Brian's Song

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Hugh Jackes, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. Hugh Jackes

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    I can't help it. I still got all blubbery.

    I think they used the exact same script...anybody disagree?
     
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    I disagree. No mashed potatoes on the chair while Piccolo sings the Wake Forest fight song.

    Other than a more realistic look at the ravages of cancer, I don't think the new one added anything to the original. Put me in the category of "why did they bother?"

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    Rob, I did not mean to imply that the new one was as good or better; we agree that the James Caan, Billy Dee Williams version was far superior. I was just pointing out that I still got all leaky near the end. Sympathetic echo?

    My thoughts on the same script came during the Hallas-is-deaf-in-one-ear gag. From my memory of the original, it seemed word-for-word.

    The cancer treatment scenes were more detailed and gripping. I don't remember learning as much about the spread of the cancer throughout his body.
     
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    http://www.cbfans.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=687
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    PS: The deaf ear thing was ALMOST word for word but in the first movie, Coach Halas never sat down at his desk and said, "Don't believe everything Piccolo tells you" In the '71 version, Coach Halas barks something like, "Sayers, what the hell is the matter with you? and Gale realizes that he'd been had. Much more effective in '71 version. The first version was hands down better and I don't see why they even bothered with this remake. That comes from a die-hard Bears fan.
     

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