The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on October 23, 1981 · Page 33
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 33

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, October 23, 1981
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Will Changes In Film's End The Post, Friday, October 23, 1981-B13 Boost Di isney: By Aljean Harmetz e Ntw York Tlm HOLLYWOOD - Walt Disney's The Watcher in the Woods opened in New York on April 17, 1980, and was clubbed to death by the critics. "I challenge even the most indulgent fan to give a coherent translation of what passes for an explanation at the end," Vincent Canby, The New York Times critic, wrote of the ghost story-science fiction hybrid, which starred Bette Davis, Carroll Baker and Lynn-Holly Johnson. It seemed that Disney's desperate attempt to attract a new and older audience had ended in still another failure. Eighteen months and $1 million worth of revisions later, The Watcher in the Woods opened in 240 theaters ; -on Oct. 8. "A rattlingly good suspense yarn," wrote The Hollywood Reporter, an industry trade paper. "The ending is seamless, satisfying, resolving the mystery. The film is genuinely ;eerie and scary," said The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Equally satisfying to Disney, the movie earned a respectable $1.2 million during its first week. Why did Disney take the unprecedented gamble of withdrawing The I Watcher in the Woods to invent and shoot a new ending? Films that have already opened in theaters have occasionally been shortened. After 2001: A Space Odyssey had gotten hostile reviews, Stanley Kubrick flew from London to cut nearly 20 minutes from it. When reviewers complained about the length of Dr. Zhivago, David Lean flew from London to cut 10 to, 15 minutes. Isadora was shortened by more than an hour. So was Heaven's Gate. But no one can remember a movie that was withdrawn to go back into production. "Why did we do it? We felt we had seven-eighths of a good picture," said Tom Leetch, the movie's co-producer. "But the ending confused people." "They had tried to blend science fiction with a ghost story, and it didn't work," said Harrison Ellenshaw, who designed the shape and look of the new ending. "They tried to get a scary alien, but he came out looking like a large lobster with seaweed hanging off him. It was as though the audience had wandered into another picture. You can't break the njjes that late in a movie without having the audience feel someone got the last reel mixed up." Luckily for Disney, the movie's sets had not been destroyed but were in storage at Pinewood Studios in London. Unluckily, the actors' strike made it impossible to shoot until late fall. Because of conflicts in the schedule of Miss Davis, who plays the mother of a girl who disappeared mysteriously 30 years earlier, her revised scenes were shot separately last winter in California. NOW SERVING HOT ENTREES FROM 6PM TO 12PM NIGHTLY JOEY'S PALM BEACH DELICATESSEN ' V" rT?''',v ) Unique Decor, Old Fashioned Friendly ; Atmosphere, Most Courteous and Effi- ' cient Service, and the Food . . . 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