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Old 05-10-05, 08:28 AM
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Movies that are adapted from a play

Could someone point me in the right direction to find good movies that were adapted from plays such as Closer and Glengarry Glenn Ross.
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Old 05-10-05, 08:37 AM
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Try doing a keyword search in IMDB on the word "play." It brought up 11,606 entries for me. You can narrow it down using the power search function.
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Old 05-10-05, 09:34 AM
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one's just randomly off the top of my head (and as Groucho noted there are alot of plays, to many to mention)

- The Bad Seed
- A Few Good Men
- Amadeus
- The Shape of Things

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http://imdb.com/List?tv=on&&keywords...;based-on-play
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Stalag 17 (1953) would be one of the great ones........and Dial M for Murder (1954) would be another.

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Originally Posted by chrisv
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Whatever their cinematic qualities, neither of those Kurosawa adaptations resemble staged theater in any way.

Personally, I'd go through the Mamet oeuvre as a start, given the reference to Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Old 05-10-05, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Whatever their cinematic qualities, neither of those Kurosawa adaptations resemble staged theater in any way.
The original poster claimed to be looking for "good movies that were adapted from plays". Movies don't get much better than those. Not only were those two films adapted from Shakespeare plays, but Kurosawa incorporated various aspects of Noh theatre, so you get a double-shot.
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THE CRUCIBLE...sadly, missing from DVD even to this day...

Oh, and a buttload of Shakespeare...my personal favorite being the version of HAMLET with Mel Gibson.
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Countless musicals, of course, but Damn Yankees stands out because it is one Hollywood musical that is faithful to the Broadway play and that's the secret of its charm. Every routine, every device to milk applause, every false exit is reused in the film to great effect. You actually feel like you're watching it with a roomful of people and you might catch yourself applauding half-way through, standing up at intermission and checking you cloak-room ticket. And it's directed by Stanley Donen and choreographed by Bob Fosse!


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Hitchcock's "Rope" is a great example, the way it is filmed gives it the uniterrupted feel of a play.
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...erm... for instance: Neil Simon's Plaza Suite. and Brighton Beach Memoir, and Biloxi Blues, and I Ought To Be In Pictures, and The Sunshine Boys, and...

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There has to be tons of musicals that were plays first. My favorite is The Music Man.
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To Kill a Mockingbird (probably more from the book, but it was a play)
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Wasn't American Beauty based on a play?
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Originally Posted by fmian
Wasn't American Beauty based on a play?
Naa, that was an original screenplay by some writer who worked on Murphy Brown or something.

On Golden Pond was a decent film though based on a play. If you like Fondas that is.
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