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Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut

Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the Conrad novel has been re-cut to lose some extraneous detail but still has plenty of surrealistic philosphy to offer.


Almost forty years after first being released, APOCALYPSE NOW, Francis Ford Coppola's grand opus looking at humanity through the prism of a war movie is assaulting cinemas again. After the 2001 Redux-version which reinstated scenes and plot threads cut from the film to make it less weird and surreal, 2019 sees the film in a new and supposedly final version. The Final Cut is tonally close to the Redux-version but removes 20 minutes of its added material again.

A more relevant point is that the film has received a new scan, which benefits the image but most of all gives the revolutionary-at-the-time surround sound the benefit ot modern developments in this field. From the ambient atmosphere of the jungle to the explosion of the napalm bombs, as well as the underappreciated advantgarde synth score finally receive the clarity, bass and dynamics they deserve.

The surreal voyage into the Heart of Darkness has lost nothing of its initial power or weirdness and while it is popularly mainly known for some quotations and setpieces, the film as a whole deserves not so much another look but for the viewer to immerse themselves in the madness and fire once more.


Original title: Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut
USA 1979/2001/2019, 187 min
Genre: Roadmovie, War Film, Literary Film Adaptations
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Author: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola
DOP: Vittorio Storaro
Montage: Lisa Fruchtman, Gerald B. Greenberg, Walter Murch
Music: Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
Distributor: STUDIOCANAL
Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne
FSK: 16
Release: 07.03.2023



  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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