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1.07 Third Time Lucky?


  • Movie Version
  • TV Version
Release: Mar 06, 2016 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the cut US DVD by Artisan Entertainment (Not Rated / Movie Version) and the uncut German DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment (FSK 16 / TV Version).

The differences:

12 cuts = 29 minutes and 40 seconds.
1 cut with alternate footage = 18 seconds +Movie Version.

In an experimental laboratory, janitor Harlan Williams gets contaminated by mysterious chemicals set free by an explosion. Due to radiation, he slowly mutates in a mysterious way. The government intends to figure out what happened to Harlan at any cost so they assign their best and most cold-blooded agent. Harlan, his wife Gina and the wonderful and young head of security Terry are in grave danger. They run from the brutal killer while Toddhunter, head of science and a totally obsessed professor, keeps experimenting. He intends to finish his secret object successfully, no matter what the cost.

The miniseries produced for US TV is based on an idea by Stephen King who also wrote most parts of the screenplay. All in all, 7 episodes with a total length of more than 6 hours were produced (among them a two-part episode). The ratings were not exactly satisfying though and they got lower with every episode. For that reason, the decision not to continue the show - as originally planned - was made. Unfortunately, the last episode ended with a cliffhanger because further were originally planned - as already mentioned. For the VHS and DVD release, a second alternate ending that ends the story was shot. Also, the running time of more than 6 hours was lowered to almost 4 hours in order to release it as a feature film. Apparently, the studio did not want to "torture" the audience with a feature film longer than 6 hours one more time. As for the actors, there are some quite familiar faces in Golden Years - such as Frances Sternhagen, Ed Lauter and R.D. Call. Especially fans of The X-Files should not be oblivious to the last two actors.

The Movie Version with a lack of story elements and an actual ending is available on VHS and DVD worldwide. In the Netherlands, the longer TV Version has been released on DVD by Video/FilmExpress. In Germany, it has been released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment. It is doubtful that the cliffhanger ending from the TV Version is available in the bonus features somewhere...
0 Min
Recap and opening credits are missing.

Then a shot of Burton at the desk. He is on the computer.Andrews kommt hinzu.
Andrews: What's the word?
Burton: It's not good!
Andrews: Where's the old man's file?
Burton: They locked me out of the databank! I can still get the information! It's going to take more time!
Andrews: That's too bad!
Burton: What are you doing?
Andrews gets out his weapon and holds Burton at gunpoint.
Andrews: You haven't got more time!
Burton: What are you...?
Andrews pulls the trigger but there are no bullets in it. Andrews starts laughing, gets the clip out of his pocket and loads the gun.
Andrews: Did you think I was going to kill you? I can't do that! It's against regulations! Come on!
Burton: Where are we going?
Andrews: I might have found someone that'll help find the old man!
Burton: Oh, good! That's good, because... I feel real bad that I... I blew this!
Andrews: Strike one, Burton!
Burton: What?
Andrews: Strike one!
Andrews runs away. Burton stays behind, then he follows Andrews.

Harlan stops at the road side and tries to hitchhike.

Missing conversation between Crewes and Moreland:

Moreland: I started doing it, because my wife insisted! She thought it would help our marriage! Only once a week is all we ever did it! Saturday night! I didn't really mind, because I found out I could do it and think of other things at the same time! Data systems, spreadsheets projections! Things like that! But then one night, she said she needed to do it more than once a week!
Crewes: Really?
Moreland: Yeah! I'm sorry! I tried! But I cannot do it three times a week!
Crewes: The last time I did it was church camp!
Moreland: Yeah, but... Look, I... I feel guilty, but... I'd rather be here than with her!
Crewes: If you hate square dancing so much, why don't you tell her? How does it look?
Arbeiter: Should have told me you were coming! This is going to take a while!
Crewes: How long?
Arbeiter: You guys can hang out in the pilots' room! I'll let you know when it's ready!
Moreland: You know, you're right! I hate square dancing! I've always hated it! When we get home, I'm going to tell my wife!
Crewes: She didn't make you wear spurs, did she?
Crewes and Moreland are walking across the scenery.

