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    A Marlon Brando, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Manzarek, and Others Signed Group of Contracts from "Apocalypse Now." United Artists, 1979. Nine contracts and waivers total, including: 1) a lengthy 32-page Coppola Cinema Seven contract signed in blue ball-point by Marlon Brando; 2) a Coppola Cinema Seven waiver of rights signed in black felt pen by Harry Dean Stanton, who had his part cut from the film, with a note written in black felt in Stanton's own hand below his signature reading in part "Francis - I didn't sign the first waiver you sent me because I'm not in the film. Right? My sequence was cut because of Harvey Keitel - or - is there a technicality involved with SAG because I was in fact paid for working on the film?"; 3) a Screen Actors Guild freelance contract signed by Colleen Camp, who played the Playmate "Miss May" in the film; 4) a royalties contract signed in blue ball-point by the three then-living members of the Doors - Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore - who contributed their haunting song 'The End' to the film's soundtrack; 5) a recording contract signed in blue ball-point by five members of Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids; 6) two unsigned Cinema Seven waivers to Flash Cadillac. (Please note all contracts and waivers show light toning due to age, handling wear, staple holes, and some chipped edges.)
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    Interestingly, this original contract engaged Brando for principal photography on September 1-8, 1976 at the rate of $1 million in advance for what would become one of the most contentious working relationships in film history. Coppola believed that Brando was familiar with Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness -- the basis for Apocalypse Now -- and would be prepared for the role before he arrived on the set. When Brando did arrive, Coppola was horrified to find that he had not only never read the book,or even the script, but that he had become extremely overweight when Brando's character, Colonel Kurtz, was written as a tall and emaciated. Coppola spent days reading Heart of Darkness out loud to Brando on the set, and used some creative cinematography to make him appear brutish and imposing instead of merely overweight. An ad-libbed script was agreed upon after days of arguments over single lines of dialogue, and Coppola had become so infuriated that he turned over the filming of Brando's scenes to assistant director Jerry Ziesmer. In the end, both Brando's performance and Coppola's film obtained legendary status.

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