This is an encylopaedic guide to all aspects of the film "Apocalypse Now".
This A--Z guide is an attempt to dissect the madness of Apocalypse Now by breaking it down into snippets of information, the author describing his book as "a product of, and investigation into, the film's enduring fascination". French finds room to discuss parallels with myths and works of literature, aspects of the writing and production of the film, and its enduring legacy in popular culture. Sections on Joseph Conrad and T S Eliot appear alongside lyrics by punk band the Clash, transcripts of oft-quoted dialogue, details of longer cuts available as bootlegs, and biographies of stars who did not quite make it into the film. The result is a wealth of information which will enhance a viewer's appreciation and enjoyment of the film, and a volume which achieves a rare balance between trivia and critical insight. --John Oates