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I love this movie!! I really, really want to see Manns original cut of this film.
The extended ending on you-tube is just that-an extending extending. It is NOT, “the second ending”(as it is sometimes referred too!) That sequence of film was a longer finale which was shot but unfortunately the special effects were never added in post production.
The movie has shots and scenes missing throughout the film. Some of the dialogue in existing scenes, has been trimmed, and some has been removed entirely. In a few areas, different lines have been dubbed over the original dialogue. This was done by Paramount, to keep these particular scenes in context with the story in its abridged version, so as to remove dialogue which referred to plot points explored in scenes which were edited out altogether. Needless to say the story was still a mess. I dont think well ever see a directors cut unfortunately.
Michael Mann remade L.A Take-down as Heat, and while I think its more likely Mann would rather remake The Keep, than re-edit it……. I just cant see that happening either, for a couple of reasons.
The budget was not that big, despite the fact they went over. Paramount should have saw the project through to its conclusion, and let Mann finish the film the way he wanted too. Had they done that, I think the film would be held in high regard today. It would definitely have been a commercial success on video and DVD. Of that much, I have no doubt what-so-ever!! They really blew it then, when they took what was presented to them in post production, and decided to play around with it!
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