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Never Trust a Trailer taken to the logical extreme: some trailers are so untrustworthy they include scenes that have been cut from the film itself. Or even worse, filmed just for the trailer.
Most trailers are put together by companies that have no idea what is or is not going to get cut from the film, but this doesn't really help the poor bastard that only came to see the scene that didn't make it in.
This may, however, be justified by the fact that the movie is still being edited as the trailers are released. While the editing process may take months and sometimes only finish mere weeks before the theatrical release, it is rather not unusual for the trailer scenes to either become a Deleted Scene or be replaced by an alternate take in the final cut.
In fact, such scenes can be found in nearly every movie with a sufficient amount of promotional material. Expect them to appear in the Deleted Scenes section of the DVD or to be included in a Recut for a Limited Special Collectors Ultimate Edition.
- Played for laughs in A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever. One of the guys is sipping wine in the bathtub and says "This scene doesn't make it to the final cut of the movie."
- In a fairly bizarre example, the commercials and trailers for Batman and Mister Freeze Sub Zero consisted entirely of clips from Mr. Freeze's previous appearances on Batman: The Animated Series.
- The Transporter trailer featured Frank deflecting a missile, which was, sadly, left out of the final release.
- In the Superbad Trailer, Seth Rogen's character remarked that the name McLovin sounds like "A Sexy Hamburger." This line was never said in the film.
- Trailers for the 2005 Disney film Chicken Little almost always included this joke:
Dad: Son, there's something I want to tell you.
- The trailer for Peter Jackson's King Kong had Naomi Watts' character screaming as a normal part of the acting role, and then everybody hears Kong's roar from far off and they look toward the jungle with worried faces.
- Similarly, one scene showed the characters trekking through a bog with a reptile-thing following silently behind, no such bog scene was shown in the film itself.
- The trailer of Disney's Tarzan had a scene in which Kerchak throws Tarzan into a tree branch, hitting his back and fall into the ground. In the final film, he falls into the ground. This is likely the work in progress version.
- Galaxy Quest had this, as well. Tim Allen's character is trying to explain everything off as a "big misunderstanding" to the alien Big Bad, but said alien covers Mr. Allen's mouth with his hand before he says "—standing". Played for laughs, obviously, being a comedy and all. A moment in the film where such a scene would logically fit in was present, but the shot itself didn't happen — the scene was significantly more somber.
- The trailer also has the childlike aliens speaking English. In the film, they speak an alien language with English subtitles.
- An honorable mention must go to Pixar, whose trailers are understood to not contain footage from the final movie, but are simply meant to be short comedy sketches introducing the movie's premise. However, this doesn't stop a lot of people from expecting to see, for example, the bouncing belt buckle gag in The Incredibles.
- However, in the actual Up trailers (which did feature scenes from the film), Carl blows a raspberry at the assisted-living guys shortly after his house lifts off. This is replaced with a line of dialog in the finished film.
- One trailer for Finding Nemo showed the sharks helping Marlin and Dory find Nemo. In the film, the sharks only appeared twice, the first time during the scene just after Dory's introduction, but before Nemo is dropped into the dentist's fish tank, and the second being the film's ending.
- An infamous screencap from Cars 2 shows Lightning McQueen, Mater, Finn McMissile, and Siddely escaping from an explosion, with a pair of villains in hot pursuit. In the actual movie, Lightning isn't in the scene, Siddeley is further behind and Finn is attached to Mater's tow cable, driving backwards.
- Another screencap has Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Finn McMissile strolling through the streets of Tokyo. In the actual movie, Finn was never driving with those two cars there, and he didn't even know who Lightning McQueen was until their encounter in London at the end of the film!
- Averted for the very first time with Brave… or is it?
- Some trailers for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? had a scene where Eddie Valiant runs around wearing an animated pig head, yelling, "I'm a PIG!" It came from a deleted scene, shown on the DVD.
- In the trailers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, there was a rather humorous trailer gag where they were on the island with cannibals about to leave, when someone says "What about Jack?" Cut to a scene of Jack running away from about 50 cannibals. Will says, "Never mind Jack, let's go!" In the movie, Will's line was changed to "Time to go!" and they waited for Jack to board the ship, which is significantly less funny.
