10 Movies You Didn't Know Recycled Footage From Other Films

Who says Hollywood isn't environmentally-friendly?

Recycled Footage
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Most movies are comprised of footage that was shot from scratch, but there are times when filmmakers cut a few corners during the development process and recycle scenes from elsewhere, in that hope that nobody will notice.

There are many reasons why a director might choose to dust off old footage and attempt to slip it in under the radar, from time constraints to budgetary concerns, and in most cases this is done subtly enough to go undetected.

You might think this practise is exclusive to indie filmmaking, where funding is tight and FX is created on shoestring budgets, but in reality, some of the biggest blockbuster franchises in Hollywood have turned to recycling to complete their movies.

Some filmmakers have done this for creative purposes, Back to the Future Part II being a notable case, during those scenes where Marty McFly time jumps to revisit the events of the original, though few examples are as blatant as this.

Sometimes movies serve you reused footage and you don't even realise it.

10. Stigmata Used Subway Footage From Money Train

Recycled Footage

When Rupert Wainwright was putting his biblical horror Stigmata together, he needed footage of a train's exterior but didn't have either the budget or the means to film it. The solution was simple: borrow it from elsewhere.

The shot Wainwright and his creative team ended up using came from the 1995 action film Money Train, which had plenty of scenes featuring speeding subway cars for obvious reasons, and it featured in Stigmata for a mere second.

During the scene where Patricia Arquette's Frankie is being lashed by invisible whips, the camera briefly cuts to an exterior shot of the train travelling at high speed, footage that was recycled from the Wesley Snipes-fronted movie.

Although most viewers didn't noticed because the recycled shot was so fleeting, there's a metal pole sticking out of the locomotive's front window due to damage it sustained during one of Money Train's action sequences.


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