Saturday, November 04, 2006

Happy Endings

Yesterday's Guardian carried an obituary of William Stryon whose novel, Sophie's Choice, was made into a film by Alan Paluka. The obituary tells us that: "...Paluka pitched the project to the cigar-chomping British film mogul Lew Grade, who thought it would be a good idea to gie the story a happy ending. Paluka declined". This reminded me of an interview with Roman Polanski in which he revealed that the scriptwritter on Chinatown had wanted to give that a happy ending. What other movies could have inappropriately happy endings? Titanic (they could all be rescued, the movie could hardly be any worse)? Casablanca (Bogart gets the beautiful Ingrid Bergman instead of going off with Claud Rains)?


Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

How about Reservoir Dogs .. as they're all standing there, guns drawn on each other, one of them drops the Rodney King "can't we all just get along?" bomb, and they all drop their guns and share a manly hug .. on second thought, I'll just take the original!

12:30 pm  
Blogger politaholic said...

Here's another: Phildelphia (Tom Hanks makes a miraculous recovery and goes on to play in the superbowl). And another: A Perfect Storm (they go fishing and the weather's perfect, they return with a boatload of fish). Enough, enough...

5:04 pm  
Anonymous Paul Linford said...

Alan Pakula.

9:54 am  
Blogger Gracchi said...

All Quiet on the Western Front- they all live and nobody dies.

Memento- he recovers his memory during the first scene

10:14 am  

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