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was Jackson justified cutting out Saruman's death scene?


Jun 20, 2:18am

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was Jackson justified cutting out Saruman's death scene? Can't Post

I have to say no. That's the one thing I've always hated about the theatrical release of this movie. I know he's in the extended edition, but for the actual movie that was released in theaters, there's just no reason for cutting him out. As someone who didn't read the books before reading the movies, I remember thinking several times throughout the movie, "Where the hell is Saruman?". And then when it was over, I thought, "Wait, so a throwaway line about him being locked in his tower was the last we ever hear from him?".

Incredibly stupid move by Jackson. Saruman really was the main antagonist of the first two movies. Even if Jackson felt it was out of place, we deserved closure for such a huge character. Especially since it's actually a great scene. Christopher Lee does a great job, and gets one final chance to use his booming voice to attack the heros. It's also the only time he's face to face with most of the fellowship. Its the only time he confronts Aragon, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, Pippen, and Theoden. Cutting that was the worst decision in the entire trilogy.


Jun 20, 1:12pm

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Yes, a strange decision... [In reply to] Can't Post

but it does not matter now that we have the SEE.

Grey Havens

Jul 4, 4:18pm

Post #3 of 5 (272 views)
But... [In reply to] Can't Post

Saruman on the spiky wheel of death was also a cop out. Yes, the scene was needed where they all confront him and it is made plain that he is not a threat or is taken care of.... Maybe it should just have been Wormtongue slicing his throat--- it was the end Saruman had in the book after all.

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Jul 9, 4:05pm

Post #4 of 5 (195 views)
Well, before he fell he had a knife in his back. [In reply to] Can't Post



Jul 9, 4:06pm

Post #5 of 5 (196 views)
Agree, it was not a decision I liked and poor Christopher Lee was not too happy either. [In reply to] Can't Post



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