THE 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME – 13: APOCALYPSE NOW

by Dan Suddes 

Apocalypse Now (1979) Produced and Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola Written by: Coppola, John Milius and Michael Herr Based on the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad  Starring: Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Lawrence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, and Marlon Brando. Oscar Count: 2 (Best Sound, Best Cinematography. Also Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Duvall),Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay)

Apocalypse Now, for all intents and purposes, should have been an outright disaster a la Heaven’s Gate. Indeed, that famous bomb’s shoot tried to emulate Now as much as possible. But Cimino’s flop turned into one of the most incomprehensible films ever made; a film that so recklessly tried to be the definitive statement of a shameful time in America that ended up feeling like a drugged teenager’s graffiti mural painted on the side of the National Museum of The American Indian. Continue reading

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