DVD 153 mins IMDB 8.5 (79,897 votes) top 250: #38
Apocalypse Now Redux
Miramax (1979)
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Action, Adventure, Drama, War
USA  /  English

Marlon Brando Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Martin Sheen Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Robert Duvall Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Frederic Forrest Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Albert Hall Chief Phillips
Laurence Fishburne Tyrone 'Clean' Miller (as Larry Fishburne)
Dennis Hopper Photojournalist
Harrison Ford Colonel Lucas
G.D. Spradlin General Corman
Samuel Bottoms Lance
Aurore Clement
Sam Bottoms Lance B. Johnson
Jerry Ziesmer Jerry, Civilian
Scott Glenn Lieutenant Richard M. Colby
Bo Byers MP Sergeant #1
James Keane Kilgore's Gunner
Kerry Rossall Mike from San Diego
Christian Marquand

Director Francis Ford Coppola
Producer Kim Aubry; Francis Ford Coppola
Writer Joseph Conrad; John Milius; Francis Ford Coppola; Michael Herr
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Musician Eleanor Broadwater; Carmine Coppola; Francis Ford Coppola; Robert Duvall; Dale Hawkins; Mick Jagger; Leonard Lee; Stan Lewis; Mike Love; Keith Richards; Brian Wilson
User Credit 1 Lisa Fruchtman; Gerald B. Greenberg; Walter Murch

Francis Coppola had more than his share of production difficulties while shooting his epic-scale Vietnam War drama Apocalypse Now, including disastrous weather conditions, problems with his leading men (Harvey Keitel was fired after less than two weeks on the project and was replaced by Martin Sheen, who suffered a heart attack midway through production), and a schedule and budget that quickly spiraled out of control (originally budgeted at $10 million, the film's final cost was over $30 million). But Coppola's troubles didn't end when he got his footage into the editing room, and he tinkered with a number of different structures and endings before settling on the film's 153-minute final cut in time for its initial theatrical release in 1979. Twenty-two years later, Francis Coppola returned to the material, and created Apocalypse Now Redux, an expanded and re-edited version of the film that adds 53 minutes of footage excised from the film's original release. In addition to adding a number of smaller moments that even out the film's rhythms, Apocalypse Now Redux restores two much-discussed sequences that Coppola chose not to include in his original edition of the film — an encounter in the jungle between Willard (Martin Sheen), his crewmates Chief (Albert Hall), Clean (Larry Fishburne), Chef (Frederic Forrest), and Lance (Sam Bottoms) and a trio of stranded Playboy models on a U.S.O. tour, as well as a stopover at a plantation operated by French colonists De Marais (Christian Marquand) and Roxanne (Aurore Clement). Apocalypse Now Redux received a limited theatrical release in August of 2001 after a well-received screening at the Cannes Film Festival — the same month that the film finally reached theaters in 1979, after a rough cut received a Golden Palm award at the Cannes Festival. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 097360962949
Region Region 1
Chapters 36
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Text 1 Disturbing violent images, language, sexual content and some drug use. (2001 director's cut)
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Trivia: Sam Bottoms was on speed, LSD, and marijuana during the shooting of parts of the movie. (more)

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: When Willard and his crew meet Kilgore and the cavalry for the first time and walk onto the beach, long shadows (caused by the setting sun) of the camera and its crew are visible where the soldiers walk. (more)

[first lines]
Willard: [voiceover] Saigon... shit; I'm still only in Saigon... Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle. When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I'm here a week now... waiting for a mission... getting softer; every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around, the walls moved in a little tighter.

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 32 nominations (more)