8 Early Drafts That Almost Ruined Iconic Movie Endings

8. Clerks

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The film that launched Kevin Smith's career almost ended very differently, adding a tone change so severe it would have ruined the entirety of the goodwill the film carefully built up until that moment.

A seemingly random addition to what is a perfectly good play-out, it's something that could have affected Smith's clout in the industry before he even had any. Let's just be glad the Jay and Silent Bob creator went with the choice he did.

A black and white comedy film, Clerks runs on the simple concept of its title - we watch store clerks Dante and Randal as they go about their days in their shops, discussing films, playing hockey, and annoying the few customers that come. Trying to fix their lives for the better, the pair are unhappy with how things are currently playing out, though the solutions never quite work out as planned.

The Ending

Clerks ends with Dante and Randal having a fight, reconciling, and cleaning Dante's store before closing for the evening, following the A-Typical set up of the films premise.

The Original

Kevin Smith originally filmed a sequence where Dante is shot by a burglar just after Randal leaves the store. The film uses the same sequence in its actual ending, just cuts it short to avoid the completely off-tone murder, as advised by Smith's two mentors. The change allowed his film to become a cult hit, so was definitely the right call to make for a confused young filmmaker - you can see just how bizarre the original sequence was below.

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