This file photo taken on May 20, 2016 shows French director Luc Besson posing as he arrives for the screening of the film "The Last Face" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI
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French filmmaker Luc Besson has been ordered to pay Hollywood's self-styled "Master of Horror" John Carpenter nearly half a million dollars for plagiarizing his classic 1981 movie "Escape from New York," court documents revealed Friday.Plagiarism cases in the movie business are notoriously difficult to prove, particularly as so many action and sci-fi films share similar tropes.Critics have long pointed to the uncanny parallels between the two films.Carpenter, who is best known for his horror films "Halloween," "The Fog" and "The Thing," had demanded 2.2 million euros in damages ($2.4 million).A spokesman for Besson and Europacorp said that "the judges did recognize that there were many differences between the films – and that in their totality the movies were quite different.
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