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  1. Ransom

    1928.  Lois Wilson, Edmond Burns.  Burton Meredith, A young, U.S. government chemist discovers a formula for a deadly gas. But Wo Fang, the evil leader of the Chinatown underground sets out to steal the secret, using very foul means, and he knows many.

    1996.  Mel Gibson, Rene Russo. Multi-millionaire Tom Mullen's son is kidnapped, but after initially agreeing to pay the ransom Mullen then decides to use the ransom money as a bounty.

  2. 2 minutes ago, Dargo said:

    Good point. And so...

    1934's Midnight: Drama that contains murder and courtroom scenes

    1939's Midnight: Screwball (Romantic) Comedy about an Parisian taxi driver and a broke American showgirl stuck in the city of lights who meet (I love this film)

    1982's Midnight: Exploitation Horror film

    Now, that's different!

  3. 1 hour ago, Classic aficionado said:

    "Boomerang" (1947)    A courtroom drama.     Starring Dana Andrews and Arthur Kennedy

    "Boomerang" (1992)    A romantic comedy.   Starring Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, and Robin Givens

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    "Road House" (1989)   An action romance drama,      Starring Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch.

    "Road House" (1948)   A film noir romance drama.     Starring Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Richard Widmark, and Celeste Holm.

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    "Gladiator" (1992)     A drama about two young friends involved in an illegal boxing operation.    Starring James Marshall and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

    "Gladiator" (2000)     A historical sword-and-sandal epic set in ancient Rome.     Starring Russell Crowe and Oliver Reed.

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    "Possessed" (1931)   A pre-Code romantic drama starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable.

    "Possessed" (1947)   A psychological drama about a woman who, after being coldly dumped and discarded by her uncaring and amoral boyfriend, marries her recently widowed boss, only to find her ex-boyfriend re-entering her life and seducing her new college student stepdaughter,  again starring Joan Crawford, and also starring Raymond Massey, Van Heflin, and Geraldine Brooks.

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    "Dressed To Kill" (1980)   A serial killer murders a middle-aged woman, whose son then sets out to nail him - with the help of a prostitute who was also targeted by the same killer.    Starring Keith Gordon, Nancy Allen, Michael Caine, and Angie Dickinson.

    "Dressed to Kill" (1946)   A classic Sherlock Holmes mystery.     Starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

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    "The Fan" (1981)   A Broadway diva is stalked and menaced by a murderous young man.   Starring Lauren Bacall and Michael Biehn.

    "The Fan" (1996)   A baseball star is menaced and threatened by a dangerous and demented sports fanatic.    Starring Wesley Snipes, Robert DeNiro, and Ellen Barkin.

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    "The Chase" (1966)  A crime drama/slice-of-life-drama set in a Southern town, starring  Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, and Angie Dickinson.

    "The Chase" (1994)  An adventure-comedy about a fugitive man and a young woman and the romance that develops between them while fleeing the police.   Starring Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson.

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    Some of these don't look very different.

    Like the Dressed to Kill  and Possessed movies.

  4. 3 hours ago, Mr. Gorman said:

    Some folks are classy and don't really want to go to the bottom of the barrel.  I, however, am not one of those people. 

    These movies have similar titles . . . but are a bit different:

    HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)  Directed by Woody Allen

    HANNAH DOES HER SISTERS (1986-Video).  Directed by (well, who really cares?)

     

    I appreciate a lack of standards, but--the titles aren't the same.

  5. 6 minutes ago, SansFin said:

     

    The Island

     

    This list is incomplete. There are many shorts also and some: 'in development' and at least one is 'Completed' but carries no release date.

    A few of these are titled in their native language which translates to: 'The Island' and/or their IMDb.com page lists them as: "Also Known As: The Island". 

    https://www.imdb.com/find?q=the island&s=tt&exact=true&ref_=fn_tt_ex

     

    1966 - The idealistic Count, together with his mistress, a teacher on the title island, represents a more modern and open lifestyle. Seeking a closer and relaxed contact with the locals. Against these two stands obsolete, doomed and unyielding traditions.

    1978 - Simmonds, a professional soldier, takes time out from the horrors of war to reunite with the girl he once loved. But the small island, on which she lives, is said to be haunted.

    1979 - The lives of several patients at an isolated psychiatric ward. A relationship develops between a young man who comes out of a catatonic state and a young woman who is terrified of the outside world.

    1980 - A journalist takes his son with him to investigate pirate activity off the coast of Florida. But he gets stranded on a mysterious island--where he might not be alone.

    1985 - Mr. Cheung takes six young students along for a trip to a remote, deserted island. After being dropped, however, they discover there are more people living on the island: three insane persons and their paranoid mother.

    1998 - The story about a young man who washes up on a deserted island and discovers that John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe are alive and well and living in exile.

    2003 - A coming of age story of a boy, Turi (Ernandes) and his younger sister, Teresa (Guarrasi) on an island off the coast of Sicily. Using mostly non professional actors in a neorealist style, this film creates a charming and seemingly authentic slice of village life.

    2005 - A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.

    2006 - Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

    2007 - 'El Gezira' is a film about a community of Upper Egypt residents living in El Gezira (the Island). They have their own set of rules, ethics and traditions. They also plant drugs and buy arms from Sudan. The officer in charge of the region turns a blind eye to these happenings, and in the beginning, the government takes no heed of the Island. At the start of the film, we witness the death of the old 'Kabir el Gezira' (the island's ruler), leaving the land to his son Mansour. The first half follows Mansour as he takes control of his land and must deal with a band of other drug lords who are greedy to take control of the island. The second half of the film deals with the political conflict. It follows the government's side of things (which finally decides to take action) at the same time as Mansour's side as the two react to each other's threats and the conflict escalates. 'El Gezira' is a multi-genre picture. It is a thematic film on Egyptian politics, but also a drama, romance, action and thriller.

    2009 - The death of a prominent citizen reveals the corruption that festers behind closed doors on a seemingly serene Greek island.

    2009 - Trevor considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received.

    2010 - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6449204/

    2011 - In this romantic drama featured at the Cannes Film Festival, a couple, Sophia and Daniel, find their passionate romance taking a shocking turn when they visit the Bulgarian seaside. As they enter a mysterious Black Sea island, the couple finds their true passions challenged in a way they'd never expected. 

    2011 - In 1942, three men crash in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and find shelter on a deserted island. As they explore their new surroundings, they discover they are not alone.

    2011 - A young boy trys to make peace with the memory of his older brother by reaching a small deserted Island they had planned to conquer together.

    2012 - The Island is a documentary exploring the subject of suicide through an examination of the Canadian province Prince Edward Island. The film calls attention to the social responsibility of suicide by translating the issues found on the island to the rest of society.

    2015 - A young couple's relationship is on the rocks. They make a fateful decision to journey to a mysterious island - an island which may have the power to solve their relationship woes.

    2017 - An Intimate look at the complex human mosaic of the French Hospital St. Louis- a hospice for the terminally ill, located on the tense border between East and West Jerusalem opposite the old city walls.

    2018 - A cataclysmic event causes a man, who dreams of winning the lottery, to become stranded on an island with his co-workers.

    2018 - THE ISLAND Is a film created primarily to showcase the best of Nigerian culture and to give viewers an in-depth, enjoyable cultural experience whilst celebrating the efforts of the Nigerian military force. THE ISLAND is a fiction which creates a perception of corruption in the nation's security which intent of challenging patriotism amidst corrupt influences.

    2018 - They were born and raised on a small island amidst a vast natural landscape - four sisters who now live in cities. Their parents have left Germany to raise their children far from consumerism and external control. On a visit back to the island, the sisters bring along some of the pace and concerns of our world today.

    Yikes!

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  6. Under Suspicion

    1937.  Jack Holt.   When auto magnate Robert Bailey announces he is going to retire and turn his plant over to the employees he incurs the enmity of K.Y. Mitchell, a large stockholder in the company.

    2000.  Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman.  A wealthy attorney in San Juan comes to the police station for "10 minutes" of follow-up questions to finding a 12-year-old girl's body in a park.

     

    Above Suspicion

    1943.  Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray.  Two newlyweds spy on the Nazis for the British Secret Service during their honeymoon in Europe.

    1995.  Christopher Reeve, Joe Mantegna, Kim Cattrall.  A paralyzed cop takes advantage of the sympathy he attracts in order to get rid of his cheating wife and her lover.

