Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now! (1979) is a classic American film set in Vietnam and Cambodia during the American Vietnam War. Filmed largely in the Philippines with several other locations in the Dominican Republic, Apocalypse Now! is notorious for the setbacks that plagued its production. A film entitled Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse is devoted solely to exposing the difficulty Coppola had editing the film, as well as personal difficulties including Marlon Brando’s struggle to lose weight for the role of Kurtz, and Martin Sheen’s heart attack on set. Despite running four times over schedule, and over budget by 30 million dollars, Apocalypse Now! won the Palm d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Sound, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now! documents the journey of Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) on his quest with four young American soldiers up the fictional Nung River to assassinate the mysterious Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando).
This website is dedicated to providing a dramaturgical overview of the production: an analysis of its themes, an examination of included media, and other related topics.