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To Live And Die In LA - 7/11/2012 11:56:58 PM   
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I picked up a copy of this fllm cheap on Amazon, hadn't seen it in over a decade and... wow. What a great film.

Yeah, some of it looks a bit dated (the soundtracks by Wang Chung!) but it's full of great performances, some truly nasty violence and THAT car chase...

An overlooked classic, methinks...

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RE: To Live And Die In LA - 9/11/2012 11:10:40 AM   
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^ Yeah one of Friedkin's best ever films and stunning. Its a morality tale on violence which is where he is at his best. Defoe is awesome in it too.

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RE: To Live And Die In LA - 9/11/2012 11:16:15 AM   
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It felt like this was big influence on Drive...not least the shotgun effects.

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RE: To Live And Die In LA - 9/11/2012 1:12:27 PM   
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Awful opening and ropey transformation of John Pankow's character at the end aside, yeah - brilliant film.

So glad Friedkin didn't use the happy ending he was originally told to - absolutely dreadful scene.

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RE: To Live And Die In LA - 18/11/2012 11:31:31 PM   
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ORIGINAL: great_badir

Awful opening and ropey transformation of John Pankow's character at the end aside, yeah - brilliant film.

So glad Friedkin didn't use the happy ending he was originally told to - absolutely dreadful scene.


Happy ending? Whats that all about? Pray, do tell...

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RE: To Live And Die In LA - 19/11/2012 12:54:57 PM   
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SPOILERS




It's on the DVD - it cuts to Chance (who is not killed) and Vukovich, sat in some metal shed in Alaska, or the North Pole or somewhere like that, having been sent there as a punishment, watching their boss on TV taking all the credit for their takedown. It goes completely against the tone of the rest of the film and is straight out of a buddy comedy flick. United Artists, apparently, pressed Friedkin hard to use the happy ending. He filmed it, but fought it all the way and, fortunately, when UA saw it they agreed that it didn't work, so Friedkin won and the original ending was put back.

I still think Vukovich almost literally turning into Chance is a bit shit, but it's a million times better than what could have been.

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RE: To Live And Die In LA - 19/11/2012 10:40:25 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: great_badir

SPOILERS




It's on the DVD - it cuts to Chance (who is not killed) and Vukovich, sat in some metal shed in Alaska, or the North Pole or somewhere like that, having been sent there as a punishment, watching their boss on TV taking all the credit for their takedown. It goes completely against the tone of the rest of the film and is straight out of a buddy comedy flick. United Artists, apparently, pressed Friedkin hard to use the happy ending. He filmed it, but fought it all the way and, fortunately, when UA saw it they agreed that it didn't work, so Friedkin won and the original ending was put back.

I still think Vukovich almost literally turning into Chance is a bit shit, but it's a million times better than what could have been.



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