Watch ScreenRant’s rundown of movies that stole footage from other films.

How Movies Like Blade Runner, Star Wars, and Transformers Stole Footage From Other Films

How Movies Like Blade Runner, Star Wars, and Transformers Stole Footage From Other Films

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Nov. 4 2015 8:46 PM

How Movies Like Blade Runner, Star Wars, and Transformers Stole Footage From Other Films

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Given the millions of dollars that go into making them, one would, at the very least, expect Hollywood blockbusters to comprise original footage. But it turns out many a smash hit has cut corners, and Screen Rant’s rundown of some of the most notable movies to cop footage is a fun, insightful gloss on cinematic recycling.

Some of this theft is to be expected: It's not surprising, for instance, that Star Wars and Star Trek movies have drawn on their predecessors for the stray explosion or background shot. Other examples, though, are more bizarre, and the revelation that Blade Runners ending used footage originally filmed for The Shining is especially jarring.  

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter