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ON THE ROAD Movie Reedited: Toronto 2012

On the Road movie Garrett Hedlund Kristen Stewart Sam RileyOn the Road movie reedited for Toronto screening

Based on Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, Walter Salles' On the Road movie adaptation starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart (photo) will be screened at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. We all knew that. What we didn't know is that TIFF 2012 will unveil a new cut of the film (via indieWIRE), which premiered last spring at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews.

The 2hr20m drama has been downsized to approximately 125 minutes. That's an interesting development, as On the Road has already been screened in several countries, with varying degrees of box office success: $2.7 million in France, $1.47 million in Brazil, $423k in Belgium, $248k in The Netherlands, $160k in Finland, and $51k in Sweden. [Check out the On the Road trailer.]

On the Road movie reedit hardly unique

On the other hand, different cuts shown in different countries is hardly something new. Whether as a result of poor critical/box-office reception, (perceived) local sensibilities, and/or censorship, the movie you watch in, say, Canada isn't necessarily the exact same movie watched by someone in Singapore, Suriname, or Sweden — even though they may have the same title, director, screenwriters, and actors. [Check out Kristen Stewart On the Road poster; Garrett Hedlund On the Road poster.]

The new cut is clearly a move to make On the Road more "commercial" in the United States, where IFC Films / Sundance Selects will be opening the film for awards consideration on Dec. 21.

IFC Films "honcho" Jonathan Sehring (quite diplomatically) explains below (via indieWIRE), what has taken place:

"The response at Cannes was that some people loved it and some people were respectful of it, like some people loved the book. And Walter took a lot of that to heart. … He's added certain things that weren't in the cut that was in Cannes. He has been in New York and Rio and L.A. working on it the past couple of months, and it's going to be very wet when it gets to Toronto."

On the Road movie cast

In addition to Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, On the Road features Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Amy Adams, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, and Kirsten Dunst. The Motorcycle Diaries screenwriter José Rivera penned the adaptation, while Francis Ford Coppola, who bought the rights to the novel more than three decades ago, is listed as one of the film's executive producers. Brokeback Mountain's Gustavo Santaolalla composed the score.

On the Road box office figures via Box Office Mojo.

On the Road picture: Gregory Smith / Jerry Leider Company.

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6 Comments to ON THE ROAD Movie Reedited: Toronto 2012

  1. Vicky

    Best improvement possible would be to take Stewart out of the film at this point. She royally screwed (literally) her professional commitments with her behavior.

  2. OTR

    I'm looking forward to this movie!

  3. Nin

    The reviews were not as bad as some of you are stating. The acting was consistently praised. For what I read, the movie was very true to the scrolls and the published book but was lacking a bit of cinematic. Granted, a 2 hour and 20 minutes movie is rather long but if it was reduced to one hour and 25 minutes that's just too much lost. Too bad indeed if that much was deleted to turn it into a commercial movie.

  4. bluez

    The film got horrible reviews at Cannes. I wonder how much they could have cut from the film so they can get good reviews after TIFF.

  5. nina

    what I go t from the original article is that Walter Salles was pretty saddened by the poor reviews in Cannes. And let me tell you that, the reviews in Cannes were BAD. OTR and Paperboy were the two worst films of the festival :/ That said, I admit i'm not expecting much to change with the critics reviews, mainly because the length of the film wasn't the only problem they spotted…

  6. Liz

    Now that they've cut more scenes than they've added, I am hopeful that the film will get more better reviews.




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