- The film 200 Cigarettes had Ben Affleck's character joking that he wasn't gay (which was a common rumor about the actor at that time); scene was not in the movie.
- Major League's ads contained this exchange:
Character A: That ball wouldn't have been out in some parks.
- Though this scene has been inserted into the film for edited TV airings and appears in at least one of the DVD versions.
- Quite a few in the trailer for Freddy Got Fingered presumably top pad the trailer out to the appropriate length since most of the major scenes in the film were unable to be shown in a green band trailer.
- In the trailer for The Grinch movie, Cindy sees the Grinch in his Santa Claus suit making off with the tree, and says "You're the--" and then the Grinch interrupts with "I'm absolutely not the Grinch, if that's what you're thinking." This exchange was nowhere in the actual movie.
- Dreamworks' Paulie, which was surprisingly somber for a film about a literal talking parrot, was marketed as a zany comedy and most trailers included a scene where the parrot flies next to another parrot and quips, "Saaay, do you realize we're both naked?" Again, it's never said in the movie.
- Another scene heavily run in the trailers had a scientist holding up a card for Paulie and saying "What is this?" Paulie responds "It's a flash card, you idiot!". It wasn't in the actual film.
- The trailer to The Avengers 1998 had a fair bit of footage that didn't make it into the movie itself. (Unsurprising, as even without comparison to the trailer, it was very obvious the film had entire subplots hacked out of it late in the game.)
- Two or three fully animated scenes shown in the trailer for Rugrats in Paris: The Movie aren't even seen in the actual movie. A few lines might not have made the cut as well.
- In District 9 trailers, there was a scene where the aliens were being interrogated, accompanied by the voiceover, "How do your weapons work?" (in a thick South African accent), the aliens replying with, "Please, we just want to go home." This scene was not in the film.
- Many of the commercials for the Hulk movie featured Emil Blonsky describing the Hulk to someone... no such scene appears in the movie. Neither does the character he's talking to.
- Scary Movie 3 trailers had a Hulk and The Matrix parody, but the only way to see it was on the DVD's special features/alternate endings.
- Though Matrix parodies do appear.
- Predators featured Royce, Adrien Brody's character, being targeted by several dozen Predator laser sights. In the movie they were only being hunted by three.
- Most of the trailers for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs have Gag Dubs over real movie dialogue.
- A trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day showed awesome footage of a Terminator endo-skeleton being built and coated with bio-flesh. This is not in the film.
- In the third Terminator: Salvation trailer, Marcus is shown in the "throw a chair through glass" scene... but if you look in the background there's a skinny body on an identical table to the one he was repaired in. This would have implied a big change in the plot, since he was supposed to be the first (and only) resurrected human-into-Terminator prototype. The second trailer has a scene with John Connor in a sewer being surprised by a T-1 rising from water.
- Parody example: An MTV Movie Awards skit had Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo spliced into footage of the climax of Twister. Things were flying at them and Ben was calling what was attacking them on the radio, finishing with:
Ben: "We have the tire; that was in the Coming Attractions, but not in the actual movie!"
- Trailers for Monsters vs. Aliens include a shot of the monsters doing a Power Walk, which was left out of the final cut. Also, the newscaster's comment about America being "the only country UFOs ever seem to land in" is said on location at the landing of the robot probe, while in the movie he says it in the studio during the second UFO sighting.
- The Osmosis Jones trailer includes the line "Disease is the crime, and I'm the cure." Sadly, that line never appears in the film.
- Black Christmas 2006 might just BE the trope, seeing as a whopping 99 % of the scenes in the trailer were shot just for it.
- Almost all Pokémon movie trailers have scenes not in the finished movie. In fact, most of the original trailers were composed of nothing but beta footage. One example is in a teaser for what eventually became Pokémon Zoroark Master of Illusions, which originally depicted Ho-Oh and Lugia locked in aerial combat, presumably for a Heart Gold/Soul Silver tie-in at the time.
