Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

An intimate look at the making of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 classic Apocalypse Now, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse combines the usual documentary interviews with outtakes from the film and rare documentary footage,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A fascinating 1991 postmortem on the making of Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The making of a film has never been documented with more penetration and truth than in Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.

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Chris Barsanti

For a portrait of cinematic obsession and unbridled megalomania... one would be hard pressed to find a more satisfying piece of work than Hearts of Darkness

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

At once anecdotal and revealing, this excellent film both illuminates the catastrophes that beset one particular project, and shows, by way of comparison, exactly what American film has foregone since the '70s.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

As the portrait of an artist in crisis, Hearts of Darkness is unparalleled.

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TV Guide

It does a good job of painting an honest portrait of out-of-control egos and the excess of Hollywood in the '70s, while also being informative and entertaining.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

There have been few sharper portraits of the film maker as alchemist than Hearts of Darkness: A Film Maker's Apocalypse.

Joe Brown
Washington Post

Harrowing and funny, a fine film on its own, Hearts leaves us with a new appreciation for the Vietnam War epic it documents.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

There is something very carnal about watching the production fall apart and see the reputation of Coppola hang in the balance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Some have actually said that this film is better than its subject "Apocalypse Now," a sentiment that I definitely can understand but disagree with. If… More
Thomas Bowler
All the more amazing for the fact that it's real. Full review later.
Sam Barnett
The documentary "Hearts of Darkness" is fascinating not just as a behind-the-scenes look at a masterful film, but as a deeply relatable and fairly… More
Ken Stachnik
Best Making of Documentary Ever... I think I swallowed a bug
Alex roy
Hearts of Darkness is a monumental documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. With this film, we get to see the making of this epic war film, and the chaos… More
Tim Sigur
Interesting, but a little self indulgent documentary about the filmmaking process. Francis Ford Coppola should be commended for being so honest about his own… More

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