Toddhunter makes something with watch components.
Toddhunter: Of course, God... is the grand watchmaker! We're all just ticking away here! Tick, tick, tick!
5 min 37 sec

6 Min
Andrews and Burton show up in a car and stop next to the trailer. Then they get out.
Andrews: Sure this is the right place?
Burton: Well, the manager said: "Look for the Christmas lights!"
Andrews: God, that offends me!
Burton: What?
Andrews: People who keep their Christmas lights up year round! There ought to be a law against that!
Burton: A law?
Andrews: And plastic Christmas trees... There's no accounting for taste, Burton! Remember that! Wait in the car!
Burton: But I thought I would...
Andrews: Wait in the car!
Burton: I'll wait in the car!
Andrews goes to the door of the trailer and knocks. Billy opens and lets him in.

Toddhunter holds a speech in front of a few employees:

Toddhunter: Gentlemen, I want you all to know how important this evening's work is to me! To us all, really! I'm proud of this team! You've done an admirable job! Admirable! I know I've asked a lot from you! Just as you have asked a lot from yourselves! Perhabs that's why I feel so close to each and every one of you! As though we were... a family! Part of the family of scientific man! I know we've had our rough moments, but... nothing in this world is accomplished without human sacrifice! I think you understand that! Don't you, Mr... Mr...
Mann: It's Yaniger, Sir!
Toddhunter: Yeah, well! Yeah... But when this is all over, you'll understand! We really have accomplished something here! Gentleman... I wish you all! Good luck to us all! To your stations!

Billy presents a stuffed rat.
Billy: I'm hoping to move on to bigger animals! But they cost more to do! Unless you just do the head! That's called a "head mount" in the trade! It's coming up in lesson six!
He gives the stuffed rat to Andrews.
Andrews: Well, this is all very, very interesting, Billy! But I came here, because I need your help!
Billy: You do?
Andrews: Let's sit down!
They both sit down.
Andrews: Actually, Harlan needs your help!
Billy: He does? Well, you just name it! I'd do anything for old Harlan!
Andrews: That's good, as what we're discussing here is a serious matter!
Billy: Is he in some kind of trouble?
Andrews: No! He's very sick, but he doesn't realise it!
Billy: What's he got?
Andrews: I don't know! It's something with "itis" on the end of it! I can't remember those big words!
Billy: Me, either!
Andrews: I think they use them just to confuse us!
Billy: Yeah! Ain't that the truth!
Andrews: The doctors want him back very soon! They want to start treatment right away!
Billy: What can I do to help?
Andrews: We think he's gone to visit relatives! Did Harlan ever talk with you about his family?
Billy: Sure, all the time! He even showed me pictures when he went to visit them!

Andrews: Would you know their names or where they might live?
Billy looks at the table contemplatively for quite some time.
Andrews: Billy?
Billy: What?
Andrews: Their names! Where they live!
Billy: Who?
Andrews: Harlan's family!
Billy: Let's see... He has two boys and a girl!
Andrews: Billy?
Billy: No! There's Douglas Williams! He lives... It's that city where they've got the thing!
Andrews: What thing?
Billy: The thing! It goes like this! A big arch? I think they've got them big horses there, too! I think they're called... Trivesdales!
Andrews: St. Louis!
Billy: That's it!
Andrews: What about the others?
Billy: Well, there's Thomas, who lives in... It's where they've got this parade every year! Where they make them floats out of flowers!
Andrews: Pasadena!
Billy: Yeah, that's it! You're really good at these cities, Mr Andrews!
Andrews: What about the girl?
Billy: She lives in Chicago! She's got a seeing eye dog named Whitney!
Andrews: She's blind?
Billy: Yep!
Andrews: Do you know what her name is?
Billy: Whitney!
Andrews: No, Billy! The daughter! What's the daughter's name?
Billy needs to think for a while, Andrews loses his patience.
Andrews: Billy...
Billy: I'm thinking!
Andrews: What's the daughter's name?
Billy: Francesca! Francesca Williams!
Andrews: Thank you, Billy! Thank you very much!
Billy: Sure! Want to borrow one of these comics?
Andrews: No thanks!
6 min 48 sec

15 Min
Extended shot of Crewes and the other approaching the plane. They get on board. The next scene follows: the shot of Gina and Terry in the hallway is longer.
17 sec

21 Min
Toddhunter's outburst is longer:

Toddhunter yells in front of the others: If you won't help me, I'll find somebody who will! I will proceed, even if I have to do everything myself! If you won't help me, I'll find somebody who will! Toddhunter leaves, comes back and yells "Mine". Then he leaves through the emergency exit.
2 min 49 sec

Toddhunter is on the phone with the information. When the person he is talking to asks for his name, Harlan hesitates. He says he was going to call again later and hangs up. When he has hung up, he sits down at the bar, orders a coffee and something to eat. The waitress is flirting with him. Then the bar starts wobbling. The waitress looks astonished. Then Harlan again. His eyes move in circles and start glowing green. The waitress is terrified and starts screaming while everything around her is shaking and several things get destroyed.

