[quote=“scherpschutter, post:4, topic:3155”]I guess this 5 hours version was a rough cut, it was never shown theatrically (see for a link to my article):
Well, I know about it from this text:
Cimino was given complete freedom and pushed the film far over budget.Â He shot over 220 hours of film (1.3 million feet!) and production fell way behind as he sometimes demanded up to 50 takes of individual scenes. Then during post-production, Cimino changed the lock to the editing room, prohibiting studio executives from seeing the film until he completed the editing. Finally, after months of delays, last-minute changes, and cost overruns, Cimino delivered a version which ran 325 minutes (over 5 hours!), but studio executives forced him to edit the film to 219 minutes (still nearly 4 hours long). Cimino's obsessive and overbearing behavior destroyed his burgeoning reputation as a director.
If Cimino was given such a great artistic freedom, I think it could have been his ultimate version, but he was forced to shorten it. Anyway I’d like to view this long version - it could be better (much more depth) and not so uneven. Anyway I liked it and I feel sorry for Cimino. United Artists should have known that it was very risky to trust an artist and he was seemingly too self-confident.
[quote=“Stanton, post:6, topic:3155”]Maybe only a rough cut, but I assume the 5 hours is the version Cimino would have made if he could have cut the film without any commercial pressure, without caring how long one film was allowed to be for a theatrical showing.
Leone’s preferred version of OUTA was about 50 min longer then what he was allowed to release. Tarantino released Kill Bill in 2 parts to keep the intended length.
I’m pretty sure the 219 min version was a compromise for Cimino.[/quote]