The five best movies based on TV shows
Welcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.
A few days ago I wrote a piece about the 10 worst movies based on TV shows and I got quite a few responses. One reader asked if there were any good movies based on shows, so I decided to come up with another list. Please keep in mind, this is only my opinion, albeit an expert one.
1. The Untouchables: The script by David Mamet deserves much of the credit, but the casting is phenomenal, also. Sean Connery and Kevin Costner make the perfect team and Robert De Niro's plucked hairline makes his Capone a pleasure to watch. Like the show, the film pays close attention to detail and isn't afraid to show the good guys doing whatever it takes.
2. The Fugitive: This is exactly what a big screen version should be...BIG! Terrific action sequences and great locations. Ford's updated Richard Kimble does exactly what he should and Tommy Lee Jones is dead-on as the cop who has to do his job, but knows something is "hinkey." Just like the show, the movie keeps us on the edge of our seat and rooting for the good guy, while we can't wait to see the bad guy.
3. Mission Impossible: This was a pretty easy transition to make. Because of the nature of the IMF, they only had to have one character from the show in the movie. In every episode, Phelps is warned that he or his operatives may be "disavowed" and it finally happens on the big screen. I admit that making Phelps the bad guy was complete bullshit, but the action, soundtrack and early death of Emilio Estevez more than made up for it.
4. The Brady Bunch Movie: Anyone who wants to make a movie out of a campy TV comedy needs to watch this film. It retains everything we loved about the show; Mike's perm, Greg's dumb songs, The Brady 6, Davy Jones and a hot Marcia. Set against the reality of bad neighbors and horny teenagers, it all adds up to laughs.
5. Dragnet: I know I am in the minority, but I dig this movie. Hanks delivers what is probably his best comedic performance and Aykroyd's Joe Friday is awesome. This movie pays homage to the original show and makes fun of it at the same time. That's not easy to do. How can you not love lines like, "Surf's up, beach bum, but not for you. You're going downtown."