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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 21 Mar 1993 12:36:09 CST
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>thing that they don't know.  (The Crying Game was okay, I thought, with some
>wonderful work by Stephen Rea and the other performers, though I had trouble
>believing a hardened IRA solider would behave the way he did when the job went
>wrong.)  The market manipulation is so self-evident, but North America seems to
>be having a whale of a time spending their money to play the Crying Game.
Y'know, it's strange.  I expected the Big Twist, even though I saw the
film without hearing a single word about it (the film, that is, not just
the twist), but what really surprised me was Whittaker's character's
death.  Where I saw it (Phoenix), he was promoted as the main star.
Killing him off like that was like HItchcock killing Janet Leigh in the
first 30 minutes of PSYCHO.
I didn't know around Miramax's promotion of the Twist, but I'm not
surprised.  What other hook would there be?  It does, however, cheapen
somewhat the film's gender bending--makes it into more of a gimmick
than a fundamental challenge to gender stereotyping.
      No matter where you go, there you are.
                                            --Buckaroo Banzai
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