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    Favorite movie interpretation of a novel

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    My favorite is still Shawshank Redemption. Perfect casting and well acted.
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    The Bourne Identity from 1988 with Richard Chamberlain

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    The watchmen

    The secret life of walter mitty, was good enough to make me research the original and find out the history behind it. It actually runs pretty deep.
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    My favorite based on the novel by Joseph Heller.

    And:

    coolhandluke-196x300.jpg Became the movie starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy.

    Also the Movie: "Emperor of the North" starring Lee Marvin, Earnest Borgnine and Keith Carradine (original screen play was "Emperor of the North Pole" as there's another book of that shortened title) was actually partly based on two books: "The Road" by Jack London and "From Coast to Coast with Jack London" by "A-No.-1" (the pen-name of Leon Ray Livingston). Autobiographical accounts not novels but the movie differed enough to make it fiction in a different time era. It was about railroad hobos and a murderous railroad brakeman.
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    Forest Gump was a good interpretation. The book had some weird spots, but the movie smoothed them out and improved upon them (I thought).

    Favorite: To Kill A Mockingbird, from Harper Lee's novel.

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    Total Recall, the first one with Ahnold.
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    The Dead Zone with Martin Sheen and Christopher Walken.
    Are we having fun yet?

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    For me, it is the Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
    Favorite: To Kill A Mockingbird, from Harper Lee's novel.
    This or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I was one of the many pleasantly surprised by how well the movie turned out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    For me, it is the Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit.
    I'm with you on Lord of the Rings I've been lukewarm on the Hobbit.
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    Lord of the Flies, 1963
    Lonesome Dove (technically a miniseries rather than big screen but still loved the adaptation)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    Total Recall, the first one with Ahnold.
    I take it back: toss up between Blade Runner and Naked Lunch...
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    To Kill a Mockingbird. I just loved the narration.

    Shawshank Redemption was great I agree. Morgan Freeman's narration was awesome. He has to have one of the best voices of any actor.


    The Shining. The original with Jack" Nicholson was the best but that later version was truer to the book.
    "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

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    The Giver, just released. My daughter read the book and was very happy with the movie. Very accurate both with the script and artistic interpretation.
    "Of course you eat too much" (Looigi) There are things people say that are so true you can never forget the wisdom. I still eat too much. Without denial.
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    I'm 34 chapters into Catch 22 and having trouble believing
    A: That a movie could capture the tailchasing organized insanity of the book
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    B: That I've gone 57 years without reading the one and viewing the other. Thanks for the preview/trailer, Zinger. The movie's cast exceeds my wildest expectations.

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    Random Harvest. I actually like the movie a little more than the book, which is rare.

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    - Hunger Games
    - To Kill a Mockingbird
    - Girl with the Golden Tattoo, the Swedish version with Noomi Rapece and the 2 following
    - Cider House Rules
    - The Godfather
    - Lord of the Rings trilogy, but not the Hobbit

    A ton of Stephen King, his books translate well.
    - The Green Mile, top of the list. A great movie and a better book.
    - Carrie, the original, Sissy Spacek and a hundred others
    - Stand By Me
    - Shawshank
    - The Shining, the original
    - Jaws
    - Cujo

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    Too many to have a favorite, it's hard to find a movie that isn't in some part based on a novel. Bit of an exagerration but you get the idea.

    Stephen King novels always seem to get butchered with a few notable exceptions, like the Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, two novels very dissimilar from the bulk of his work. Misery was good too. But on the flip side of that you've got adaptations like IT, The Langoliers, Thinner, Firestarter, The Tommyknockers, Dreamcatcher.... the list goes on. I don't think he's written a single novel that someone hasen't tried to adapt into a film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatTop View Post
    I'm 34 chapters into Catch 22 and having trouble believing
    A: That a movie could capture the tailchasing organized insanity of the book
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    B: That I've gone 57 years without reading the one and viewing the other. Thanks for the preview/trailer, Zinger. The movie's cast exceeds my wildest expectations.
    I have an admission to make: I haven't yet read Heller's book although the movie is a longtime favorite. (I have read Cool Hand Luke and just about everything that Jack London ever wrote including The Road)

    So I made a resolution to read some of the authors that LF Celine influenced and just now ordered the following 3 books:

    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

    Air Conditioned Nightmare - Henry Miller

    Naked Lunch - William Burroughs

    They just came in yesterday so I guess I'd better get to reading Heller's first.
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    I got to admit I've never read ANY Henry Miller. Makes me wonder why. Tropic of Capricorn and all that, right? Racy stuff from the 50's?

    Naked Lunch is not so much a novel as a work in progress. Lot's of revisions, new stuff surfacing. It's almost a literary state of mind. Great stuff, kind of raw but powerful.

    I listened to Naked Lunch in an audio presentation recently. It was really good. The movie I know I watched at least twice and I remember nothing.

    Maybe that is true to the experience...
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    I read a novel recently and it was written with a movie in mind: The Girl With All the Gifts.

    I'll only say this Zombie Fungi
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    I got to admit I've never read ANY Henry Miller. Makes me wonder why. Tropic of Capricorn and all that, right? Racy stuff from the 50's?

    Naked Lunch is not so much a novel as a work in progress. Lot's of revisions, new stuff surfacing. It's almost a literary state of mind. Great stuff, kind of raw but powerful.

    I listened to Naked Lunch in an audio presentation recently. It was really good. The movie I know I watched at least twice and I remember nothing.

    Maybe that is true to the experience...
    I didn't even know they made a movie of "Naked Lunch". I've heard Burroughs on Saturday Night Live and he was a hoot alright. The Miller book is supposed to be his one most resembling Celine who authored my favorite novel: "Death on the Installment Plan" (Although I'd probably recommend "Journey to the End of the Night" as a first read for most people. Never read his politics which he was at least wise enough to leave out of his novels).
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    Godfather; movie left out some of the goofy plastic surgeon baloney of the book. Otherwise great movie stuck pretty close to the story that was in the very good book. Movie could have been even better if the movie did include more of the book's back story on Al Neri and Luca Brasi.

    L.A. Confidential; great adaption of the great James Elroy novel without some of the over-the-top eccentricities and verbal histrionics of the author. Don't know that I liked the movie's big diversion from the novel on the outcome of the shootout at the Victory Motel.

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