It is common for movies to lose out on a huge chunk of footage on the edit table. This could be for various reasons like censorship concerns, the fear that a scene could alter the desired tone of a film, or simply to produce a sharper narrative.
Given that we live in an age of DVD extras, extended versions, directors' cuts, and the Internet, we have the opportunity to check out these deleted scenes, many of which, if left in, could have had a major influence on the final film.
Modern films may be an easier get, but you’d be hard-pressed to find firsthand cuts from older projects. Here are five classics you didn’t know had deleted scenes:
There's Something About Mary (1998)
In this 1998 film, quite a few men become infatuated with Mary (Cameron Diaz) who is a beautiful Miami surgeon. Most of the movie is about these men contending for her affection. Sully (Jeffrey Tambor), the cop, is the only man who is not enamored with Mary. He may seem to disappear from the plot, however, it is a deleted scene from the film that explains his sudden departure.
Sully is apparently swallowed alive by his giant pet python. This is exactly why his apartmment is in a mess when Pat, Ted and Tucker go there later on.
First Blood (1982)
In First Blood, Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is about to kill Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehey), who forced him into a savage uproar. Rambo surrenders and is taken into custody. However, Rambo is found pleading with Trautman to shoot him in the first ending. Stallone thought viewers would find it too dark and hence, suggested a second option.
Star Wars (1977)
In the first installment of the legendary franchise, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) is eager to leave his planet to join his friend Bigs (Garrik Hagon) at the imperial academy. Later, they join together as Rebel allies, but this is short lived. Since there is only a small glimpse of their friendship, the emotional resonance with the audience seems lost.
A deleted scene shows Luke and Biggs reconvening before the Rebel pilots embark on the mission. Also, Luke promises to tell his former companion the details of the adventure. However, he never gets the chance.
In the Spielberg film, Jaws, it was Robert Shaw's performance as Quint that was iconic. Temper was definitely central to his character. This is all the more evident in a deleted scene that involves Quint toying with a kid trying to play “Ode To Joy” on the clarinet. He may be humming along joyfully, but begins to get irritated as the boy jumbles the notes. He eventually begins to sing the proper tune when he erupts into a full outburst.
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
In Stanley Kubrick's film, Dr. Strangelove, follows Jack D. Ripper's (Sterling Hayden) orders to attack the Soviet Union without permission, the aftermath that trails the president and advisers who wish to stop him. There was an 11-minute War Room pie fight scene that never made it to the final cut. While the screenwriter claimed that the sequence was inconsistent with the project's tone, George C. Scott claimed that a key line was distasteful in the shadow of John F. Kennedy's assassination.