25 Min
The conversation between Terry, Francie and Gina is longer:

Terry: Francie, would you mind if I used your shower? I smell like a dog!
Gina: Well, that's because you were sleeping in Whitney's bed! Francie won't mind! You get cleaned up and I'll fix us all something to eat! There is food in this bag, isn't there?
Francie: Yes, Mother!
Terry: If anybody knocks on the door, don't answer it! Come and get me!
Gina zu Francie: Are you still working the night shift?
Francie: No! I've been out dancing with Whitney! Mom, what the hell is going on? Who is that woman?
Gina: She's a friend!
Francie: Are you sure?
Gina: I trust her!
Francie: Mom, you and Dad trust everybody!
Gina: Not anymore!
Francie: Let's start at the top! Why are there people after you?
Gina: Well, it's hard to explain!
Francie: Try, Mom! I'm not very good at charades!
Gina: well, it's complicated! Every time I talk about it, it sounds so crazy!
Francie: What's that mean?
Gina: We'd better wait until your father comes! Do you have an apron somewhere?

Two agents are at the airport terminal. Through the window, they see Andrews and Burton running towards the entrance.
1 min 14 sec

27 Min
Francie: Why don't I just call Falco Plains and find out who you are?
Terry: They're the last people you should contact!
Francie: Then who can I call?
Terry: Take my word for it! I'm trying to help your mother and father!
Francie: Why should I believe you?
Terry: They do!
Francie: They'll believe anybody as long as they act sincere enough!
Terry: Nice way to talk about your parents!
Francie: My mother and father and I are very up-front with each other! More than I can say for you!
Terry: I'm telling you all you need to know!
Francie: Don't patronise me!
Terry: I'm not! I'm not, and I do understand what you must be feeling!
Francie: You're shining me and I don't like it! I'll call Falco Plains!
Terry: I wish you wouldn't! I'd like to keep you out of this! It's for your own protection!
Francie: You lie very well! Is it compulsive or did you have some professional training?
Terry: Look, I don't give a rat's arse what you think about me! But no phone calls!
Francie: Give me the phone!
Terry: You'd sign your mother's death warrant and be responsible for your father disappearing!
Francie: I don't believe that!
Terry: And if they think you know too much, you'll find yourself a guest of the US government! They'll put you in a nice, safe place for the rest of your life!
Francie: Give me the phone!
Terry: Come on!
Gina: Stop it! Stop it, both of you!
Terry: Gina, are you all right?
Gina: I'm fine!
Terry: You look pale!
Gina: It's the heat in there! I'm fine! If you two stopped arguing, I'd feel a lot better!
Francie: Mom, I just wanted to call...
Gina: Whatever we do, it's up to Harlan and me to decide! Not you, not Terry! Whenever he gets here...
1 min 43 sec

30 Min
Francie is sitting on the bed. Terry comes in and they start to argue. They then talk about Harlan and the changes he is going through. At the end of the conversation, Francie reveals she wants to leave badly. Terry says she was blind there were already a lot of people looking for her out there. Francie claims she could handle it.
4 min 36 sec

36 Min
Andrews and the others are driving by. A squad follows them. Then an interior of Andrews and the others in the car.
Burton looks behind him and says annoyed: Great! Just great!
Agent: Are they locals?
Agent 2: Chicago's finest!
Andrews: We haven't got time for this!
They keep driving with the cops on their butts.

The man and the woman are being to some room by Crewes. They are about to get locked in there. Moreland is walking behind them with a gun pointed at them.
Crewes: We can put them in here for now! Give me the keys!
Moreland: Shouldn't... Shouldn't we tie them up?
Crewes: I don't think they're going to try and get away!
The shuts the door and locks them in.
Crewes: I'll be back in a couple of hours! If I'm not back by then, get in the plane! There are guns in the back seat! I suggest you arm yourself!
Moreland: And then what?
Crewes: I'll call you on the jet's airphonelobby and let you know what to do! Don't worry about it, Major! We'll win this one! We have a lot of good players on our team!
Moreland: And they've got Jude Andrews!
Crewes: Yeah!
Crewes leaves. Moreland goes up to the door to the room in which the man and woman are locked in and tries to eavesdrop. They are laughing and having fun.

