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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. Read critic reviews

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Secret ops assassin Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a mission up a river during the Vietnam War to "terminate with extreme prejudice" the errant Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). In addition to being re-edited with the new footage, the film has been completely restored, converted to digital, and reprinted by dye-transfer, improving color reproduction.

Cast & Crew

Marlon Brando
Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Robert Duvall
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Martin Sheen
Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Albert Hall
Chief Phillips
Sam Bottoms
Lance Johnson
Laurence Fishburne
Tyrone 'Clean' Miller
Dennis Hopper
Freelance Photographer
Harrison Ford
Colonel G. Lucas
Cynthia Wood
Playmate of the Year Carrie Foster
Colleen Camp
Playmate Terri Tereil
Linda Carpenter
Playmate Sandra Beatty
Christian Marquand
Hubert de Marais
Aurore Clément
Roxanne Sarrault
Fred Roos
Co-Producer
Tom Sternberg
Co-Producer
Carmine Coppola
Original Music
Mickey Hart
Original Music
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Richard Marks
Film Editor
Walter Murch
Film Editor
Dean Tavoularis
Production Designer
Angelo P. Graham
Art Direction
George R. Nelson
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Critic Reviews for Apocalypse Now Redux

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (6)

  • Does it strive too hard for greatness? Sure. But it's not likely that you'll see another movie this year with so much heart-stopping, gut-churning greatness in it.

    March 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The episodic nature is less apparent in Redux, the pacing surprisingly smoother as a result.

    June 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Packs every bit the wallop it did when it was new.

    September 21, 2001
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • This is the one where [Coppola] honors his vision -- or clears his name, whichever way you look at it.

    August 10, 2001 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Apocalypse Now Redux

  • Oct 30, 2014
    If most of the extra scenes don't add anything new to the overall experience, neither do they stand in the way - except for an overlong one at a French plantation that is distracting and quite unnecessary. Still, this director's cut is a must-see for all admirers of Coppola's classic.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2012
    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.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 29, 2012
    Like most people, I had a similar reaction to Apocalypse Now: Redux in that I didn't find it all that great as a film. There's a reason all of this extra footage was cut out in the first place: to make a better film. They succeeded in that. People like to take Francis Ford Coppola to task for going all George Lucas on his masterpiece and tinkering with it, but the difference is that Coppola is just as happy with the original film as he is with this alternate version, which is what he calls it. It's a fresh approach to the material that was shot in the late 1970's by mostly the same group of people who made it in the first place. For me, I find it to be a bit fascinating to see the extra footage and how it works in the context of the film that I'm already very familiar with. The trouble is that it doesn't improve what had already been perfected to begin with. Again, I'm not criticizing the effort, just stating my feelings about it. I feel the new footage slows the pace of an already long film down. If you're bogged down in what's happening in the story with a narrative that follows a man up a river to find a Colonel, then you're gonna be bored when he stops off for a half an hour to talk to some French plantation owners. They're good scenes in and of themselves, but I think the film improves without their inclusion. Thankfully both versions are readily available and some people do find Redux to be an improvement story-wise, especially as it relates to Clean's character, but I prefer the much slicker and more tightly-edited narrative of the original film. It's a mix of art and storytelling that winds up being a perfect blend, and even twenty years later it can't be improved upon with never before seen footage.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2011
    Best war movie ever. Martin Sheen is great and Capolla delivers as usual. I don't see how people can complain about him "re-creating" the movie. 49 extra minutes of a kick ass movie never hurt anyone. Great movie number 8 on my list
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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