In 1984, both The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins starring Gary Coleman (TV movie) and Cloak and Dagger starring Dabney Coleman (theatrical release) came out.

They have identical plots.

In both, the main character is a child that constantly day-dreams fantastical stories which is the reason no one believes them when they really do get involved in a spy conspiracy, by accidentally coming into possession of secret plans and get chased by bad guys.

IMDb lists the former as being released in February and the latter in August. Is there a story behind these two films being released the same year?

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    Aside from the central thesis (young boy accidentally stumbles into spy plot), what other similarities do you see?
    – user7812
    Jan 31, 2016 at 12:39
  • @Richard I added some details above.
    – Drai
    Jan 31, 2016 at 12:46
  • I'm still not seeing it. There are many examples of films being produced that have similar plotlines as other films released in close proximity (so much so that there's an entire page on wikipedia devoted to "twin films") but aside from a passing similarity between the two, I'm not seeing how they're closely connected. Imaginative boy becomes accidental spy is about as tropey as it gets, especially for an 80s kids film.
    – user7812
    Jan 31, 2016 at 13:18
  • Apropos of nothing, Cloak and Dagger's script (and even the title) was rewritten because the film's makers wanted to get an extensive Atari product placement into the film.
    – user7812
    Jan 31, 2016 at 13:53
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    Changed the title to something that might be a bit more answerable. Is that OK?
    – Walt
    Jan 31, 2016 at 15:56


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