Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | USA | 2019 | Color | 182 minutes | Presented in English & French with English subtitles
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of 1979 classic Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola and Lionsgate present a newly-restored Final Cut – Coppola’s most realized version of the film – mastered from a 4K restoration of the original film negative, allowing theater audiences can experience this spectacular cinematic masterpiece the way it was intended.
An adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novela ‘Heart of Darkness,’ Apocalypse Now updates the landscape to 1970 Vietnam, where Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) sets off on a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. Traveling with a motley crew of soldiers, Willard encounters eccentric characters ranging from a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer (Robert Duvall) to a crazed freelance photographer (Dennis Hopper) as he travels further into Cambodia, and ever closer to the mysterious Kurtz.
Though its production was mired in debt and calamities, and the film ultimately made its debut unfinished, Apocalypse Now went on to garner much critical acclaim, winning three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards. It is considered by many to be one of the finest films of all time, and certainly one of the best cinematic depictions of war.
Of the new Final Cut, Coppola has stated that it “looks better than it has ever looked, and sounds better than it has ever sounded” and is “thrilled beyond measure to present the best version of the film to the world.”
“This new interpretation of the beloved classic absolutely deserves to be seen in theaters.” — Lorry Kikta, Film Threat
“The 4K scan, combined with Dolby’s HDR processing (Dolby Vision), has led to a level of depth and detail in Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography that audiences couldn’t see before.” — Chris O’Falt, IndieWire
“…the Final Cut audio has also been “enhanced with Meyer Sound Laboratories’ newly developed Sensual Sound a technology engineered to output audio below the limits of human hearing.” — Brian B., movieweb.com
“Certainly, no movie in history has ever presented stronger proof that war is living hell.” — Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News
Our DRIVE-IN DINE OUT #DriveIn series is back! We’ll be hosting drive-in screenings on the rooftop of @MessHallMarketOC’s parking lot structure every Wednesday night, starting February 2nd! We’re kicking it off with four Frida Cinema audience favorites — SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (February 2nd), HAUSU (HOUSE) (February 9th), AKIRA (February 16th), and MANDY (February 23rd)! Tickets now available at thefridacinema.org! 🎬🚘
The Frida is back tomorrow, Friday January 28th with Parallel Mothers, The Wicker Man (2006), The Rock, and Michael Mann’s 1995 crime classic HEAT! Experience Heat on the big screen tomorrow at 12pm, 4pm, and 7:45pm. Additional screenings through Monday! Visit thefridacinema.org for full schedule and advance tickets.
Coming to The Frida February 4th - 10th! Experience long-lost 1984 action epic NEW YORK NINJA, painstakingly constructed and completed by @vinegarsyndrome! Enlisting the voice talents of genre favorites Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Linnea Quigley, Michael Berryman, Vince Murdocco, Matt Mitler, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Ginger Lynn Allen, and Cynthia Rothrock, this truly one of kind film experience has been restored in 4K from the original camera elements, and is finally available in all of its ridiculous over-the-top glory for the first time ever after spending nearly four decades in film obscurity! Tickets now available at http://thefridacinema.org!
TOMORROW NIGHT! Calling all #TalkingHeads fans! This Thursday night, join us for a #DriveIn screening of Jonathan Demme’s iconic concert film STOP MAKING SENSE at Tustin’s @messhallmarketoc! Tickets and info available at http://thefridacinema.org!
Coming to The Frida this Friday, January 28th! Acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar returns with PARALLEL MOTHERS, a powerful new drama starring Academy Award-winner Penélope Cruz. Showtimes and tickets at http://thefridacinema.org. “A ravishingly crafted work that again illustrates with ineffable beauty that no one uses the expressive power of color and design quite like Almodóvar.” - Hollywood Reporter
🎃TICKET GIVEAWAY!🎃 The Frida Cinema is proud to serve as a Media Sponsor for this year’s @creepIEcon, coming to Ontario Convention Center February 5th & 6th! We’ve got a pair of Weekend Passes for one lucky winner! For a chance to win, comment below and tell us:
What is a horror movie that you absolutely love, but that everyone else seems to hate?
