From 'Grindhouse' to 'Battlefield Earth,' here are some memorably brutal film shoots
'Apocalypse Now' (1979)
The production of this film was so notoriously difficult that there's practically a cottage industry devoted to the recounting of it now. It seems appropriate that a film about something as mad and insane and impossible to digest as the Vietnam war would practically kill everyone involved. I look at Brando's performance, and it's mesmerizing and beautiful and strange, and I can't imagine the film without it, and if he had to make Francis Ford Coppola completely insane for that happen, well, I guess that's what it took. This is pretty much the best-case scenario for one of these films, because while it was a brutally difficult shoot, marked by recasting, delays, insane weather, and nothing less than an actual war, the final film is considered a classic, and it was a major critical hit when it was released.