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Apocalypse Now Redux is an extended,
definitive version of the 1979 epic war film Apocalypse
Now. Unlike other new cuts of the film, Redux is
usually considered by fans and critics, as well as director
Coppola, as a completely new movie altogether. The movie adds 49
minutes of all-new material, and represents a significant re-edit
of the original Apocalypse Now. The movie came into
production when Coppola concluded that his original cut was tame by
today's standards. Coppola, along with editor/long-time
Murch, then added several scenes that enhanced the surrealism
in the original story. The extended version of the film was
distributed by Paramount Pictures in the US and Miramax Films
overseas, whilst the original cut was distributed by United
The movie contains several newly added sequences and alterations
to the original film:
- In the original film, the PBR Street Gang crew members relax
and play around, listening to the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No)
Satisfaction" while Willard first looks at the dossier. The
scene plays right before the crew members meet Kilgore. In the
Redux version, the scene is moved to later in the film,
and Willard is shown reading the dossier without the surrounding
activity and music.
- In the original version, Willard first meets Kilgore when
asking a fellow officer who simply replies "He's over there, you
can't miss him". In the Redux, the officer now says
"There's the Colonel coming down". We later learn that Kilgore is
arriving (via Helicopter) to the scene. When he arrives, he tells
an officer riding with him to "Bomb back that tree lines 'bout a
hundred yards, give me some room to breathe". He later asks another
for his "Death Cards" (which he uses in the original version).
- During the raid, Kilgore looks over some of the wounded and
dead. He then walks away, simply replying "Jim".
- After ordering an air strike, a Vietnamese mother, with her
wounded child in hand, runs to Kilgore. Kilgore immediately takes
the child and tells his men to rush the child to a hospital (mother
- After the helicopter carrying the wounded child leaves, Kilgore
hands Lance a new pair of shorts to go surfing in
(Note: Throughout the original cut, Lance is
wearing them, but it is never explained how he got them).
- After giving the famous "Napalm" speech, Kilgore soon learns
that the napalm has changed the wind current, ruining the perfect
waves. Willard immediately uses this as an excuse to leave. He and
Lance run back to the boat. Before they leave, Willard steals
Kilgore's surf board.
- Before Willard and Chef go to search for mangos, there's a scene where the crew is lying
around in a river. Chef asks Willard if he can go get some mangoes
and Willard goes with him. In the Redux version, there is
a new scene before this. In the scene, it is clear that the crew
are hiding from Kilgore, who is trying to get back his surf board.
A helicopter soon flies by, carrying a recording by Kilgore, asking
Lance for the board back. Chief then changes the subject by asking
how far they are going up the river. Willard says it's classified.
Chief later asks Willard if he likes it like that, "hot and hairy"
(to which Willard replies: "Fuck. You don't get a chance to know
what the fuck you are in some factory in Ohio."). Chef later asks
Chief if he can get some mangoes.
- The day after the playboy bunnies' USO show, we see the
crewmembers talking about it. Chef is obsessed he was able to meet
"Miss December". Clean then warns Chef not to go crazy with these
Playboys, and proceeds to tell the story of a man so obsessed with
his Playboys, he kills an officer who ruins his foldouts.
- The 'Satisfaction' scene is now moved after the above scene.
Afterwards, Willard reads a letter by Kurtz, criticizing the
incompetent young soldiers sent to Vietnam, blaming them for their
- One point during their travels, the crew stop at a destroyed
Medevac. The area is completely wrecked, with no real Commanding
Officer (much like the Do Lung Bridge sequence). Willard tries to
find someone in charge, but later learns that the Playboy bunnies'
helicopter has landed here. Willard then negotiates two barrels of
fuel for an hour with the bunnies (along with the rest of the
crew). Chef spends his time with his idol, Miss December (now Miss
May). Lance also spends his time with the Playmate of the Year.
Clean constantly interrupts, trying to get his turn. During one
such interruption, a large cooler is upended, revealing a body of a
deceased soldier—which visibly upsets the Playmate of the
- After the above scene, Chef learns that Clean is a virgin. Chef
then makes fun of him for it, only to be stopped by Chief. The
argument is only partially heard in the original cut.
- After Clean's death, the crew find themselves in a French plantation. Willard tells
the head of the plantation (Christian Marquand) that they lost
one of their men. He tells Willard that they will bury him (to pay
respects to the fallen of their allies). What later follows is a
funeral for Clean. Following the recital of a poem by one of the
French children (played by Roman Coppola and watched by older
brother Gian-Carlo), the crew then has
dinner with the new arrivals. Willard, sitting with the family,
asks when they are going home. The family soon go into a long and
lengthy argument over the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War. Most of
the family leaves in anger. After they all leave, one, Roxanne (the
only one not in the conversation), apologizes for her family's
behavior. She and Willard later talk, smoke opium, and she later explains the conflicts her
deceased husband had faced with himself. After she undresses and
approaches Willard, she tells him, "There are two of you, can't you
see? One that kills, and one that loves". We later see the crew
back on the river, and continue towards the mission.
