Show Business: Playing the End Game

In many films, the editor's indecision is final

The film long ago became his obsession, and less than a month before its official premiere, Francis Coppola has only now stopped agonizing over how it will all turn out. After three years, $30 million, a typhoon named Olga and a shared Cannes Film Festival's Golden Palm for Best Picture, Director Coppola still struggled to find an ending for his Viet Nam epic, Apocalypse Now. Should Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) hack Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) to death and then emerge from the colonel's hideout? Or should...

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