“Just Cause,” the Warner Bros, film shown Jan. 26 to media for the first time, could easily be called “Just Finished.” The death-row drama, directed by Pace Gallery owner Arne Glimcher (“The Mambo Kings”) and starring Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw and Ed Harris, had its ending reshot just two weeks ago. Cast and director joined Connery in London to fix the finale, after the director and studio felt the first shoot left open some plot points.
The film opens Feb. 17, but the studio had to be ready for last week’s press showing. WB sent execs, producers and its in-house editor extraordinaire Dede Allen to Gotham last week to complete the film. They worked nonstop to finish, got their print Thursday afternoon, and showed it that night, making it probably one of the wettest prints shown to the media in recent memory. Sources said the crunch created tensions between the studio, director and star, with Connery initially planning to skip the junket, though the studio denied the star ever had misgivings about attending.
As usually happens in Hollywood, everyone kissed and made up.