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I saw the movie "Apocalypse Now" in 1979 at a theater; at the end of the movie, there was an airstrike on Col. Kurtz's compound, the compound was destroyed. Since then I have seen the movie many times; including the 'Redux' version; but have not seen the airstrike ending. Was it eliminated for some reason?

Question #145671. Asked by Madbird71.
Last updated Apr 25 2018.
Originally posted Apr 25 2018 11:09 AM.

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Apparently there are multiple versions of 'Apocalypse Now' with slightly different endings. This page mentions a version of the ending where the credits were shown over the top of footage of the jungle exploding.
Later when Coppola heard that audiences interpreted this as an air strike called by Willard, Coppola pulled the film from its 35 mm run and put credits on a black screen. However, the "air strike" footage continued to circulate in repertory theaters well into the 1980s, and it was included in the 1980s LaserDisc release. In the DVD commentary, Coppola explains that the images of explosions had not been intended to be part of the story; they were intended to be seen as completely separate from the film. He had added the explosions to the credits as a graphic background to the credits.

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_Now

Apr 25 2018, 12:33 PM
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