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on 14 Nov 2009 01:43

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Unfinished Business

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1. Saratoga (1937)
Jean Harlow

Date of Death: 7th June 1937 (26)
Cause: Uremic Poisoning

Fate of the Project?: With the film about 90% completed, Harlow collapsed on the set and died about a week later. Her remaining scenes were shot with double Mary Dees being filmed only from behind. Paula Winslowe supplied the voice.

People who added this item 444  Average listal rating (261 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
2. Giant (1956)
James Dean

Date of Death: 30th September 1955 (24)
Cause: Road Accident

Fate of the Project?: After his death late in production, Nick Adams provided Rink's voice for a few lines. The film spent an entire year in the editing room.

People who added this item 50  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
3. Something's Got to Give (1962)
Marilyn Monroe

Date of Death: 5th August 1962 (36)
Cause: Drug Overdose

Fate of the Project?: Incomplete. The production was cancelled and its footage shelved in the studio vaults, where it would remain unseen for years.

People who added this item 238  Average listal rating (159 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.1 
4. Game of Death (1978)
Bruce Lee

Date of Death: 20th July 1973 (32)
Cause: Cerebral Edema

Fate of the Project?: Lee had filmed over 30 minutes of fight scenes for this film when work was suspended to allow Lee to work on Enter the Dragon. However, he died before he could return.

Six years later, director Robert Clouse fleshed out a feature around the original footage with a new cast, including two stand-ins for Lee, who faces are hidden by dark sunglasses and shadows. Close-ups and stills of Lee's face (including a cardboard cut-out) were also used.

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5. Brainstorm (1983)
Natalie Wood

Date of Death: 29th November 1981 (43)
Cause: Drowned

Fate of the Project?: Wood died before filming was complete, thus the ending had to be constructed from scenes shot earlier, body doubles and soundalikes. The film was dedicated to her memory.

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6. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Vic Morrow

Date of Death: 23rd July 1982 (53)
Cause: Helicopter accident on set

Fate of the Project?: The project was ultimately finished. The helicopter scene, when the tragic accident happened, was cut completely out of the final production making the segment shorter.

There were various legal battles as a result of this incident, lasting over a decade. The footage can be viewed on youtube.
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7. Dark Blood (2012)
River Phoenix

Date of Death: 31st October 1993 (23)
Cause: Drug-induced Heart Failure

Fate of the Project?: Incomplete. The crew was 11 days shy of completing production.

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8. The Crow (1994)
Brandon Lee

Date of Death: 31st March 1993 (28)
Cause: While filming during the last weeks of production, Lee was killed when a dummy bullet, which had become lodged in one of the guns, was shot into his abdomen.

Fate of the Project?: The remaining scenes were played by stunt double Chad Stahelski with Lee's face digitally composited onto the double.
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9. Wagons East (1994)
John Candy

Date of Death: 4th March 1994 (43)
Cause: Heart Attack

Fate of the Project?: His few remaining scenes were either not filmed, or were filmed using a stand-in, then re-written not to involve him. His second bar sequence re-uses footage from his earlier bar sequence. The films ends with a dedication to him.

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10. Gladiator (2000)
Oliver Reed

Date of Death: 2 May 1999 (61)
Cause: Heart Attack

Fate of the Project?: The remainder of his sequences had to be re-edited and a double, photographed in the shadows and with a 3D CGI mask of Reed's face, was used as a stand-in. The film is dedicated to his memory.
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11. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Heath Ledger

Date of Death: 22nd January 2008 (28)
Cause: Accidental overdose of perscription drugs

Fate of the Project?: Production was shut down for a few months. Then it was re-started when Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell agreed to complete Ledger's role. The film's fantasy premise, and some clever rewrites, let the actors play a man whose appearance changes as he travels between imaginary worlds.


In loving memory of the actors who couldn't finish their last project before their untimely demise.

Rest in Peace

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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 25 8:49
Did Chris Farley die during the making of Almost Heroes?
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 25 11:20
No, he completed that before he died. It was released posthumously though.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 25 12:58
Awesome. Another stellar list. Its nice to see these rather than the typical lists of 'someone sitting on a chair' or 'someone with a hat on'.

Here's an inclusion, perhaps? -- He got decapitated by a helicopter blade while filming 'Twilight Zone: The Movie'. He played the part of a bigot being taken back thru time to reform his ways, when a stunt helicopter accidentally crashed on him and two vietnemese child actors, killing all three. It brought forth over a decade of litigation and reforms to child actor laws and studio workplace safety laws.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 25 13:14
p.s. there is a video circulating on the internet showing the helicopter accident:
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 25 16:14
Thanks P. I almost forgot about him. Tragic stuff.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Jan 14 13:13
I didn't know about Vic Morrow. WOW that's so sad and shocking.

I'm a truly Heath Ledger's fan and his death was the most tragic and sad to me, but I really feel sorry for all the families and fans of every celebrities in this list. It's one of the worst things when we lose our idols too soon.

I'm not sure, but were all Brittany Murphy's movies completed when she passed away?

The list is awesome and it is one of the best I've seen here.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 11 1:20
In regards to Brittany Murphy: 'Abandoned' was shot in June 2009. It was Murphy's last film before her death on December 20, 2009.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 4 7:30
Nice list!
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