Randall 'Tex' Cobb's role (as "Skull) was considerably shortened prior to release. Originally filmed was a courtroom prologue where Fletcher successfully defends Skull using his usual, less-than-truthful tactics. Also filmed was a sequence in the jail where Fletcher meets Skull again in jail. The courtroom prologue was dropped entirely, but remnants of it still remain in the original theatrical trailers. The jail-cell scene was shortened, so much so that Cobb only has one line in the entire film, despite a prominent billing. The prologue is featured in the 'deleted scenes' section of the Special Edition DVD release.
The US network TV version of this movie not only corrects bad language, but also removes all Tower Air titles from the Boeing 747 appearing in the "chase" scene in the end. The only remains on the aircraft are the word "Air" on the fuselage!
When aired on ABC, these changes were made: In the conference room, Fletcher's insult of "You couldn't get a porn star off" was altered to remove the word Off; the tape recording played in court of Samantha Cole and Mr. Falk was toned down; Fletcher saying "I'm such a shit" was changed to "I'm such a snot"; Fletcher's sentence of "I just proposed a settlement to dick with them" was altered to change dick to deal; At the repo lot when Fletcher complains about the scratch on his car, his last sentence of "I'm gonna bend over and take it up the tail pipe" was changed to "I'm gonna bend over and take it like a grown man!"; When Fletcher tries unsuccessfully to lie about a blue pen, his yelling of "The God damn pen is blue!" is removed.