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Found Footage: 25 Trailers That Tease Missing Scenes
The lines, stunts and jokes that disappeared between promo and final cut

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Tony Stark’s “You complete me”, Paranormal Activity 3’s Bloody Mary game, Point Break’s “Babes, sir” and The Transporter’s glorious moment of RPG vs. tea tray... all are scenes that graced trailers but failed to show up in the completed movie. With promo clips often put together during production and before final cut, they can sometimes contain otherwise-unseen gems. In other cases, they can be deliberately misleading. Here are 25 examples representing both angles…

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Kathryn Bigelow’s surfing / sky-diving / bank-robbing epic teased two scenes in the trailer that didn’t make the final cut. In one, Keanu Reeves’ undercover cop fires a handgun from the passenger seat of a pickup, while driver Patrick Swayze says solemnly, “This is gonna be a great day, Johnny”. In the other, angry captain John C. McGinley complains that Keanu is being paid to “surf and pick up girls" and is corrected on his terminology. "Babes, sir. The correct term is 'babes'."


Philip Noyce’s Val Kilmer-starring reboot of the ‘60s series about the master-of-disguise spy lost practically its entire third act in the edit. Originally, Elisabeth Shue’s Dr Russell was murdered by Valery Nikolaev's Ilya Tretiak, leading to a violent, revenge-fuelled climax. When test audiences reacted badly to Shue’s early exit, the finale was drastically rejigged, but there are traces here, as tanks and troops mass in Red Square and Kilmer dangles from a chandelier above an inferno. A still of the chandelier scene also made it into Empire’s coverage at the time.


Much has been written and speculated about what was teased in the run-up to release but didn’t make the finished version of the first Amazing Spider-Man. A lot of it involves the secret of Spider-dad Richard Parker’s research, and hints of that thread remain here. There’s Rhys Ifans deleted challenge to Andrew Garfield to “come and get” the truth (he doesn’t, and never learns it), and a voiceover line by Irrfan Khan’s Ratha, from another lost scene, hinting that the changes in Peter Parker’s DNA were no accident.


Marvel finally nailed The Hulk with Mark Ruffalo’s take in Avengers Assemble, but suffered two previous misfires. There was Ang Lee’s first Hulk, of course, and later Edward Norton was famously unhappy with reboot The Incredible Hulk’s final cut. Maybe he was irked by the omission of some of the scenes included here: Bruce Banner in the Arctic; a fireside conversation with Doc Samson; and a discussion with General Ross, where Banner insists the only thing that can stop Tim Roth’s The Abomination is “in me”…


There are hints here that the timelines were more complicated in a previous unseen version of McG’s controversial fourquel, which saw Christian Bale take over as John Connor for the early years of the war between the humans and the machines. “This is not the future my mother told me about,” observes Christian Bale. “If you saved us once, in another future, then you can save us in this one,” says Bryce Dallas Howard. The future is not set, but which one’s this?

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1 Fellowship of the Ring
I'm fairly sure that there is a moment when Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli are racing through the forest - presumably at the end of the film, post-Boromir's death when they decided to leave Frodo and chase Merry and Pip - when Legolas turns, arrow drawn, and nails one straight down the camera following behind. More

Posted by redbrian84 on Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:40

2 Moria Orcs is Fellowship of the Ring
Early stills and trailers featured Moria Orcs in broad daylight, which suggested some of those scrary lookin' critters made it outside the mines to attack the fellowship. More

Posted by Jasper_29 on Friday April 25, 2014, 13:35

3 Didn't a train use to explode in Shanghai Noon?
I see people mention that a lot. And if I was making an action film I would find a way to keep that shit in. More

Posted by Concise_Statement on Tuesday April 15, 2014, 03:42

4 Reindeer Games and Highlander Endgame
Two films that really deserve mention are... r Games]Highlander EndgameBoth of which had footage filmed specifically for the trailer. More

Posted by Pineapples101 on Friday April 11, 2014, 16:19

5 Jack Reacher
Just remembered this one: The trailer for Jack Reacher features a clip in daylight of a hillside exploding. Doesn't feature anywhere in the movie. More

Posted by Peter Becher on Thursday April 3, 2014, 10:31

6 The Master
So much of the stuff from the Master trailers was missing in the film that it was distracting. More

Posted by bruceme on Tuesday April 1, 2014, 12:59

7 Two Towers
Wasn't there one from the Two Towers trailer where Miranda Otto as Eowyn is down in the caves with the women and children as Helm's Deep is being attacked, and she is about to defend them all from an orc that has made it that far. The orc is creeping round a pillar which she is hiding behind with her sword, that is all I remember. That (very short) scene didn't make either the theatre or extended cut versions of the film... More

