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It’s unlikely that Ben E. King had four adolescent boys in mind when he sang “Stand by Me” in 1961. Or that in his 1964 hit “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison was pining for a Hollywood hooker. The movie industry has long played fast and loose when borrowing the titles of hit tunes. Some recent examples:

Leaving Las Vegas The song: Sheryl Crow‘s a dancer waiting for her ship to come in. The movie: The last days of an alcoholic (Nicolas Cage) and the prostitute (Elisabeth Shue) who loved him.

Bed of Roses

The song: Jon Bon Jovi wakes from a drunken stupor to find an unknown blonde in his bed, only to discover too late the meaning of love.

The movie: Florist Christian Slater woos investment banker Mary Stuart Masterson with a steady stream of flowers.


The song: Nat “King” Cole croons about the memorable qualities of his lover.

The movie: Liotta injects himself with his dead wife’s spinal fluid to solve her murder.

It’s My Party

The song: Lesley Gore cries after losing boyfriend Johnny to Judy.

The movie (due March 15): Eric Roberts, stricken with AIDS, throws a bash as his last hurrah before committing suicide.

Thin Line Between Love & Hate

The song: The Persuaders warn, “The sweetest woman in the world can be the meanest…if you make her that way.”

The movie (due in April): Playboy Martin Lawrence finds himself stalked by a psychotic ex-lover.

Last Dance

The song: Donna Summer moans, “I need you by me, beside me, to guide me, to hold me…’cause when I’m bad, I’m so, so bad.”

The movie (due in May): Sharon Stone, on death row, falls in love with Rob Morrow, the lawyer battling the system in an effort to get her clemency.

One Fine Day

The song: As sung by the Chiffons, the wail of a rejected girl who hopes the neighborhood stud will settle down with her.

The movie (due this fall): Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney are working single parents who bond after one really hellish day with the kids.

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