- The trailer for Star Trek VI the Undiscovered Country includes Romulan ambassador Nonclus saying "There will never be a better time". This scene was not in the theatrical cut of the movie, but has been included in all VHS and DVD releases.
- Similarly, the scene with Shinzon mentally attacking Troi in the turbolift is present in the trailer for Star Trek Nemesis but was not in the finished film.
- Nero's "The wait is over" phrase from the trailer never made it into the final film, but is available as a deleted scene, when he breaks Ayel out of Rura Penthe.
- In a video game example, the first gameplay trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess had a scene of Link walking through a dark, shadowy forest by the light of his lantern. This forest was absent from the game, and was discovered as a Debug Room on the game disc.
- Iron Man 2:
- The trailer includes a scene of Pepper kissing Tony's Iron Man helmet in a cargo plane, then throwing it overboard. Tony jumps out after it, turning as he leaps and telling her "You complete me," then flies down to a convention stage and takes off the suit in front of a large crowd. In the final film, Pepper is missing, and Tony, fully dressed as Iron Man, simply runs out of the plane. Director Jon Favreau explained this was because the scene was the first in the film to feature Tony, and not seeing him outside of his Iron Man armor until he undressed in front of the crowd made a splashier entrance for the viewer. However, the change also hints that in a previous version of the film, Tony and Pepper were officially together, while in the final film their romance is unrequited.
- In another missing scene, Tony is seemingly teaching Natalie Rushman how to use his repulsor glove.
- The buzz around the trailer for the original film subverted this trope in that there was a rumor going around that the scene showing Iron Man flying with three military jets was made just for the trailer and wouldn't be in the finished film. Thankfully, that turned out not to be the case.
- The trailer for The Man with the Golden Gun included scenes from the (originally much longer) beach showdown between James Bond and Scaramanga that were cut from the final release.
- The teaser trailer for Cocoon II: The Return is made up of recycled footage from the first film plus a scene of Jack on his boat that never appears in the actual movie. And Jack has a different boat in the movie, too.
- A theatrical trailer for The Empire Strikes Back narrated by Harrison Ford features C3PO ripping a decal off a door. This is from a Deleted Scene where 3PO tricks some Storm Troopers into walking into a Wampa containment room.
- There was also a shot where Vader leans forward for some reason (supposedly after his fight with Luke, as if to throw him off himself). Some speculate that this is from him trying to use the Force to pull Luke back up to him, a scene described in the children's picture book of the movie.
- Disney's trailer for The Haunted Mansion shows Eddie Murphy coming up against a posessed suit of Japanese armor, which didn't end up in the movie, as it was cut from an existing scene. Another scene had Murphy meeting Madame Leota and saying "that's great, what is that?", and later saying to her "don't you make no dark spirits come out, wait till I leave before the dark spirits come out!" Neither line of dialogue made it into the movie.
- Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movie has lots of these: Irene dressed in only a corset, Irene complaining that Holmes and Watson has been 'flirting like this for hours'... among others. Sadly not included in the DVD either.
- Several of the scenes with Irene only in a corset in her bedroom with Holmes appear to have been the original version of a scene from the movie. In this version, when Holmes meets with Irene, they have a fight before sleeping together. When they talk in bed after, Irene gets the information she was trying to get out of Holmes and handcuffs him to the bed, leading to the "under this pillow lies the key to my release" bit. In the released version, Holmes winds up naked and handcuffed to the bed after Irene drugs him.
- In the trailer for The Emperors New Groove, after Pacha and Kuzco accidentally get tied around a tree branch, Pacha mutters, "Or not," in reference to a line he said right beforehand. This wasn't in the movie.
- The Men in Black trailer had Jay looking at one of the BFGs he and Kay used to shoot down the Edgar Bug's spaceship and asks, "You know how to use these things?" Kay replies, "No idea whatsoever," then proceeds to cock his gun. Jay reacts by glancing at Kay.
- The trailer for the third film featured a graffiti alien that does not appear in the final cut.
- In Flushed Away, the pair of butler hamsters seen in the trailer are not in the film itself.
- They originally were, and were named Gilbert and Sullivan.
