Why wasn't there a plagiarism suit? Because you can't copyright an idea or a
theme. Copyright protection applies to the work itself (that is, sequences of
events in addition to the text itself).
In a message dated 98-04-30 10:46:14 EDT, [log in to unmask] writes:
> Actually, I have always thought that "The Scout" was itself a 'borrowing'
> of themes from..."King Kong." Think about it: Brooks has to venture to a
> foreign land (Mexico) to find this amazingly talented kid and bring him and
> his temper to New York, where the kid's most vivid expression of his
> psychological problems is to climb a tower at Yankee Stadium. It helps, of
> course, that the kid was played by the more-than-vaguely-simian Brendan
> Fraser ("Encino Man," "George of the Jungle").
> shawn levy
> At 07:53 PM 4/29/98 -0400, Robert Kolker wrote:
> >I recently saw a nice film called "The Scout" (1994). It
> >has a great pedigree: written by Albert Brooks and Andrew
> >Bergman, directed by Michael Ritchie. It's about this
> >young baseball player, who has great talent but an
> >uncontrollable temper. Brooks finds him and signs him up
> >with the Yankees. But, the kid has to see a psychiatrist
> >(Diane Wiest)who finds out he suffered from an abusive
> >So why wasn't there a plagiarism suit?
> >Robert Kolker
> >English Department
> >University of Maryland
> >College Park, MD 20742
> >[log in to unmask]
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