Apocalypse Now Redux

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Coppola's rethink of his Vietnam War epic is intriguing, but no significant improvement. Some of the added footage is fine, some redundant. If the extra Kilgore material adds nothing, meeting the Playboy bunnies again further upriver is a touch tedious. And the lengthiest newly inserted sequence is pretty catastrophic: a visit to a French colonial plantation is dramatically ruined by incomprehensible accents, Carmine Coppola's syrupy music and a soppy sexual interlude for Sheen with simpering Aurore Clément. More Brando is fairly effective, but all the best stuff you'll have seen before. Whatever, it's wonderful to see this hallucinatory folly-cum-near masterpiece again on the big screen.

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Duration: 202 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenwriter: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Marlon Brando
Robert Duval
Martin Sheen
Frederic Forrest
Albert Hall
Sam Bottoms
Larry Fishburne
Dennis Hopper
GD Spradlin
Harrison Ford
Christian Marquand
Aurore Clément

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Desmond F

We can talk about Coppola's Vietnam fable until the end of time, but to put it marginally, it really is epic -  and a more subversive view on the futiliy of war.  For the uninitiated:  If you are introduced to the original cut of this masterpiece, then that's fine. Coppola's rejig, of what is, and always will be his finest hour (Godfather just being too overhyped - sorry) will unveil further develops in the narrative; many being unnecesseary, as the reviewer stated.  I can only be as succinct as possible to whomever reads this review, and curious about Coppola's Vietnam: Take the trip down the river; embrace the heart of darkness, and consume cinema in its purest form.  An absolute masterpiece.