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Spielberg Accused of Back-Dooring Hitchcock

9/8/2008 8:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

That whole "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" isn't sitting well with the inspiration behind the classic film "Rear Window."
Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock
Seems the people who own the short story that ultimately became "Rear Window" are deeply disturbed over "Disturbia" ... so disturbed they've filed suit in NYC, claiming the Shia LaBeouf flick is a blatant ripoff.

When Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart did "Rear Window" in 1954, they first commissioned the short story, "Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint." The people who own that story say "Disturbia" is a carbon copy of "Window" and therefore Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks should have also obtained permission from the owners of "Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint."

The lawsuit claims "Disturbia" and "Rear Window" stories are "essentially the same" -- a Peeping Tom watches creepy neighbor type flick -- and attacks Spielberg's "back-door use of the 'Rear Window' story without paying compensation."

Calls to Spielberg's rep were not returned.

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yer mom's soo effin hot!!    

so i guess theft then is the most sincerest form of adoration and love??

2151 days ago
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Lindsey    

Thank you! Ive been saying this from the beginning! Rear window never needed to be remade especially not with louis stevens in it

2151 days ago
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Carl    

I never saw Disturbia primarily because even though it was obvious it was going to be a remake, everyone associated with it denied it was so. If they had just said "this is Rear Window with a modern twist" I would have been happy to go see it, but I'm not going to give my money to liars. I hope the people connected to Rear Window and Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint make the Disturbia people pay bigtime!

2151 days ago
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christy    

In my opinion, Steven Spielberg jumped the shark with "Indiana Jones". He's way past his prime.

2151 days ago
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J    

Then maybe one should also view.... "Bedroom Window", "Body Double" and "Perfect Stranger" , same premise.....

2151 days ago
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Huh?    

Did Spielberg think that everybody who saw "Rear Window" was dead and he could get away with theft? When I saw Disturbia, i thought Rear Window, -- only a horrible remake. Spielberg better stick with what he knows, aliens and fish.

2151 days ago
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JJ    

STEVE...YOU'RE BUSTED YOU EGO FREAK!
Don't worry Holloywood loves you....FREAK!

2151 days ago
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Judge    

Well Stevie, time to pay back some royalties and some fines for copyright infringement. I dkd enjoy the movie however.

2151 days ago
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Pop Culture Junkie    

I just assumed it was a remake. It just always seemed blatant to me. Instead of a broken leg it's a ankle bracelet keeping the main character home. How sad that that's how it is modernized though hahaha.

2151 days ago
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Yaya    

What?? I thought Disturbia was a remake of Rear Window, which meant that all the proper palms should have been greased. Oops in Spielberg's court - huge mistake.

2151 days ago
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M    

don't mess with the h-c0ck

2151 days ago
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M    

why u keep deleting my comment? i can't help it if alfred's last name contains a phallic word. jeez "harvey"-- that's just one letter off from hardey, which contains the word 'hard', combine with alfred's name, you have a hard cack.

2151 days ago
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Superstar4you    

Thought from the moment that it was out that it copied Rear Window.. has Hollywood ran out of ideas.. seems like a ton of remakes these days. kinda sad

2151 days ago
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312munyshotz    

Maybe Ol' alfreds upset because Disturbia sucked, but it's probably just his last cry for attention...ouch

2151 days ago
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DeAnna22    

Wow, jealousy is taking over the world... Obviously hes just mad because Speilsbergs "disturbia" was a HIT and the rear window blah bull sh*t movie SUCKED...HAHA :)
Just get over it and move on! People need to stop seriously with the suing and everything! Its all about freaking money and get rich quick scams...You people can never get enough...sigh, whats the world coming to.

2150 days ago
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