, but a whimper. Ebert added Coppola's film to his list of The Great Movies , stating: " Apocalypse Now is the best Vietnam film, one of the greatest of all films, because it pushes beyond the others, into the dark places of the soul. It is not about war so much as about how war reveals truths we would be happy never to discover". Various commentators have debated whether Apocalypse Now is an anti-war or pro-war film.

Some commentators' evidence of the film's anti-war message include the purposeless brutality of the war, the absence of military leadership, and the imagery of machinery destroying nature. According to Frank Tomasulo, "the U.


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Total Film magazine gave the film a five-star review, stating: "This is the original cut rather than the 'Redux' be gone, jarring French plantation interlude! The website's critical consensus states that "Francis Ford Coppola's haunting, hallucinatory Vietnam war epic is cinema at its most audacious and visionary".

Today, the movie is regarded by many as a masterpiece of the New Hollywood era. Kilgore's quote, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning," written by Milius, was number 12 on the AFI's Years In , Sight and Sound magazine polled several critics to name the best film of the last 25 years and Apocalypse Now was named number one. In a poll of UK film fans, Blockbuster listed Kilgore's eulogy to napalm as the best movie speech.

This scene is recalled in one of the last acts of the video game Far Cry 3 as the song is played while the character shoots from a helicopter. The committee was told that the alternative was a run on German banks and the eventual collapse of the European finance system and "You would have woken up on Monday morning in the film Apocalypse Now". In , actor Charlie Sheen , son of Martin Sheen, started playing clips from the film on his live tour and played the film in its entirety during post-show parties.

One of Charlie Sheen's films, the comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux , includes a brief scene in which Charlie is riding a boat up a river in Iraq while on a rescue mission and passes Martin, as Captain Willard, going the other way. As they pass, each man shouts to the other "I loved you in Wall Street! Additionally, the promotional material for Hot Shots! On January 25, , Coppola announced that he was seeking funding through Kickstarter for a horror role-playing video game based on Apocalypse Now.

Baudrillard accuses the Vietnam War, a non-event, of having become "film" and Coppola of having made the Vietnam War an actual event and a victory through the film Apocalypse Now :. Coppola makes his film like the Americans made war — in this sense, it is the best possible testimonial — with the same immoderation, the same excess of means, the same monstrous candor The war as entrenchment, as technological and psychedelic fantasy, the war as a succession of special effects, the war become film even before being filmed In this sense, his film is really the extension of the war through other means, the pinnacle of this failed war, and its apotheosis.

The war became film, the film becomes war, the two are joined by their common hemorrhage into technology The real war is waged by Coppola as it is by Westmoreland : without counting the inspired irony of having forests and Philippine villages napalmed to retrace the hell of South Vietnam Coppola can certainly deck out his helicopter captain in a ridiculous hat of the light cavalry, and make him crush the Vietnamese village to the sound of Wagner's music — those are not critical, distant signs, they are immersed in the machinery, they are part of the special effect, and he himself makes movies in the same way [as Wagner], with the same retro megalomania, and the same non-signifying furor, with the same clownish effect in overdrive.

Apocalypse Now is a global victory. Cinematographic power equal and superior to that of the industrial and military complexes, equal or superior to that of the Pentagon and of governments. The first home video releases of Apocalypse Now were pan-and-scan versions of the original 35 mm Technovision anamorphic 2. The first letterboxed appearance, on Laserdisc on December 29, , cropped the film to a aspect ratio conforming to the Univisium spec created by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro , and included a small degree of pan-and-scan processing at the insistence of Coppola and Storaro.

The end credits, from a videotape source rather than a film print, were still crushed for 1. All DVD releases have maintained this aspect ratio in anamorphic widescreen, but present the film without the end credits, which were treated as a separate feature.

The Blu-ray releases of Apocalypse Now restore the film to a 2. As a DVD extra, the footage of the explosion of the Kurtz compound was featured without text credits but included commentary by Coppola, explaining the various endings based on how the film was screened. A 4-disc 40th anniversary edition will be available on August 27th, It will include a 4K UltraHD disc and 3 standard Blu-ray discs all containing the theatrical, Redux, and final cuts featuring 4K restorations from the original camera negative.

Disc 2 extras include:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Apocalypse Now disambiguation. Theatrical release poster by Bob Peak. John Milius Francis Coppola. Carmine Coppola Francis Coppola. Greenberg Lisa Fruchtman. Omni Zoetrope. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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