Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux

UK DVD cover
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Produced by
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Kim Aubry
Written by
Music by
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Edited by Richard Marks
Walter Murch
Gerald B. Greenberg
Lisa Fruchtman
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • May 11, 2001 (2001-05-11) (Cannes)
  • August 3, 2001 (2001-08-03) (United States)
Running time
202 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Central Khmer
Box office $4,626,290 (US)[1]
$7,916,979 (non US)[2]
$12,543,269 (total)

Apocalypse Now Redux is a 2001 extended version of Francis Ford Coppola's epic war film Apocalypse Now, which was originally released in 1979. Coppola, along with editor/long-time collaborator Walter Murch, added 49 minutes of scenes that had been cut out of the original film. It represents a significant reedit of the original version.


Francis Ford Coppola began production on 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 that had taken two years to edit originally. He later changed his mind (after working on the reconstruction of Orson Welles's Touch of Evil). Coppola and Murch then examined several of the rough prints and dailies for the film. It was decided early on that 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 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 rerecord their lines (known as A.D.R. or dubbing). 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 Clément were brought back to record ADR for the new scenes.


New music was composed and recorded for the remade film. For example, it was thought no music had been composed for Willard and Roxanne's romantic interlude in the French Plantation scene. To make matters worse, composer Carmine Coppola had died in 1991. However, the old recording and musical scores were checked and a track titled "Love Theme" was found. During scoring, Francis Coppola had told his father (Carmine) to write a theme for the scene before it was ultimately deleted. For the remake, the track was recorded by a group of synthesists.


Vittorio Storaro also returned from Italy to head the development of 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 in order to do it, he needed to cut the original negative of Apocalypse Now, leaving Apocalypse Now Redux the only version available. Storaro decided to do it, when convinced by Coppola that this version would be the one that would be remembered.

New scenes and alterations

The film contains several alterations, and two entirely new scenes. One where Willard meets a family of French colonialists, another where the boat meets the Bunnys once again further up the river and a few additional scenes with colonel Walter E. Kurtz.[3]


This list only includes the cast members not present in the film's original cut.


Apocalypse Now Redux originally premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival in May.[4] 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, Storaro, production designer Dean Tavoularis, producer Kim Aubry and actors Sam Bottoms and Aurore Clément.

Critical reception

When it was released, the response from the critics was largely positive, holding a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states "The additional footage slows down the movie somewhat (some say the new cut is inferior to the original), but Apocalypse Now Redux is still a great piece of cinema."[5] 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."[6]

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 [Francis Ford Coppola] was still enough of a craftsman, in 1979, to avoid."[7] 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."[8]

Box office

The film was given a limited release in the US on August 3, 2001, and was also released theatrically around the world in some 30 countries, generating a worldwide total of $12,543,269 ($4,626,290 in the US[1] plus $7,916,979 outside the US[2]) in box office revenue.


Apocalypse Now
Soundtrack album by Carmine Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola

A soundtrack 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 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's 11 minute long, epic "The End". All songs written by Carmine Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola, except where noted:

  1. "The End" – The Doors
  2. "The Delta"
  3. "Dossier"
  4. "Orange Light"
  5. "Ride of the Valkyries" – Richard Wagner
  6. "Suzie Q" (Dale Hawkins) – Flash Cadillac
  7. "Nung River", Mickey Hart
  8. "Do Lung", Richard Hansen
  9. "Letters From Home"
  10. "Clean's Death", Mickey Hart
  11. "Clean's Funeral"
  12. "Love Theme"
  13. "Chief's Death"
  14. "Voyage"
  15. "Chef's Head"
  16. "Kurtz' Chorale"
  17. "Finale"


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