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11 May 2006

Uncovered scenes from original Star Wars - "Biggs' Return"


[NOTE: footage erased from YouTube is replaced below from footage at Grouper]



All of us here are dumbfounded.

THIS IS A CUT SCENE FROM THE. ORIGINAL. STAR WARS!!!

Ohmigod. It's real!

Trust us, you are unprepared.

Not to mention...a "new" Star Wars hottie!

Link.

(Check out T'bone's SWU, which has downloadable .mov or mpeg files of this footage. (Note, scroll down to bottom of page.))

34 Comments:

Anonymous Robert Fisher said...

Come on! "Unprepared"? I've read that scene from the script thousands of times in my ancient "The art of Star Wars" book. I think I read it in the original comic book adaption before that.

It is cool to actually see it on film, though. I always thought it was a shame it was left out.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The orginal ambiguously gay duo

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, I had a Star Wars book with stills from this scene. If I remember correctly, it was also in the Marvel Comic book.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous pni said...

This scene was included in the original Star Wars comic book, if my memory serves me correctly. At least the part where Luke sees the battle up in the sky.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I think Biggs slapped Luke's butt! Having this is would make more sense of the scene in which Luke is overjoyed to find Biggs is a pilot with the Alliance -- both because it provides a backstory for how Biggs got there, and because it makes more sense of Luke's happiness.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What to add in the 'Special Edition'...

Hmmm, scene which compliments a later scene and fleshes-out the main character and his motivations to a greater extent than previously? = OUT

Han stepping on Digital-Jabba's tail? = IN

Mr. Lucas, YOU FAIL AT TEH CINEMA!!!

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not really newly uncovered because its on the "Star Wars: Behind the Magic" cd that came out sometime in 1998.

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it does make it look like Biggs is some older gay dude trying to jam his tongue down Luke's throat-- And the acting sucks-- And who are these teenie bopper hipsters Luke has befriended from a galaxy far far away?

It was a good cut.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the dialoge to this scene can be found on in the Star Wars radio drama.

summary:
Luke looks up to see the ships firing in orbit. he goes to tell is friends. he see Biggs. Biggs pulls Luke aside and tells him he gonna join the rebelion and he should go as well.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget. Han shot first.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Not to mention it adds further details to how people actually feel about the interplantary politics before launching Luke directly into them.

This is a fairly important scene and I can't imagine why it was cut. I guess I'd have to see where it would fall into the grand scheme of things, but even if it was a minor pacing mishap, the info Biggs offers is well worth the detour.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah I had the picture book too, as well as all the topps trading cards which also had biggs in it. they also had pre-cast character stills. Han solo or luke or leia with some random standin model. mixed in with several of the actual actors and shots form the movies.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HA! and you guys fail at observation. That's not even Mark Hamil...need I point out the other things askew of this footage?

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This scene is in the NPR radio version of StarWars. Now we know where they got it from.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this scene is no surprise to those of us who have the radio drama

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the Holy Grail of Star Wars deleted scenes! It is real, and a true treasure uncovered.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous 433 said...

Actually, this was included in a CD-ROM "Star Wars" encyclopedia-type thing that was released in about 1998-1999. I can't remember the name of it, but I have it at home somewhere...

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Josephine said...

1) Learn to spell Mark Hamill's name.

2) It *is* real. It's a work print, thus the sound of walking on plywood.

3) Go and watch the film again - that is indeed Mark Hamill. This looks like part of the Tunisia desert shoot - same haircut/hairstyle, and his cheeks looked a little puffier in those scenes (in the film as well as here) than in other scenes shot at other locations and sets.

Cool to see, but while it fleshes out Luke and Biggs' later reunion, it does nothing else for the story and is a detail better left for the radio, novel, and other arenas where such things play well. It's a good extra for a disc, and I think that if Lucas had made the original film the way he made Eps 1 & 2, it would have been in - it doesn't really have a useful place in the film.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Markus said...

I could swear that this scene was in the film the first time I saw the movie, but was removed the other 3 times I saw it during the original release period. Maybe I'm just getting delusional in my old age....

