One of the first big-budget Vietnam War films from the US, the production of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic was quite a war in its own right.
The shooting was fraught with issues, including filming in the Philippines where rebels interrupted the work regularly, Coppola putting $7 million of his own funds on the line, and the usual complications that come with the jungle territory, like typhoons.
Add to that a main actor who almost died during filming (Martin Sheen) and a bigger than life star who was…let’s say less than professional (Marlon Brando), and you have quite the interesting tale before you even get to the plot of the film.
Surreal and disturbing, Captain Willard’s journey into this adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” is a visual spectacle of men losing their grip on sanity that takes the audience into the unknown. The infamous Colonel Kurtz awaits at the end of the journey, and Willard has orders to eliminate him “with extreme prejudice”.
Join us as we venture upriver in our PBR and discuss this award-winning epic!
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