- The Bruce Willis comedy The Kid had the same scene in both trailer and movie, but played very differently. In the scene, Russ' younger self tallies up his life situation: "So, I'm forty, I'm not married, I don't fly jets, and I don't have a dog?" In the trailer, Rusty hollers, "I grow up to be a loser!" like any kid throwing a temper tantrum. But in the film, he just plops on the couch and sighs, "I grow up to be a loser," in the most disappointed voice you ever heard.
- The Last Airbender had a shocking amount of scenes shown in trailers but not actually making it onto the movie. The entire first trailer was not in the film (since it was filmed as a teaser trailer not meant for the movie), including: the Water Tribe holding lanterns, Kyoshi Warriors (missing from the entire movie, in fact), and many lines of dialogue. This has lead to rumors of an original cut that was 25 minutes longer and only being trimmed down a few weeks before premiering.
- The infamous swinging buzzsaw scene from the trailer for The Stepfather remake.
- This trailer for the 1997 George of the Jungle movie had a different shot of Ape playing chess, a pan from the tranquilizer dart to Ape's grimacing face (the movie cut directly from the dart hitting his arm to Ape's reaction), and the Tooky Tooky Bird riding on a plane (the movie felt that an Art Shifted sequence of him flying with his wings from Africa to San Francisco sufficed). Also, Ape and the Tooky Tooky Bird have different voices in this trailer and George had a different reaction to the news that Ape was captured by the poachers.
- The above images are taken from this trailer for The Santa Clause. They pretty much don't occur in the film at any point.
- A scene from one of the National Treasure 2 trailers had Riley leaning over the edge of the balance trap and looking down at skeletons, a scene that wasn't in the movie.
- The trailers also included several lines of dialogue that were cut or changed, though the scenes themselves remained.
- A trailer for the second half of Battlestar Galactica's Season 3 had Dee saying, "I'm going to bring Starbuck back to Apollo" in a cheery way. In the actual episode "Rapture", she said it with resignation.
- A trailer for the first half of Season 3 finishes with Baltar begging desperately for Gaeta to shoot him. In "Exodus Part 2," he is way calmer about the request.
- The trailer for The Good Son features Henry and Mark walking down a path to the woods singing "Great Green Globs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts", they do not sing it at any point in the film.
- In the trailer for The Adventures of Pinocchio features some scenes not shown in the movie and Pepe's voice is done by Wallace Shawn rather than David Doyle.
- In the trailer for Aladdin and the King of Thieves during the "Welcome to the 40 Thieves" song Aladdin is seen with a bloody arm from his fight with Saluk, the blood is edited out in the film. However, you can see it when he clutches his arm after being cut.
- The Golden Compass takes this to extremes, because a large portion of the film, including the climax and entire ending was cut before release.
- Some of the infamous jokes from the Anchorman trailers never made it into the final film.
- The trailers for the Inspector Gadget movie featured some jokes that either became deleted scenes or only appeared in flashbacks.
- A variation occurred with How to Train Your Dragon. The scene where Astrid finds out about Toothless had her saying "you're so busted" in the trailers. In the film, she says nothing. In a more different vein, one scene in the trailers had Hiccup insulting Toothless and Toothless hitting him on the head in response. This happened in the film, but in two very different instances.
- In Accepted, there is a scene where the college students are holding a paddle to a tied-up Sherman. In the trailer, one of the guys says, "Get him the suit", followed by the 'ask me about my wiener' scene. The movie plays this differently--Sherman is in the suit as an initiation, and later, the guys wake him up for his 'induction night'. Sherman is excited...until he's tied up. They tell him to either side with him or his friends, which he goes with the latter.
- The trailer for Home Alone included an alternate scene with store manager asking Kevin questions of him shopping alone. In the movie, it's only the cashier asking him questions.
- It also has a scene of one of Kevin's sisters at the bottom of the stairs saying they're going to be late for the airport, and an audio snippet of a news report about the wet bandits.
- A French trailer for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly included a sequence where Blondie romances a girl, and Tuco watches on him. That was cut after the initial screening and footage is apparently lost (the special edition DVD tries to restore as much as it can).
