Originally Posted by Paul McCartney
Not necessarily! CLICK HERE BUDDY!
I don't know if it's censored or not, but that page has a Youtube embed of said fight scene, and despite the low quality, it's definitely a knockout. As an added bonus, it comes complete the kind of trashy late-60s easy listening jazz soundtrack that a Travis McGee movie demands.
Heh! Thanks much, good sir, but though I forgot to get back to this thread it took me roughly a day later (when I remembered to look) that I procured for $10 a bootleg DVD of the uncut edition with, indeed, a terrible picture (though a lot better than that youtube) and intrusive Dutch subtitles. Guy did a remarkably nice job with the packaging, though, and even added chapter stops (though no scene selection screen).
And yeah, that fucking fight is a vicious bruiser. There's a great shot that if I had the know-how I'd be tempted to make a new avatar from -- when Taylor scrambles up from the floor and just before he's barreled through the closet door, in the grimace he's throwing as he pulls his fist back you can make out the fucking blood in his teeth. His eyes are murder-crazy there, too. It's a great 3-minute payoff after a fairly crap film. That said, if an angel delivered an uncut, unsubtitled, cleaned-up bare bones R1 DVD I'd preorder today.
The soundtrack? Goddamn, what's in the clip is the tip of the tip of the iceberg. So great. And Taylor had a pretty good handle on McGee, though MacDonald's assessment ("maybe too squat, hairy, and direct") is kind of on the mark. Captured the laid back schemer well enough, even though most of the script and direction (til the fight) was porn-level crap. [ETA: Actually, to be fair, the acting other than Rod isn't porn-bad, merely late-60s-TV bad. But the photography is porn-bad, and I don't think that's just the shitty 10th generation fuzzy bootleg talking.] Very weird seeing Jane Russell cameo as the "Alabama Tigress." Meyer? Ridiculous and embarassing.
Chandler's great and could get the attitude, like Clooney or even Costner (right feel, too old), or even Greg Kinnear (the man IS a labrador retriever), but McGee's a big fucker, six-four and a cut 205, or someone who could pull that off. It feels like a stupid thing to harp on, when character should be king, but his physicality was so much a part of his character, not to mention methods, it's hard to picture Handsome Charming Average-Sized Guy getting there at all. People need to turn their heads up to talk with him.
Jon Hamm, shit -- that's pretty damn good. Pitt would be an even better Junior Allen if he'd deign to play the irresistable sociopath with significantly less screen time, in mostly other peoples' flashbacks til the final confrontation. Let him be a menacing presence and steal the show in the 3rd act.
Oliver Platt as Meyer. Meyer doesn't show up til the 6th or 7th book but Christ, now I can't possibly see anyone else. PERFECT. If they go older, than weirdly enough Aykroyd's not a bad call at all, if it's possible for him anymore to reign in the creepy and up the serene charm.
No motion on imdb that I can see without pro; Fleder's name on it still gives me the shivers. After watching DARKER THAN AMBER, I can definitely see the script being the hold-up. AMBER's attempts to have Taylor vocalize the McGee philosophy feel so canned and faux-hep, despite Taylor's best go at it.