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(1993)

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The US version also misses a few shots from the conversation between Drexl (Gary Oldman) and the cocaine buyers (the part where he puts the shotgun between his legs and strokes it).
Norway showed the R-rated version at cinema, but released the unrated Director's Cut version on video.
The syndicated US television version has been drastically cut, removing all profanities to the point of absurdity, removing portions of some scenes, and whole scenes as well. Among the cut material: Big Don's murder at the hands of Drexl; pieces of dialogue between Clarence and Drexl and between Clarence and Elliot in the amusement park; Elliot's interrogation by Nicholson and Dimes; and the fight between Alabama and Virgil (when she sets him on fire, the camera zooms on the spray coming from the nozzle). The scene where Clarence murders Drexl is also cut (we don't see him shooting Drexl between the legs.)
The 2 Disc special edition DVD contains the unrated version of the film, which includes the graphic violence which was cut from the "R" rated release. It also includes the following deleted scenes on the second disc:
  • Extended sequence at the 'Sonny Chiba' movie. Jack Black appears as a theater attendant shooing everyone out after the movie is over.
  • Extended scene where Clarence shows Alabama his store.
  • A bathtub scene with Clarence and Alabama, in which they discuss Janis Joplin. Patricia Arquette (Alabama) does nudity in this scene. A piece of this scene appears in the theatrical trailer.
  • The billboard scene (where Alabama comes clean) is slightly extended. Clarence proposes marriage to Alabama, and she accepts.
  • The "do you eat pussy" scene is slightly extended with more dialogue, especially from Big Don (Samuel L. Jackson).
  • A car scene with Clarence, Alabama, and Dick in which Alabama explains how she got her name.
  • The scene in which Clarence first shows Dick the cocaine is slightly extended with more dialogue.
  • A scene featuring Vincenzo (Christopher Walken) on an elevator with his bodyguards. They talk about drug related matters and then walk down a hallway threatening to get Clarence and Alabama. The latter portion of this scene appears in the theatrical trailer.
  • Extended scene where Elliot prepares to be "wired".
  • Extended sequence of Alabama, Clarence, and Dick preparing to enter Lee's loft to sell the cocaine. They contemplate whether they should do it or not.
  • A brief scene in which Elliot is "motivating" himself to enter wearing the wire.
  • An alternate ending, which was Quentin Tarantino's original ending to the script. Clarence dies, and Alabama leaves alone with the money. She is then shown driving to Mexico alone, and she delivers a narrative monologue which indicates that she never really cared about Clarence, but used him to get away from Drexl and get money from the drugs. Tony Scott didn't use this ending because he felt that the audience would fall in love with Clarence and Alabama and would want to see them get away together. In a commentary on the alternate ending, Tarantino agreed that Scott's "happy ending" was better for the film that he made. QT stated that if he had made the film, he would've used the ending that he had originally written, because he would've made the film in a different tone.
Both UK cinema and early VHS versions were the same as the R-rated US print, but with one further 3 second cut to the scene where Alabama (Patricia Arquette) is thrown through a shower screen. The cut was waived when the fully uncensored Director's Cut was released in 1999.
The US theatrical version runs 118 minutes and was heavily cut for violence in order to receive an R-rating. This version was released to US theaters in 1993 and as a rental VHS in the US in 1994. It still occasionally shows up on premium cable and streaming services. The Director's Cut (also known as the 'Unrated' edition) runs 121 minutes and is the only version that has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray worldwide, initially appearing as a buy-only VHS and laserdisc in the US. The Director's Cut changes the following: -The death of Big Don and his dealer is more violent. -Drexl beating up Clarence and the subsequent shoot-out in Drexl's club are longer. -The extremely brutal fight between Virgil and Alabama is over a full minute longer and ends with Alabama beating Virgil's body over the head repeatedly with the butt of the shotgun. -The final shootout in the hotel room is longer and bloodier. -Instead of being killed by a random mafioso, Nicky is shot by Alabama in the Director's Cut.
The Italian version omits a scene where the hitman tells Alabama that killing for the first time is the hardest, but that now he does it "just to see their f@$#ing expression change".
Due to German Law Regulations for TV broadcasting the film was heavily cut to receive a 'Not under 16' rating.
In the first release of the Unrated Director's Cut on DVD in the US, Clarence's "I'd fuck Elvis" speech is the original version as he talks more in-depth about a particular scene in Jailhouse Rock. In the re-release of the Unrated Director's Cut (in the 2-disc special edition), some of the dialog from Clarence is cut.

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