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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Aisle Seat 8-6: August Assault Edition by Andy Dursin
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Regarding PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, was the original title "Peggy Sue Got Married...or Will She?" Or was that just an ad tagline. My memory's a little faded.

What bugged me about this film, aside from Cage, is the mirror shots Coppola kept using. He wanted to come out of the mirror into the real world at times, but he couldn't shoot straight into it without catching the camera in the reflection, so he had doubles "mirroring" the moments of the performers. The problem with that is the trick was glaringly obvious. The doubles never matched the actors' movements and often they didn't fit the body types. When a trick becomes that obvious in its failure, it draws attention to itself and loses whatever impact he was aiming for. It drags me out of the movie every time he does it and it comes off as amateur night. I don't hold Coppola in the same high regard as others, but this film is not his best work.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

ISHTAR may not have made it to DVD, but it was on laserdisc. The disc was issued around the same time as the first videotape edition, in late 1987.

 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: I honestly think the film would’ve been even more remembered and acclaimed had Cage delivered a performance that could’ve elevated the material onto a truly emotional level that it only intermittently flirts with..

I totally agree with that. While I've long been a fan of Cage, I just hated his quirky performance in this one, although, as pointed out, that's apparently what the director wanted. Look at Cage in "Moonstruck" or, for that matter, "Birdy," and he's excellent. But I cringe when I see him in this one, which, for me, made the film practically unwatchable. It was salvaged by both Kathleen Turner AND John Barry's lovely musical cues. For me, I'll stick with my DVD, which I'll probably never watch again.

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