6 Crucial Movie Scenes That Never Made It Out of the Script

#3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- Ferris Rips Off His Dad to Fund His Adventure

Maybe we're getting older, maybe we've just seen this film too many times, but something has always seemed a bit off about Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Specifically, how could the "day off" even happen? Throughout the course of the movie, we see Ferris treating his girlfriend and his friend Cameron to an upscale restaurant, a baseball game and the single most melodramatic museum visit ever.

"Perhaps some exposition would help us understand this art?"

That requires a hell of a lot of money for a kid living on a teenager's allowance. Yes, his parents appear to be rich, but as Ferris himself would point out, "It still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car." So, how does Ferris finance his excursion?

The Missing Scene:

The answer in the script jibes perfectly with what we already know about the character: Ferris gets the money through dishonesty and manipulation. He literally steals some saving bonds from his father after tricking him into saying where he hides them. John Hughes even had Ferris light up a cigarette and blow smoke rings as he duped his dad.

4. Felony Larceny

The scene comes right after Ferris convinces Cameron to come over to his house: They're talking on the phone when Ferris' dad calls on the other line to check up on him (remember, he was faking being sick in order to skip school). Ferris tells Cameron that he's "working on getting some heavy bucks out of" his dad -- he then switches back to his dad and casually brings up "those saving bonds you used to give me every Christmas," which leads to the following exchange:


Ferris then looks at the camera and says:


How It Changes the Movie:

First of all, it lets you know right off the bat that Ferris is a dick, which is probably why John Hughes chose to omit it. But, at the same time, it stresses the fact that this isn't just a regular day in Ferris' life: He was only able to do all the things he did because he stole his dad's money, and we're assuming that's not a stunt he can repeat every weekend. The movie is about a singular time in a young man's life when he's finishing school and about to go into college, and there's something bittersweet about the fact that he'll never be able to relive these carefree days again.

And then you remember that he's a douche who stole money, cut school and destroyed a sports car without taking responsibility for any of it.

#2. Saving Private Ryan -- Why the Squad Is Walking Around With No Ammo, on Foot

Saving Private Ryan is widely regarded as one of the finest World War II films of all time, even if it didn't contain enough scenes of William Shakespeare making out with Gwyneth Paltrow in drag to warrant an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1999.

Still, when you think about it, there's one thing about the movie that doesn't make sense: Why the hell do Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and his squad embark on their mission on foot and with almost no ammo? That's kind of the key to the whole tension of the movie -- they're on their own, on foot, with no backup. We mean, this is the freaking middle of World War II here, and they're supposed to find and bring home Private Ryan (Matt Damon) somewhere in Nazi-occupied France. Why did they head out no more equipped for the job than the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings?

"Upham, what's the German word for 'friend?'"

Contrary to what the German army might tell you, marching across the French countryside is not a walk in the park. So, what gives?

The Missing Scene:

It turns out that there was an entire sequence in the script where Miller's squad leaves Omaha Beach on a badass jeep, with all of the requisite equipment you'd need for a wartime rescue mission. But they lose it in a battle, along with most of their munitions. Apparently Spielberg decided to cut this part pretty late in the game, because you can actually see them driving the jeep in the movie ... for two seconds. Pay close attention to the 0:10-0:12 mark here.

"Dammit, Hanks, I called shotgun!"

Before that, in the deleted scene Miller convinces the supply sergeant to let them use the jeep, which belongs to one General Gavin, by mentioning that Private Ryan's three brothers were killed in action. The sergeant is moved by this tale and lets them take off in it. And so:


In the script, the jeep serves them pretty well until it gets blown up in a skirmish, taking most of their ammo with it. This scene is even referenced in the movie when Miller tells Ted Danson "We lost most of our ammo" so early into their mission.

But it still doesn't explain why Ted Danson is there.

How It Changes the Movie:

The fact that the squad had not only a jeep but also a shitload more ammo adds a whole lot of feasibility to their mission, which otherwise feels kind of half-assed ... even more so when you consider that they technically had a jeep in the movie, they just decided to drop it and continue on foot for no reason at all.

"Sizemore looked like he could use a little exercise anyway."

#1. Leon: The Professional -- Yes, Leon Sleeps With a 12-Year-Old Girl

Leon: The Professional is about an Italian killer living in New York (Jean Reno) who starts taking care of a girl named Mathilda (a very young Natalie Portman) after her family is killed. If you've seen this movie, you'll probably agree that there's something slightly off-putting about it; in the words of Roger Ebert, "Always at the back of my mind was the troubled thought that there was something wrong about placing a 12-year-old character in the middle of this action."

That's one way of putting it.

In one scene, Leon wakes up in bed and a scantily clad Mathilda is sitting next to him, but that's the closest they ever get to being romantically involved. So why does this movie creep us out so much?

The Missing Scene:

The international cut of the film reveals that the night before that scene, Mathilda tried to coax Leon into making love to her, but he turned her down because he "wouldn't be a good lover" (apparently there are no laws about having sex with minors in other countries, but there are plenty of laws about doing it lousily). Well, the screenplay takes the wrongness even further by making it clear that, actually, he does sleep with her. While crying. Here's the scene:


"How beautiful it is seeing them sweetly making love" is an actual line that the screenwriter wrote. And no, she's isn't 30 instead of almost 13 in this draft.

How It Changes the Movie:

For starters, this explains why Leon is so edgy the whole damn picture: On top of the corrupt DEA agent, he also had to be on the lookout for Child Protective Services busting his ass for pedophilia. But mainly, it confirms our hunch that there was something fishy going on in this movie all along. We'll never look at Luc Besson pictures the same way again.

This casts a whole new light on Bruce Willis making out with a newborn in The Fifth Element.

Jacopo would like to thank @SimonBWFC, @AdamKalontas and everyone else for following him on Twitter. This article is dedicated to you.

For more key scenes producers could've left us, check out 7 Famous Movie Flaws That Were Explained in Deleted Scenes and 6 Deleted Scenes That Prove the Book Isn't Always Better.

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