(WiredPRNews.com)—A copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the rights owner of the movie ‘Rear Window’ alleges that the 2007 film ‘Disturbia’ copied the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock thriller.
Both movies involve a character who spies on a murderous neighbor. One is set in a California suburb and the other in a densely populated New York City neighborhood.
In the ‘Rear Window’ version, James Stewart plays L.B. Jeffries, a wheelchair-bound photographer who believes that one of his fellow apartment neighbors was murdered. Grace Kelley plays his girlfriend, Lisa. Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) plays the suspected murderer, Lars Thorwald.
‘Rear Window’s story was groundbreaking for its time because it tackled the sensitive subject of voyeurism in an increasingly urban population. The Internet Movie Database website, IMDB.com, provides information about both films and their respective characters.
Written by Christopher B. Landon and Carl Ellsworth, the D.J. Caruso-directed ‘Disturbia’ casts Shia LeBeouf as Kale, a troubled teen confined to house arrest, who thinks his next-door neighbor is a serial killer.
Because of the ankle-monitoring bracelet he has to wear, a bored Kale explores the neighborhood with a pair of binoculars. His wandering eye catches a new bikini-clad neighbor named Ashley, played by actress Sarah Roemer. Eventually, Ashley becomes involved in Kale’s suspicions about the murderous neighbor.
According to an Associated Press.com article posted in Google News on September 9, 2008, Stephen Spielberg’s DreamWorks production company and Paramount Pictures are listed as the defendants in the lawsuit. Neither company has commented on the suit.
Disturbia also features Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix) as LeBeouf’s overworked mother and David Morse (Down in the Valley) as the suspected murderer.
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