Apocalypse Now (Final Cut)

Francis Ford Coppola created an American epic with this adaptation (in a sense) of Joseph Conrad’s novel, Heart of Darkness. A film wrought with myriad production issues from Martin Sheen’s heart attack to budget issues to Brando being Brando (or is it Dennis Hopper being Dennis Hopper?), it inspired a couple documentaries and recuts. This one, dubbed the “final cut,” appeared in 2019 for the 40th anniversary and cuts twenty minutes from the 2001 Redux release. Got all that? Among all the horror, madness, and napalm in the morning, a fun game to play is pretending that Sheen’s character is Jed Bartlet from The West Wing in his pre-politics days. Also Thursday. WED 7/26, 9:15 PM, $12, Rated R