Hollywood loves a sure thing and (usually) nothing is surer than a remake of a popular movie. You already had a great storyline and a map to guide the producers to blockbuster gold.
However, once in awhile there is a remake that isn’t widely known as a remake. Sometimes it’s because the producers want their film to appear original and other times it’s just an oversight by the general population.
Here are a film that might not have realized were remakes.
“The Departed” (2006)
Original: “Infernal Affairs” (2002)
This critically acclaimed Martin Scorsese film that won the Oscar for Best Picture is actually a remake of a Hong Kong crime-thriller called Infernal Affairs. The film was wildly popular in Hong Kong and the rights to remake it were bought by Brad Pitt's production company when it was given a Hollywood spin.
“The Sound of Music” (1965)
Original: “The Trapp Family”
Almost a decade before Julie Andrews, most famous for her rules as Mary Poppins, played Maria von Trapp in the cinematic classic, a German film called The Trapp Family which was made in 1938 just before World War 2 broke out. We have to admit the title of the original doesn’t have any of the flare or catchiness of the Hollywood version. The Trapp Family was so popular in Germany that American studios took an interest and then secured the rights to remake it into the classic it now is.
“Some Like It Hot” (1959)
Original: “Fanfare of Love”
This Marilyn Monroe classic is actually a remake of a remake. The director couldn't locate the original script for the French film Fanfare of Love which was made in 1935, however he got hold of the German remake. He decided to base his film on the German version instead.
Although Some Like It Hot is seen as a remake the story of two musicians in search of work, the writer, Billy Wilder, was the creator of the gangster subplot that kept the musicians on the run which strengthens the story considerably and makes the film considered one of the best of all time.
“Scent of a Woman” (1992)
Original: “Scent of A Woman”
Scent of a Woman earned Al Pacino an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. It is a remake of a 1972 Italian film called Commedia all'italiana, a film directed by Dino Risi, based on Il buio e il miele, a story by Giovanni Arpino. Both Risi and the leading actor Vittorio Gassman won important Italian and French awards. The Al Pacino follows a different plotline the Italian original although some familiar themes like war and suicide are still central to the film.
“The Wizard Of Oz" (1939)
Original: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1910)
Though now considered a classic, the 1939 adaptation of the beloved children's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was not the first film to be crafted from the fantasy story. Produced out of contractual obligation associated, the 1910 film showcases a much different tale than the beloved Judy Garland version. With the Scarecrow already being alive in Kansas, he helps save Dorothy to end up in the land of Oz, where they meet the Tin Woodman and the Lion. The Scarecrow becomes the king of Oz while Dorothy leaves in a hot air balloon with the now-retired wizard.
"A Fistful Of Dollars" (1964)
Original: "Yojimbo" (1961)
Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" is largely credited with creating the genre known as the Spaghetti Western. It also Clint Eastwood as the handsome, lone stranger, a character he perfected through his long career. However, it didn't pay credit to its original source film, Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo." The storyline of a stranger caught between two feuding crime families is basically the same in both films. Kurosawa sued Leone and settled out of court, receiving 15% of the total box office receipts for the popular Western film.
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