Theatrical release: August 15, 1979.
Filmed on location in the Philippines.
In August 2001, a new version of the film, title APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX, was released. The new version includes 49 minutes of never-before-seen footage, a Technicolor enhancement, and a six-channel soundtrack.
APOCALYPSE NOW was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2000.
At the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, Coppola will be screening a new director's cut of the film. He said, "The result is a film that is fifty-three minutes longer, and whose theme emerges more clearly. It is a more disturbing, sometimes funnier and more romantic film whose historical perspective has become more forceful."
The film shoot was only supposed to take six weeks but ended up lasting for 16 months because of numerous complications, including a typhoon that wrecked much of the set.
APOCALYPSE NOW is number 28 on the American Film Insitute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack during the strenuous shoot. Prior to this, Sheen had a drunken emotional breakdown while filming the improvised hotel room scene. When he shatters the mirror with his hand in that scene, both the glass and the blood are real.
Director Francis Ford Coppola had a nervous breakdown during the filming and threatened to commit suicide numerous times.
When the film's budget went sorely over budget, Coppola contributed millions of his own fortune, which he had earned by making THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER II.
Coppola briefly appears in the film as a newsreel director.
Harvey Keitel was originally cast as Willard. He was fired shortly after filming began and was replaced by Martin Sheen.
Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, and Al Pacino were all considered for the role of Kurtz.
A Francis Ford Coppola private joke: The name tags on the army shirts of the two men (G.D. Spradlin and Harrison Ford) giving Willard his assassination orders are R. Corman and Colonel G. Lucas, Coppola's two director buddies.
Marlon Brando was supposed to lose weight for his role as Kurtz but instead arrived on the set distinctly overweight. The actor also hadn't memorized his lines and insisted on improvising most of them.
Larry Fishburne was only 14 years old when he played the part of Mr. Clean.
Sam Bottoms was on various drugs for much of the filming.
Coppola's wife, Eleanor, documented the chaotic filming of APOCALYPSE NOW in the 1991 film HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE.
Orson Welles wanted to make a version of HEART OF DARKNESS in 1939. He got as far as storyboarding the film before abandoning the project for CITIZEN KANE.
Tim Roth and John Malkovich starred in a made-for-televison version of HEART OF DARKNESS directed by Nicolas Roeg in 1994.
Cannes Palme d'Or 1979
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1979 Vittorio Storaro