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The Behind The Scenes Madness Of ‘Apocalypse Now’ Was Even More Hellish Than You Thought

 

While metaphorical battles often occur during the act of creation, the making of Apocalypse Now was about as close to a real war as any movie should ever get. The film examines the horrors and mental damage brought on by the Vietnam War, and was released to critical acclaim in 1979. At the time, few were likely aware that the violence and insanity on the screen eerily mirrored the stories from behind the scenes of Apocalypse Now.

When filming began in the Philippines in 1976, Francis Ford Coppola was hot off the success of The Godfather. Apocalypse Now was his passion project, and he fully intended to maintain complete creative control. However, a myriad of production problems caused the cast and crew to feel like they really were camping behind enemy lines. As the six week shoot turned into 68, the budget exploded, and not even Marlon Brando was above the madness. The set of Apocalypse Now felt so much like surviving a literal war that an entire documentary was made about the experience. From typhoons, to dysentery, to a heap of stolen corpses, the horrors of the Apocalypse Now shoot are realer than anything Hollywood could dream up.

 

 

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