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About the Missing Scenes Floating down the Guadalupe
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About the Missing Scenes
As reported by several readers, there are three scenes (or
parts of scenes) missing from the cinematic version which are often included on
the televised version: 'The Bikers', 'The Lagoon Swim' and 'The Vote'. These
three scenes are missing from the cinema version of Fandango, but are featured
in the US commercial network (NBC) broadcast.
Sometimes scenes cut from the theatrical release are added
back in to the versions shown on commercial TV simply to pad the length to
better fit the time slot for the movies. And yet some of the information in
these restored scenes certainly add to the understanding of the film - for
example, the Lagoon scene introduces the fact that Phil is scared of heights,
something that is refered to later at the parachute school.
Fandango fan Daryl says: "What's also interesting
about those scenes, is that there's, to my memory, a type of discontinuity
problem with the added scenes (unless my memory is playing tricks on me as I
haven't seen the TV version in quite a while). What I seem to remember, and,
again, I might be wrong, is that there's discontinuity regarding Gardner's
sunglasses. As we should all know from the VHS/wide-screen version is that his
sunglasses are missing one of the bows (earpieces) throughout the entire movie.
What I seem to recall is that, in one of the missing scenes, his sunglasses are
perfectly normal, whereas before/after they were broken (missing one side).
Again, this is what I seem to remember and thought that was interesting, or
perhaps one of the reasons why (at least one of) the scenes were removed."
Fandango fan John, from Dallas, TX, says: "We've
all heard about how Kevin Costner thinks Fandango is a "flawed movie," and have
all pined to see the complete movie with deleted scenes, etc. Since the movie
is not out on DVD (yet), I wonder if there's a way we can collectively petition
the studio to release the DVD with perhaps a director's cut of the movie or at
least bonus features with director's commentaries and deleted scenes. I'm sure
we would all love to hear Kevin Reynolds story of taking "Proof" from a student
film to a feature-length production. Anyone have any ideas?"
Floating down the Guadalupe
The book Adventures of a No Name Actor reveals
another filmed but unused scene: 'Floating down the Guadalupe River'.
Bedford McIntosh says: "There was a review in today's LA Times of a book
by bit-part actor Marco Perella called, 'Adventures of a No Name Actor' (pub by
Bloomsbury $24.95, 224 pages). One excerpt recounted in the review is about
Fandango (the book probably has more to say about Fandango; I don't know): "In
Fandango, for example (in which he was hired to teach Kevin Costner how to
dance), Perella and other actors were supposed to float down the Guadalupe
River under a bridge where Judd Nelson's character was sleeping. They were to
represent Jungian archetypes in the character's dreams-Perella wore a jester
suit. At acute risk of freezing or drowning, they floundered in the icy water
for two days. The footage was never used."
Transcripts of the following scenes were sent in to us by
The Bikers and The Lagoon scenes follow one
after the other. They are early in the film, just after the Groovers decide
they have to go get DOM. In the VHS version, the fantasy-like, zoom-in shot of
the DOM rock and the car going down the road is then followed by Carol King
playing on the radio. These two missing scenes are inserted between those two
In both versions, the scene of the car going down the road
is shown and Gardner says "Hey, how about Margaritas at Chato Ortegas?", though
the next two lines "We could see the donkey lady!" and Phil: "We could get
diseases" are cut from the TV version. The Bikers scene begins after that
The Bikers: transcript
(Scene is the outside of a roadside café with a gas pump
in a dirt parking lot. Nothing else is around. GARDNER, PHIL, and WAGGENER
emerge from the café into the lot.)
GARDNER: Philip, I will pay you back.
PHIL: Ah, well that's great but what are we
supposed to do for money in the meantime?
(They look up to see a group of 10
mean-looking bikers parked in the lot hanging around their motorcycles, but
away from the car, which is parked by the gas pump. A biker pulls up behind
PHIL's car and siphons gas from the rear. Apparently they have been taking
turns doing this. PHIL sees this and gets mad.)
(PHIL heads for his car but GARDNER restrains
GARDNER: Philip, let me handle this
(GARDNER heads for the main group of bikers.
Looks back at PHIL and WAGGENER)
GARDNER: Look good folks, they'll move.
(GARDNER approaches the chief
biker who is reclining on his chopper, drinking tequila from the bottle.)
GARDNER: Say friend, ah, could ya, could ya
ooch those scooters over there just a hair, yeah, cause we're leavin' now?
