It's a Wonderful Life?

Penny Serenade

Gone With the Wind

Casablanca

Calamity Jane

Unsinkable Molly Brown

Father Goose

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Do you think it's possible to remake the old classics that we love.

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Wally Y

Technology would be amazing now, but would the emotion of the actors.

I truley believe that you could never capture the essence of people like James Stewart

Doris Day

Cary Grant

Clark Gable

Lana Turner

ETC ETC

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They should keep their money-grubbing paws off of these classics! They did try a "Charade" remake under a different name, and it went straight to video. I tried watching it, and it was truly awful!

    It would take real magic to remake some of these, and that's a rare thing in Hollywood. Films such as "Father Goose" or "Unsinkable Molly Brown" might be more plausible because they aren't familiar to many people. We have some wonderful musical talents, so perhaps a musical or two could be remade. Or, simply make more musicals!

    Actually, movie remakes have been part of Hollywood since its inception, and a lot of those remakes have become classic, such as "The Maltese Falcon". It's a remake, remember? "A Star Is Born" has been filmed three times, and each can stand on its own merits. So, maybe it depends on the care that goes into it; not all are in it for a fast buck~which obviously is what most are up to though it's been backfiring on them often, whether it's "Miami Vice" or "The Out of Towners".

    If care is taken, they could give us good translations of our beloved classics.

    EDIT: I see actors and actresses of today being attacked as not as good as old-time actors! I'm a film buff who has seen the whole range of films and probably know many actors from way-back-when that you don't. I tell you this: I'll match many of today's actors with those of the past! Who do I think are remarkable actors that maybe people are simply used to?

    Harrison Ford

    Tommy Lee Jones

    Anthony Hopkins

    Antonio Banderas

    Johnny Depp

    Charlize Theron

    Meryl Streep

    Glenn Close

    Diane Keaton

    Bruce Willis

    Peter Falk

    Robert DeNiro

    Tom Cruise

    Robert Duvall

    Kate Hudson

    Kevin Bacon

    Elijah Wood

    Ian McKellan

    Patrick Stewart

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Sally Field

    Judy Davis

    Judi Dench

    Cate Blanchett

    John Cleese

    Kevin Kline

    Jeff and Beau Bridges

    the Baldwin brothers

    Nicole Kidman

    Naomi Watts

    Rene Zellweger

    Matthew McConnaughay

    Jodie Foster

    Denzel Washington

    Morgan Freeman

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Demi Moore

    Anne Heche

    Bruce McGill

    Isabella Rossellini

    Kenneth Branagh

    Mel Gibson

    John Goodman

    Jimmy Smits

    Well, I think you might get the idea. Look around at those people we're so familiar with that we take for granted. I could keep naming them. Consider this: Meryl Streep has been nominated for 14 Oscars! That's more than any other actress OR actor! Prior to Meryl, Katharine Hepburn held the record of 12. Also, we're seeing a lot of young actors who aren't even seasoned yet, and they don't have the studio system to train them as they did in old Hollywood, where they would be given acting, dancing and singing lessons, fully trained. Yet, we have people showing us skills we never expected they had! Who knows who's going to amaze us next?

  • Lou C
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    1 decade ago

    You must remember that in the days of people like Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Doris Day, etc ... those actors were "owned" by the powerhouses (MGM, etc) .. they did not get to "choose" their roles. They worked on the film they were ordered to and they did what they were told.

    There are some movies that are timeless that I really can't see a remake working (Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain is an example). However, our modern day actors, who have freedom of choice have done some great remakes ... it doesn't make the original less powerful .. just different. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for example ... the original is timeless ... but the remake was much darker and more true to the original story.

    Bottom line is .. if you like a movie ... you will watch it over and over, no matter if its an old Gary Grant ... or a new Hugh Grant!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, it is possible, but why? You could ruin it. Just leave it alone, and find new ideas. Would you redo a "Mona Lisa" painting? You could, but it won't be worth much.

    The only reason they are doing remakes of all the old movies is because hollywood has run out of ideas for their own movies. where is all the imagination? They think they can make big bucks with the current actors and actresses. Would you go and watch a remake, for example, of "Julius and Cleopatra"? a remake of "The Sound of Music"?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some of the old movies, I think because of better technology would be great.

    Harvey

    Gunga Din

    Hellzapoppin'

    Unsinkable Molly Brown

    The Invisible Man

    Dr Freckle and Mr. Hide

    some of these and newer comedies based on the older movies would be great. Too bad Mel Brooks gave up making comedies, or too bad there aren't more producer/directors like Mel Brooks that can come up with great irreverent movies.

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  • I don't think so because back then, if you were famous it was because you had talent. Today all you have to do is do something stupid and you get famous. So if you try to remake them I don't think the new actors would ever have the same talent as the old ones and that means they wouldn't do such a good job!!! : )

  • 1 decade ago

    NO! Never. I have never seen a remake that was better than the original. Besides, I would love to see moviemakers come up with something original again.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes I do . There are some wonderful young actors that could do a good remake.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Why remake them???.....your last line says it all. And you'll never again find anyone like those old classic, dying breed of actors/actresses.

  • 1 decade ago

    Doing remakes isn't always a good thing...remember when they remade psycho with Vince Vaughn? It was a bust!

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