I’m sure that almost all of us have a favorite movie that has at least one scene that we would like to have edited out. This is especially true after repeated viewings, where we can’t wait for the scene to be over and get on with the great parts of the film.
There have been many movies that I have rated *** ½ stars that have one or two scenes that kept them from being perfect. While the film was still highly recommendable, one wonders what the producers were ultimately thinking by allowing a particular scene to survive the final edit.
My pick would be the movie Fearless with Jeff Bridges. A truly remarkable and landmark film about a man who survives a plane crash and for the next few weeks walks around in an almost dreamlike state, thinking he is suddenly immune to everything. He takes crazy chances such as standing on edges of skyscrapers and eating foods that he is allergic too. The film has one of the most unforgettable plane crash sequences ever filmed. A drawn-out, almost surrealistic, sequence – without any explosions or actual crash - that drives home the horror of such an event unlike anything ever seen before on film.
This film would have easily been my #1 film of the 1990s except for one scene: The very ending. If you saw the film you will recall that the Bridges’ character eats a strawberry – that he is deathly allergic too – and starts choking immediately. As his wife is frantically trying to revive him, we cut to a scene of him walking away through a tunnel of light – presumably indicating that he is dying. These two scenes cut back and forth, with his wife hysterically screaming out his name, until he magically wakes up and spits out the strawberry.
This ending was too “Hollywood” for me. How much more appropriate it would have been for the final scene to have him continue walking toward the shaft of light while his wife desparetly, but unsuccessfully, tries to revive him.
I would love to buy the rights to this film and cut out the 30 seconds or so.
So, what scene, of what movie, would you like to edit out or change and why?