When you think about deleted scenes, you usually think about scenes with little substance, scenes that don't change the overall landscape. These scenes are usually cut to shorten films without altering them. There is, as you might imagine, a great list of films with alternate endings out there. In fact, the majority of the scenes on this list are alternate endings. But endings do more than change only the final moments, at least the ones in this list do. Many of the scenes in this list change the way the entire film is interpreted. Some change the way characters are read. In every case, the scenes in this list change the way the audience feels at the end. The movie is a different movie with them and we're different for having seen them. Dramatic enough for you?
But seriously, deleted scenes are fun. They're also a little strange. Some got cut simply because of time, some because of the tone, and their films just trudged on without them. Others, like the alternate endings, were replaced by something altogether different. What we want to do is talk about the deleted scenes and talk about how the movie is changed by them. We also have to wonder, if these deleted scenes were originally meant to make the film, does that mean that everything leading up to these moments can be interpreted with the same lens as used in the deleted scenes? Simply by having been apart of the original plan, can these deleted scenes change how we interpret the final cut? That's deep stuff right there. Here are 15 scenes cut from major films that changed everything.
15 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
14 The Dark Knight Rises
13 Suicide Squad
12 Donnie Darko
10 World War Z
9 Mad Max: Fury Road
8 Little Shop of Horrors
7 Lion King
6 Jurassic Park
5 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
This is one of the classic deleted scenes, so by now you've probably heard of it. We all know the story. Obi-Wan seemed like a total jerk at first, hiding the truth to Luke and pretending he didn't know anything about Darth Vader when in reality he friggin' cut Luke's dad in half. "Nah. Never heard of him."
3 I Am Legend
1 The Shining
After Stanley Kubrick shot the ending of The Shining, something changed in him. He decided to delete one of the final scenes, the so-called hospital scene, and obscure the ending more. The cut scene was meant to take place after we see the frozen corpse of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) and before the picture of the hotel from 1920s that inexplicably has Jack present and smiling among the other hotel guests. In that hospital scene, we would have seen Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and Danny (Danny Lloyd) safe and sound and recovering. We also would have seen the hotel manager, Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson), enter the hospital. He was to tell Wendy that the police found nothing out of the ordinary and that it's all natural to imagine things the way she did. Then, before he leaves, he was to throw a yellow ball to Danny. The same yellow ball that mysteriously rolled to him in the hotel and lured him to room 237. This tells us that Ullman is likely complicit in the hotel's evil. He possibly lured the Torrance family there in the same way the ball lured Danny to the room.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; ScreenRant
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheRichest?Get Your Free Access Now!