- The trailer for Kamen Rider Decade's Grand Finale movie shown after the final episode contains exactly 0% of the footage from the final product. Going beyond that, the plotlines alluded to in the trailer were almost entirely thrown out, though two (Natsumi opposing Decade and Kivala becoming a Kamen Rider) were merged together.
- The trailer for Tangled has a scene in which Rapunzel beats up Flynn with Prehensile Hair, and one where she chucks him out of the tower. They never happen in the movie.
- There's also a third scene, where Flynn calls up to Rapunzel "Let down your hai-" only to have a load of hair suddenly dropped on him, complete with Maximus laughing/whinnying. Like the above two, it's nowhere in the film.
- The trailer for Walk Hard has a deleted subplot involving Dewey's third wife, Cheryl. This ended up creating a very rushed third act in the theatrical version.
- In the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix trailer, there was a mysterious scene where Dumbledore was heard saying: "Don't fight him, Harry. You can't win". Fans wondered what was all that about, since nothing like that line appears in the books, an is in fact quite Out of Character. Well, they never knew, because that line wasn't in the finished film either.
- Also a variation occurs on Deathly Hallows Part 1: the trailer shows a shot of Harry on the ground, closing on his face. That was actually the raw footage of a scene where Harry's face is disfigured, which would later be made digitally.
- The same happened in the Order of the Phoenix trailer: we see an awesome shot of the Educational Decrees exploding. In the actual movie, that shot was mostly obscured by the Weasley Fireworks that were supposed to cause the explosion.
- In the Chamber of Secrets teaser trailer, there are a couple shots of Lockhart's classroom being wrecked by the pixies, except the CGI pixies weren't added in.
- The teaser for the first movie includes the shot when Neville is flying away from the flying class, except Neville hasn't been Chroma Keyed in yet. So it's just a background plate of everyone looking up at nothing.
- In the trailer for Deathly Hallows Part 2, there is a scene where Voldemort asks Harry, "Why do you live?" and Harry replies, "Because I've got something worth living for." This scene was not in the movie.
- A number of TV spots for the first film showed Hermione saying, "He's rather disagreeable, isn't he?" It's nowhere in the film and was also not in the Deleted Scenes on the DVD. The fact that the kids don't have their house-colored uniforms yet would seem to indicate that it takes place sometime before they get up to their dormitories for the first time. Possibly it's from the filmed-but-never-released scene with Peeves, in which case Peeves would presumably be the "he" to which Hermione was referring. It may also be from the scene when Harry meets Malfoy for the first time. The theatrical trailer also has a shot not in the film. It shows Percy leading the first years down a hallway and is therefore quite likely from the elusive Peeves scene.
- Also a variation occurs on Deathly Hallows Part 1: the trailer shows a shot of Harry on the ground, closing on his face. That was actually the raw footage of a scene where Harry's face is disfigured, which would later be made digitally.
- Highlander Endgame is an especially dastardly one; several scenes were shot specifically for the trailer, like the villain being cut in half lengthwise and reforming, which all hinted at a completely different (and probably much, much better) story.
- Payback had a shootout with a disguised hitwoman in a subway station. This comes from the original ending, which was changed but reappears in the Director's Cut.
- A version of the trailer which is skewed towards presenting the film as an action-comedy contains two more scenes that do not appear in either the theatrical or directors' cut, including Lucy Liu kissing and then punching Mel Gibson, and a close-up of the dog growling followed by Gibson's reaction to it. Additionally, a shot of Gibson's girlfriend slapping him to try and bring him round is redubbed with a punch to imply that she's trying to knock him out.
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith had a number of deleted scenes show in the trailers, such as most of Keith David's scenes (in the final film, only his voice can be heard) and additional scenes with Vince Vaughn and Kerry Washington, among others. In actuality, over one hour was cut from the film (going down from over three hours to just over two hours in the process) and an entire subplot with Terence Stamp and Jacqueline Bisset as terrorists also got cut. The final film is nothing more than Brad and Angelina shooting at each other.
- The trailer for Miss Congeniality contains part of a cut scene where Gracie Hart attends her (widowed) father's (second) wedding:
Mr. Hart: Honey, are you a lesbian?
