Monday, January 19, 2009

So, I missed some

A gfted long distance runner dies tragically young, but not before, with the help of a waffle iron, his coach starts a small company with a familiar logo:
Pre released January 24, 1997 (Jared Leto, R. Lee Emery)
Without Limits released September 11, 1998 (Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland; written & directed by Robert Towne, filmed by Conrad Hall, and, fyi, the second film produced by Tom Cruise & Paula Wagner)

The tale of, you'll never believe this, Wyatt Earp and his brothers, his friend, Doc Holliday, and the gunfight at OK Corral in Tombstone, AZ:
Tombstone released December 25 1993 (Kurt Russell, a phenomenal Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Powers Boothe, Dana Delany, Bill Paxton, Paula Malcomson... both Powers Boothe and Paula Malcomson were in Deadwood)
Wyatt Earp released June 24, 1994 (Kevin Costner, a very, very skinny Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman; this is Larry Kasdan's version)

And, deserving almost of a post all by themselves, think about this (okay, not exactly the same concept, but still...):

D'Artagnan and his three friends, who are, well, musketeers, spy, spar and sleep around in 17th c France:
The Three Musketeers

1921 - Douglas Fairbanks
1939 - Don Ameche
1948 - Gene Kelly (a musical, no less)
1973 - Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain
1993 - Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt

A thief who, wait, have you heard this before? steals from the rich and gives to the poor. No, really.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
1922 - Douglas Fairbanks
1938 - Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone (directed by Michael Curtiz - Casablanca? anyone? anyone?)
1973 - Disney's animated version
1976 - Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn (technically titled "Robin and Marian")
1991 - Kevin Costner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater (sigh), Oliver Platt (this one is technically titled "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves")
1993 - Cary Elwes, Dave Chappelle, Richard Lewis (directed by Mel Brooks, this one is actually "Robin Hood: Men in Tights")

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