Did You Know?
The original climax to the film was to be done on the first night of shooting, set in a long alley in downtown Chicago. The scene would have explained exactly what happened to Chik at the end, and was planned, lit (with a large number of lights, some rigged on fire escapes), blocked out and partially shot, but generator malfunctions and harsh weather forced filming to be cut short. The crew went on, planning for the scene to be picked up during re-shoots a month later, but budget issues and the executive producers would not let it be filmed. This led to the idea of having an open ending, and the re-shoots that did happen were filmed with this in mind. Most of the surviving footage from the "lost scene" was used in the final dream sequence. See more
A 10 minute cut exists, with more dialogue between Chik and Kathy in the bedroom, more lines given to The Nigerian's Son (Makeem) in the back of the club, and many additions in the dream and club sequences. Although the characters and story are more fleshed out in this version, the cut was deemed too long by the producers and Chait was forced to cut it down. Trading in character for a brisker pace, Chait delivered the six minute (before credits) version, which the producers and audiences welcomed. See more