Andrews and the others are standing by their car outside. Their hands are on the roof, their legs are spread. A lot of weapons are lying on the hood. A cop approaches them.
Cop: Where did you get this? Disneyland?
Andrews: Washington! DSA! Can't you read?
Cop: A real joker, huh? A real wise guy, huh?
Andrews turns around to the cop and says with anger: I haven't got time for this Joe Friday routine! The cops spins Andrews back around and threatens: You try that again and I'll drag your butt to Michigan Avenue Station, face down! Don't move!
Burton: Officer, we're on a national mission...
Cop: You shut up, too! Look, all I know is you were speeding! You've got a cache of illegal weapons! And you've got an ID from someplace I've never heard of!
Andrews: If you ever read more than a comic book, you might learn something!
Cop: Don't push your luck, butt-head!
Cop #2: All right! Let them go! They're who they say they are!
Andrews and the others turns around to the cop.
Cop #2: All right! Sorry for the mix-up, gentlemen! You're free to go!
Cop to Andrews: Hey! No hard feelings, huh? If your superiors had let us know you were in town, this could have been avoided!
Andrews: If you weren't such a schmuck, this could have been avoided!
The cop gets kicked in the groin by Andrews.
Andrews: If you want to swear out a complaint, be my guest!

Harlan: I don't why you're bothering! Mother!
Gina: Habit, I guess! Can't leave a dirty kitchen!
Harlan: We're leaving as soon as Francie's packed!
Gina: Why is she packing?
Harlan: She wants to come with us!
Gina: Well, I hope you told her "no"!
Harlan: You don't tell Francie anything! Thought you'd have learned that by now! It's all going to work out, Gina! You'll see!
Gina: Yes! We've had a good life! We've raised three good children! I couldn't ask for more!
Harlan: Would you stop talking like it's over? Because it*s not!
Gina: Harlan, I've been thinking that maybe I ought to stay here! I'm only going to slow you down!
Harlan: I'm not going to leave you behind, Gina! So you can just stop!
Gina and Harlan turn around to the door because somebody knocked.
3 min 46 sec

40 Min
Gina and Harlan get back to their room after Terry tells them to grab their gear because they are about to leave. Subsequently, Andrews and the others show up and stop right in front of the apartment Terry and the others are in. Then they get out of the car.
Andrews: They still up there? I want to go up alone! Anybody have any objections? I want one man in the lobby, one out here! I want you two to go with Burton down underground! Let's go!
Andrews enters and the other guys get in the garage just in case they run into Terry and the others there. Andrews is walking across the hallway. He tells his co-worker to take the stairs.
42 sec

41 Min
Having arrived at the garage, the men get out of their car and take a look around. Meanwhile, one gets to see Terry Crewes and the others hiding behind a car.
21 sec

42 Min
A longer shotout between the agents and Crewes takes place. Via radio, Andrews is being informed that the suspects are in the garage. Andrews responds that he was already on his way.
41 sec

45 Min
After Terry and the others manages to get out of the garage by car, Andrews and his men get in the car to pursue them. Then Harlan behind the wheel. He is driving in an alley. A car shows up in front of them and blocks the way. Harlan honks several times until the car lets him through. Then he drives on. Meanwhile, Burton leaves the garage. At some point, a truck is blocking the road. Burton avoids hitting the truck and hits a vegetable stall instead which forces him to stop. Cut to the other car with Harlan and the others inside. They manage to escape. Then Burton and Andrews who is wounded. Andrews says: We flushed them out! Now we have to run them down!
After a cut to Harlan and the others, another shot of Andrews treating his wound follows. He says to Burton: Cover the city! Bus terminals, bridges, airport, everything!
Burton: It's being done!
Andrews: I want you to call the Chicago station chief! Have him alert all the blue list agents!
Burton. What's that?
Andrews: Hypes! Whores! Ageing hippies! You'd be surprised how useful some of them can be!
1 min 6 sec

46 Min
The TV Version contains an additional shot of Francie, Gina and Harlan in the car. The the end credits. The Movie Version contains an earlier scene from the TV Version here: the one with Andrews standing at his car, treating his wound and giving further instructions to Burton.
Movie Version: 25 sec
TV Version: 43 sec