From an emotional scene where Kyle Reese broke down in The Terminator to the Octopus scene in The Goonies, these are five deleted scenes from the ’80s that could have improved the final product. While some makers delete scenes during the edit because it doesn’t fit right with the pitch of the film, others do it to save the runtime. However, some deleted scenes have always been there that could have done nothing but elevate the film significantly.
The timeline between 1980 and 1990 has seen a couple of films wrapping up with numerous sequels. However, they somehow still dominate and influence the cinema even after 40 years. With that being said, these are the five deleted scenes from the ’80s that could have elevated the final product –
In James Cameron’s The Terminator, Kyle Reese travels back in time to reverse the Terminator’s mission to kill Sarah Connor. However, in one of the deleted scenes, Kyle was seen breaking down in tears while pointing a gun at Sarah. He breaks down when he realizes that he does not belong to this timeline. And that is exactly when he realizes that he won’t be able to see the world as Sarah does. This emotional scene could have elevated and structured the film differently.
Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi
There was a scene in the original Star Wars saga where Luke faces off Darth Vader after becoming the Jedi Knight. The deleted scene was all about Vader encouraging Luke to join the Dark Side. This exact scene could have elevated the father-son bond between both of them but apparently, it didn’t happen.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, The Shining follows a story of the Torrance family. In one of the deleted scenes, Wendy discovers a room full of skeletons. It might have offered a context to the film that had been mostly complex.
Die Hard is perhaps one of the most intriguing action films ever made in history. The film follows John McClane attempting to investigate Gruber’s criminal activities. In one of the deleted scenes of the film, it was Gruber who informs every other terrorist to synchronize their watches. It could have aligned right with McClane’s interest in one of those watches and finally would have elevated the scene.
The Goonies starred Chris Columbus, Richard Donner, and Steven Speilberg. The storyline follows four Goonies who attempt to solve a treasure hunt. The deleted scene was plucked from the climax of the film where the gang gets attacked by an octopus. While some debated that it looked significantly unrealistic, others believed that it could have offered a backstory to the reporter in which he mentions “scary Octopus.”