Learning of the challenging production surrounding the new movie Don't Worry Baby, let's revisit the granddaddy of all traumatic filming stories.
Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now endured disastrous weather, a leading man who had a heart attack midway through production, and budget that quickly tripled to over $30 million.
All discussion of Cleopatra seems to begin with ruminations on the massive scale of its production, which saw wildly inflated budgets, on-set affairs and a tracheotomy for its lead star. But the extravagance isn't lost on the screen, as each set piece appears more gigantic than the last, and the running time is so long that one of the leads doesn't even appear until what feels like halfway through the four-hour spectacle. However, it's tightly-paced enough to where it never feels like a slog, and can be a good way to spend a gray fall afternoon.