- The trailer for My Best Friend's Wedding includes a scene where one of the bridesmaids says to Julianne: "We thought you're a lesbian."
- One trailer for ICarly has a Ship Tease moment where Freddie asks Carly if she was jealous. It's not in the final episode.
- Some early promos for Parks and Recreation included footage filmed specifically for TV spots, such as the one in which Leslie and Tom are standing on a railed boardwalk ("It's a wooden walkway.", "It's over a drain, so it's a bridge.") In a subversion, a short scene originally filmed for a TV spot (Leslie encountering a raccoon inside) was later incorporated into the show itself as a Flashback Cut. Also note that the page quote heading our own article on Parks And Recreation ("I hate the public. The public is stupid.") is from a deleted scene in the pilot which was nevertheless heavily featured in early TV spots.
- Played Straight in Fantastic Four, the teaser trailer showed a scene with Reed Richards about to kiss Susan Storm (during a series of quick cuts) which was not in the movie. However, this was Subverted in that the scene was put back in the movie on the 'Extended Special Edition'. Still, it was rather misleading.
- A scene in a trailer for Shrek the Third apparantly showed a scene where the titular ogre can been seen accidentally scaring children at an elementary school while reading them a story. Such a scene actually did not appear in the movie at all. It did, however, appear in one of the tie-in storybooks.
- The trailer for Kill Bill Volume 2 featured a mysterious black man doing some fancy moves with a pole. This character did not appear in the film.
- Sooner or later, this quote will be in a movie... BUT NOT TODAY.
- A gag in the trailer for Clue was never seen in the actual movie.
- In an ad for Jimmy Neutron, Cindy says to Jimmy "If we blow up, whatever's left of me is kicking your butt." Not in the finished film.
- The TV adverts edited "kicking your butt" to "kicking your can," so much effort put into a deleted scene.
- One of the oldest examples is from the trailer for the classic Casablanca. It contains a brief sequence of Rick saying "You asked for it" before shooting Strasser; the dialogue does not appear in the movie.
- The trailers for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Return of the King both feature scenes of Arwen that didn't make the final cut- the former were moved to the third film for pacing purposes and the latter scenes (of Arwen standing on a bridge and hugging Elrond) didn't feature at all. Also, the scene of Eomer cradling Eowyn's unconcious body in Return didn't appear in the theatrical cut, but was restored for the Extended Edition.
- Several examples from this trailer for The Godfather Part III. Some different versions of scenes that were in the film, some that were not in the film at all.
- The promo for Transformers: The Movie consists mainly of test animation that went unused. Some major differences include Ultra Magnus having a different colour scheme (the same as his Diaclone counterpart), Hot Rod and Arcee being on the same shuttle (the Autobots being on different shuttles is a plot point), an alternate version of Kup telling the Dinobots a story, and Snarl being more prominent instead of making quick cameos.
- The Parent Trap: The remake has a rather infamous version in which they predominantly feature a subplot about wishing on a star that was completely cut from the final film.
- The trailer for James Cameron's Titanic featured a few scenes cut out of the final film including one with Jack punching Lovejoy.
- Lampshaded in the Mad Magazine parody of Con Air, which pointed out that a scene of Poe using Diamond Dog as a human gangplank to climb from a speeding motorcycle to a fire engine was in a trailer, but not in the final cut of the movie.
"Stop complaining! Think about the poor slobs in the audience who paid nine bucks thinking they'd get to see this stunt!"
- A teaser for Godzilla had a fisherman standing at the land end of a long, wooden pier. Suddenly, the wooden slats of the pier start exploding into the air one by one as something unseen, but quite obviously very large and very hostile rockets through the water towards land and the hapless man. He sensibly tosses all his gear into the air and legs it.
- The trailer for Atlantis the Lost Empire prominently featured random scenes with Vikings sailing through a thunderstorm, and later being sunk by a sea monster. This made it look like the Vikings were the main characters, but it was taken from the film's original prologue, which was replaced with the more plot-relevant depiction of Atlantis' destruction. Thus, no Vikings appeared in the actual film.
