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The Apocalypse Now Book Paperback – April 20, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (April 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306810468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306810466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When you've seen "Apocalypse Now Redux," you should read Peter Cowie's "Apocalypse Now Book" ...It has far richer detail." -- ---New York Times 5/13/01

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Peter Cowie is founding editor of the annual International Film Guide and author of The Cinema of Orson Welles (available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group) and Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography. He is now senior international advisor to the publication and lives in London.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kenney on May 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Talk about bad timing. After years waiting for a good Apocalypse Now book, Peter Cowie's comes out, right around the same time as "Apocalypse Now Redux." The irony being that Cowie wrote the book in 2000, a full year before Coppola unveiled his reworked masterpiece. This means that, due to how long the publishing process takes, the book has hardly any information about Redux, which is a shame. As Cowie's interview with Coppola took place in 1999, there are no quotes or thoughts from the director about what lead him to create Redux.
That being said, the rest of the book is very informative, in some cases too informative. The background, pre-production detail is nearly staggering. I would have liked to have learned more about screenwriter John Milius' original script idea, "The Psychedelic Soldier," which, after he was inspired by the idea to do a modern tribute to Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," became Apocalypse Now. Cowie, however, does do a great job of mentioning many of the early drafts of the script, even quoting from the rarely-seen first draft, in which the VC speak in goofy subtitles, and Colonel Kilgore is known as Colonel Kharnage.
The level of research Cowie has performed leaves me wondering over many glaring omissions. For example, the highlight of the book is a chapter titled "Buried Treasure," in which Cowie goes over the 5 ˝ hour work print. Though he gives detailed descriptions of the major scenes that are in the work print, but were not included in the original version (or the Redux), there's no mention of the Photojournalist's death scene, which is a major revelation of the work print. Likewise, Cowie doesn't mention how deadly Martin Sheen's Willard is in the work print; for example, in it he kills a child in the climax.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2008
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This book is a must read for any fan of Apocalypse Now. It goes into detail about the creation of the movie and offers interesting insights into the pre-production process, including excepts from transcripts of conversation between Coppola and Brando about the Kurtz character. The rest of the book is filled with a ton of information. There is a great section on the different cuts of the film, including a look at the 5 hour rough cut. This book makes a great companion when viewing Apocalypse Now Redux.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bierce on January 21, 2012
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I found this on a shopping trip years ago and had hoped to find additional copies for friends and buddies. This is a must-read, not only for fans of the movie, but for those curious about the era and of the process of filmmaking in those years.
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