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7 Fictional Movie Plots That Came True

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Movies been blamed for inspiring copycat crimes is certainly nothing new and will probably continue for many years to come. Not only are movies often held responsible for inspiring real life crime they also have an uncanny tendency for predicting future technological developments and even future events. Face transplants and bizarre attempts to clone extinct species are just two examples of things we first saw in a movie but are now science fact rather than science fiction.

Here we are taking a look at events from the movies which ended up happening in real life.

1 – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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A Clockwork Orange is a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, which was blamed for several copycat acts of violence in Great Britain. The film tells of the adventures of Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell), a young guy who takes much pleasure in acts of extreme violence. The movie was said to be responsible for many copycat crimes but the most famous was an alleged gang rape in in which the perpetrators sang “Singing in the Rain”. It was widely reported that this was supposedly mimicking the actions of the movies main character during one of the film’s more notorious scenes.

So much attention was focused on these copycat crimes that Stanley Kubrick actually made the movie unavailable in the United Kingdom for many years.

2 – Face Off (1997)

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Although the 1997 movie Face Off was a big budget action flick it also brought to the public’s attention the possibility of face transplants. At the time of its release the idea of transplanting a person’s face onto someone else seemed impossible but as little as eight years later specialist surgeons performed the worlds very first face transplant.

Although the 1997 movie Face Off was a big budget action flick it also brought to the public’s attention the possibility of face transplants. At the time of its release the idea of transplanting a person’s face onto someone else seemed impossible but as little as eight years later specialist surgeons performed the worlds very first face transplant.

Between 2010 and 2012 five full face transplants have been completed. One of the most impressive transplants took place in Poland when surgeons operated on a man who had been severely disfigured in a work place accident.

3 – Jurassic Park (1993)

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Back in 1993 Steven Spielberg introduced the world to the idea of bringing dinosaurs back to life. The movie shows how genetic scientists clone dinosaurs using their blood that is found in prehistoric mosquitoes preserved in amber. In the years that followed the release of the movie scientist quickly managed to poke holes in the science behind the movie and it was deemed impossible to bring extinct species back to life.

In 2012, nearly twenty years after the movies original release, a group of Russian scientists announced plans to clone mammoth using traces of blood and tissue which were found in a prehistoric carcass discovered in Siberia. The necessary DNA material required to clone the creatures had been perfectly preserved due to the sub-zero temperatures in the area.

4 – Back to the Future 2 (1989)

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Unfortunately things such as flying cars, time travel and hoverboard’s still only exist in the movies but this 1989 film did manage to introduce several futuristic gadgets which became a reality. Things such as video-phones and cars running biofuel are commonly used in today’s world and Nike even released a pair of self-fastening sneakers in 2008.

5 – Natural Born Killers (1994)

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Natural Born Killers is the story of a young couple who go on a violent killing spree and also examines the medias fascination with such acts of extreme violence. When the movie was released the press was quick to condemn it for making violence appear glamorous and even went as far to suggest the risk of copycat crimes. It took little more than a year for a copycat crime to occur. A young couple from Oklahoma carried out what was said to be a copycat killing spree. A killing spree in which a good friend of bestselling author John Grisham was killed. After the event John Grisham accused Oliver Stone (the movie’s director) of inciting the violence which killed his friend.

6 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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The Shawshank Redemption is a movie telling the story of a friendship which develops in a prison. In one of the final scenes of the move Andy Dufresne (one of the lead characters) manages to escape from the prison using a tunnel which he dug from his prison cell. Over the many years it took to dig the tunnel the guards discover that Andy had been using a poster of a scantily clad woman hung over the hole.

In the December of 2007 a very similar scheme was uncovered when Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa escaped from a prison in New Jersey. It was discovered that the two men had invested a lot of time and effort removing blocks form their cell wall and using posters of bikini models to hide the hole. Unlike the character in the movie the two men were soon recaptured and given extra time in jail as a punishment.

7 – Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

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One of the most popular movies of the 1080’s was Weekend at Bernie’s. The plot of the movie follows two friends who discover the dead body of their boss and decide to use the corpse to enjoy the trappings of his glamorous lifestyle. The film was a runaway comedy success but a gruesome real life case occurred in 2008.

In this case two American men strapped the dead body of a friend to an office chair on wheels and rolled him through the streets of New York in an attempt to cash his $355 benefits cheque.

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