What movies have had more than one version?

Little Shop of Horrors had two versions (plus the Broadway musical).
The first was a low production black and white film. The second was a gaudy musical in color with “what’s his name” playing Seymour and a deep Afro-american voice for the plant, Audrey II.
Do you know any other movies in two versions??? or more?

Rick Maranis, that is.

Dozens. Hollywood thrives on remakes. Some include:

The Count of Monte Cristo
The Three Musketeers
The Man Who Knew Too Much (one of the few cases where the same director did both films)
Mame (a book, play, movie, musical, and movie musical)
Hamlet (at least three versions in the last 15 years)
Henry V
Romeo and Juliet
Cyrano de Bergerac
King Kong
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Anything Goes
Stagecoach (you didn’t specify that the remake had to be good)
The 39 Steps

And that’s just a start.

The Mutiny of the Bounty although you might have to put a limit on what is “the same movie”. Same script? Same story? Same theme?

I thought the title was talking about movies like Clue, which actually had multiple versions out at the same time.

You are talking about remakes. Movies with different versions are less common but still exist. muttrox mentioned Clue. A different edit will often be released in foreign markets. Star Wars, and others, have been re-released with new material. Also, the director will add (or change) material to give the vision “of what he really wanted.”

Possibly the best send up of this was *The Simpsons The Boy Who Knew Too Much

RealityChuck is correct and probably underestimating when he says dozens. It almost certainly is hundreds.

Go through a book like Leonard Maltin’s video guide and see how many times the entries refer to a remake.

One of my favorite examples is The Maltese Falcon. The version we know and love was actually the third version to be made. His Girl Friday postdates and precedes many other, lesser, attempts to put The Front Page on film. And of course, hundreds of silent movies were remade when sound came out.

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I would even go so far as to say thousands, but don’t make me prove it.

A lot of movies out there are remakes, but aren’t quite so obvious. For example, “The Maltese Falcon” was filmed under that title in both 1931 (awful version) and 1941 (great version); inbetween it had been filmed as “Satan Met a Lady” (1936; not so great version).

Sometimes the remake is made waaaaay far apart. “The Bachelor” (1999), starring Chris O’Donnell, was a remake of “Seven Chances” (1925), starring Buster Keaton (which was also a remake of 1904’s “Meet Me At the Fountain”).

I don’t know how to include multiple filmed versions of novels. Are the 20+ versions of “The Three Musketeers” remakes, or just different interpretations of the original novel?

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Every Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, etc after the first one came out

And of course, let’s not forget foreign films remade for the benefit of American audiences too lazy to read subtitles:

The upcoming RING and INSOMNIA
And lots, lots more…

A Star Is Born: 1937, 1954, & 1976.

I thought this thread was more like what muttrox was talking about. The IMDB even has a listing for alternate versions of films. Mostly TV edits, director’s cuts, changes for foreign markets, etc. But that network TV-only version of A Fistful Of Dollars with the extra footage tacked on to the beginning sounds strange. Who thought of that, and why?

Brewster’s Millions was the seventh remake of that story. I wonder if any of the others is any good.

Mogambo from 1953 was a remake of Red Dust from 1932. Both starred Clark Gable in the same role. There was also a 1940 version calledCongo Maisie.

Big. I swear that this movie does indeed have another ending where the female lead becomes a child and is introduced to Josh’s class as a new student. I had a thread about this awhile back.

Star Wars Episode IV didn’t have the title “A New Hope” unti it was re-released in 1979(to hype up Empire). Many people believed they had seen the movie in 1977 with that title on it, but they were simply confusing '77 with '79.

Two that I can think of off the top of my head:

“High Society,” the Bing Crosby/Frank Sinatra/Grace Kelly musical from 1956, was a remake of “The Philedelphia Story,” a 1940 movie staring Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Katharine Hepburn. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word.

Another one is Sabrina, the modern one with Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford being based on the 1954 version with Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden.

oops - one more: Sleepless in Seattle.

“Being John Malkovich” was quite obviously a remake of “True Grit”, with a few (minor) changes to the characters and storyline.

– CH

Strangers on a Train , from Hitchcock, is one I’ve seen with noticeable variations, if that’s what you mean. When I rented it from the video store or saw it on TV, it was different from the videotape I bought later. The video contains more scenes that play up the attraction of Bruno to Guy, and the ending takes place in Guy’s girlfriend’s house, not on the train again.

“The Preachers Wife” with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston is a remake of “The Bishops Wife” with Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. Personally, I liked “The Bishops Wife” better. Also, “Major Payne” is a remake of “The Private War of Major Benson”. I liked “Major Payne” much better.

By the way…the “deep Afro-American voice” in the color version of “Little Shop of Horrors” was Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops. Leave it to a former Clevelander to know that one!