This was in Kansas City in case anyone else has a similar recollection.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid YouTube, can't save anything from that website, we need a proper download link.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting--and this scene is in both the novel and the radio play (though the latter, afaik, is the only one to have the skyhopper race in it--it's not in the novel). The later scene where Luke meets Biggs in the rebel hangar--and his reaction when Biggs gets splashed--makes a lot less sense without it, unfortunately. :-/ One of many really poor decisions Lucas made on the edits for Special Edition (as my family puts it, it's 'Special' all right..short-bus special. ;-) ).

Keep in mind that Mark Hamill also had some major surgery on his face between Star Wars and ESB due to an accident, as well--which is why the one guy didn't think it was him, probably. ;-)

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. After watching the clip all the way through...I'm afraid I have to comment that it does drag a bit too long--it needs faster pacing, and probably should have been left in in a cut-down form to set up Bigg's character--the politics comments are a bit much. And on a different tangent--I think they picked the wrong guy for Fixer--he looks way too old. Fixer in the book comes off as a 'young punk' type, not much older than Luke. ;-)

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It actually hurts the correlation between clone and stormtrooper. All their talk of being drafted by them empire leads me to believe that stormtroopers were originally different people, not clones of Boba Fett's dad (wtf?).

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, this scene was in the comic book. Kudos to the dude that pointed that out. The comic book also had Han Solo talking with Jabba The Hutt(Scottish dude). When the special editions came out I thought this scene was going to be included.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Star wars meets brokeback mountain. Aww Luke and biggs...what a pair of star struck lovers!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous hashimashadoo said...

These scenes were released in 'Behind the Magic', a CD-ROM released by Lucasarts in 1999. I'm amazed it took this long to get onto the net.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This scene, as well as other deleted SW scenes, has been available for several years in the "Star Wars: Behind the Magic" CD-Rom that was produced by LucasArts. It's an interesting peek at "rich kid" Biggs. Too bad at least part of that scene wasn't left in the movie; it would have given meaning to his later appearance and his death.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is definitely real, as photos of this scene are included in the original Star Wars story book. The scene was cut since it did little tp propel the story and diluted the similar relationship between Han and Luke. This screne has made the circuit over the years and I recall seeing it at a convention in the mid-eighties, it is not a fake or a digital compositeor anything along that line, it is simply a victim of the editing process of motion pictures.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Omnius said...

Just beautiful. Re-blogged this and left a link.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Jez, Leeds, UK said...

The scene is also in the original screenplay-adapted novel, credited on the cover as written by george lucas, UK ISBN# 0-7221-5669-3 (just went to retreive my well thumbed copy from a bookshelf). As were all the other restored scenes from the remastered movies, plus a few others (and Jabba is indeed a big fat man, not a slug).

I'm SO glad this clip has been found, dodgy Bigg's cloak and all. Can see why it wasn't included for film quality reasons, but not continuity - why bother to include any of Biggs in the remastered or indeed the original cut, without this as well? Love it.

If you've not read the novel version, seek it out, I promise you its worth it. Just for how different things like blasters are, and the cantina with Ben Kenobi. Indeed, he doth rock.

How do I get a copy of this clip? IT MUST BE MINE!!!!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eggsellent! I remember this scene, in some promo releases, this scene was in full. At least I now know I am not nuts.... Anyone wanna help me outta this straightjacket?

11:21 PM  
Anonymous fergus said...

I haven't seen this since I was a child! Many people won't believe this, but I saw a SW videotape many years ago that included this scene. I think I have read elsewhere that the Canadian theatrical release of the film included this, but I may be mistaken. Of course, the novel & comics included it as well, which I remember. I always felt it should have been left in, as it gives the reunion & Biggs' death meaning.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

Yup, I think I actually still have this on my computer from a download a few years ago.

This was in some of the promo releases. I had a bootleg VHS copy as a child with this scene intact.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Markus said, I always thought I had seen this scene the first time I saw Star Wars but it was never in it afterwards. I thought I had imagined it. It guess it's possible I read it instead but I could swear I saw it on the big screen.

9:27 PM  

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