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12. Sleuth
The final film from Joseph L. Mankiewicz - who'd previously brought the world All About Eve, People Will Talk and Cleopatra - the original Sleuth was much loved by critics, earning Oscar nods for both its stars and achieving a modest success at the box office. Kenneth Branagh's remake, meanwhile, did not use one line from the first film's script, and though Michael Caine came back (this time playing the Olivier role alongside fellow Alfie Jude Law's uppity hairdresser) and Harold Pinter was on writing duty, it was an ignominious disaster. And where once magnifying glasses were so eye-catching - no pun intended - and perfectly hinted at the mystery involved, the latter's poster was just some blue men in a blue room looking blue. Boo.

1972
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Sleuth Original Poster
2007
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Sleuth Remake Poster

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More movie posters to compare:

1. The Karate Kid2. Ocean's Eleven
3. The Nutty Professor4. Freaky Friday
5. The Parent Trap6. Around The World In 80 Days
7. Ben-Hur8. The Ten Commandments
9. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory10. The Day The Earth Stood Still
11. The Taking Of Pelham 12312. Sleuth
13. Gambit14. Bad News Bears
15. Clash Of The Titans16. Scarface
17. Fame18. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town / Mr. Deeds
19. Fright Night20. The Stepford Wives
21. Total Recall22. The Wicker Man
23. Get Carter24. Psycho
25. Carrie26. Conan The Barbarian
27. True Grit28. 3.10 To Yuma
29. The Manchurian Candidate30. Italian Job
31. Assault On Precinct 1332. Rear Window / Disturbia
33. High Noon / Outland34. War Of The Worlds
35. The Ladykillers36. The Thomas Crown Affair
37. Cape Fear38. Planet Of The Apes
39. Arthur40. Guess Who / Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
41. Straw Dogs42. Herbie Goes Bananas / Herbie: Fully Loaded
43. Alfie44. The Pink Panther
45. Death Race 200046. You've Got Mail / The Shop Around The Corner
47. Love Affair / An Affair To Remember / Love Affair48. A Star Is Born
49. The Front Page / His Girl Friday / The Front Page50. King Kong

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Posted on Friday September 20, 2013, 05:55 by scooter91170
I voted for a mix. Personally I didn't just put it down to how "pretty" a modern poster looked, but whether it would make me interested in seeing it. I'll agree that some of the modern ones I voted against looked better than the original, but as I had no idea what the movie was about or who was in it, without trying to read small print (which wasn't always there), to me it defeated the point of the Movie Poster. It just looked an exercise in Graphic Design. And if the remade poster was just a 21st Century prettied up version of the original, then a lot of the time I voted for the original for the fact that they had the idea first. Bad enough remaking a movie that doesn't need it (Robocop, looking at you) but to blatantly copy the original poster design lacks thought. (and don't get me started on the Psycho/Human Centipede remade poster!) Read More

2 Mr Deeds Remake Poster!?!?!
Posted on Wednesday September 18, 2013, 15:55 by His Dudeness
Who the hell is that man standing behind Adam Sandler on the Mr Deeds poster. As I'm sure it was the great John Tuturro who played the butler and also stole the whole film!! Read More

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Posted on Wednesday September 18, 2013, 05:43 by NeoBrowser
I don't understand how most people are voting for the old posters! This isn't voting on the quality of the films, JUST THE POSTERS! And 99% of cases the new one is SO much better! Read More

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Posted on Monday September 16, 2013, 11:29 by The Waco Kid
With regards The War of the Worlds did you forget all about the Pendragon pictures version? yes it was bloody awful but it deserves a mention at least. Also Shop around the corner had a remake before You've Got Mail and was called In the Good Old Summertime with Judy Garland and Van Johnson (1949) admittedly a musicla but yet deserves a mention. Read More

5 Ben Hur
Posted on Thursday September 12, 2013, 21:32 by Loosecrew
I like the 1925 Ben Hur poster. The 1959 one is very....normal. Read More

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Posted on Thursday September 12, 2013, 02:05 by JaneTaylor32
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7 Double Exclamation...
Posted on Wednesday September 11, 2013, 21:00 by SamFrisco
" Note that Frank Sinatra is such a big deal his name gets two exclamation marks at the end of it" - Looks like a silhouette of Jedward. Much prefer the original poster AND the film. Caeser Romero's in it!! (double exclamation). Read More

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