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Old 02-19-2018, 09:04 PM
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Originally Posted by A.J240 View Post
Very weak. Last time the UK had a significant infuence on the US was in the 19th century.
Nah, Britain has a HUGE influence on the USA today.

For instance, just look at major Hollywood films in the last 25 years, which so often use British history, locations, literature and stories, some of which are over 1,000 years old and some of it still being written today. This is just off the top of my head, I am sure I am missing many.

Alice in Wonderland
Austin Powers
A Christmas Carol
The Crown
Darkest Hour (2018)
Dunkirk (2017)
Elizabeth and Elizabeth the Golden Age
Harry Potter
The Island of Dr. Moreau
James Bond films
King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable
The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit
Mary Poppins
The Mummy
The Chronicles of Narnia
Jack the Giant Killer/Slayer
The Jungle Book
Robin Hood
Robinson Crusoe
Shakespeare Film adaptations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...en_adaptations
Penny Dreadful
Peter Pan
The Pirates of the Carribbean
Sherlock Holmes
A Tale of Two Cities
The Time Machine
Treasure Island
The Tudors
The War of the Worlds
The Wolfman / Werewolf of London

There are also a ton of adaptations of popular British shows that are remade in the USA such as American Idol and the comedy The Office. Even Games of Thrones is loosely based on British history and folklore, notably the War of the Roses.
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:52 PM
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In music it was very strong in the 60's and 70's, everyone I knew listened to british bands.In movies it was bond and nothing much more,tv it was monty python and the avengers ,tom jones and the saint.The only other influences were cars, who didnt want a triumph or a jaguar and the ultimate status symbol was a Rolls.
But that was all many decades ago.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:20 PM
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May be in the 70s.. Not much influence now.. For those that say language, political system and financial system, there are a lot of countries like India that adopted them but that was centuries ago and they are more or less Americanized/ Indianized now. There is nothing British in them now. It's not like English speakers in India get influenced by UK every day, US has a lot more influence on those countries than UK honestly and even the english used worldwide is defacto American English now..
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:24 PM
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I believe we fought a war with them to limit their influence.

Later, they showed up and burned down the White House.
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:36 PM
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I don’t thing our movies match the US, all our story lines are so depressing ( I know it rains a lot), but out tv shows ( Doc Martin and Broadchurch) are excellent . The BBC which costs roughly $ 190 a year is , after many years, good value
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:52 PM
Location: crafton pa
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The differences between Britain and the US that many of you are pointing out are actually quite recent ones. Britain post-WWII is a MUCH different country than it was pre-war. There was a quite massive lurch to the left politically in Britain following the war, with the result being things like stricter gun control and socialized medicine that many have seized upon as being vastly different there.

The traditional British culture is quite similar to what we see here. The legal system in the US is certainly based on traditional British Common Law. The form of government is consciously different; we didn't want to replicate the King/Parliament of Britain after gaining independence, after all, but the principles of that government are still distinctly traditional British ones, especially that of the main reason for the revolution, no taxation without representation. It must be remembered that Britain was the only European nation of the time that had significant representative government. France had the Estates General, but Kings routinely ran roughshod over it. Parliament was really the only European representative body that could reign in a monarch. The US copied that idea, if not the exact detail of it. Of course, language, sports, literature, etc. all bear quite a bit in common with traditional British culture.
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