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Deleted Scenes That Would've Changed the Whole Movie

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List RulesVote up the scenes that would have most dramatically changed movies if they made the final cut.

Minor spoilers ahead, but honestly, if you haven't seen these classic movies by now, what have you even been doing?! For better or worse, some movie scenes don't make the final cut, or get cut from the script before production. It can be because test audiences don't like a particular ending, running-time issues, censorship concerns, or the fear that a scene could alter the desired tone of a film. Sometimes filmmakers get it right by deleting a scene or changing an ending; and sometimes, they get it wrong.

Thankfully, we live in an age of DVD extras, extended versions, directors' cuts, and the internet. Now, if available, audiences get an opportunity to check out these deleted scenes, many of which, if left in, would have had a major influence on the final film.

Check out this list of deleted scenes that had an impact on the final cuts of some of the best Hollywood films. Let us know what you think about these alternate endings and cut scenes. Should Tony Scott have stuck with Quentin Tarantino’s tragic ending in True Romance? Should they have left Rambo’s shocking decision in First Blood? Perhaps taking out poor Dante at the end of Clerks would have made the film even more memorable. 

Let us know if we missed any important, critical deleted scenes and whether or not the filmmakers made a mistake by omitting or changing any of these scenes. And be sure to vote for the deleted scenes you think would have had the most impact and changed these movies the most.

  • Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Deleted Scenes That Would've Changed the Whole Movie
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    While the ending was never filmed, the original conception of Beetlejuice had a much darker ending. Despite the fact the film touched on ghosts and the afterlife, Beetlejuice was far more campy cult classic than horror film. However, that may not have been the case if the writers had their way.

    Originally, Winona Ryder's Lydia did not make it out of the movie alive. In the original ending, Lydia was set ablaze intentionally, so she could live with her newfound ghost friends. 

    Would this totally change the movie?

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  • First Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Deleted Scenes That Would've Changed the Whole Movie
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    Imagine if First Blood had stuck with its original ending, which was taken directly from the source material of the book. If it had, there would be no Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, or Rambo. Why?

    Well, in the book of the same name, written by David Morrell, John Rambo defeats the bad guy and then takes his own life.

    Would this totally change the movie?
  • Little Shop Of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Deleted Scenes That Would've Changed the Whole Movie
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    Sometimes, even when producers spend a staggering amount of money on a scene, it still needs to be cut. This is exactly what happened for the ending of the comedy musical's original 23-minute finale. The $5 million third act featured Audrey Jr. chomping down on her owner and wreaking plant havoc on the world.

    That conclusion was replaced with the happy ending of Seymour exterminating the plant and living happily ever after.

    Would this totally change the movie?

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  • Imagine everyone's favorite film "professional," Vivian (Julia Roberts), in the film that launched America's Sweetheart's career, with a serious substance dependency. This would have made for a much different feature than the love story that played out instead. 

    The original screenplay was titled $3,000 and featured Edward (Richard Gere) following Vivian around to make sure that she didn't use.

    Would this totally change the movie?

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