- After Chef's death, Willard is kept in a metal hut. Kurtz later
enters inside and reads Willard several Time Magazine
articles detailing America's success in the war.
Coppola started production for the new cut with working-partner
Kim Aubry. Coppola then tried to get Murch, who was reluctant at
first. He thought it would be extremely difficult recutting a film
which had taken two years to edit originally. He later changed his
mind (after working on the reconstruction of Orson Welles' Touch of
Evil). Coppola and Murch then examined several of the
rough prints and dailies for the film. It was decided early on the
editing of the film would be like editing a new film altogether.
One such example was the new French Plantation sequence. The scenes
were greatly edited to fit into the movie originally, only to be
cut out in the end. When working again on the film, instead of
using the (heavily edited) version, Murch decided to work the scene
all over again, editing it as if for the first time.
Much work was needed to be done to the new scenes. Due to the
off-screen noises during the shoot, most of the dialogue was
impossible to hear. During post-production of the film the actors
were brought back to re-record their lines (known as ADR).
This was done for the scenes that made it into the original cut,
but not for the deleted scenes. For the Redux version, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Sam Bottoms, Albert
Hall, Frederic Forrest, and Aurore Clement were brought back to record
ADR for the new scenes.
There was new music also composed for the movie. For the French
Plantation scene, there was a romantic interlude between Willard
and Roxanne. There was no music composed for this scene (plus no
music composed fit the scene). To make matters worse, composer Carmine Coppola
had died in 1991. The old recording and musical scores were
checked. A track entitled "Love Theme" was found - it turns out
that during scoring, Francis Coppola had told his father to write a
theme for the scene before it was ultimately deleted. The track was
recorded by a group of synthesists.
Vittorio Storaro also came back from Italy to head a new color balance of the film and
new scenes. When Redux was being released, Storaro learned
that a Technicolor Dye-Transfer Process was being brought back. The
Dye-Transfer is a three-strip process, that makes the color highly
saturated and has consistent black tone. Storaro wished to use this
on Redux, but a problem was that in order to do it, they
needed to cut the original prints of Apocalypse Now, leaving
Apocalypse Now Redux the only print available. Storaro decided to
do it, when convinced by Coppola that this version would be the one
that would be remembered.
Apocalypse Now Redux originally premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival in
The screening marked the anniversary of the famous Apocalypse
Now screening as a work in progress, where it ended up winning
the Palme d'Or.
Coppola went to the festival, also with Murch, Stararo, and actors
Sam Bottoms and Aurore Clement. The film met with overall
When it was released, the response from the critics was largely
positive, holding a 92% rating at rottentomatoes. Some
critics thought highly of the additions, such as A.O.
Scott of the New York Times, who wrote that it "grows
richer and stranger with each viewing, and the restoration of
scenes left in the cutting room two decades ago has only added to
its sublimity." 
Some critics, however, thought the new scenes slowed the pacing,
were too lengthy (notably The French Plantation sequence), and
added nothing overall to the film's impact. Owen Gleiberman
wrote "Apocalypse Now Redux is the meandering, indulgent
art project that he was still enough of a craftsman, in 1979, to
avoid." Despite this, other critics still gave it high ratings. Roger Ebert wrote:
"Longer or shorter, redux or not, Apocalypse Now is one of
the central events of my life as a filmgoer."
The film was given a limited release on August 3, 2001 where it
took $4,626,290 overall.
A soundtrack for the movie was released on July 31, 2001 by Nonesuch. The
soundtrack contains most of the original tracks (remastered), as
well as some for the new scenes ("Clean's Funeral", "Love Theme").
The score was composed by Carmine Coppola and Francis
Ford Coppola (with some tracks co-composed by Mickey Hart and Richard Hansen).
The first track is an abridged version of The Doors' 11 minute long
epic, The End.
- The End - The Doors
- The Delta - Carmine Coppola, Francis
- Dossier - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Orange Light - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Ride of the Valkyries - Richard
- Suzie Q - Dale Hawkins
- Nung River - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Mickey Hart
- Do Lung - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard
- Clean's Death - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Mickey
- Clean's Funeral - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Love Theme - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Chief's Death - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Voyage - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Chef's Head - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Kurtz' Chorale - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- Finale - Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
- "The Horror... The Horror" - Finale Quote of Marlon Brando's
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