(Biker belches and spits at GARDNER's
GARDNER turns, sort of sighs, and walks back
to PHIL and WAGGENER. PHIL looks mad; WAGGENER looks nervous. GARDNER motions
them to move back in to the café.)
GARDNER: Listen, y'all want to stay a
PHIL: (angrily) No!
GARDNER: Philip, there's a time to stand and
there is a time to tuck your tail. Now, I can't see getting killed over
PHIL: (to GARDNER) You done?
(GARDNER gets out of PHIL's way. PHIL walks
over to chief biker and points at him.)
PHIL: Jerkface. Get the pigs off my
BIKER: You call that a car? (laughs) Hell, it looks more like a
big ol' blue mule booger from here (laughs). (Bikers all laugh.)
UNKNOWN BIKER IN BACKGROUND: Rip his head off, Cecil!
PHIL: Cecil? Your name is Cecil?! That's a name! Do you hear
what this guy calls himself?!<
(GARDNER decides he needs to step in; WAGGENER
heads for the car.)
PHIL: Cecil! Ah that is
(GARDNER covers PHIL's mouth and pulls him
highness, on behalf of me and my buds I'd like to apologize for bein' alive and
if you'll forgive us I'll just take this poor demented worm out of your sight
and we'll be on our way.
PHIL: You gonna let this scum push us
GARDNER: Yeah Philip, I think that it's
(GARDNER gives up and walks away toward car;
PHIL rolls up sleeves to fight. Cut to WAGGENER and GARDNER at car. WAGGENER is
knocking on the window; DORMAN is apparently sitting in the back seat.)
GARDNER: (talking about PHIL as he walks up to
WAGGENER): The boy's lost his mind
WAGGENER: He's locked us out.
(DORMAN is sitting in the car chewing on a
toothpick and not interested in what GARDNER and WAGGENER have to say.)
GARDNER: Dorman, remember our motto? 'A bud in
need is a bud indeed?' Well, we're in need, son, so open her up.
(Cut back to PHIL, who is removing his
glasses. Biker is taking a big gulp from his tequila bottle. PHIL uses the
opportunity to run up and hit the biker three times in the belly as hard as he
can. This has no affect on the biker at all, and PHIL retreats a few steps. Cut
back to the car.)
GARDNER: Dorman... Dorman, have you had time
to reconsider, bud?
(Dorman ponders his toothpick. GARDNER and WAGGENER
check their pockets for the keys and see them sitting in the car's ignition.
Cut back to Phil who returns to strike more blows to the biker, who pulls a
large machete that is in a sleeve on his back. PHIL retreats again, in shock.
Close up of a boot breaking the glass in the car's passenger window. Noise of
car's screeching tires. Elton John's "Saturday Night's
" swells up again
as the soundtrack. Car swoops by PHIL as biker is about to carve him up but
someone grabs PHIL into the car. Car drives through parked motorcycles,
knocking over one, and spins around. Car heads out of lot with bikers throwing
bottles at it. Car heads down the road with PHIL's feet and legs hanging out
the window, but bikers do not follow.)
The Lagoon: transcript
Note: Bedford points out that this lagoon scene is completely
different to the scene described by the guy in the LA Times book review,
mentioned elsewhere in this site.
Cut to a close up of a small boulder splashing
into water. It was apparently tossed by DORMAN, who is standing in a lagoon at
the bottom of a small, shady canyon. He has his pants rolled up and he is about
to toss another rock In the background, WAGGENER is swinging from a rope over
the water with only his boxers and boots on, with GARDNER at the launching
point about 15 feet up the canyon wall. PHIL sits near them, further up, and
LESTER is lieing near PHIL.)
WAGGENER: Yahoo! (GARDNER catches WAGGENER
as he returns to the side.)
GARDNER: That's a good one, son!
(GARDNER takes rope for his turn. GARDNER is
dressed only in jeans and his sunglasses.)
WAGGENER: Yeah boy! Woo! Man, I'd forgotten
about this place, hadn't you?
GARDNER: No. (GARDNER swings away.)
WAGGENER: Hey Philip, is this pretty enough
(PHIL is sitting higher up near a rock with
the word "GROOVERS '67" painted on it. LESTER is unconscious behind PHIL.)
PHIL: (sedated) It's OK.
(GARDNER returns from his swing.)
WAGGENER: Come here and take a swing!
PHIL: I don't like heights.
PHIL: Yeah heights. Besides you won't catch
(GARDNER has taken off his pants and is now
down to light blue briefs.)
