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How did they pitch that movie, and how did it actually work?

Asked by iamthemob (17159points) September 12th, 2010

I have been readdressing some of my favorite movies, and realized that some of them shouldn’t have ever been made…

I was wondering what movies other community members are surprised ever got made – and ended up a success. We’re talking about movies that are generally well-liked or appreciated…not the ones that are the “told-ya-so” moments.

My main example is “The Firm,” which, barring the fact that it was based on a wildly successful book, had to be insane to pitch: “Okay, so it’s an action movie about tax evasion, and the hero is a tax lawyer who takes the bar exam and then fights the mob.” I’m a tax lawyer – we don’t generally jump out of so many windows.

So are there any others, my dear community?

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muppetish's avatar

You might get a kick out of perusing the Better Than It Sounds page on TV Tropes :)

iamthemob's avatar

@muppetish – this is the best thing I’ve ever seen. Ever.

muppetish's avatar

@iamthemob Conversely, there is a Worse Than It Sounds page. I’m always happy to convert people into Tropers ;)

I’m still trying to think up of a few ideas of my own. Wristcutters is probably a good one to start with: ... so this young 20-something guy commits suicide and wakes up in a world full of other people who have also committed suicide. It’s almost exactly the same as earth except they can’t smile.

. . . what? Haha. It’s a wonderful movie though (with a surprisingly happy ending.)

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iamthemob's avatar


I don’t think that actually qualifies as a successful or generally well-accepted film.

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Austinlad's avatar

Movie-making is highly collaborative endeavor—and not always in a positive way—so what winds up on the screen is often very different from the original concept and pitch.

iamthemob's avatar


Okay – but I’m not really looking for a reason “why” so much as examples “of” ;-)

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