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Very different movies that have the same plot
« on: November 13, 2018, 03:38:33 PM »
My daughter is watching the trolls cartoon on Netflix and the episode is basically The Three Amigos.

That reminded me that The Three Amigos, Galaxy Quest, and My Name is Bruce all have the same basic plot. What other movies have the same basic plot of each other but are obviously not meant to be derivative of each other?

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2018, 04:17:43 PM »
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One of the last drone repairman on Earth finds a spacecraft which leads to a discovery that puts the fate of mankind in his lap.
Tom Cruise’s OBLIVION, or Pixar’s WALL-E?

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Stole a loaf of bread, went to jail, was given riches by someone, gained political office, took part in rebellion against the government, has longstanding feud with one specific government official, ultimately influences this enemy to defeat himself.
The classic LE MISERABLES, or Disney’s ALADDIN?

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A man joins up with natives to learn their culture and exploit them. He ends up falling in love with their way of life—and one of their women—and leads them to victory over those trying to take advantage of their resources.
The vastly overrated AVATAR, or the awesone DANCES WITH WOLVES?
Or, wait, is it POCAHONTAS?
FERN frickin’ GULLY?!?
 

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2018, 04:18:23 PM »
A Bug's Life falls under the same umbrella as those films you mentioned.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2018, 04:19:26 PM »
Dr Strange and Green Lantern have the exact same plot.  Sure they are both superhero flicks but one is sci-Fi and the other is fantasy.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2018, 11:56:08 PM »
Ooh! Ooh! Tom Hanks takes a flight that doesnt go as planned?

We talking APOLLO 13? TERMINAL? CAST AWAY? SULLY?!?

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2018, 01:39:30 AM »
The Godfather films and Arrested Development essentially share the same plot.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2018, 05:13:59 AM »
The Godfather films and Arrested Development essentially share the same plot.

Pretty much.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2018, 05:17:01 AM »
Magnificent 7 (7 Samurai) = Silverado = The Professionals = A Bug's Life.

Point Break = The Fast and the Furious.

12 Monkeys = Interstellar (Yeah, reaching a bit).

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2018, 05:17:46 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BFje1I_i5I

This thread reminds me of this channel.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2018, 12:29:38 PM »
The Gunfighter & Carlito's Way

Rear Window & Fright Night

The Wizard of Oz & Total Recall (If you go with the schizoid embolism interpretation of Total Recall, then both films are about an average Jane/Joe yearning to escape the dreary routine of their everyday lives, who each dream of a fantastical adventure on a colourful, farflung world. The only crucial difference, aside from the age/sex of the protagonist, is that Dorothy eventually wakes up and comes back to reality, while Douglas Quaid likely ends up lobotomised.)

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2018, 01:28:57 PM »
Willy Wonka movies and the Snowpiercer movies also have similar plots.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2018, 04:13:12 PM »
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Rear Window & Fright Night
Disturbia.
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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2018, 04:53:16 PM »
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Rear Window & Fright Night
Suburbia.

Sure you don't mean Disturbia? I haven't seen either film (Suburbia or Disturbia), but I'm aware that Disturbia has a similar premise to Rear Window.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2018, 08:38:36 PM »
A Fistfull of Dollars and Desperado.

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Re: Very different movies that have the same plot
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2018, 09:38:47 PM »
A Fistfull of Dollars and Desperado.

The plot of A Fistful of Dollars has more in common with that of Yojimbo and Last Man Standing than Desperado. The first three all involve a mysterious stranger manipulating two rival factions into going to war with each other, whereas Desperado is a more straightforward revenge flick. (Jet Li's War has the rival factions element in it as well, although it has an additional, significant subplot adding an extra layer to the story.)

Good call on Point Break and The Fast and the Furious though.

Since we're bringing up westerns again, the plot of Rio Bravo has strong parallels with that of Assault on Precinct 13.