We’ll pick a winner at random tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3pm!
For info on CreepIE Con, visit creepiecon.com!
Coming to The Frida February 4th - 10th! Radu Jude’s incendiary, riotous Golden Bear winner, BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN, is “an eye-ball slicing polemic by a bomb-throwing provocateur” (Austin Chronicle), and has been awarded the Best Picture prize at Berlin International Film Festival! Showtimes and advance tickets now available at http://thefridacinema.org!
Calling all #TalkingHeads fans! This Thursday night, join us for a #DriveIn screening of Jonathan Demme’s iconic concert film STOP MAKING SENSE at Tustin’s @messhallmarketoc! Tickets and info available at http://thefridacinema.org!
RESCHEDULED! You Michael Mann fans out there are tenacious! Can’t say we blame you! By popular demand, we’re extending our Michael Mannuary series into February with rescheduled and much-requested classics COLLATERAL (February 1, 2 & 3) and MIAMI VICE (February 11 & 12)! HEAT will run as scheduled starting this Friday the 28th! Showtimes and tickets now available at http://thefridacinema.org!
THIS WEEKEND’S DRIVE-INS CANCELED — Due to this weekend’s High Wind Warning, and incredibly strong winds on the @messhallmarketoc parking lot rooftop, we will be rescheduling this weekend’s planned EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN screenings. New dates will be announced next week. Thank you, and please stay safe out there.
Coming to The Frida next Friday, January 28th! Acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar returns with PARALLEL MOTHERS, a powerful new drama starring Academy Award-winner Penélope Cruz. Showtimes and tickets at http://thefridacinema.org. “A ravishingly crafted work that again illustrates with ineffable beauty that no one uses the expressive power of color and design quite like Almodóvar.” - Hollywood Reporter
TOMORROW, Thursday January 20th! Join us as we kick off CLASSICS ON FRENCH STREET - a new program featuring FREE outdoor screenings of family-friendly classics, presented right around the corner from The Frida on French Street - with THE WIZARD OF OZ! Screenings are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous partnership of City of Santa Ana and Community Engagement @ce_org, and will happen the 3rd Thursday of every month through June! Capacity is limited — RSVP on our event page at http://thefridacinema.org!
Take a trip with us this Friday night as we kick off the return of DRIVE-IN DINE OUT nights at Tustin’s @messhallmarketoc, with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary psychedelic cult classic EL TOPO! If you couldn’t make it out to Joshua Tree when we screened it there in August 2020, now’s your chance! 🎟Tickets available at thefridacinema.org! 🎥🚗
We’re back on January 28th with Michael Mann’s 1995 crime classic HEAT, screening at 12pm, 4pm, & 7:45pm! Additional screenings through Monday January 31st - visit thefridacinema.org for full schedule and advance tickets!
Join us January 28th & 29th as we kick off CAGE MATCH with The Rock (1996) and The Wicker Man (2006)! Cage Match is a no-holds-barred movie tournament featuring 16 films from “The Patron Saint of The Frida Cinema” himself, the one-and-only Nicolas Cage. Every month, we will pair up two Cage classics against each other, and whichever film sells more tickets will move on to the next round. There will be a round of sweet sixteen, elite eight, final four, and then the Cage Match championship! May the most Cagey movie win! We’ll post up the full bracket soon!
This Thursday night in Downtown Santa Ana! Join us for the first of our CLASSICS ON FRENCH STREET events, featuring FREE outdoor screenings of family-friendly classics, presented right around the corner from The Frida on French Street! Screenings are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous partnership of City of Santa Ana and Community Engagement @ce_org, and will happen the 3rd Thursday of every month through June! Capacity is limited — RSVP on our event page at http://thefridacinema.org!