Everybody knows these Hollywood blockbusters! But did you know that some of them were actually meant to have a different ending entirely? Carry on reading to find out which of your favourite films were meant to end completely differently...
Businessman Edward and prostitute Vivian fall in love in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. At the end of the film, Edward wins back his beloved after they have an argument and the lovers embrace. Originally, there was to be no happy ending! Instead, Edward was meant to throw Vivian out of his limousine after their argument and she would have gone back to working as a prostitute.
In the 1993 film Army of Darkness, Ash, who is played by Bruce Campbell, is transported back to the Middle Ages through a time portal where he has to fight the dead. He is able to return to the present with the help of a magic potion in the end, however. But, in the original version, Ash takes the potion and falls asleep. Instead of waking up in the present, he wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world.
In Seven, starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, a serial killer named John Doe who is obsessed with the seven deadly sins is on the loose. The policemen Mills and Somerset hunt him down and are finally able to arrest him. In one of the very last scenes, Mill receives a package containing the head of his dead wife sent to him by the serial killer. Understandably enraged, he then shoots the killer. Initially, a less dramatic end was planned. Mill was meant to receive his dog's head and not his wife's. Brad Pitt complained that this was not powerful enough and so the director changed it.
In Star Wars VI - Return of the Jedi the rebels, along with Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, try to defeat the Empire. At the end of the film, they are successfully able to kill the Emperor and destroy the Death Star. Originally, however, Han Solo was meant to die at the end of the film. A happy ending was decided upon in the end though.
The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway, tells the story of Mia, a normal teenager, who suddenly discovers that she is the heir to the throne of the fictional kingdom Genovia. Despite some initial difficulties, she is able to adapt to her royal role and is crowned Princess at the end of the film. The film's closing scene shows Princess Mia in her new castle. The coronation scene was originally meant to be the last scene, but the director's five-year-old granddaughter felt that this was an unsatisfactory ending and so it was changed!
In the film Rocky, the amateur boxer Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, steps into the ring to fight the reigning champion Apollo Creed. He cuts a fine figure during the fight, but is not quite able to win. The spectators however, treat him as a winner, cheering loudly. He's also a winner in love and is finally able to win Adrian's heart, his friend's sister with whom he has been in love for some time. The film was actually meant to end differently originally. Rocky instead of fighting was meant to accept the money offered him and use it to help Adrian open a pet shop.
The film Thelma and Louise (1991) tells the story of the best friends Thelma and Louise, who go on a completely out-of-control road trip. They end up being involved in several crimes and having to flee the police. At the end of the film, the two women with drive off a cliff in the Grand Canyon as they are surrounded by police. The final scene shows their car falling into the abyss, but it is unclear whether they survive the fall or not. The original ending leaves no room for doubt, however, their car is shown hideously crumpled at the bottom of the cliff.
In Fatal Attraction, family man Dan Gallagher has an affair with his colleague Alex. When Dan does not return Alex's feelings however, she threatens him and his family. At the end of the film, she attacks both Dan and his wife Beth with a knife. Dan attempts to overpower her, but is not quite successful. In the end, Beth shoots Alex. Originally, Alex was not meant to be shot, but was meant to commit suicide instead.
In the film 28 Days Later, Jim, played by Cillian Murphy, wakes up from a coma after having been involved in an accident. While he was in his coma, a viral epidemic transformed England's population into zombies. Along with a few other survivors, he tries to escape the undead. He ends up being shot, but is nursed back to health by Hanna and Selena and the three are finally able to send for help. The original ending was not a happy one. In it, the two women are not able to save Jim and their future looks very uncertain.
In First Blood, war veteran John Rambo starts a fight with the chief of police of the small Washington town Hope. He ends up being arrested and is taken to the local prison. In the original version of the film, Rambo was meant to die at the end of the film, as he asks his friend Colonel Trautman to kill him because he feels that he will never be able to survive jail. After a tense discussion, Colonel Trautman agrees to shoot him. Fortunately, the end was changed, otherwise there could only have been one Rambo film, which would have been a great shame!
In Pretty in Pink, Andie Walsch falls in love with rich Blane. He is not interested at first, but, his friend Duckie is. At the end of the film Duckie and Andie go to the prom together. It is here that "Blane" finally declares that he is in love with Andie and the last scene shows the couple embracing. An alternative end was planned originally however, Andie was meant to reject Blane and pick Duckie instead
In the mystery thriller Butterfly Effect, starring Ashton Kutcher, Evan Treborn is able to travel into the past. In order to resolve some of his childhood traumas, he makes use of this ability and in doing so accidentally triggers a chain reaction that has disastrous consequences. At the end of the film, Evan travels back to the past one last time to save his childhood friend Kayleih. The original end, however, was far more brutal. Evan realises that he is to blame for all the bad things that happen around him. He travels back to the past, to the moment in time just before he is born and strangles himself with his own umbilical cord.
In the 1976 horror film The Omen, Damien Thorn is the son of the devil played by Harvey Stephens. However, his diplomat parents have no idea what his real identity is. When they find out who he really is, they are quickly killed. The American President, who is a good friend of Damian's adoptive parents, takes the boy in. In the last scene, Damian is smiling devilishly into the camera at his adoptive parent's funeral. The original ending was a happier one, in which Damian was defeated!
Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis play two murderers Mickey and Mallory. The media is fascinated by the couple. They are arrested, but manage to escape and the closing scene shows them driving in a car with two children. The director originally had a different ending planned. Owen, who had helped them escape, was meant to murder them as he was a secret serial killer himself.
Will Smith plays Robert Neville, who is New York's sole survivor after a virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population. He desperately tries to find an antidote to the virus while defending himself against nocturnal mutants. In the film's last scene, he is surrounded by mutants and blows them and himself up with a hand grenade. The original ending was very different, however. It becomes clear that the mutants can think and feel. Robert frees the Alpha mutant woman and she is reunited with her lover, the Alpha mutant male. Once they are together they leave, taking all the other Dark Seekers with them.