Heart of Darkness
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Based onHeart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad
Written byBenedict Fitzgerald
Directed byNicolas Roeg
StarringTim Roth
John Malkovich
Isaach De Bankolé
James Fox
Phoebe Nicholls
ComposerStanley Myers
ProducersLuc Roeg
Rick Rosenberg
Robert W. Christiansen
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
EditorLouise Rubacky
Running time100 minutes
Original networkTNT
Original releaseMarch 13, 1993 (1993-03-13)

Heart of Darkness is a 1993 television adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s famous 1899 novella written by Benedict Fitzgerald, directed by Nicolas Roeg, and starring Tim Roth, John Malkovich, Isaach De Bankolé and James Fox. The show is the third screen adaptation of the novella, following a 1958 television adaptation for the anthology series Playhouse 90 starring Boris Karloff, and 1979's Apocalypse Now with Marlon Brando, which loosely adapted it and updated it to the Vietnam War.

The film was filmed as a co-production with Ted Turner's Turner Pictures, and then aired by his TNT network.


Ivory trader Captain Charles Marlow (Roth) is sent up the Congo River to retrieve cargo, and along the way, learns of the successful and enigmatic trader Kurtz (Malkovich), who is worshiped as a god by the natives.



The series won and was nominated for several awards, including:

Furthermore, Malkovich was nominated for both a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1995.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Heart of Darkness". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  2. ^ "Heart of Darkness (TV) (1993)". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 2013-10-27.