The Script & Changes

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Posted by ann on August 05, 1998 at 12:02:53:

Recently, during the Magua/Alice/ledge discussion, someone mentioned that Magua's seeming-flicker of concern was indeed mentioned in the script. That led me to read the scene as written in the script at this site. For anyone who hasn't checked it out, I highly recommend it.

The changes that were made during the filming process are fascinating. For instance, in the last scene the dialogue has Hawkeye actually proposing to Cora. Of course, in the final product their commitment to each other is insinuated rather than spoken.

The most fascinating change to me is in the cave scene, after Uncas grabs Alice away from the waterfall. According to the script, a confusing chain of looks, action & reactions was planned to occur between them. The interaction the director originally described seems to be a rebuff by Alice of Uncas' affectionate advances...(who's going to believe that anyway, right Katherine?:o)

Perhaps I got it wrong.....any thoughts?....ann

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