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Rough Cut

Rough Cut emerges as an undistinctive, frothy romantic comedy that will charm a few and probably miss the eye of many. Love match of Burt Reynolds and Lesley-Anne Down works only in selected spots and frame of the story, intrigue over a $30 million diamond heist, is hard-pressed to sustain interest.

Rough Cut emerges as an undistinctive, frothy romantic comedy that will charm a few and probably miss the eye of many. Love match of Burt Reynolds and Lesley-Anne Down works only in selected spots and frame of the story, intrigue over a $30 million diamond heist, is hard-pressed to sustain interest.

Blake Edwards was originally scheduled to direct the picture for David Merrick in 1977 with Larry Gelbart scripting and Reynolds top-lining. Edwards eventually bowed out and Reynolds took on other films until Don Siegel was signed to helm in 1979. Siegel was fired and rehired by Merrick and pic finally wound.

Trouble began when Merrick decided he wanted a new ending and Siegel insisted he had the final cut. Result was Merrick hiring Robert Ellis Miller to shoot a fourth finale.

Problem seems to lie in much of the dialog, which comes across as both wooden and contrived. Reynolds and Down do what they can but their attempts at witty banter never appear natural.

Rough Cut

  • Production: Paramount. Director Don Siegel; Producer David Merrick; Screenplay Francis Burns [= Larry Gelbart]; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Doug Stewart; Music Nelson Riddle; Art Director Ted Haworth
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 112 MIN.
  • With: Burt Reynolds Lesley-Anne Down David Niven Patrick Magee Joss Ackland Timothy West
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