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21 November 2001
Apocalypse Now Redux 18 cert camera  

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
: Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Larry Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, G. D. Spradlin, Harrison Ford, Jerry Ziesmer, Scott Glenn, Bo Byers, James Keane, Kerry Rossall, Ron McQueen, Tom Mason, Cynthia Wood, Colleen Camp, Linda Carpenter, Jack Thibeau, Glenn Walken, George Cantero, Damien Leake, Herb Rice, William Upton, Larry Carney, Marc Coppola, Daniel Kiewit, Father Elias, Bill Graham, Hattie James (voice), Jerry Ross, Dick White, Francis Coppola, R. Lee Ermey, Vittorio Storaro.
Length: 147 minutes
23rd November 2001

Apolcalypse Now Redux
Coppola remakes his classic

20 years after releasing "the film that we thought would work for the mainstream audience of its day", Francis Ford Coppola has edited and remixed a new version, from scratch.
Coppola says, "The result is a film that has 49 minutes of never-before-seen footage; is more attentive to theme, and is sexier, funnier, more bizarre, more romantic and is more politically intriguing."

“Apocalypse Now Redux” is a loose retelling of Joseph Conrad’s classic novella “Heart of Darkness”, set against the Vietnam War.

The story tracks the journey of Captain Willard (Sheen), a U.S. Army intelligence officer sent on a hazardous mission up river into Cambodia to terminate “with extreme prejudice” an American renegade colonel named Kurtz (Brando) who has spun out of control and out of his mind.

Martin Sheen as Captian Willard
Martin Sheen on a hazardous mission as Captain Willard

Kurtz’s massive, enigmatic, Buddha-like figure lords over a group of Montagnard tribesmen in a remote jungle compound replete with severed heads and hanging, rotting bodies.

Captain Willard’s journey up river introduces him to Colonel Kilgore (Duvall), who leads his squadron of helicopters into battle to the tune of Wagner’s “Die Walkure” and who commands a Californian surfing champion into the waves even as the enemy continues to shell the beach.

It also puts Willard on a Navy patrol boat with a crew of four men who serve as a microcosm of the American fighting force: the boat’s African American Chief (Albert Hall), a former taxi driver trying to keep his ship afloat and his young, drug-crazed charges in line; Chef, a New Orleans gourmet cook who joined the Navy because he thought they’d have better food than the Army (Frederic Forrest); Clean, a black teenager from the Bronx (played by 14-year-old Laurence Fishburne); and Lance, a California surfer cast adrift by the war (Sam Bottoms).

As the boat makes its way deeper into Cambodia, it also seems to surge deeper and deeper into a realm of illusory truth and total madness . . . and into the darkest shadows of the human heart.

Coppola sought “to create a film experience that would let audiences feel what Vietnam was like: the immediacy, the insanity, the exhilaration, the horror, the sensuousness and the moral dilemma of America’s most surreal and nightmarish war.”

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