Fallen Hero

 
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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Get the F*** off my Lawn
Original Movie Title:
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Original Release Date:
1986 / 2008
Original Running Time:
130 / 116
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
118
Time Cut:
130
Time Added:
2
Brief Synopsis:
What happens when you take the padding of 'Gran Torino' out and replace it with flashbacks to Walt "Highway" Kowalski's life in the US Marines, from 'Heartbreak Ridge'? You get 'Fallen Hero', a Clint Eastwood mashup. Now you have a character who is meaner and driven by his past to do right! And boy does he!

I hope you enjoy this,
Wraith
Intention:
In 2012 a friend of mine suggested using Gran Torino as the anchor for a mashup of half a dozen Clint Eastwood movies to show how mean and dangerous his character was. The idea was, he starts in the Air Force (Space Cowboys), got kicked out after crashing the X2 (Firefox), joined the Marines (Heartbreak Ridge), got kicked out for insubordination, and then became a cop ('Dirty Harry' movies) and got kicked out again (Remember how he throws his badge on the desk?).

A rough assembly was put together but it was tonally inconsistent and I abandoned the edit. Then it struck me that the character in 'Gran Torino' is the same as in 'Heartbreak Ridge'. Clint gives a deep gravely performance in both. Bingo! The edit came back to life...and here it finally is.
Additional Notes:
Full credits sourced from IMDB.
Other Sources:
Additional footage from 'Firefox' (1982), Directed by Clint Eastwood.
(Trailer music: Lalo Schifrin)
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to all at fanedit.org including: TV's Frink, NotOrsonWelles, ThrowngnCpr, Bionicbob.
Especially the Previewers: Neglify and Ranger613.
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-5
  • NTSC DVD-9
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
- Trailer (1min 17sec)
- All 'Gran Torino' deleted material (22min 25sec)
- Abandoned concepts and sequences (6min)
- Edit Build (8sec)
- Chapter Selection
- 2012 alternate test opening titles, from when it was still a 'Dirty Harry' Mashup (3 min)
Editing Details:
I did not dislike 'Gran Torino', but it was a tad overlong, the pacing was uneven and it featured some crummy lines (quite a few infact). I liked 'Heartbreak Ridge' at the time, but I thought Clint's growling Gunnery Sergeant was a tad contrived. Wind forward and how did I miss that they are the same character. Hence this edit came to life.

The idea was to remove Chaff from 'Gran Torino', tighten up the character and plot development, rebalance the evolution of the film and strengthen Clint's character by using "flashbacks" to his military past broadly in line with the main film's progression.
Cuts and Additions:
Gran Torino: 116 min / 27 min cut
Heartbreak Ridge: 130 min / 25 min used
Firefox: 2 min used
Fallen Hero: 118 min / 143 changes in all

- Clint's Eastwood's character is named Walter "Highway" Kowalski for this edit
- Wally's family almost completely removed
- Substantial re-ordering of 'Gran Torino' material for more even pacing and plot evolution when stitched together with the 'Heartbreak Ridge' footage
- All aspect ratio corrections for 'Heartbreak Ridge' are not noted below (most are shot specific re-framings)

000 Open with SD version of FANEDIT WARNING
001 NEW WRAITH LOGO with a CLINT growl
002 Warner Bros logo from Sudden Impact for a vintage feel
003 New opening constructed from climax of Gran Torino (9 trims)
011 Custom opening credit sequence
012 Funeral is trimmed
015 The wake is unaltered until Walt "Highway" Kowalski (WHK) chats with niece in garage
018 Trimmed to make KWG meaner, he now directly growls at suggestion he is going to die
019 Re-ordered scene segues to FIRFOX flashback
021 2 Continuity error of shot from too high up removed
022 Plane attack jump cut error in original, corrected
023 Footage is 10% de-saturated
027 Scenes that follow a re re-ordered
028 one scene has Gamma decreased to imply a sunset as next scene is darker
029 Cleaning of car is moved up to here to establish "love" of car prior to theft attempt
030 Bar scene moved up to establish bigoted old school WHK
031 Shot re-arrangement at end of scene to facilitate flashback transition
032 Jail fight has 4 edits
036 Courtroom has reference to name removed
037 Small section trimmed from court
038 Footage 10% de-saturated
039 Warehouse contraband discussion removed
041 Hard cut to attempted theft
042 scene re-ordered to establish Tao has some redeemable traits early on
043 Lawn confrontation cuts to Priest visit (re-ordering)
044 Shot re-arrangement at end of scene to facilitate flashback transition
046 Base intro has name reference removed
047 Incidental dialogue trim during base intro
049 Major having 'transferred from supplies' is deleted making him meaner
050 Barracks intro trimmed
053 Hard cut to WHK porch (re-ordered)
054 Barber scene moved up
055 Return home relocated
056 repetition dialogue "what's going on " removed
057 Lawn mowing moved up to create a lull between this and scene which follows
058 Scene tightened up with gang
060 Continuity error of WHK referring to dialogue "bro" which he could not have heard since he drove up post, is corrected
062 Hard cut to barracks
063 Semi-montage re T shirts created (8 trims)
071 Additional PTs sequences have trims
081 hard cut to WHK going to Laponte's home
082 WHK on porch hard cuts to fridge
083 shaman and Bathroom scene removed for pace and needless exposition
084 6 scenes re-ordered
090 11 trims to heartbreak ridge footage to create semi-montage of training
093 porch scene with Sue cross fades
096 Discussion with Tao has ref to working in Ford Factory removed (this is NOT about the car)
099 Sue returning beaten up is shortened slightly to facilitated removal of glass drop
100 "going to war" discussion trimmed and has "suntan" ref removed (inappropriate humour)
108 8 trims to fighting footage ending on WHK comment regarding the fate of a soldier to facilitate crossfade
109 5 trims to permit shot of medical report
110 Post shooting new crossfade to church
111 35 scenes from Gran Torino removed in total
146 Custom end titles
Cover art by Wraith (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

