Re: Chingachgook's closing speach & Doctor Mary's Unfortunately Short Film Career

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Posted by MMMMarcia on November 30, 1999 at 07:30:00:

In Reply to: Re: Michael Mann and Chingachgook's closing speach posted by Rich on November 30, 1999 at 04:29:20:

Rich wrote:
: As I read the script, I have always thought the ending was just fine as it was on film (though I DO wish the missing footage of Doc Mary shoving Cora off the cliff WAS included ... talk about SURPRISE! That would have made for powerful stuff!!!) ... Thought the script was too verbose. However, after hearing several peoples' reactions to the new ending, I remain open ... Sounds like it had an emotional pull to it.
Rich, when I read the speech in the script, I thought it WAY too wordy, also, and when I saw it on the dvd, I felt exactly the same. To me, it is redundant...a recapping of the film that just isn't necessary, when Chingachgook's eloquently sad face expressed it all so much better. It sounds too PC for my taste. But now we have it BOTH ways, so I guess we can choose the ending we prefer, eh?

I, too, am very regretful about that lopped out Doctor Mary scene. What Doc M didn't mention was that the ORIGINAL scene was shot showing her shoving Capable Cora to her doom, and then that scene was followed by one showing Mighty Mohican Mama Marcia throttling the good doctor & hastily disposing of HER remains before Hawkeye the Hunk-O-Licious made his way back down the cliff. It was, indeed, a powerful moment which would have made film history, sartain!


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