Deleted Scenes From Iconic Movies That You'll Wish Were Never Cut
Although it's an obvious necessity, it's always a bit of a shame that some movie scenes don't make it to the final cut of the film, or are excluded from the script before production has even begun. Scenes are axed for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes it's due to test audiences not liking a particular ending, or due to time-related issues, or censorship concerns or the idea that a particular scene could alter the tone the director is trying to maintain throughout the movie.
Yes, usually filmmakers are perfectly justified in their decision to delete a scene or use an alternate ending. Usually, but not always. Although ultimately, it's a matter of opinion and personal taste, there are some scenes which I think we can all agree should have made the final cut.
Fortunately, thanks to the internet, we are all able to access outtakes from our favorite movies and decide for ourselves whether they would have made a positive impact on the film had they stayed in.
1. Aliens (1986) - Ripley mourns her daughter's death
Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) wakes up in space after 57 years of hypersleep and finds out her daughter has aged and died while she’s been away. In the final cut of the movie, she shrugs off the loss, but the deleted scene above reveals just how hard her daughter's death hit Ripley.
Later in the film, she rescues Newt (Carrie Henn) and treats her as a sort of adopted daughter. Axing the above scene only serves to curb the film's character development and removes crucial context. The truth is Ripley is a character driven by the tragic loss of her child.
2. Titanic (1997) - The Shooting Star
Like a lot of people, Titanic is one of my favorite romantic movies. I mean, with a leading couple portrayed by the supremely talented Kate Winslet and the always Oscar-worthy Leonardo DiCaprio, how could you possibly go wrong?
Of course, sticking to the intended running time was never going to be easy for a movie as profound as this one, especially considering it was based on real-life events. But it had to be done.
Anyway, this particular scene might not have been necessary in terms of helping the plot along, but it does reinforce some of the movie's main themes. It emphasizes the idea that being either rich or poor is ultimately irrelevant, as we all die in the end anyway. Really lovely, heartwarming stuff, right?
3. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - Miranda Priestley is grateful
Miranda Priestley may be the "devil" this iconic comedy is named after, however, she does have her moments. One deleted scene featured a much more grateful Miranda in the middle of the film’s second act. The outtake does a lot to melt her icy exterior.
So what exactly happens? Well, Andy covers for the editor-in-chief after her husband shows up a little drunk to a fancy work party. When Andy helps her boss out by starting a conversation with a high-profile guest, bringing an end to the awkwardness, Miranda shows her gratitude by mouthing the words, "Thank you."
4. Knocked Up (2007) - Brokeback Mountain
This deleted scene might not necessarily be relevant to the actual plot of the movie but it definitely would have made an interesting and thought-provoking addition. Jonah Hill's character comes up with a pretty sound point about censorship in movies and gay rights. He argues - in a three-minute-long rant - that Brokeback Mountain, which was hailed as a groundbreaking LGBT+ movie back in 2005, watered down a lot of the sexual scenes in the final cut.
5. Bridesmaids (2011) - Alternate version of the dueling speech
So anyone who has seen this hilarious rom-com will remember the pretty lengthy scene at the engagement party where Annie, the maid of honor, is asked to give a speech. Annie keeps the speech very brief which is when Helen, Annie's rival, decides to make it her time to shine. She takes the mic and tells everyone just how close she is with the bride with embarrassingly cliché phrases like, "You made me realise how I can trust people again."
However, in the alternate version of the scene, Helen reads a short poem she penned herself in an exclusive vacation resort and even gifts the engaged couple a framed copy of the poem!
6. The Lion King (1994) - Original version of 'Be Prepared'
When the teaser trailer for the brand new live-action version of the hit 1994 movie The Lion King was released November 23, it went absolutely viral. Those of us who grew up watching the brilliant Disney movie on repeat just couldn't contain our excitement for the CGI flick which will be released July 19, 2019.
I'm left wondering just how similar it will be to the 90s version. Will they perhaps use some of the deleted scenes that never made the final cut of the original? Perhaps scenes that never even made it to the full animation/production stage. I'm thinking one scene in particular. It's the scene that explains why grown-up Nala left Pride Rock and reunited with Simba in the first place.
Well, this deleted scene reveals Nala was banished from Pride Rock after she rejected Scar's demand that she become his new queen. Featured in this scene is also an alternate and frankly sleazy version of 'Be Prepared'.
7. Jaws (1975) - Kid tries to play 'Ode to Joy' on a clarinet
So in this short scene, Quint goes to a music store to get some piano wire - you know - for shark killing purposes. But while he is there, Quint decides to play around with a kid attempting to play 'Ode to Joy' on his clarinet.
Much to Quint's amusement, the boy is clearly struggling with some of the notes and so Quint decides to hum along in a rather obnoxious manner. Now, this scene doesn't necessarily move the plot along in any way but it does serve to further his character development. Had it stayed in, it would have shown us pretty early on that Quint isn't the easiest person to get along with.
8. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) - T-800 and his "read-only" setting
This particular scene was removed from the version of the movie that was released in movie theaters. However, the scene was later included in the special edition DVD.
So what happens? Well, T-800 tells John and Sarah that his CPU has a "read-only" setting that can be switched off. The scene also gives us an explanation for the renowned "I now know why you cry" line and shows us how the Terminator was able to adapt.
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)- Boromir's relationship with his brother and father
In this scene, Boromir and his brother Faramir are informed by their father Denethor of a council in Rivendell where the fate of the One Ring will be the focus of discussion.
Denethor instructs Boromir to go to the meeting and bring back the Ring for Gondor. Reluctantly, Boromir agrees to fulfill his father's wishes. The scene, had it stayed in, would have given us more of an insight into Boromir's family. Boromir is painted as a supportive older brother to Faramir, while Faramir is seen by their father as a disappointment.
10. Thor (2011) - Loki never wanted to be king
In the final cut of the film, Loki just assumes his role as ruler of Asgard, but this deleted scene illustrates that the throne was actually given to him by his mother Frigga. Loki, however, shows more concern for his family members than taking over the throne. The scene would have been an interesting addition as it makes Loki appear more sympathetic and humble.
Of course, there are many other deleted scenes throughout the history of cinema that were criminally overlooked in terms of the overall impact they would have had on the movie. But luckily, we can all flock to the internet if we ever want to find them.