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Martini Enfield
11-30-2006, 11:33 PM
When you think about it, rather a lot of films have titles that could be seen as a bit misleading. For example:

Reservoir Dogs- Features neither reservoirs nor canines

Trainspotting- Not about railway enthusiasts

Serenity- Not about inner peace

Chicago- Has almost nothing whatsoever to do with the city

Lord Of The Rings- Not about megalomaniac Telecom linesmen

Return Of The King- Not about The Second Coming of Elvis

There's plenty more examples out there... what films can you think of that have misleading titles?

bouv
12-01-2006, 12:11 AM
The Babe - A fat, old dude is not what I think of when I think of a babe.

Typo Negative
12-01-2006, 01:14 AM
The Babe - A fat, old dude is not what I think of when I think of a babe.The Babe? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112431/)

Albert Rose
12-01-2006, 01:37 AM
[b]Falcon Breast[b].

Honestly, the old ladies at the Bird-Watcher's Annual Potluck were very offended.

Sefton
12-01-2006, 01:43 AM
Have to mention Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

Fine film, but has nothing to do with the nation of Brazil.

Marley23
12-01-2006, 01:44 AM
Naked Lunch - As immortalized on The Simpsons.

KGS
12-01-2006, 01:47 AM
The 400 Blows

brianjedi
12-01-2006, 02:24 AM
The Babe? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112431/)

No, The Babe. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103747/)

Oakminster
12-01-2006, 02:39 AM
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not about Knute Rockne

Romancing the Stone has nothing to do with Bianca seducing Sir Mick

Caprese
12-01-2006, 05:18 AM
Sorceror (imdb sorceror)
It wasn't exactly about magic.

CalMeacham
12-01-2006, 07:51 AM
Caprese beat me to it. It wasn't until years later that I learned why the movie even had that title (apparently it's the name on one of the trucks.


Visionquest -- sounds like it ought to be a Tolkien wannabe.



Chinatown -- Forget it Jake, it's a misleading title. But nobody'd want to see California Water Rights Intrigues.

JKellyMap
12-01-2006, 10:20 AM
Watership Down.

No ship. No water. Nuthin' goin' down.

Jus' rabbits, is all.

Elendil's Heir
12-01-2006, 11:58 AM
George Washington was about some troubled kids in a decaying Southern town, not about the Father of his Country.

Star Trek: Insurrection was mistitled. It was more of a mutiny than an insurrection.

All the President's Men was much more about Woodward and Bernstein than it was about Nixon's flunkies, most of whom never even appeared in the movie.

Triumph of the Will was supposedly about the German people's triumph, but was more about their utter surrender - happily, in most cases - to the leadership of a single, profoundly evil man.

Star Wars was about several battles, and the interludes, in just one war... it shouldn't be plural. OK, so I'm nitpicking.

HubZilla
12-01-2006, 12:10 PM
XXX: Nope, just some Vin Diesel movie.

Ethilrist
12-01-2006, 12:26 PM
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn.
He gets away.

mobo85
12-01-2006, 01:03 PM
Although the life of Christ may have been The Greatest Story Ever Told at its time, it fails to appear on numerous lists of great books. However, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, so it may still be the greatest in terms of volume.

The Neverending Story actually ends at some point.

Duck Soup contains neither ducks nor soup.

In How The Grinch Stole Christmas- both the 1966 Chuck Jones television program and the later Ron Howard film- although the Grinch takes a large number of Christmas presents, he actually fails in stealing the holiday of Christmas itself.

And, of course, there's the all-time great error whose IMDb entry is used as someone's sig line here on the Dope: Krakatoa is west, not east, of Java.

Giles
12-01-2006, 01:38 PM
The General is not about a senior military officer.

Antinor01
12-01-2006, 02:29 PM
The Prince of Tides was neither about princes nor tides. Discuss.

That was a good concert. :)

The Scrivener
12-01-2006, 02:55 PM
Jaws was really more about the teeth... and blood in the water.

And I don't remember any magnolias in Magnolia. Frogs falling from the skies, yes, but no magnolias.

Peter Morris
12-01-2006, 03:08 PM
Been done before

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=373357

Martini Enfield
12-02-2006, 09:53 AM
Been done before

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=373357

Seven months ago... it's not really the done thing to resurrect seven month old threads to add the Cafe Society equivalent of "And another thing!"

Tapioca Dextrin
12-02-2006, 10:06 AM
Chariots of Fire

They could have gone a lot faster if they had actually used horse drawn vehicles.

King Kong


Did he have any sort of royal lineage?

Tapioca Dextrin
12-02-2006, 10:09 AM
Talking of fire

Man on Fire - sadly lacking in spontaneous human combustion

Rayne Man
12-02-2006, 10:51 AM
"The Lady Killers" . No lady was killed

"Krakatoa , East of Java" - It's actually to the west.

bryanmaguire
12-02-2006, 03:09 PM
Although the life of Christ may have been The Greatest Story Ever Told at its time, it fails to appear on numerous lists of great books. However, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, so it may still be the greatest in terms of volume.

The Neverending Story actually ends at some point.

...

You say that like its a bad thing.

DocCathode
12-02-2006, 06:40 PM
Live Nude Girls- There were girls, and they were alive, but they were not nude. Unforgivable as a Delany sister was in this thing.

Spoke
12-02-2006, 06:47 PM
Happines (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0147612/). I can't think of one happy bit in this miserable movie.

Derleth
12-02-2006, 06:57 PM
A Fish Called Wanda devoted little of its runtime to any fish at all.

Apocalypse Now failed to end the world then or at any other time.

A Clockwork Orange contained no mechanical fruit.Return Of The King- Not about The Second Coming of ElvisThere was a distinct lack of necrophilia for some reason. I suppose his precious will remain a dragon unfought.

Idle Thoughts
12-02-2006, 07:01 PM
I just saw Saw for the first time last night. And while there were saws in it, they weren't really the main focus, and not even really used much.

(yeah, I figured it's a shortened version of the villian's name, but still)

Asgardking
12-02-2006, 10:57 PM
Duck Soup contains neither ducks nor soup.



and...

Monkey Business had no monkeys nor businesses

Coconuts had no tropical fruit

Animal Crackers had no animals nor crackers. Well unless you count Groucho.

Junior Spaceman
12-03-2006, 01:47 AM
and...

Monkey Business had no monkeys nor businesses

Coconuts had no tropical fruit

Animal Crackers had no animals nor crackers. Well unless you count Groucho. But Horse Feathers had plenty of ... never mind.

priapus
12-03-2006, 03:52 AM
The Postman Always Rings Twice...I never even saw one person get any mail!

Tapioca Dextrin
12-03-2006, 07:59 AM
The Long Kiss Goodnight featured very little kissing.