Discuss Tears of the Sun

I'm actually a decent fan of this movie. Thought they did a pretty good job, though there were parts that got a bit over-sentimental. However, when the extended cut came out, and I was definitely excited for that, I still can't figure out why they cut part of Tom Skerritt's role. Does anyone know why they cut his dialogue near the end, right before the final battle?

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Does anyone know why they cut his dialogue near the end, right before the final battle?

He was compelled to suit up and take the skies in support of Maverick; remember he mentioned that he'd fly with TC if he ever needed a wingman.

Haha, dammit Maverick, and not even flying in support of the mission! He is such a maverick sometimes!!! But there are many things to like in this film. I feel like some of the SEAL tactics shown are real (peeling, for instance, squad advancement by fire), and the action scenes are great. But, really, they had some great dialogue in the scene and it was in the theatrical cut, but not in the extended cut...

I've no idea why the scenes you referred to were cut, nonetheless we're in agreement upon the action sequences being first rate, more or less making up for a highly melodramatic story that often seemed exploitative: the commander and his goons stalking our heroes are little more than one dimensional stock villains, and exploration of the complex dynamics that underlie ethnic "cleansing" in subsaharan Africa isn't found anywhere on screen during Sun's runtime. Bruce Willis is as reliable as ever in the shoes of yet another grizzled action man unsure as to how much longer he can withstand the pain(dude could pull of these roles in his sleep by now)and the solid cast of barely-names portraying his team add poignancy and gravitas to what might have otherwise been a barely tolerable nod to the Cannon films of yore. A braless, wet T-shirt clad Monica Bellucci is hardly a sight for sore eyes either...

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