7 classic movies you didn't know were rip-offs

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CB2001

Master Member
Everyone knows that The Matrix ripped off William Gibson's Neuromancer (which came out in the 1980s), not some comic book that came out in the 1990s.

Black Swan, no real surprise to me as the director who written it actually holds the American rights for doing a remake of the anime (he got them so he could feature the screaming in the bathtub scene from the anime for Requiem for a Dream).

For the Terminator thing, who didn't know that one?

Reservoir Dogs, totally knew that one. Got to see City on Fire a long time ago on IFC, back before I went to FSU. One of the better Chow Yun Fat films.
 

Jet Beetle

Sr Member
Gone but not forgotten.
I'll toss in - the coffin being used as a boat in Pirates 2 was ripped off -- BY ME! I was actually helping Terry with scenes when he was working back through the script and I suggested taking the coffin scene not from Monkey Island (which I promise I'd never heard mentioned while he and Ted were working on the film) but from a Japanese Anime short series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. When I showed the series to Terry he fell in love with it and nicked the image of the coffin canoe from it --
 

DaddyfromNaboo

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I'll toss in - the coffin being used as a boat in Pirates 2 was ripped off -- BY ME! I was actually helping Terry with scenes when he was working back through the script and I suggested taking the coffin scene not from Monkey Island (which I promise I'd never heard mentioned while he and Ted were working on the film) but from a Japanese Anime short series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. When I showed the series to Terry he fell in love with it and nicked the image of the coffin canoe from it --
I can hear Harlan Ellison knocking on your door not too far in the future, just in case of any potential rip-offs ... and guess what he´ll bring?














A Jupiter II !!!
 

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Plugz

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Cracked is really stretching for ideas. None of that was very valid. And anyone whose seen the Matrix knows it's not "ripping" Its a throw back to what we already know, retold under a new story. Inspired by. Do you have any idea how many comics, games, and movies have bald black guys with round glasses? A lot.
 

EyeofSauron

Master Member
i stopped after "star trek (jj abrams) is really star wars." comparing yoda and spock, also the plot is nothing similar except that 1 planet gets destroyed, but for totally different reasons

whole thing is stupid, sorry...
 

Jet Beetle

Sr Member
Gone but not forgotten.
Actually there are lots of similarities not listed - JJ's Trek is Star Wars. What do you expect, he had Star Wars on the brain the entire time he was making the movie.
 

Solo4114

Master Member
Knew about the Monkey Island thing (albeit perhaps not intentionally ripped off), the JJTrek thing was obvious, too.
 

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PHArchivist

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What movies aren't rip-offs...?

Where do you draw the line between homage and plagiarism?


"I'd say twenty guns; some on the surface, some on the tower."

Raise your hand if you know what I'm talking about...
 

Wolfie

Sr Member
Works blocked the site :/ is this the thing from Rotten Tomatoes?

They did a pretty good couple of segments called Homage or Stealing or something like that that profiled several of the listed movies in this thread is why I ask. If not, I might still try to find the article when I get home lol

The Lion King / Kimba the White Lion rip off comparison is one of my favorites. Its always annoyed the crap out of me Disney refuses to admit any similarities.
 

Jet Beetle

Sr Member
Gone but not forgotten.
The Lion King / Kimba the White Lion rip off comparison is one of my favorites. Its always annoyed the crap out of me Disney refuses to admit any similarities.
Both stolen from Hamlet. I do enjoy Kimba though.... then again, I like Lion King too.

The only time I think homage becomes rip off is when it's not done as well as the source material.
 

SSgt Burton

Sr Member
"I'd say twenty guns; some on the surface, some on the tower."

Raise your hand if you know what I'm talking about...

Isn't that "The Dam Busters"?


As for JJ's Star Wars movie...


My Favorite Movie (Star Trek vs. Star Wars) - YouTube


Abrams is known for wanting to do Star Wars. So when he was given the green light to do Trek, he got to make his Star Wars movie.

Love you JJ.

Love you. :rolleyes


And that Carpenter guy totally ripped off that "Thing" movie he made. Same goes for Croneberg with his "Fly" film. :lol ;)



Kevin
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
Isn't that "The Dam Busters"?
Exactly. Lifted almost word for word. Hard to call it simply homage...

And that's not all...

Kenobi's dialogue at the wrecked sand crawler (about sand people riding in single file) is likewsie a near-carbon-copy of dialogue from an old film with "Fort Apache" in the tile.
 

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CB2001

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And that Carpenter guy totally ripped off that "Thing" movie he made. Same goes for Croneberg with his "Fly" film. :lol ;)
No they didn't. Everyone knows that they are both second adaptations of short written narratives. If anything was even remotely ripped off, the novella Who Goes There? was the only thing, and it only ripped off the concept of the Antarctic setting and something dangerous being found under the ice from H.P. Lovecraft's In the Mountains of Madness (and that's as far as the similarity goes). Adaptions are adaptations.
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
Exactly. Lifted almost word for word. Hard to call it simply homage...

And that's not all...

Kenobi's dialogue at the wrecked sand crawler (about sand people riding in single file) is likewsie a near-carbon-copy of dialogue from an old film with "Fort Apache" in the tile.
I'm pretty certain it was this web site that mentioned to two "similarities" I've touched:

Star Wars Origins: How did George Lucas create Star Wars?

Though I cannot today find reference to the Fort Apache one.
 

Jawafive

Sr Member
I think SSGT Burton was joking..

No they didn't. Everyone knows that they are both second adaptations of short written narratives. If anything was even remotely ripped off, the novella Who Goes There? was the only thing, and it only ripped off the concept of the Antarctic setting and something dangerous being found under the ice from H.P. Lovecraft's In the Mountains of Madness (and that's as far as the similarity goes). Adaptions are adaptations.
 

DARTH SABER

Master Member
I'll go step further and say that Metropolis also applies to the Matrix.

As for Star Trek and Star Wars...I could agree but then again both films employed the "hero's Journey" template of storytelling which has been used for a looooong time.
 

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