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Apocalypse Now

'Apocalypse Now' (1979) Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas founded American Zoetrope to produce their own films in the late '60s. But 10 years later, Coppola nearly bankrupted himself and the company when his massive Vietnam War project went drastically over budget and over schedule while shooting in the jungles of the Philippines. The troubles of "Apocalypse Now" were well documented (in the film "Hearts of Darkness"), but the result made up for the birthing pains. Though it debuted to mixed reviews, it did well at the box office, grossing $78.7 million, and is now considered a film masterpiece. Miramax
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