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Paul Browning
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The Producer's is also another remake hash. The original cast, Zero Mostel, gene wilder, and that little old lady, ula the dancing secretary, and the cast of Springtime for Hitler. Just casting genius by Mel Brooke, getting people to look like them in a remake, is a non starter, you only compare them, and there is no comparison.

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Paul Spinks
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The Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick film "The Producers" was not a remake of the original film but a film version of the wonderful musical show Mel Brooks made which he based on his film. It's a fantastic film in its own right, with great songs and stellar performances from the excellent cast and does not intend to replace the earlier and equally excellent film with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. For anyone who hasn't seen it I can really recommend it for any lovers of film musicals.

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Janice Glesser
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Psycho has already been mentioned and I agree with Bill Phelps...it was a failed experiment. However, two other poor remakes come to mind. The first is the The Goodbye Girl (2004) with Jeff Daniels and Patrica Heaton which in no way could match the energy and charisma of Richard Dryfuss and Masha Mason from the original The Goodbye Girl (1977).

Next is the movie Love Affair (1994) with Warren Beatty and Annette Benning... this movie was a remake of An Affair to Remember (1957) ...which actually was a remake of Love Affair (1939). The 1939 version was good at the time, however the 1957 Cary Grant and Debra Kerr version will always be the remembered classic. The Warren Beatty version was a sleeper and lacked any of the original humor or emotional connection between the characters.


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Rob Young.
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"Psycho" the Remake...the only film I've ever walked out of a theatre from.

Shot by shot copy by Gus Van Sant, but then Vince Vaughn doing the dirty.

A total waste of time and talent; what the **** were they thinking?

Not a homage, a plagiarism.

Not a re-invention, a total over-stated dumb down.

If I had a 35mm print I'd burn it.

Shame on them all. [Big Grin]

Hope it paid their tax bills.

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Bill Phelps
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The only part of the Pyscho remake I thought was clever was when Gus did his cameo at the same place as the original he was outside the bank and there is a Hitch lookalike pointing his finger at him as if to say......naughty boy!

Bill [Smile]

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Brian Fretwell
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That remake was colour, wasn't it? Another excuse to downgrade from the original.
I saw the end of "The Mechanic" remake, it didn't look like an improvement.

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Pasquale DAlessio
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That's the one I lost! [Eek!]

So that's where it ended up? [Confused]

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David Michael Leugers
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Nothing so absurd as to remake a film unless there can be a major improvement upon the original. So few ever do. The Maltese Falcon is one exception where the remake became the classic.

Live Free or Die

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Brian Stearns
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Alan Young has your lost Time Machine,Pasq

with Mr. Ed

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