See The Original, Unused Ending To Election

A little-known fact about Election, the 1999 film that featured Reese Witherspoon as the tightly-wound Tracy Flick and Matthew Broderick as her smarmy civics teacher: the movie's original ending was not the one you saw in theaters. (If you haven't seen the movie, obvious spoilers ahead.)

The first-edition ending seen here was never packaged as a DVD extra — in fact, the only reason we're able to view this today is because a VHS tape with an early cut of the film was found at a local flea market. From the video's YouTube page, the uploader reveals that he "bought a box of old VHS tapes at the Farmers Market in Wilmington, DE for $5 on Mothers Day. I had no idea that this working print was included in the box when I purchased it."

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In the above six minutes, we discover that Mr. McAllister never made it to New York City. Instead, he stayed in town to work a new job as a car salesman, which the audience discovers when Tracy decides to visit him before she goes away to college. This version stayed true to the novel by Tom Perrotta — but didn't sit well with test audiences in its early viewing stages. Thus, a new theatrical ending was written and reshot and audiences were none the wiser. That is, until now.

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RW has a habit of picking roles that will be tragi/comically misused later in pop culture. I am a great defender of Tracy Flick - a character whose name is frequently taken in vain to indicate a crazy aggressive power hungry she devil of some sort. Of course, she isn't. Not in the book or in the film. She's a focused, determined, but still young and imperfect girl whose actions are set against both the M.Broderick teacher's narration and the over-narration of, in the film's case, the director (or the author in the book). It's brilliant, really. I pick Flick every time!

Likewise, Elle Woods gets a bad rap too, but sista got a 175 on her LSAT. If that teeny detail hadn't been included, she could've been more easily written off as a monied gal with connections. Connections and money don't buy you a 175, yo.