GARDNER: Oh Philip, would you quit being so
anal retentive. I swear I don't even know why we bring him along sometimes.
(GARDNER leads a fully-dressed PHIL to the
PHIL: My car
GARDNER: OK, just wanted to make sure you knew
why. Philip, you be careful; you might like it.
PHIL: You'd better catch me.
(PHIL takes off over the water. WAGGENER and
GARDNER stand ready to catch him when he swings back, but they are distracted
by a shout just as he returns, and they miss him, leaving him to swing over the
WOMAN: Young man, you are tresspassin'.
(It is an older but not unattractive woman
standing further up the canyon shouting down at them. GARDNER and WAGGENER look
GARDNER: Sorry, we didn't know this belonged
WOMAN: Sugar, land always belongs to
(PHIL still dangles)
GARDNER: (quietly to WAGGENER as he puts his
sunglasses back on) I saw right up her dress.
(WAGGENER laughs. PHIL finally drops into the
water. Cut to close up of a half buried Coke bottle in the dirt by the side of
a road. The car drives by. Close up of radio with Carol King's "It's Too Late"
The Vote: transcript
This scene takes place on the morning after their night at the
set of Giant. It lengthens the scene of that morning and takes place right at
the burned out set. In the VHS version, PHIL has discovered that 'the rattler'
was just a lizard. He says "I was having a nightmare!" and flops to the ground.
GARDNER says "Get used to 'em." This is immediately followed by a close up of
the new front of PHIL's car at the gas station. "The Vote" takes place between
those two scenes, and is a continuation of PHIL's post-rattler trauma.
(GARDNER and WAGGENER walk away from PHIL to DORMAN, who is
sitting right in front of the burned out set. He is playing with newspaper, and
makes paper hats during the scene. LESTER lays unconscious next to D.)
PHIL: (off camera) I hate this place!
GARDNER: Well then you'll be glad to know we'll be leaving here
(PHIL sits up at this news.)
PHIL: Then we're going home, right?
(PHIL gets up and angrily runs over to the
PHIL: You promised! You promised we would be
home by tonight.
GARDNER: Well that was yesterday.
PHIL: (loudly to WAGGENER) Didn't he
WAGGENER: Stop screaming, Philip.
PHIL: Well, didn't he?
WAGGENER: Of course he did
GARDNER: I tell you what, Philip, we'll vote
on it, all right? Now, everybody that wants to be a canker and go home raise
(PHIL raises his hand; he is the only
GARDNER: All right, all the neat guys raise
(GARDNER and DORMAN raise their hands but
WAGGENER just ignores them and is fussing with his boots.)
GARDNER: (to W) C'mon son, let's make it
unanimous for the neat guys.
WAGGENER: Y'all decide; I don't care.
(WAGGENER throws up hands and walks away.)
GARDNER: Well, we beat you Philip, two to
PHIL: He didn't vote.
PHIL: Well he might have voted for me and then
that'd be a tie, and a tie goes to me because it's my car.
GARDNER: All right Waggener, will you let him
have it son? C'mon, where's that old groover spunk
just raise your hand up
WAGGENER: (cutting off GARDNER, agitated) I said I
don't care anymore!
(WAGGENER walks away, leaving GARDNER who stands
there for a few seconds trying to figure out what to do.)
GARDNER: All right (pulls a coin from his
pocket) here's his vote.
(GARDNER flips coin and PHIL calls it in
PHIL: Tails (Coin is "tails")
PHIL: Oh yeah! Yeah! (PHIL jumps around)
GARDNER: Two out of three.
PHIL: (firmly) No. (laughs)
(GARDNER knows he is about to lose this
GARDNER: OK, neat guys want a recount.
(GARDNER and DORMAN raise their hands. GARDNER
points to LESTER.)
GARDNER: Put his hand up, Dorman.
(DORMAN raises LESTER's hand.)
GARDNER: Three outta two; we beat you.
(GARDNER and DORMAN pick up LESTER and head
for the car.)
PHIL: He doesn't count
he's unconscious! I... I
forbid you to take my car.
GARDNER: (off camera) We'll get you freshened
up. You'll have a whole new attitude.
(Having realized he has lost again, PHIL kicks the dirt in
frustration but reluctantly heads for the car. WAGGENER brings up the rear,
slowly. Cut to close up of the new front of PHIL's car at the gas station.)
Thanks again to Bedford
McIntosh, for transcribing and sending these in.