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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 18 Nov 1996 16:07:38 -0600
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Charlie Harris writes:
"By contrast, I'm currently writing a script in which I want to introduce an
unreliable scene early on. However, I don't want the audience to realise
it's unreliable until the end. I have a feeling, though, that I will not be
able to include it, because the audience will feel cheated."
Something like that was done in NO WAY OUT, the remake of THE CLOCK with
Kevin Costner.  There is an ambiguous opening scene of Costner being
interrogated and wondering why the man behind the one-way mirror doesn't
come out.  The rest of the film is a flashback, which (among other things)
involves looking for a "mole" in the CIA.  At the end, the man comes out
from behind the mirror, speaks Russian and we realize that Costner was
the mole all along.
I didn't feel cheated myself, but I know some viewers did--and it did make
me rethink the entire film!
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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