Saturday, August 16, 2008

Haven't I Seen This Before?

Jonathan here. You know what I'm not crazy about? Remakes. I don't like movies I love being redone with people I don't love. But I don't mind so much when they're veiled remakes. You know, they take a familiar story and kind of, sort of remake it. Here's a list of some of the more successful ones and if you can think of any more please let me know. Some of these I like the original source best, some the remake but in none of these cases do I dislike both. Here's the list. First the remake followed by its inspiration, whether book, movie or play.

1. A Star is Born (1937) / What Price Hollywood? (1932)

2. Forbidden Planet (1956) / The Tempest (1611)

3. Apocalypse Now (1979) / Heart of Darkness (1902)

4. Airplane (1980) / Zero Hour (1957)

5. Outland (1981) / High Noon (1952)

6. The Big Chill (1983) / Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)

7. Clueless (1995) / Emma (1816)

8. A Bug's Life (1998) / The Magnificent Seven (1960) / The Seven Samurai(1954)

9. Mission Impossible II (2000) / Notorious (1946)

10. Flight Plan (2005) / The Lady Vanishes (1938)


Anonymous said...

I thought that Match Point and a Place in the Sun were pretty similar in regards of plot...maybe?

spartickes said...

Ice (X-Files ep1x08 1993)/The Thing (1982)/Horror Express (1973)/The Thing From Another World (1951)/Who Goes There (1938)

Full disclosure, I haven't seen Horror Express yet. I was hesitant to put this up as the '51 and '82 versions are both stated as remakes of the novella, but they are all far enough apart in tone (and content) to constitute totally separate entities in my mind.

Carlos Mal said...

The Three Amigos was also based on the Seven Samurai. :)

Anonymous said...

Arguable, but could be considered remakes:

Star Wars/The Hidden Fortress
Metropolis (anime, 2002)/Metropolis (1928)

Colin Low said...

The Dark Knight (2008) / Heat (1995)?

Anonymous said...

His Girl Friday (1940)/The Front Page (1931)?

Roberta Lipp said...

Love Clueless/Emma. I'd heard it was a remake, but was impressed when I finally saw it with some of the sub-plots following suit; particularly the character of Christian. Love both films (the Kate Beckinsale/Samantha Morton version, of course. No Gwyneth for me.)

pikajew said...

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)/Kiss Me Kate(1953)/Taming of the Shrew(1904)

Emma said...

Wow... Flight Plan and The Lady vanishes... I would never have thought to make that link.

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Anonymous said...

You've Got Mail/ The Shop Around the

Every time a girl (it's never a guy) tells me they love this okayish Meg Ryan movie, I direct them to this little old jewel, with a James Stewart who almost still has his baby fat.

Anonymous said...

Bridget Jones's Diary (film: 2001/ novel: 1996) / Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Chris Na Taraja said...

You saw the original production of The Tempest!

how about...

Cruel Intentions/Dangerous Liasons

Shawn of the Dead/Dawn of the Dead

Chicago/Roxie Hart

Never say Never again/Thunderball

Caberet/I Am a Camera

City of Angels/Wings of Desire


Red Dragon/Manhunter/Silence of the Lambs

Disturbia/Rear Window

Anonymous said...

What about:

Love Affair/ Affair to Remember

and of course:

The Lion King/ Bambi

No one ever thinks of that one, but the plots are almost exactly the same!

1. the King and Father stand on cliff at beginning
2. animals honor the new prince
3. bambi/simba meet childhood girlfriends
4. two friends (one funny, one stinky) show him the ropes
5. A parent is killed
6. bambi/simba grow up to become care-free and then fall in love with childhood girlfriend and forced to take more responsibility
7. duel to the death to become king
8. Have baby(ies) and stand on the cliff/rock, replacing the previous king.