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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is a poet warrior in the classic sense!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

When Dennis Hopper isn’t the craziest thing in your movie you’ve got one fucked up awesome flick on your hands. Case in point, today’s flick: Apocalypse Now. The word epic is barely sufficient for Francis Ford Coppola’s war flick… not just for the movie itself, but the whole undertaking, which was notoriously one of the most difficult shoots of all time.

But the end result is the fantastic film we have today. So, thanks for taking one for the team, Frances. I’m glad your heart survived and you were able to give us this flick!

Enjoy this shot of Dennis Hopper photographing the photographer! The horror... the horror...



Tomorrow the Behind the Scenes Pic brings its harmonica!

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  • March 24, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by Larry Knowles

  • March 24, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Harry, please contact me.

    by Larry Knowles

    At least let me know if you still have my Boba Fett. Also, please know that I love you even though you no longer love me. Your brother, Larry

  • March 24, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    3RD SUCKERs!

    by LarryTheCableGuy

  • March 24, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I wonder if there was actually any real film in those cameras

    by stu_pickles

    Probably not even real cameras, but it would be pretty sweet if Hopper was just snapping crazy shots all the time he was on set.

  • March 24, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Picked up the Blu-ray a few days ago

    by REDD

    I like the Redux version, but definitely prefer the original theatrical cut.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy has made a statement WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 24, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy has made a statement WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 24, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    WTF just happened, I was only getting started.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Anyways, that turd guy, I agree with him.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Hopper was an amazing photographer . . .

    by Nick

    got the chance to see his show in NY. Amazing stuff.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Had to save that one

    by kafka07

    damn, that's cool.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Harry, where's my Blu-ray of SPACE TRUCKERS?

    by Darth_Kong

  • March 24, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I remember seeing REDUX in The theaters

    by Six Demon Bag

    Brought a fifth of jack with me for my journey down the river. Fours hours went by quick. Agreed on the superiority of the redux, although an hour was added, it felt shorter because the pacing was better

  • March 24, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I completely agree that Redux is better

    by jimmy rabbitte

    The pacing is a lot better and it is a more effective film.

  • March 24, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Creepiest scene

    by RogueWarrior65

    The scene with the shell-shocked playmates in the helicopter has to be the creepiest scene of the whole movie. Seriously hot women who are completely cut off from safety and will most likely die there no doubt after being brutalized for days or weeks. No one knows they are there. No one is going to rescue them. It's a human version of a Roach Motel. *shudder*

  • March 24, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Is it true they used real dead bodies?

    by MooseMalloy

  • March 24, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST




  • March 24, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Top 5 of all time for me

    by proevad

    Hell, even the making of documentary is a brilliant film in it's own right. This thing was an uncontrollable beast, but Coppola and his editors (3 or more of them i think?) tamed it. How a film with that much improv, turned out so fantastic is a question for the ages. Masterpiece.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    One of the all time greats...


    Had the pleasure of seeing the Redux at the old McClurg Court theater in Chicago. After seeing it so many times on a TV, it was like a revelation on that huge screen. I liked some of the added scenes, but overall still prefer the original.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by kermit_the_fraud

    can you imagine the sheer volume of drugs consumed during the shooting of that film? Hell....let's even discount alchohol for this discussion. Think about it. And it was, more than likely, all GOOOOOOOD shit. You can't go to the moon on fractions. But this primo shit will get you there.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Kermit, that leads to a fantastic question...

    by detinue

    ...which movie had the all-time most drugs consumed by the filmmakers, cast & crew during filming? This one? Heaven's Gate? Easy Rider? I have no idea, but it makes the head spin.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Natural Born Killers...


    Woody, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Oliver Stone, the old Robert Downey Jr. Craft table was probably loaded with drugs.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    I saw this article and looked up the film....anyway it's on sale at best buy on blu ray, may check it out, or buy The Strokes cd Angles...dang recession making me choose!

  • March 25, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Hopper was an amazing drunk

    by Billy_D_Williams

    The guy would drink half a gallon of rum, with a fifth of rum on the side, 28 beers and 3 grams of coke...per day...yes, per day yeah, he makes Charlie Sheen look like a fucking monk

  • March 25, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    top-ten all time for me, and it's...

    by KGB3317

    such a great translation of "Heart Of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. They both deal with the great themes of evil, restraint, wilderness, racism, and lies so well. It's a movie that I always watch with amazement at it's acting, writing, special effects, soundtrack, etc. All of it fits. Also, that is a kick-ass photo of Hopper, look at that fucking intensity coming out of those eyes!

  • March 25, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST


    by KGB3317

    Well first you'd have to put Charlie Sheen, River Phoenix, Dennis Hopper, etc. all onto a list. Then you would see if any of them were in a movie together. Let's see some nominations!.....also, weed is not a

  • March 25, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST


    by evergreen

    More 'roger roger' robots might have saved it.

  • March 25, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by Madines Sideshed

    River Pheonix shouldn't even be mentioned in the same paragraph as Dennis Hopper when it comes to drug use. Hopper was a time served journeyman, Pheonix was just getting into his apprecnticeship.

