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Story Endings Could Be Picture-Perfect

October 08, 2000

Jim Zarroli's article ("The End Game," Sept. 10) describes a practice that has bugged me for years. It makes no sense when the motion-picture industry takes a story or book that it thinks is good enough to film and then changes it beyond recognition. I first encountered this practice after seeing the movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai." I had read the book and then gone to see the film. In the book, they all died and the bridge was not blown up; in the movie, they all died and the bridge was blown up--a twist in the facts that ruined the movie for me. I guess the only answer is not to have a clue about the real story.

David DeWitt

Riverside

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