Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir novel endings the movies won't touch

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 01 Dec 2005

With Blade Runner, it was more than just the ending. The director's cut makes it more apparant that Harrison Ford is a replicant. Two movies that come to mind are "Double Indemnity" which had to replace a gas chamber scene (although that ending still wouldn't have been as macabre as the book's actual ending). In Hitchcock's Suspicion, the studios made Hitch use a different ending which changed the whole movie - instead of having Cary Grant in fact trying to kill Joan Fontaine for her money, they changed the ending to something more convoluted (he was planning to commit suicide so she'd get his insurance money).

--- In, DJ-Anonyme@w... wrote:
> Jay wrote:
> "Does anyone have other examples of Hollywood "squeamishness"
(which is
> probably not the right word)."
> Not a difference from the book to the movie (although the movie is
> different from the book), but a change between cuts -- Blade
Runner was
> recut to have a happier ending, and a voiceover was added. The DVD
> restores the director's cut.
> The Ice Harvest changes the ending from the book, but most of what
> precedes that is true to the book.
> Robert Altman notoriously changed the endng of The Long Goodbye,
but it
> certainly wasn't to make it more viewer friendly. In fact, it
> off a whole lot of them.
> Mark

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