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  • Do You Know the Hollywood Version of These 26 Egyptian Movies?

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    If you’re a movie buff, chances are you’ve come across at least one Egyptian film that reminds you of…… another film. No, it’s not déjà vu; there are indeed strong resemblances between several Egyptian films and well-known Western productions from Hollywood and Europe.

    This, of course, raises the question of creativity and authenticity in the Egyptian film industry. Egyptian film critic, Tarek el-Shinnawi, claims the “trend” of copying Western movies denotes a “bankruptcy of ideas” among members of Egypt’s film industry, and even appeared on local television, accusing certain filmmakers of copyright infringement. 

    With the earliest example of a knock-off film being “Sawwa2 Nos el-Leil” from 1958,  which is based on “They Drive by Night” – a 1940 Hollywood movie, the ‘trend’ is not a new one. 

    Here are 26 Egyptian productions with eyebrow-raising plot – and movie poster -similarities to Western ones: 

     ”El-2erd Beytkallem” – “Now You See Me”

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    “San3a f Masr” – “Ted” 

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    “Hassan w Bo2loz” – “Stuck on You” 

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    “Captain Masr” – “Mean Machine” 

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    “El-7arb el-3alemeyya el-Salisa” – “Night at the Museum” 

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    “Khadema wa Lakin” – “Pretty Woman” 

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    “Khaleeg Ne3ma” – “Sleeping with the Enemy”

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    “Teer Enta” – “Bedazzled” 

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    “Gawaza Mary” – “This Means War” 

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    “Amn Dawlat” – “The Pacifier” 

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     ”7abibi Na2eman” – “Shallow Hal” 

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    “Game Over” – “Monster in Law” 

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    “7alawet el-Roo7″ – “Malena”

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    “1000 Mabrook” – “Groundhog Day” 

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    “3ala Gossety” – “Just Like Heaven”

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    “Asif 3la el-Ez3ag” – “A Beautiful Mind” 

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    “El-7assa el-Sab3a” – “What Women Want” 

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    “El-Torbeeny” – “Rain Man” 

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    “7ad Same3 7aga?” – “Stranger than Fiction” 

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    “Ga2ena el-Bayyan el-Taly” – “I Love Trouble” 

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    “3arees mn Geha Amneyya” – “Father of the Bride” 

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    “Amir el-Zalam” – “Scent of a Woman” 

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    “Shams el-Zanaty” – “The Magnificent Seven” 

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    “El-Wahm” – “Vertigo” 

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    “Azkiyya2 lakin Aghbeyya2″ – “Some Like it Hot” 

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    “Agd3 Nas” – “Best of the Best”

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    Are these Egyptian movies merely adaptations, or downright knock-offs? Let us know what you think! 
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    By Salma Thanatos Rizk

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