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Five Movie Scenes That Took Longer To Film Than You’d Think But Were Totally Worth It

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When you’re watching a film, you don’t think about how long it takes to film capture the most compelling movie scenes. If a film has a perfectionist for a director, one scene could be filmed a hundred times or more. Here are five movie scenes that were nearly impossible to film.

The “Shine” Scene In “The Shining”

The Shining contains multiple sequences that were difficult to film. Some movie scenes were filmed over a hundred times, including the pantry scene in which Dick Hallorann (played by Scatman Crothers) explains his ability to “shine” with young Danny. Director Stanley Kubrick was a perfectionist, and the scene had to be exactly the way he envisioned. With this in mind, the scene required 148 takes. It’s no wonder the child actor who played young Danny never appeared in films again.

The Tower-Climbing Scene In “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

The Mission: Impossible franchise is one of the most successful film franchises in history, but they’re also some of the most difficult films to produce. Actor Tom Cruise isn’t afraid of performing stunts himself, including the tower-climbing scene in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Cruise climbed the exterior of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, with only some rigging to keep him safe. It wouldn’t be surprising if every crew member held their breath during the filming of this scene!

The Cafeteria Scene In “Spider-Man”

Before computer-generated imagery (CGI) replaced stunt work in Marvel comic book-films, practical effects were used to transform ordinary humans (like Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in Spider-Man) into superheroes. The cafeteria scene in the franchise’s first film is when Peter Parker discovers his powers. According to director Sam Raimi, it had to be perfect. This scene alone required 156 takes. While it was a lot of work, the scene appears more realistic than what most CGI effects could produce.

The Moving Truck Scene In “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”

Indiana Jones is one of the most memorable film franchises, and its first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, introduced viewers to Harrison Ford’s iconic character. There are multiple unforgettable scenes from the film, but one stunt was more challenging than others.

The scene in which Indiana Jones crawls under a moving truck and then is dragged through the dirt road at full speed nearly killed Ford’s stuntman, Terry Leonard. It took some persuasion to continue filming the scene, and he would only do it if Leonard’s stunt coordinator could drive the truck.

The Chariot Race Scene In “Ben-Hur”

Even though Ben-Hur was filmed in 1959, don’t think it wasn’t advanced. The film was way ahead of its time, but some scenes were still more difficult to film than others—including the infamous chariot race. It took nearly a year to prepare the million-dollar arena and nearly a hundred trained racehorses. Cameramen only had a few seconds to film each shot before the horses would “outrace” them, and a stuntman was nearly trampled to death by his horse and chariot. Considering all that work, the film deserved all 11 Oscars it received!

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