Stanley Kubrick’s made film nerds cry many times, partly because of his penchant for destroying footage of deleted scenes from his movies. Yet we’re hoping that the most famous of his unused footage survives, even if it’s not on DVD.
Kubrick’s original ending for the satirical Dr. Strangelove was far more elaborate than the nuclear bomb montage he ultimately used. Instead of debates about mine-shaft gaps, the Russian and American delegates ended their meeting with a massive pie fight, with President Muffley (Peter Sellers) taking one full in the face while Dr. Strangelove (also Sellers) stands from his wheelchair and then falls over, starting a scene-long wormlike struggle to get back in the chair. The whole sequence was cut because it was actually too much fun for the actors, who were supposed to be serious about it.