Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Same movie, different actors

Lately my neighbor and I have been watching a lot of movies on Friday nights and the weekends, and this has reminded me of something that I used to enjoy doing: Watch different versions of the same movie.

One example is "Cape Fear," the original version with Robert Mitchum, and "Cape Fear" with Robert De Niro. I think that De Niro tops Robert Mitchum in the fear factor: not just the tattooed body, but the overall menacing tone. I also like the way De Niro menaced and seduced the young daughter -- enough to scare all the parents in the audience.

And then there's "Dangerous Liaisons" with Glenn Close and "Valmont" with Annette Bening. Like De Niro in "Cape Fear," Glenn Close was far more menacing and colder than Annette Bening, who brought a lot more female charm and seductiveness to the role than Close did.

If you can think of more movies to compare, let me know; I'd enjoy spending the weekend watching double features.

Robert De Niro in "Cape Fear"
Robert Mitchum in the earlier "Cape Fear"

Glenn Close in "Dangerous Liaisons"

Annette Bening in "Valmont"


HermanTurnip said...

Get Carter instantly comes to mind. I prefer the Michael Cane version of the Stallone one, but Stallone was fun to watch is a twisted sort of way. Much like Depp in the Willy Wonka remake. He had a unique spin on the character, but in this case *nothing* can top Gene Wilder.

Oh, and don't get me started on 3:10 To Yuma!

Lorna said...

To Herman Turnip: You bench press 310 pounds? Ho!

Anyhow, thank you for the new list. Of the three you mention, "Get Carter" and "Willy Wonka and the" might get a viewing. Thanks.


Pearl said...

Oh, I love Dangerous Liaisons! Have not seen Valmont, so now I'll have to see it...

I can't think of movies to compare. How pathetic is that?!


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