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Didn't darth maul original die differently?

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I tried googling for footage or info but couldn’t find anything. I seem to recall that in theatres when Darth Maul fell down the shaft that he wasn’t sliced in half and they added that in the home versions. I thought I saw footage of that but I can’t find anything anymore.

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Correct, in some early prints he wasn’t sliced in 2. I have seen only pictures of this version, not footage

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http://boards.theforce.net/threads/darth-maul-wasnt-cut-in-half.16593500/

Looks like this is an old rumor, mostly based on a few people not remembering it happening. In 2004 there was a short blurb where someone claimed it to be true: https://web.archive.org/web/20040727113927/http://cgi.theforce.net/theforce/tfn.cgi?storyID=5121

Looks like the origin of that image. Supposedly, it was an alternate version made in case it needed to be changed to get the rating they wanted. But there’s nothing that convinces me in that poorly written “article”. Not sure what “an THX screener’s report card” is supposed to mean, and I’m not convinced that a 300x300 pixel image isn’t doctored just because they say it isn’t.

Even if they really made this version, I doubt anyone saw it in theaters. I think it’s just another grappling hook phenomenon. Maybe people mis-remembered because it was a terrible Yosemite Sam style death where the body took a second or so to fall in half.

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Ok, so what is the grappling hook phoenomenon? Does it have anything to do with Star Wars? Or is it a Batman thing.

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It’s a recurring thing where people claim they remember Luke trying and failing once or twice to throw the grappling hook, before finally getting it. Conversations sometimes get quite heated as people don’t like to hear that their memory might not be perfect. But there’s no evidence that such a thing was ever shown.

There were other examples around here of false theatrical memories, but I don’t recall the specifics.

Edit: Not sure about Darth Maul, though. If it really was produced for ratings purposes (which certainly seems plausible), perhaps there is footage out there that people have seen. Shown theatrically, though? The theatrical version certainly had the ‘cut in half’, rather than being specifically added for video.

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I saw TPM 3 times when it first came out, and although I was 6 I still remember Maul splitting in two.

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TV’s Frink said:

I can think of several interpretations of that but why don’t you just tell me the right one.

Why bother?? To you it’ll be the wrong one.

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My apologies. I know you to be critical of the prequels so I thought you were being smarty at me. I guess the roles reversed here. Sorry.

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I could have meant that had I initially known what he was referring to.

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I watched Ep 1 2 days ago. Boy was it a snore. I can’t imagine that it’s fun, even at 6. If it weren’t for the Star Wars name I don’t think the film would have made money. Natalie Portman wasn’t the decent actor she was in Ep 2, and she was probably underage too so you can’t look at her. Lliam Neeson was trying to hard to be emotionless, I know he can have emotions. I seen him in other movies.

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I mean she was probably underage in 1. She’s an adult in 2 and 3. Too many kid characters in 1. Jar Jar included.

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doubleofive said:

TV’s Frink said:

MathUser said:

Natalie Portman wasn’t the decent actor she was in Ep 2, and she was probably underage too so you can’t look at her.

I can’t decide if this is creepy or not.

It’s creepy.

Well, I guess I meant it’s less creepy than someone who says you can look at her anyway…but yeah, it’s still creepy.

Episode I: The Ridiculous Menace / Episode II: Attack Of The Ridiculousness / Episode III: Revenge of the Ridiculousness

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