The Original Director's Cut?!?

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Posted by Rich on March 20, 1998 at 12:07:50:

Hey, thanks, ALL of you, new & old, for bringing this place back to life!!

Ros made mention of a "long" version of LOTM the other day ... here is her description of the film, to the best of her recollection. This all makes sense. Remember Eric Schweig, in the old interview we used to have up, made reference to EXPECTING to see a longer version on video. Thank you very much, Ros, for sharing these thoughts!

"As best I can remember, the beginning was longer with more
development of the characters. For example, there is a longer time spent in
the Camerons cabin where the whole explanation of the French battling the
English, the need for the militia and which Indians are supporting whom and
why is discussed. Hawkeye also talks about why he and Uncas and
Chingatchgook are not participating. It is a nice anti war speech. There is
also a longer time spent during the lacrosse match. And the arrival of
Heyward with Cora is more detailed with him expressing his love and their
past together. The journey through the woods, following Magua, is more
involved. Alice becomes faint which is why Cora asks Heyward to stop, There
is also a scene somewhere here abouts that Magua plans the attack, so you
know why he wants to continue walking. There are some scenes of great
affection between Alice and Uncas and it is clear they love each other. And
at the beginning Cora and Alice spend time with some of their father's army
men so that when they arrive at William Henry, the characters they meet at
the hospital etc. are not new to the audience. Now that is all I can
remember at this time. The movie was just developed more and provided for
better continuity, I think. I will keep trying to get a copy.
Hope this helps.


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