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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Directed by Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola


Most recently watched by sleestakk, seanCduregger


A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors’ health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola.

Rated R | Length 96 minutes


George Lucas | Sofia Coppola | Francis Ford Coppola | Dennis Hopper | Fred Roos | Dean Tavoularis | Laurence Fishburne | Doug Claybourne | Marlon Brando | Robert Duvall | Vittorio Storaro | John Milius | Martin Sheen | Sam Bottoms | Frederic Forrest | Albert Hall | Eleanor Coppola

Viewing Notes

Been wanting to see this since viewing APOCALYPSE NOW on the big screen last fall. Not sure what triggered me to finally request it from the library but I’m glad to have watched it.

I was aware of most of what’s presented bc a lot of it is now Hollywood legend. What’s neat is to hear the actors talk about it 14 years removed from the production. Hard to believe this was made in 1991 bc Bobby Duvall already looks so old then. Even Marty Sheen looks really old.

Probably the most illuminating aspect of the process was how difficult Marlon Brando was. Now my reaction on seeing the film (with my notes) and criticism of the final sequence really add up. Kinda bananas that Brando was getting a million bucks a week ($4.27 million in today’s money) for 3 weeks and that’s all we got of him in the film.

My favorite thing is seeing Dennis Hopper as basically the same in real life as his character in the movie. Fun watching Coppola work with him and he’s just all hippy dippy whatever man.


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