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Milk the Franchise | October 21, 2017

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Remakes

Invasion

Kevin McCarthy is still screaming about aliens coming to take you away in the INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS remake (1978).

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AGAINST ALL ODDS (1984) is a neo-noir remake of OUT OF THE PAST (1947) staring Jeff Bridges, Rachael Ward and James Woods. Two of the original stars of the 1947 film have small roles in the remake. Jane Greer plays Rachel Ward’s mother and Paul Valentine, who played hood Joe Stephanos in the first film, played the councilman in the grey suit.

Cape Fear

Gregory Peck appears briefly in the 1991 remake of CAPE FEAR as Max Cady’s (Robert DeNiro) defense attorney Lee Heller. He was in the original 1962 classic as Sam Bowden, which was played by Nick Nolte in the remake.

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Martin Balsam as the judge in the 1991 remake of CAPE FEAR. Balsam was in the original 1962 film as Police Chief Mark Dutton.

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Robert Mitchum as Lieutenant Elgart in the 1991 remake of CAPE FEAR. Mitchum was in the original 1962 film as Max Cady, the role Robert DeNiro plays in the remake.

Planet of the Apes

“Those damn dirty humans!”
Charlton Heston, who portrayed the lead role in the original film, makes a cameo appearance as Thade’s (Tim Roth) father in PLANET OF THE APES (2001). Roth admitted he was “not comfortable” appearing opposite Heston, then president of the National Rifle Association. “I come from the exact opposite end of the political spectrum. Burton had to persuade me to do it. Finally, I decided that it was okay because it’s fiction.” Heston had no problem with his brief scene even though it highlights the perceived violent nature of firearms, says producer Richard D. Zanuck. “I was apprehensive when we wrote the scene and sent it to him. We didn’t hear back from him for a while. Finally, I called him up and asked him what he thought of the lines. He said, ‘Oh yeah, I think they’re wonderful.’ I thought, ‘Oh, thank God, we got away with the gun’.”

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Meredith Salenger, the star of Disney’s 1985 adventure THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN has a cameo as a TV reporter named “Natalie Gann” in the RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (2009)

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Kim Richards who portrayed Tia in the original WITCH MOUTAIN films of the 1970s, made a cameo appearances in RACE TO WITCH MOUTAIN (2009) as a roadhouse waitress (named “Tina,” a minor change from the character [Tia] she played in the 1975 and 1978 films).

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Ike Eisenmann, who portrayed Tony in the original WITCH MOUTAIN films of the 1970s, makes a cameo appearance in RACE TO WITCH MOUTAIN (2009) as Sheriff Anthony.