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Autumn of the Patriarchs

Hollywood A-listers have delayed films too -- Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, and Alec Baldwin have projects with changing release dates

Hollywood A-listers have delayed films too

Pacino, Nicholson, Baldwin — sure, they can walk into any L.A. restaurant and be guaranteed the best table. But lately these A-list actors have something else in common: Their movies are getting pushed around. Two Bits, Al Pacino's pet project about a grandfather (Pacino) and his grandson during the Depression, finished shooting back in 1993 and was originally slated for a fall '94 release. But then the $21 million drama was bumped to February '95, then May. Now Miramax, paying attention enough to rename the film A Day to Remember, has scheduled a Sept. 8 opening.

It's the same sad story with The Crossing Guard, another Miramax film, in which former lovers Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston star as former lovers. Set to hit theaters last fall, then this spring, it's presently pegged for Oct. 20. Why the year's delay? ''These are small, dramatic fall films,'' says Miramax's Mark Gill. ''People turn more serious in the fall about their movies.''

At Savoy, it's the Cajun thriller Heaven's Prisoners that they keep taking off the menu. The Phil Joanou murder mystery, which stars Alec Baldwin as a New Orleans homicide detective, has been in release limbo since...you guessed it, last fall. The film is now due to hit multiplexes Oct. 6. Who says spring is the season of rebirth?

Originally posted Jun 09, 1995 Published in issue #278 Jun 09, 1995 Order article reprints