27 Facts About Apocalypse Now


Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic psychological war drama film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, and Dennis Hopper.

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Apocalypse Now is today widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

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Apocalypse Now would send these ears back to his superiors as proof of the efficacy of his operations deep inside Laos.

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Apocalypse Now had read the novel as a teenager and was reminded about it when his college English professor, Irwin Blacker of USC, mentioned the several unsuccessful attempts to adapt it into a movie.

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The title Apocalypse Now was inspired by a button badge popular with hippies during the 1960s that said "Nirvana Now".

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Apocalypse Now says the line "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" just came to him.

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Apocalypse Now approached Apocalypse Now as a black comedy, and intended to shoot it after making THX 1138, with principal photography to start in 1971.

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Apocalypse Now asked Lucas, then Milius, to direct it, but both were involved with other projects.

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Apocalypse Now envisioned it as a definitive statement on the nature of modern war, the contrasts between good and evil, and the impact of American culture on the rest of the world.

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Apocalypse Now said 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".

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Apocalypse Now decided to make the film in the Philippines for its access to American military equipment and cheap labor.

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Apocalypse Now revealed that McQueen tried to convince him to play Willard; McQueen wanted to play Kurtz because he would have to work for only two weeks.

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Apocalypse Now read a book about Genghis Khan to get a better handle on the character of Kurtz.

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Apocalypse Now returned to the Philippines in early 1977 and resumed filming.

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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".

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Apocalypse Now convinced United Artists executives to delay the premiere from May to October 1978.

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Apocalypse Now said that the narration already written was "totally useless" and spent a year creating a new narration, with Coppola giving him very definite guidelines.

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Apocalypse Now said, "We had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane", and "My film is not about Vietnam, it is Vietnam".

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Apocalypse Now won the Palme d'Or for best film, along with Volker Schlondorff's The Tin Drum – a decision reportedly greeted with "some boos and jeers from the audience".

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Apocalypse Now filmed the demolition with cameras fitted with different film stocks and lenses to capture the explosions at different speeds.

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Apocalypse Now wanted to do something with the dramatic footage and decided to add them to the credits.

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Commentators have debated whether Apocalypse Now is an anti-war or pro-war film.

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Anthony Swofford recounted how his marine platoon watched Apocalypse Now before being sent to Iraq in 1990 to get excited for war.

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Apocalypse Now has stirring scenes of helicopters attacking innocent people.

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In May 2011, a new restored digital print of Apocalypse Now was released in UK cinemas, distributed by Optimum Releasing.

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Apocalypse Now's body is mutilated and looks as though the man had been flogged and castrated.

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Apocalypse Now was released as a mono audio two-tape set on VHS and Betamax in 1981.

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