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Sister, Sister (1987)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Bill Condon Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on May 3rd, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
"Sister, Sister...Oh, Brother!" The inevitable critic's headline to Bill Condon's first directorial effort. One of many "slams" that Mr. Condon has at the ready when commenting on his Louisiana-based drama. The director starts the track with his appreciation for the DVD format (specifically "Anchor Bay's" penchant for troubled films), and proceeds to give the listener an account of his specific career course to filmmaking. His tracks are always very personal and self-effacing when it comes to his own work. He gives some great background info on this particular era of film production, when the former head of AVCO-Embassy took over New World Pictures, and attempted to capitalize on the slasher boom. Bill admits that the initial script for 'Sister' was more forumulaic and that he took the project on with the condition that a rewrite was in order. What resulted was a more elegant attempt, along the lines of "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte." A final product not appreciated by the test screeners who lambasted the film, especially when the final reel fell out of sync. A calamity of erros that felled 'Sister' at nearly every step. All accounted for in this director's commentary, from underestimating audience dissaproval at "pet jeopardy" to Eric Stolz' rebuff to "go buff." Forgive the brief pauses of "dead-air," as Bill goes solo for this one. The final act is broken down into which scenes were cut and re-edited, and makes a fine pairing to the deleted scenes found on the DVD. 8/10