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Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 6

The additional footage slows down the movie somewhat (some say the new cut is inferior to the original), but Apocalypse Now Redux is still a great piece of cinema.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 2

The additional footage slows down the movie somewhat (some say the new cut is inferior to the original), but Apocalypse Now Redux is still a great piece of cinema.

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Movie Info

Loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel, "The Heart of Darkness", the film transplants the tale to the Vietnam War. A young American captain is given the assignment to hunt down and kill one of his own, a colonel, who has apparently gone insane. The deranged colonel murders hundreds of innocent people and constructs a strange kingdom for himself deep in the jungle, where he is deified by his followers.

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Nov 20, 2001

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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (6) | DVD (1)

Packs every bit the wallop it did when it was new.

September 21, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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The originally released version wasn't broken, but Coppola can fix it as long as he wants, as far as I'm concerned.

August 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Redux doesn't redefine Apocalypse Now -- rather, it adds archival material. But it's terrific to see the film back in theaters.

August 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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This is the one where [Coppola] honors his vision -- or clears his name, whichever way you look at it.

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
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The restored footage, nearly an hour of it, has at once bloated and diluted the work we've known and half-loved, undercutting its still-astonishing strengths while making its flaws leap out with unprecedented clarity.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Slate | Comment (1)
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The new Redux version isn't a better film, but for Coppola fans and film lovers, it's essential viewing.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[VIDEO ESSAY] "Apocalypse Now" all but ruined Francis Coppola as a director. It remains a staggering achievement of pure provocative cinema.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The episodic nature is less apparent in Redux, the pacing surprisingly smoother as a result.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Redux's virtues far outweigh its flaws. Apocalypse Now in any version remains one of the richest, most extravagant moviegoing experiences

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

The new version shows that Coppola had originally intended something far more political, and while some of the new stuff could've remained lost, it does not diminish the movie's impact.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The best picture of all time.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Comment (1)
Montreal Film Journal

Revisiting this enlarged, much improved version reaffirms its status as Coppola's last masterpiece but also suggests that as a surreal meditation on the madness and folly of Vietnam, it should be considered a horror epic rather than a than just a war film

June 4, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The new version adds a weight and depth lacking in the original cut.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Worth a single viewing for the curious, but definitely not for the purist.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Coppola leaves untouched the one section that cried out for a new edit - the murky finale that puts the "near" in "near masterpiece.

August 7, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

...a more user-friendly, politically correct Apocalypse Now with kinder, gentler characters, blabbermouth political diatribes, comic relief and mind-numbing repetition.

June 21, 2002 | Comments (6)
Philadelphia Weekly

Almost an hour of new footage has been added to the film, making an already long film even longer, but not better.

December 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Sometimes it's just better to leave well enough alone.

November 15, 2001 | Comments (2)
Matt's Movie Reviews

Its sprawling, episodic process evokes the history-as-imagistic mosaic employed by T.S. Eliot, whose work is referenced brazenly and repeatedly throughout the film.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...a longer, slower, more bloated version of [the] incendiary masterpiece which retains much of its power but suffers from some seriously unnecessary revisions.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Brings back bad memories to those who were protesters.

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unlike so many of today's films, which are instantly disposable from first frame to last, Coppola's opus has so many moments of pure cinematic genius that once seen, they stay with us forever.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A magnificent new edition of the Coppola film.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

What has not changed with Apocalypse Now Redux -- and the reason to go see it again -- are the visceral body blows it still delivers.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

This was the greatest Vietnam movie of its time, and it remains so.

September 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Audience Reviews for Apocalypse Now Redux

Redux is the perfect warning sign to discourage any director who is thinking about letting his ego ride roughshod over the editing process. It's true, some great films have been compromised by studio intereference, but more often than not, footage that ends up on the cutting room floor is there for a very good reason. Case in point; Apocalypse Now is one of the greatest films ever made, and yet all Coppola had to do to turn it into a flabby, meandering, episodic road movie was to put back all the bits that were actually too crap to make it into the original cut. There are some scenes of merit, namely the bonding session between Martin Sheen and his crew when they steal Robert Duval's surfboard, and Brando's speech when he is first captured. Unfortunately, Coppola also felt the need to include a rather distasteful sequence that reveals our heroes to be date rapists and a virtually unwatchable load of pseudo-political waffle set to the accordion. That scene alone was enough to make me want to attack any Frenchman on sight. Maybe worth a watch to satisfy the curious, but PLEASE make sure you watch the "proper" version first otherwise you may be put off watching a cinematic masterpiece for life.
December 13, 2010
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How do you turn a 5-star movie into a 3 star one? 20-something years after its initial release, add about an hour of scraps that were left on the cutting room floor for a reason because you haven't done anything worth a damn since said movie came out. Coppola takes a nice, big greasy shit all over his masterpiece Apocalypse Now by adding a bunch of scenes that would be interesting DVD special features into the movie. I've never walked out of a movie in my life, but the one and only time I saw the Redux version of Apocalypse Now I was damn tempted. I almost would've rather seen a musical version. A textbook case for leaving perfection alone...
December 11, 2010
mjgildea

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A fantastic new version that adds some incredible scenes,m. To see my real review go to the page for the original Apocalypse Now version. One of my all-time favorite films.
July 6, 2012
Bradley Wright

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    1. Colonel Kurtz: The horror...the horror...
    – Submitted by Nik M (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Colonel Kilgore: Lance, I will not harm or hurt you. Just give me the board back. It was a good board and I like it. Do you know how hard it is to find a board you like. JUST GIVE ME THE BOARD LANCE!.
    – Submitted by Chris C (2 years ago)
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