What Old Movie Could Never Be Made Today?

Submitted by: fancylad 4 months ago in Entertainment


It's a crazy world, right? One minute, we're watching Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Cruising, and Blazing Saddles, the next minute, those movies are called out for slut shaming, appropriating leather daddy culture, and racism.

Somehow we're going backwards on the self-policing of ourselves. My #1 and #2 movies are The Bad News Bears ('76) and Sixteen Candles (which I wrote about here last year). Both highly offensive by today's standards, but both movies were of their time. Still, to admit you like these movies around some people is like commenting social suicide. 

Anyway, what movie could never be made to day, either for fear of upsetting someone with a Twitter account and a lot of time on their hands, or because producers and movie studios would never risk the money.

Or maybe I'm looking at this the wrong way -- is society better off being wrangled by a collective, group thought/action?
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Male 5,685
Not necessarily a specific movie, but kids movies from the 80's that were dark, brooding and had actual moments of consequences.  Like; The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Return to Oz, The Neverending Story, Legend...we don't see films like that any more, kid's films that can actually scare you.
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Male 178
Trolls 2 comes to mind.Pink flamingo. No way in hell lollita will be remade ever.
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Female 6,689
Any porno pre-90's.  Too much bush.
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Male 45,594
mentott510 This has been made into a television show. It's called "Keeping up with the Kardashians"
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Male 572
Gerry1of1 You are right!
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Male 2,825
Gerry1of1 Gerry wins the internet today!!!!! Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding
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Male 45,594
Imitation of Life could not be made now.  The trauma's of a mixed race girl wouldn't sell tickets as she never overcomes them, it just kills her mother with a broken heart. And the subservient role of the black mother to the white mother wouldn't go over well in Compton either.
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Male 2,352
My post got deleted:



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lockner01 that was a good movie
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Male 21,778
lockner01 soul man, for sure. It had potential, but C. Thomas Howell can’t act for shit.
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KIDS
Welcome to the Dollhouse would be iffy 
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Male 45,594
Pretty Woman.  Poor Julia Roberts is a victim of sex trafficking and is sexually harassed by Richard Gere. This war on women continues as Gere pays for and virtually owns Julia for the weekend, reducing her to property. Not only does he not go to jail or have his career ruined he ends up happy and poor Julia has to marry her assaulter.
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Gerry1of1 in the book she dies of an overdose 
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Male 9,481
dm2754 Others may think you're joking, but, as you know, you're not: The book is dark and far different from the happy film. The author suggests that many men (most men?) would rather own a woman than have an equal relationship with her and the female protagonist, as you said, dies of a drug overdose. DM, you've surprised me. I wonder what other secret knowledge you've got hidden away...  :)

Update: I'm mistaken. There was no novel before the movie. It was the original screenplay that was so different from the final movie. See comment to Gerry below. Thanks.
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Male 45,594
squrlz4ever   This was a book?                go know
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Male 9,481
Gerry1of1 I screwed up: Not a book. It was the original screenplay that was so different from the final movie--there was no book. Den of Geek has a good article explaining the differences between the early vision and the final result. My mistake, guys. Sorry!
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Male 21,778
Gerry1of1 that old trope?
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Male 7,258
Gerry1of1 i dunno, sounds biblical.

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 “If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days."

Then again, I don't think Old Julia was a virgin at that point so maybe not.

Footnote: 13 shekels of silver is approximately 14 US dollars.
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Male 21,778
daegog The exchange rate checks out.
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Male 45,594
daegog Don't push your religious agenda on women. Their body their choice.

