Adrian Lyne, who directed "Jacob's Ladder," said the original print was 145 minutes long.
"It was cut to 100 minutes," he said. "I think it works best at this length."
He was asked if there is the possibility that the producers may restore the cut footage when the film is released as a cassette. It has been known to happen.
"I don't know," said Lyne, "but if they do, I don't think it will work as well."
Lyne's previous film was "Fatal Attraction," a monster hit in which Glenn Close was the spurned woman and Michael Douglas was the married man who made the mistake of cheating on his wife.
"They're talking about releasing the film, in cassette, with the original ending, one in which the woman commits suicide," said Lyne. "It will only prove that the ending we used was the better one."
In "Fatal Attraction,' Close, seemingly drowned, rose from the tub, knife in her hand, for one more go at Douglas. The closer brought the "Friday the 13th" movies to mind, but Lyne insists he was not influenced by them. "I have never seen any of those films, so I don't know whether or not I like them. When people compare the ending of the film with the 'Friday the 13th' series, I just let them go on," he said.
He isn't likely to do a sequel to "Fatal Attraction."
"People are bored with sequels," he said. "The audience has been treated as morons. This one, 'Jacob's Ladder,' treats people as though they are intelligent."
The Westviews are now 10. The original Westview opened in 1965. It seated some 900. Two years later, the second house was added to the first. It seated some 700. In 1981, the first house became three houses, and in 1985, the second of the original houses was tripled. Numbers 7 and 8 were built in 1972. They held 400 each. They were recently twinned. At present, the four 'new' houses seat from 175 to 190 people.
Work, meanwhile, continues on the lobbies. That won't be finished until late December.
Bob Wienholt, who once managed the Strand and the Beltway Plaza Theaters (the first is closed, and the second complex has been returned to store space), has opened three new houses at Perry Hall Square, a shopping center three miles above the beltway at Belair and Ebenezer roads.
Wienholt plans to add two more screens in December. They will be in another part of the center. "We'll have five in all," said Wienholt, who says he is having no trouble getting the bigger films. "Right now, we are showing 'Rocky V' and 'Three Men and a Little Lady,' and our prices are better than most. At present, we are charging only $5 in the evening and $3 at matinees."
Christopher Columbus Productions, headed by Alexander and Ilya Salkind (the "Superman" movies), is suing Ridley Scott and his Due West Productions. Due West is also planning a movie on Columbus. The Salkinds are charging "misappropriation" of their idea.