Twin films

Da wikiort.


Twin films are films with the same, or very similar, plot produced or released at the same time in two different studios.[1] The phenomenon can result from two or more[2] production companies investing in similar scripts around the same time, resulting in a race to distribute the films to audiences.[3] Some attribute twin films to industrial espionage, the fact of film makers moving between studios, or that the same screenplays are sent to several film studios. Another explanation is that films often deal with topical issues, such as comets, volcano eruptions, reality TV, terrorist attacks or significant anniversaries, resulting in some sort of multiple discovery (also known as 'simultaneous invention' in science) but in film.[3]

Producer Bingham Ray recalls a conversation where the screenwriter of the 2006 Truman Capote biopic Infamous phoned to announce that his script had been finished. Ray said "I know, I've got it on my desk!" before realising that he actually had the screenplay to Capote, a biopic by a different writer.[4]


Template:Example farm Noted examples of twin films are included in this list:[4][5][6][7]

Other meanings

The term "twin films has also been used for films produced by the same production company with the purpose of telling the same story from two different points of view:

It has also been used for films produced with the purpose of making the same film in two different languages:[27]

  • Whispering City (1947) and La Forteresse (1947) have the same director with different sets of actors speaking English or French.
  • Orions belte (1985) and Orion's Belt (1985) have different directors but the same set of actors speaking Norwegian or English.
  • Raavan (2010) and Raavanan (2010) use similar casts filming the scenes in both Hindi and Tamil.

See also

  • Mockbuster, direct-to-DVD films with similar titles and/or theme as blockbuster films,[28] created with the apparent intention of piggy-backing on the publicity of the major film and are often made with a low budget.


  1. Jasper Rees. "Hooray for Bollywood", Evening Standard, 12 October 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. 2,0 2,1 2,2 2,3 2,4 2,5 Fredrik Strage. "Tvillingfilmer resultatet av ängsliga filmbolag", Dagens Nyheter, 28 September 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011. (In Swedish)
  3. 3,0 3,1 Henrik Arvidsson. "Först till kvarn i Drömfabriken" Dagens Nyheter, 11 July 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2011. (In Swedish)
  4. 4,0 4,1 4,2 4,3 4,4 John Seabrook. "Tru, Two", The New Yorker, 25 September 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  5. 5,00 5,01 5,02 5,03 5,04 5,05 5,06 5,07 5,08 5,09 5,10 5,11 5,12 5,13 5,14 5,15 5,16 5,17 5,18 5,19 5,20 5,21 5,22 5,23 5,24 Henrik Arvidsson. "Tvillingfilmer vi minns", Dagens Nyheter, 11 July 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2011. (In Swedish)
  6. 6,0 6,1 6,2 "11 Damn Near Identical Movies That Were Released at the Same Time",, 13 March 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  7. 7,0 7,1 "Double Headers", Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  8. Template:Cite web
  9. Template:Cite web
  10. Template:Cite web
  11. Template:Cite web
  12. Template:Cite web
  13. Template:Cite web
  14. Template:Cite web
  15. Template:Cite web
  16. Gary Dudak. "Twin Movies: A History of Two Similar Films Coming Out at the Same Time" Mandatory, 14 April 2014
  17. Template:Cite web
  19. Template:Cite web
  20. 20,0 20,1 Roger Wilson. "Tvillingfilmer", Godmorgon, världen!, Sveriges Radio P1, 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. (In Swedish)
  21. Template:Cite web
  22. Template:Cite web
  23. Template:Cite web
  24. Template:Cite web
  25. Bosley Crowther. "My Days with Jean Marc Screen: Participants Testily to a Broken Marriage:Twin Films by Cayatte at Two Theaters Charrier and Miss Nat Star as Couple", New York Times, 27 October 1964. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  26. "With twin films, Japan and US let go of Iwo Jima scars",, 21 October (2005?). Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  27. Associated Press. "Rai calls twin films tough challenge",, 9 October 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  28. Rolf Potts. "The New B Movie" The New York Times Magazine, 7 October 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2009.

External links