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  7. 17 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    There's the 1923 flick THE SILENT PARTNER,  starring  Leatrice Joy and Owen Moore which was no doubt a different story than 1978's Canadian production  starring Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer.

    Sepiatone (who started a similar thread but in a music forum but titled "same name, different song" which so far yielded nine pages of entries.) 

    Uh oh, almost poaching.  But great minds think alike.

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  8. 21 hours ago, Dargo said:

    Here's a couple of movies with completely different storylines for ya, slayton ol' boy.

    In 1941, you had The Devil and Miss Jones starring Jean Arthur.

    And in 1973, you have The Devil in...

    (...oops, oh wait...not quite the same title here, huh...sorry, never mind)

     

    Y'ol' kidder!

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  9. Down to Earth

    1947. Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks.  Upset about a new Broadway musical's mockery of Greek mythology, the goddess Terpsichore comes down to earth and lands a part in the show.

    2001.  Chris Rock.  After dying before his time, an aspiring black comic gets a second shot at life - by being placed in the body of a wealthy white businessman.

     

    The Hurricane.

    1937.  Dorothy Lamour, John Hall.  A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.  And a hurricane.

    1999.  Denzel Washington.  The story of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

     

    Raw Deal.

    1948.  Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt.  Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him.

    1986.  Arnold Schwartzenegger.  A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.
     
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  10. 5 hours ago, Moe Howard said:

    Personal car or personal luxury car are classifications used by government bureaucrats and insurers. Not likely to find these terms in any  advertising or articles in car magazines. What you do find in them is verbiage talking about performance and handling, in other words, motor sports.

    All my life I have heard  Mustang and Camaro owners -and mechanics- refer to these cars as "American Sports Cars". Now, I've been blessed when it comes to cars, I know a sports car when I'm driving it. I did not feel like I was driving a sports car in my 69 Camaro. The 2008 Shelby GT (Mustang) . . . maybe, it was pretty sporty. Other cars without question were sports cars, two seater Italian exotics, German coupes or British roadsters.

    Question is, when does a four seater become NOT a sports car, is there a point where 'luxury' accessories and rear seats remove the sports car status. Is a 911 a sports car? Absolutely. Is a Panamera or a four seat Ferrari ? Maybe not, according to the logic behind the "personal luxury car" classification.

     

     

    What about roadsters?

  11. There is always the potential, when discussing cars, of doctrinal disputes.  Competing Texts are marshaled, with ultimate resorting to the Apocrypha.   To return to the matter at hand:

    1955 T-B in It's a Bikini World (1967):

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    1955 T-B in À bout de souffle (1960):

    i011713.jpg

    1955 T-B in Zazie Dans le Métro (1960):

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    55 T-B in Purple People Eater (1988):

    i490600.jpg

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  12. 9 hours ago, SansFin said:

    You wish to talk of 1950s styling?

    This is a 1958 Moskvitch 407. These cars were in many movies such as: One, Two Three (1961):

    3UAlamg.jpg

    This still is from the television series: Man in a Suitcase (1967-1968).

    Mine was blue. I am sorry to say that I do not have a picture of it.

    Nice-ky!

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  13. 20 hours ago, Mr. Gorman said:

    @slaytonf:  Well, shucks, if you don't wanna go down the road of HOT SUMMER IN BAREFOOT COUNTY may I recommend this ♦nugget♦ of sheer amateurish muck:  THE NIGHT THEY ROBBED BIG BERTHA's (1975).  It's even worse.  You could call it "hicksploitation" . . . but it's not an 'exploitation movie'.  It's just an awful, amateurish mess of various country bumpkins endeavoring to rob Big Bertha's house of ill-repute with very mild results.  HOT SUMMER IN BAREFOOT COUNTY looks decent in comparison.

    Now you might logically ask yourself:  "Why would I want to watch this mess if it's even worse than "Hot Summer in Barefoot County"?" 

    ANSWER:  Because watching BIG BERTHA is better than watching NOVEMBER CHILDREN (1972) (aka:  "Nightmare County") which is even *more* terrible.  😛  "November Children" is about oppressed fruit-pickers that was written and directed and starred in by one 'Sean McGregor'.  This is so amateurish it's unwatchable.  But I watched it once!  Forced myself to get through it.  It's not an exploitation movie, however, it's just completely uninvolving.   "November Children" is a movie geared for folks who are 'Anti-Entertainment'.  The plot line was ripe for the picking (pun intended) . . . but in Sean McGregor's hands this film views like a basket of the rotten-est fruit imaginable. 

