Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
R (for disturbing violent images, language, sexual content and some drug use)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Martin Sheen
as Capt. Benjamin Willard
Marlon Brando
as Col. Kurtz
Robert Duvall
as Lt. Col. Kilgore
Frederic Forrest
as Chef Hicks
Albert Hall
as Chief
Sam Bottoms
as Lance
Dennis Hopper
as Photojournalist
G.D. Spradlin
as Corman
Harrison Ford
as Col. Lucas
Aurore Clement
as Roxanne
Scott Glenn
as Capt. Richard Colby
Cynthia Wood
as Playmate of the Year
Bill Graham
as Agent
Cyndi Wood
as Playmate of the Year
Colleen Camp
as Playmate
Linda Carpenter
as Playmate
Michel Pitton
as Philippe DeMarais
Michael Herr
as Narrator
Franck Villard
as Gaston DeMarais
David Olivier
as Christian DeMarais
Yvon LeSeaux
as Sergeant LeFevre
Jerry Ziesmer
as Civilian
Bo Byers
as 1st MP Sergeant
James Keane
as Kilgore's Gunner
Kerry Rossall
as San Diego Mike
Ron McQueen
as Injured Soldier
Tom Mason
as Supply Sergeant
Jack Thibeau
as Soldier in Trench
Glenn Walken
as Lieutenant Carlsen
George Cantero
as Soldier with Suitcase
Damien Leake
as Machine Gunner
Herb Rice
as Roach
William Upton
as Spotter
Larry Carney
as 2nd MP Sergeant
Marc Coppola
as AFRS Announcer
Daniel Kiewit
as Major from New Jersey
Father Elias
as Catholic Priest
Jerry Ross
as Malibu Johnny
Dick White
as Helicopter Pilot
Francis Ford Coppola
as TV Crew Director
Vittorio Storaro
as Member of TV Crew
Eleanor Coppola
as Photographer
Roman Coppola
as Francis DeMarais
Gian-Carlo Coppola
as Gilles DeMarais
Henri Sadardiel
as French Soldier No.1
Gilbert Renkins
as French Soldier No.2
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Critic Reviews for Apocalypse Now Redux

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (22)

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

September 21, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 17, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Redux doesn't redefine Apocalypse Now -- rather, it adds archival material. But it's terrific to see the film back in theaters.

Full Review… | August 17, 2001
Denver Post
Top Critic

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

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
Slate
Top Critic

The new Redux version isn't a better film, but for Coppola fans and film lovers, it's essential viewing.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Apocalypse Now Redux

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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