More often than not, major film productions are able to get through weeks/months of work without any major roadblocks or stumbles, but every so often we hear about certain movies that seem like magnets for trouble. Key players drop out, giant egos create delays, and personality conflicts create hostile work environments. These kinds of issues will often have a serious effect on the finished output that’s sent to theaters, but there are a few instances where these troubled productions resulted in legitimate magnificence.

Inspired by the new western Jane Got A Gun - which famously lost its director on the first day of shooting, as well as a few cast members in the following weeks – we’ve taken a look back at cinema history to highlight some major movies that had serious problems during production but wound up with at least modestly happy endings. Some of the stories may surprise you, so read on to learn a little something!

Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is basically the poster child of troubled productions – to the extent that many argue the documentary about the making of the film is better than the film itself. The movie’s legacy is as one of the most epic and audacious war stories ever seen in the medium, but the people who made it went through hell to get it done.

Weather was a serious issue for the filming of Apocalypse Now in Manila, as rain not only stopped shooting but also destroyed sets... but there were some pretty significant problems with the lead actors as well. For starters, Martin Sheen actually had a legitimate heart attack, and Marlon Brando arrived to set with many of his own thoughts about how Colonel Kurtz should be played, and extremely overweight (which led to some massive rewrites to the ending). It’s a minor miracle that the film was ever completed, but it’s also considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time.

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