  • March 25, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST


    by Mel

    its like saving private ryan except backwards....and a lot better!

  • March 25, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    River Phoenix was a light weight. that's why hes dead

    by Mel


  • March 25, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST


    by KGB3317

    ...or he just liked doing way more than everyone else. Who else is on the top-ten of all time druggies in Hollywood? We have Charlie Sheen, Gary Busey, And Dennis Hopper for sure..and maybe River Phoenix as an honorable mention.

  • March 25, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by DrCavor

    Awesome photo for an awesome movie. This is awesomely awesome, in an awesome way. In conclusion: this is awesome!

  • March 25, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I feel as if the only version I have ever seen is the Redux

    by stu_pickles

  • March 25, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Warrior Poet headline had me thinking Braveheart

    by darthderp

    Any of those up your sleeve, Quint?

  • March 25, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one...?

    by A_Die_Hard_Fan

    I want to see the picture Hopper took, not this picture!

  • March 25, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Have Tried To Watch This Film Twice...

    by Pawprint

    Fell asleep both times. How is it possible to make a film about war boring?

  • March 25, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    ...who ever used the term overrated to describe Apocalypse Now...

    by mattforce7

    has a small sure you weren't even aware of Conrads little short published in two pieces(news paper articles) in the late 1800s-early 1900s called "Journey into the HEart of Darkness" later published as "HEart of Darkness". Even so, knowing the source material doesn't mean i can say its not overrated, but the film stands on its own merit for showing a timeless story with that much raw energy and human instinct.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    i love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like...

    by mattforce7

    ...pussy :D. Anywho, i love this film and all the love that went into it. what a production....VICTORY..thats what it was...yeaa..victory...I'd prefer morning glory and then some VICTORY!!!!

  • March 25, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    just don't write "fuck" on your helicopters...

    by lettersoftransit

    ..because that would be obscene

  • March 25, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    This may be the most artful of all the BTS selections that I've seen.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    A really beautiful photograph in and of itself.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    @ a_die_hard_fan re:Hopper's picture

    by darthderp

    My guess is that particular shot he got off would be the guy taking his picture, based on how Hopper's pointing his camera...just a guess. That being said, I get your point; Hopper got some wild shots, I'm sure; anyone know where to find them? Have they been published?

  • March 25, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by PedroM

    can be easily be found aroun the interwebs. Video quality is poor tough, it looks like a very old and worn out vhs tape, but if you're an AN fanactic, its a must see.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Caddy Shack

    by Damned if I can login

    I've always heard that Caddy Shack was a pretty wild shoot. "It's a Cinderella story..."

  • March 25, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Charlie Don't Surf

    by GhostofCicero


  • March 25, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Charlie Sheen

    by REDD

    Was there when his dad almost died from a heart attack during the making of the film. Duh, losing!

  • March 25, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    scorchy, what are the other two films on the list?

    by detinue

    Just curious.

  • March 25, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Never ceases to amaze me

    by shran

    the number of people that come here and bag on films that without question are classics and move the entire art of cinema forward. Clearly all of their taste is in their mouth. It's a condition that becomes more clear when they say things such as they couldn't stay awake while watching it and that it was boring. Obviously they need more CGI dinosaurs to hold their attention. Not that there's anything wrong with that. This is one of the first films I saw that truly disturbed me. I was 14. Sure as hell didn't bore me. And it took a full 4 or 5 viewings to understand (or at least try) all of it. And I still find it odd that the image that has stayed with me the longest as being the most troubling is the slaughter of the cow. Piles of dead bodies and death everywhere and the cow still get's me. There has always been argument over whether that was real or not. Sure looks real to me.

  • March 25, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    exterminate the brutes!

    by RottNElsewhere

    I saw this at 14 too, all alone (by myself) in a premiere screening where the original ending was included. Pure vision of nihilistic hell (perhaps heaven, I mean). Pulls you in, really f's with your mind and senses, goes into its (required) "murky and cerebral" period, with righteous slaughter (and the making of mythology) - and then they completely blow it the F up. I understand the exclusion of this ending, why its necessary thematically, and its debatable. Something I did notice on watching the Blu Ray recently. Would these guys have really written (or would Kurtz have, in a fit of both power and hatred/loathing) : "our motto- Apocalypse Now." That's like the sign on the clubhouse wall - but what a clubhouse (and oddly enough, everyone seems to understand English - "Apoc Now" should have been written on the wall in like five languages alone, no "motto" crap). Membership dues: ability to act without judgement, and five fresh heads.

  • March 25, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • March 25, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    The cow

    by GrndlWnderer

    If I remember right, in the documentary "hearts of darkness" (brilliant in its own separate way) the slaughter of the buffalo( I think it was a buffalo) was real, part of a tribal ceremony that they had permission to film, and with clever editing and a great piece of music, really made that moment something that is beyond belief. One of the truly mind bendingly good movies...Coppala never has to make another good movie in his life (but I hope he does) he has three of the greatest ever. GodFather I & II and Apocalypse Now.