11 Reshoots That Actually Improved Movies

If at first you don't succeed...

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"Reshoot" is largely considered a dirty word in Hollywood, as it suggests a movie that's suffering through a troubled production and probably won't be very good. Much was made about Star Wars: Rogue One having up to 40% of its scenes reshot, and naturally, fans were pretty concerned, but the end product certainly seemed to justify the extra work.

Sure, there are plenty examples of movies that were made worse by reshoots: last year's Fantastic Four featured one of the worst wigs in cinema history, Scott Pilgrim had its ending changed to be less mature and more sappy, and I Am Legend's conclusion was a victim of the troubling "test audience" dictating what a wider crowd apparently want to see.

That said, there are a number of stellar examples that prove the potential virtues of reshooting scenes. After all, is it really better for a filmmaker to just stay quiet rather than accept their faults and try to fix them?

These movies instead prove that reshoots can fix a movie, and test audiences can in fact be valuable on occasion.

Here are 11 reshoots that actually improved movies...


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