Unless they choose to become prostitutes and then they are victims of male oppression. 
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Male 7,258
Dolemite, MAYBE Soulman, Song of the South, The Jerk, and most of the movies where men hit women because they were being "hysterical"
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Male 45,594
daegog   Not just no remake of Song of the South, you can't even find a copy vhs.  
Disney buried that film. I was lucky to see it on second release in the 70s.  
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There's a lot of movies you couldn't make now because they were a product of their time such as the following:
Star Wars sequels
Overboard. Ghostbusters. RoboCop. Big Trouble in Little China. Heather's. Star Trek. Tron. The black hole
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Male 2,825
dm2754 Ghostbusters today: " Your honor this man has no dick. What so now you're picking on trans people? Throw him in jail!"
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Male 7,258
dm2754 Didn't they just remake overboard and robocop?  Heathers was in the works, i do not know the status tho.
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daegog that's the point they tried but couldn't make it today.
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Male 45,594
daegog Yes, Robo and OB were re-done and both bombed, like fem-Ghostbusters. Now we have to face all female Oceans 11
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Male 683
Gerry1of1 Oceans 8 wasn't terrible. Definitely decent. Just didn't have that 'cool' factor that the original Oceans movies had.
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Female 6,689
Blazing Saddles .. it'd NEVER happen lol
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Male 290
melcervini beat me to it. One of my favorites and no way in hell it could be made today

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Male 2,167
melcervini "Blazing Saddles .. it'd NEVER happen lol"

Probably not, but it was hard to believe at the time that any studio would fund it. All of Mel Brooks movies looked as if they were made on a dare.
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Male 2,825
melcervini So for my 60th birthday my daughter took me here:
https://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/review-mel-brooks-proctors-101615/39479/
We went for NY pizza and then we had coffee and a canoli before the show at a little coffee shop. We're sitting there and my daughter goes - Dad Dad it's Mel Brooks! I turn around and he's hamming it up with the owners and taking pictures. So I get up and go stand quietly off to the side and he sees me and turns around. He stuck out his hand and said: And what's your name? So I introduced myself and pointed at the kid and told him I drove 15 hours from SC to be there that night and how it was a birthday gift from my daughter. He was genuinely  moved. I thanked him for all the years of great laughs he had given me. Of course my daughter was stage struck and didn't whip out the phone for a picture. But I got to shake his hand and it was an honor. The evening was a ripper! Everyone in that theater knew every word in the movie and the joint was rockin!
No it could not be made today but I have copies of it in every form but film.
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Male 9,481
scheckydamon Wonderful. Thanks for sharing that story.
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Female 6,689
scheckydamon I'm so jealous! yay you and your daughter!!! :D
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Male 175
scheckydamon Wow, that is an awesome story. There is the old saying "never meet your hero's" - but it sounds like Mel was awesome in person and a complete class act   
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Male 2,825
PosisDas And he was all there even at 89. Sharp as a tack.
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Wizard of Oz.
First of all they would CGI the hell out of it and make it look stupid.
Child labor laws would cause  movie to be made very slowly.
Everybody would be going on and on about how Progressive it is and only misogynist would dislike the movie.
BLM and the AACP  and everyone else complaining about how it's a white only cast.
I'm sure that midget community will be pretty pissed off.
And of course it would trigger the wiccans for its negative portrayal of witches.
The Bible belt will be screaming that it has witches.
And everyone would assume that the flying monkeys represent a black people. 
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Female 976
dm2754 There were child labor laws back then, dm. Also, Judy Garland was 16 when she made it. Just being the dry, humorless killjoy that I am.
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thubanstar you do know they made her smoke to keep her weight down. The law then are a lot different than they are now
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Male 2,167
dm2754 "I'm sure that midget community will be pretty pissed off."

They were dwarfs. When I was taking drama classes in the '60s, one of my classmates was a dwarf. There's always work in movies for short adults, but it isn't fun. It's a little like being Latina and having lots of maid roles to choose from.
Danny was a mountain climber. He said everyone is the same size on a mountain.
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semichisam01 midges can be found protesting Brad Williams
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Male 45,594
dm2754    I didn't know black people could fly. Lucky them
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Male 7,258
Gerry1of1 You don't watch enough NBA.
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Male 45,594
daegog lol
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