In May 1979, director Francis Ford Coppola emerged from his yacht to issue a war bulletin. His audience was eager to hear him: It had just attended the Cannes festival screening of his Vietnam War movie "Apocalypse Now," and already knew some of the hair-raising behind-the-scenes stories.
Typhoon Olga had wrecked the sets. The lead actor, Harvey Keitel, had been sacked from the production. His replacement, Martin Sheen, had suffered a near-fatal heart attack. The star villain, Marlon Brando, had arrived at the location underprepared and overweight. The picture had gone crazily over budget.