Posted by Robgreenish on Monday March 24, 2014, 15:05

8 Alien 3
One of its trailers shows Dr. Clemens (Charles Dance) outside the prison complex and carrying an unconcious Ripley inside. Snippets of Ripley & Co. 'baiting' the creature feature also. Whilst restored by the 2003 workprint, they're missing from the 1992 theatrical release. More

Posted by Litshttam on Sunday March 23, 2014, 18:11

9 Uncle Buck & Notting Hill
The trailer for family comedy Uncle Buck includes a fleeting shot of Macauly Culkin's lunch, in a brown paper bag in his locker apparantly breathing Also Pgmark is right - in the trailer for Notting Hill Hugh Grant's charecter does try to tell his parents about his new girlfriend 'Is it Fergie?' his mother asks More

Posted by Moxx of Balhoom on Sunday March 23, 2014, 00:13

10 Teen Wolf Too
I remember the trailer on the VHS videos I rented at the time showing Jason Bateman in a bathroom talking to his uncle on the other side of the door. He was basically denying his wolfie heritage and saying things like, 'I'm not a werewolf, you don't say any hair, you don't see any fangs do you?' whilst all the time having fangs and a facial fuzz to put Amos to shame. Not in the film though! False advertising! More

Posted by daskoyne1 on Saturday March 22, 2014, 10:52

11 Predators is the worse offender
The fact that they blatantly lie in this one making the movie appear to have 14 predators instead of a few is unforgivable and amounts to movie fraud. Unforgivable More

Posted by mclane1 on Thursday March 20, 2014, 16:42

12 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
There was an awesome shot of James Franco driving away from the Gen-Sys as it explodes. Not in the movie! See 2:20 More

Posted by mgmstudios on Thursday March 20, 2014, 11:00

13 Batman Returns
In the trailer for Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman is seen laughing on the Penguin's bed but this never appears in the actual movie, nor are there any available deleted scenes anywhere. More

Posted by union_jak on Thursday March 20, 2014, 01:37

14 Beverly Hills Cop 2
The trailer for the under rated sequel has a scene of Axel, Rosewood and Taggart sneaking through some laser trip wires (when they break into a gun club) but the shot isn't in the movie. More

Posted by Mulholland Empire on Wednesday March 19, 2014, 22:55

15 Golden Compass
I'm really surprised that you did not mention the sneak peak at the actualy ENDING of the golden compass. You see a quick glimpse of Daniel Craig activating his device. The entire ending was filmed and even finished in post, but execs decided that the ending would make a more dramatic beginning to the sequel. So sure of themselves, that a sequal would happen, that the entire film needed to be re-edited and new post work done. The bear fight was now in the middle and the gypsy battle at the end. Certain characters had to be digitally removed from (now) earlier shots and new dialogue to fill their missing lines. The whole film was a mess once they had done with it, and it bombed. The original ending, as sneaked in the trailer, is really quite emotional and brutal.. More

Posted by palerider_uk on Wednesday March 19, 2014, 17:01

16 Internal Affairs
I believe there is a conversation between Andy Garcia and Richard Gere in a strip club that does not feature in the theatrical/video release. Not sure if it made a later appearance on dvd/blu-ray. More

Posted by bradcam72 on Wednesday March 19, 2014, 14:22

17 Bridesmaids
There are a lot of scenes on one of the Bridesmaids trailers that didn't make the movie. More

Posted by poisonedhoney on Wednesday March 19, 2014, 14:07

18 Mission Impossible
Whilst it's mentioned/hinted in the film, the first M:I trailer shows Cruise and Emmanuel Beart getting it on. The trailer also manages to spoil the entire third act with expolding helicopters, trains and all. More

Posted by Mr Grizzly on Wednesday March 19, 2014, 13:51

19 Thor the Dark World
I'm madly curious about the brief shot in one of the trailers of Loki in what looks like a fur-lined cloak saying "give the people what they want." And it wasn't in the deleted scenes! More

Posted by jshillingford on Wednesday March 19, 2014, 13:26

20 Hugh Grant
I seem to remember a part in a Hugh Grant movie (I think Notting Hill) where he is talking to his parents about his girlfriend. The scene looked incredibly funny. I was very dissapointed when I realised his parents didn't even appear in the film. More

Posted by pgmark on Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:42

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