- The Simpsons Movie trailer had a scene with Rev. Lovejoy and Marge cut out, for time restrictions or unknown reasons.
- In the film Used Cars order to explain that when Barbara is asked to prove her car lot has over 200 cars on it, in the move Rudy whispers to her from the audience to lie and say yes, because he has a contact he can get them from in a hurry. In the trailer, to show how "honest" he is, he explicitly says to her, "I want you to get up on that stand - and lie." This scene does not appear in the film.
- Bruce Lee's The Big Boss has several trailers containing scenes which WERE in the original 1971 theatrical version but were cut from all other versions. The cut of the film featuring these scenes is so rare that people are still looking for it to this day and have tried to reconstruct the film using trailers.
- An extreme case is Paranormal Activity 3. Many, if not most, of the trailer scenes were not in the theatrical release.
- Some trailers for Good Burger had a man request a "Good Shake", which was followed by Ed literally shaking him.
- A trailer for Arthur Christmas has Arthur hanging from Evie (Grandsanta's sleigh), yelling "No child left behind!" as he's determined to get a gift to the child forgotten by Santa. This line is not in the film.
- The trailer for Braveheart features a scene where William Wallace is telling his lieutenants that, unlike the English, they will not harm women and children. This scene is not in the movie, nor is it included as a deleted scene in the DVD or Blu-ray releases.
- About half the trailer for Fair Game (the one with Cindy Crawford and Salma Hayek, not the one with Naomi Watts) is made up of scenes not in the film, like Cindy saying William Baldwin hasn't tried to kill her yet and his replying "The night's still young," her later saying that line to him, and Cindy telling him she doesn't know how to use a gun. By the way, Cindy and Salma never appear in the same scene (sorry).
- Trailers for The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! included a scene where the Pirate Captain boards a ship and demands treasure, only to find out it's actually a leper boat. This scene was planned to be in the finished film, but it was removed after leprosy charities complained.
- The shot is in the final film - but the word 'leper' is redubbed as 'plague'. It stops making sense once the original joke concludes and the passenger's arm drops off.
- The trailers for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy include a dialogue exchange ("They've killed our man in Istanbul") that doesn't appear in the film. Another missing shot, of Toby Esterhase puffing smoke from his pipe, suggests that a scene at the Circus was either removed or edited down.
- The trailer for Deus Ex Human Revolution features several cutscenes that never appear in the actual game, such the bad guys gunning down innocent protestors when in fact in the game they do no such thing and it appears the police managed to handle the troublemakers without much bloodshed at all.
- The trailer for Streets of Fire had Ellen saying "You gonna stay for the show? It's really good," and a different take of Raven saying "I want Tom Cody!'; the latter is notable as it appeared to be in his hideout that in the film was burnt down.
- The trailer for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events features a shot of Emily Browning looking directly at the camera and saying "We're very concerned". This does not appear in the movie, and was probably shot specifically for use in the trailer.
- The theatrical trailers for Being There make extensive use of an alternate angle on Louise the maid's "Gobbledygook!" monologue — in the film, it's mostly seen from a wide angle of a rundown apartment lobby, but for the trailer it's all taken from a medium-shot of her. The speech is used because, when contrasting it with other scenes, it efficently and effectively summarizes the premise of the film (she knows that the hero is a mentally challenged gardener because she helped raise him, but the powerful people he meets once he ventures out into the outside world do not know — and they mistake him for a genius). There are other alternate angles in the trailer, one of which includes an alternate line (Chance's response to "So you really are a gardener?" is "Oh, yes"; in the film, he gestures to "My roses" by way of demonstration).
- The trailer for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) includes a scene in which Steve Martin walks along the waterfront and pushes a lady over the edge, but that scene didn't make the film's final cut.
- Bicentennial Man had notoriously misleading ads featuring, among other things, Galatea singing "U-g-l-y", this was never in the movie.
- A scene from the trailer for The Brady Bunch Movie has Peter saying his "pork chopsh and applesauce" line from the TV series. It never appears in the movie. (Though the dish is mentioned nonverbally on the family's kitchen blackboard, it can be seen in the background during one of the first scenes.)