Jewish World Review July 19, 2002 /10 Av, 5762
Poll: Most Americans believe they have already seen newHarrison Ford film
Scenes of actor barking orders at people may have led to confusion, expert says
A survey of American moviegoers reveals that well over half of them believe that they
have already seen the new Harrison Ford film "K-19: The Widowmaker" - in spite of
the fact that the movie has not yet been released.
The film's trailers, which feature Mr. Ford barking orders at people inside a Russian
submarine, seem to have triggered a phenomenon of mass déjà vu, the survey
Specifically, the trailers seem to remind viewers of previous Ford films in which the
acclaimed actor barked orders at people, says Dr. David Colson, who studies
derivative films and their audiences at the University of Minnesota.
"Harrison Ford barked orders at people in 'Clear and Present Danger,' 'Patriot
Games,' and 'Air Force One,' to name just three," Dr. Colson says. "Having said that,
didn't I already see a movie where he actually barked orders at people inside a
Dr. Colson is thinking, perhaps, of "The Hunt for Red October" (1990) -- a film about
a Russian submarine which featured Alec Baldwin, not Harrison Ford, barking
orders at people.
Under increasing pressure to prove that "K-19: The Widowmaker" is in fact a new
film, Harrison Ford himself released the following statement late this afternoon:
"While I am fairly sure that 'K-19: The Widowmaker' is a new movie, I wouldn't bet
the farm on it. See it for yourself and decide."
Following the release of "K-19: The Widowmaker," Mr. Ford segues to "Indiana
Jones 4," a sequel that promises to be virtually indistinguishable from the first three
films in the series.
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