Thundering to A Photo Finish

Amid the hype surrounding the forthcoming Tom Cruise $60 million race-car epic Days of Thunder is the widely reported claim that the film left Hollywood preview audiences gaga with delight. In fact, some early responses were so grumbly or apathetic that the producers decided to take the star and his car back to the speedway at Daytona to reshoot the ending. Two more racing shots were added. Such tinkering with big-ticket productions is not so unusual in these days of compulsive market research, but the timing for this one was unusual: the new ending was filmed just three weeks before this...

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