To hear it now from Francis Ford Coppola, the same Hollywood studio system that released his magnificent acid trip of a movie, Apocalypse Now, would never today dare indulge such an extravagantly ambitious and vainglorious undertaking by a director. Even by one who had previously made a truck-load of money with the Godfather films. Vietnam by way of Joseph Conrad and TS Eliot hardly screams merchandising tie-ins or smacks of franchise spin-offs.
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