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User reviews

4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.8  (4)
Visual Editing 
 
10.0  (4)
Audio Editing 
 
10.0  (4)
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10.0  (4)
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9.3  (4)
Overall rating 
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

I previously enjoyed both of the source movies for their own merit, so I was looking forward to this as I started it up on a recent flight across the country.
Wow, it was great. In fact the two stories linked so well I actually wanted more flash backs. This isn't just for Clint fans, it's for fans of story telling and knowing what drives a character to become who he is.
The removal of family background detail allowed the movie to concentrate on the relationship between Walt and his neighbors. The flashbacks are well timed and linked consistently to the current situations that Walt finds himself dealing with.
Excellent work ^_^

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Second fanedit, second review, second Wraith movie.

I have not ween either of these two films so I came in cold on this one.

I have to say, yes I can work out what cam from which film, but that's becaise Clint looks younger and I know that one was thematically a boot camp movie and the other not. But heck, what an amazing film. I was so impressed. Did they really not film this as i just viewed it? Completely flawless in every sense from my point of view. Audio, visually, thematically even how the flashbacks corresponded to the scenes preceeding and following each transition. I really thought the handful of hard cuts away from a flashback were very well judged.

In fact, i immediate watched gran Torino after (which I bought with Heartbreak Ridge online) so I could watch this and found the experience to quite light in comparison. That's when I appreciated not just how well some of the scene re-ordering played out, but also how diferent the feel of the film was given the sparse addition of the flashbacks.

But the real shocker for me was the ending. I don't want to spoil that for others but the lame gran Torino song was so depressing. I suppose that was the intent but in Wraiths hands the ending was uplifting and triumphant in a way the original does not even come close to. What an inspired choice of music (I should say no more).

This fanediting stuff is transformational indeed in ways I could not imagine.

I'm hooked and this is now burnt, in an amray case next to my other Cline movies.

I going to check out some other editors next but I want to watch all this editors stuff too and do not have the time. I'll roll the dice. Next time I'm on the homepage I'm watching the third from the right in the featured edits.

This is (as stated below) a must for clint fans!

BRAVO MY MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DVD
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First of all, this is a huge accomplishment-- to meld two films so flawlessly to create a unique narrative detailing the decline and redemption of a damaged man, none other than Clint Eastwood, is definitely as hard as it looks. Wraith has continued in his tradition of brilliantly mashing up thematically connected films (much like his Matrix edit) to come up with a deeper and more insightful version of Gran Torino, if such a thing were possible.

Here we have the story of ageing Clint, living out his last days in suburbia while reflecting on his tough militaristic past (courtesy of Heartbreak Ridge), and how his spirit of encouraging and training potential marines is resurrected in his old age as he trains a young Hmong boy. How Wraith concocted this perfect brew is a testament to his skill, all I can say is, narrative-wise, this movie blew me away, and top marks for story/ enjoyment.

I gave 10s on A/V because I did not notice any problems at all. Everything flowed smoothly, with no rough cuts.

All in all, an edit I will definitely watch again, and is part of my collection.
A Must-Watch for any Clint fan!

Kudos Wraith. You did it man.
K

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Owner's reply

Thankyou for generous comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it and invested so much time.
W

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I enjoyed this edit very much. It is a must watch for any Clint Eastwood fan. The flashbacks from Heartbreak Ridge were seamless and for the most part did an excellent job of serving the narrative in the movie, especially near the end. The scenes that were cut from Gran Torino (mostly family background stuff) were not missed and the story had a good pacing and flow to it which doesn't happen in all fanedits. Lastly, I loved how you opened the movie. It was an excellent choice.

The reason why I gave enjoyment an "8" instead of a "10" is that, at times, it did still feel like two separate movies (which of course they originally were). Nevertheless, I appreciate the experiment to meld these two movies and I will be keeping this one on my hard drive :)

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Owner's reply

I'm honoured to take up some space. Thanks for your time.
W

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