    But, hey, there's some old pick-up trucks in NIGHTMARE COUNTY, which is the title "November Children" was released on video under. 

    Happy Viewing!  🤪

    Uf.  I satisfy my masochistic tendencies in other ways.

    Those pick-ups, are they nice?

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  14. Though we are getting away from movies (anyone have a favorite T-bird appearance in a movie?) I will observe:

    14 hours ago, ElCid said:

    It's called evolution and satisfying what the buyers want.  The Thunderbird was on shaky ground until Robert McNamara (Ford CEO) directed that it be made into a four passenger car.  Sales skyrocketed and the T-Bird stayed around.

     

    14 hours ago, ElCid said:

    As for appearance, Ford was satisfying what purchasers of NEW cars were looking for.

    The name stayed around, not the car.  The evolution of car design is not a phenomenon of the public consciousness, which has not a clue about design.  It is a marketing strategy developed by car manufacturers to promote sales by making it possible for new-car buyers to prove they had a new car and not an old model that was well-kept.

    Not educated about the car industry in general, and the marketing history of the T-Bird in particular, I can't comment about its sales.  But before I accepted that the success of the new design is evidence of the failure of the old, I would need to know how the two models were marketed.  I'll start researching that tomorrow.

    14 hours ago, ElCid said:

    I had once considered a 240Z, but it was pricey, not comfortable and actually pretty bare bones. 

    That must be why it was such a failure.  Oh, wait a minute, it was a spectacular success.  Huh.  It's a sad thing in this chauvinist world of ours that things are criticized for not being what they are not intended to be.  Of course the 240Z was bare bones.  It was not conceived as a luxury car, it was not designed as a luxury car and it was not built as one.  It was designed to be a nifty get-about, not overly powered, something light in the tail (as people have commented to me), intended for innocent fun.

    14 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Car companies that do not improve their vehicles and respond to the market go out of business.

    Car companies that respond to the market go out of business.  Car companies that lead the market prevail.

     

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  15. 1 hour ago, Dargo said:

    And now...

    Did anyone watch that turkey of an Elvis movie Spinout last night? Whoa, what a lame flick.

    BUT, there WERE at least a lot of "nice cars" in that one, anyway:

    IMCDb.org: "Spinout, 1966": cars, bikes, trucks and other vehicles

    Funny though how Shelley Fabares' 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet here and which is now a big ticket item ...

     

    ...turned into a Triumph TR4 after it ran into Malibu Lake and got wet here...

     

     

    Even moviemakers have enough sense not to soak a Ferrari (notwithstanding the outrage perpetrated in The Italian Job, 1969).  Still, I believe I cringe more seeing the Triumph awash than I would the Ferrari, perhaps because the Triumph is more within my reach.

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  16. 1 hour ago, Mr. Gorman said:

    @ElCid:  GIRLS ON THE ROAD is not a good movie, but I mentioned it because of it's 'time-capsule-ness'.  Taking a road trip on the California coast in 1972 and running into a hippie retreat run by Pa Walton with various 'head cases' afoot like "The Maker".   How can one not dig such awful-ness?  😄    

     I admit I like '70s Drive-In movies -- even if some of them are really bad.   → Check out the "Z"-grade HOT SUMMER IN BAREFOOT COUNTY (1974)  . . . if you dare! 

    I dare not.

    8 hours ago, Dargo said:

    And btw, what is it about the name "Thunderbird" which you apparently dislike?

    I only dislike its application to that car, which I said I could consider nice with a different name (Hey!:  a car by any other name would be as nice!).

    This:

    ford-thunderbird-1955a.jpg

    is a Thunderbird.

    Why is it, I wonder, that car companies, when they hit on a special design, something surpassing in elegance, sportiness and sexiness, feel compelled to adulterate, and ultimately ruin it?  Consider what happened also to the 240 Z and the Miata.  They started out as exciting, sporty fun vehicles, but ended up as bloated, steroidal megamorphs.

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