Stolen, borrowed, homage, parody, inspired by—these are only some of the ways of describing why we see very similar scenes done in different movies. Whatever the reasons, for some people, a copied scene is problematic and bothersome, for others it can be a neat little moment, especially gratifying if you were the one to notice it. No matter what we all think, it happens, has always happened and will continue to happen. So where do we draw the line? Surely most scenes that take place in most movies have been done before in some fashion. So let’s narrow it down to the iconic scenes, memorable happenings and scenarios that were later duplicated. Let’s narrow even further to big movies, if only to save me from watching every movie out there. It would be easy to borrow a scene from a movie that no one has seen, but when one big movie copies another big movie, we have ourselves a story.
Before we go any further, I’ll just say that most of these have an explanation. Some noted they were saving costs, some were outwardly inspired by their source material, and for the others, the scenes that were copied are so iconic that it is almost excusable that they were reused without recognition, almost like saying, “well yeah, of course this is where it’s from.” Here they are; 12 stolen scenes from other movies.
11 Star Trek VII, Stole From Star Trek VI
10 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Stole From War & Peace
9 Transformers, Stole From The Island
8 Requiem For a Dream, Stole From Perfect Blue
7 Blade Runner, Stole From The Shining
6 Kill Bill, Stole From Fists of Fury
5 The Untouchables, Stole From Battleship Potemkin
4 Raiders of the Lost Ark, Stole From Secret of the Incas
3 Lord of the Rings, Stole From The Wizard of Oz
2 Pulp Fiction, Stole From Psycho
1 The Shining, Stole From The Phantom Carriage
The iconic “Here’s Johnny” scene in Stanley Kubrick’s classic, The Shining, is inspired by a much earlier Swedish film, The Phantom Carriage. Not just any old film, The Phantom Carriage is considered one of the central films in Swedish film history, inspiring many films and filmmakers. In both scenes, the father/husband breaks through the locked door with an axe to get at the wife and children on the other side. Even in the silent form, the scene is terrifying, but Jack Nicholson really brings his A game, delivering one of the most incredible and recognizable performances we’ve ever seen in the movies.
Sources: Rotten Tomatoes; IMDB; YouTube
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