1979   USA Apocalypse Now Redux
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Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Writer:Joseph Conrad, John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr
IMDb Rating:8.5 (458,420 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars, Another 18 wins & 32 nominations
Duration:202 min
Francis Ford Coppola  ...  (Director)
Joseph Conrad, John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr  ...  (Writer)
Marlon Brando  ...  Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Martin Sheen  ...  Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Robert Duvall  ...  Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Frederic Forrest  ...  Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Sam Bottoms  ...  Lance B. Johnson
Laurence Fishburne  ...  Tyrone 'Clean' Miller (as Larry Fishburne)
Albert Hall  ...  Chief Phillips
Harrison Ford  ...  Colonel Lucas
Dennis Hopper  ...  Photojournalist
G.D. Spradlin  ...  General Corman
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
Carmine Coppola  ...  Composer
Francis Ford Coppola  ...  Composer
Vittorio Storaro  ...  Cinematographer
Lisa Fruchtman  ...  Editor
Gerald B. Greenberg  ...  Editor
Walter Murch  ...  Editor
Summary: Digitally remastered with 49 minutes of previously unseen footage, Apocalypse Now Redux is the reference standard of Francis Coppola's 1979 epic. A metaphorical hallucination of the Vietnam War, the film was reconstructed by Coppola and editor Walter Murch to enrich themes and clarify the ending. On that basis Redux is a qualified success, more coherent than the original while inviting the same accusations of directorial excess. The restored "French plantation" sequence adds ghostly resonance to the war's absurdity, and Willard's theft of Colonel Kurtz's beloved surfboard adds welcomed humor to the film's nightmarish upriver journey. An encounter with Playboy Playmates seems superfluous compared to the enhanced interplay between Willard and his ill-fated boat crew, but compensation arrives in the hellish Kurtz compound, where Willard's mission--and the performances of Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando--reach even greater heights of insanity, thus validating Redux as the rightful heir to Coppola's triumphantly rampant ambition. --Jeff Shannon

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