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I find myself quite fond of an old Travolta movie, "The General's Daughter", based on Nelson DeMillle's novel. One of those rare cases when the movie is more interesting than the book, in my humble opinion. In any case, I always found its ending unfulfilling -- the case is solved, and the main characters are simply shown driving away, despite their tumultuous back-and-forth all through the film.

Apparently there was an alternate ending that didn't make the movie...I like it far better, and not for its romantic notions, but rather for a sense of closure of the inter-personal cut-ins Simon West stuck with throughout the film.

Whatever you might think of the film itself or the book, the sound track is quite awesome. "Sea Lion Woman (She Began To Lie)" and "Rock Island Line" are worth listening to -- something of the "old-timey material", to use a phrase from "Oh Brother, Where Art Though".

Alternate ending


Rock Island Line (traditional, re-arranged 1934 Kelly Pace recording)


Sea Lion Woman (traditional, Shipp sisters)

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