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Best/Favorite Film Adaptations of Novels

True Grit (2010)

by Anonymousreply 64Last Tuesday at 2:51 PM

Silence of the Lambs


The Godfather

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by Anonymousreply 205/03/2020

A semi-controversial one:

Joe Wright's adaptation of ANNA KARENINA.

AK is my all-time favorite novel. I genuinely don't think it's adaptable. But Wright did something truly ballsy with it, and while it wasn't the same experience as reading the book, the net effect conjured a similar emotional effect (or at least it did for me) even as it sacrificed breadth and nuance. I admired the ambition and the gut punch of it all.

by Anonymousreply 305/03/2020

I agree with you R3

I thought No Country for Old Men was a pretty good adaptation

by Anonymousreply 405/03/2020

I think both the 1945 "Mildred Pierce" and Truffaut's "Shoot the Piano Player" are great adaptations that I liked more than the novels.

by Anonymousreply 505/03/2020

OP I thought the original John Wayne adaption of True Grit was excellent. If only Glen Campbell hadn't been cast as the Ranger...

by Anonymousreply 605/03/2020

The Godfather

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Midnight Cowboy

by Anonymousreply 805/03/2020

I thought Jaws was good although it ignored the ending and the affair between the Brody's wife and the shark expert.

Midnight Cowboy captured the second half of the book but didn't really cover the first part.

I understand that a film can't contain everything that's in a book, but the 2010 True Grit and No Country for Old Men came as close as possible, even using dialogue straight from the book.

by Anonymousreply 905/03/2020

In addition to R1 choices I would add "In Cold Blood" .

by Anonymousreply 1005/03/2020

[quote] I thought Jaws was good although it ignored the ending and the affair between the Brody's wife and the shark expert.

I was denied my moment in the spotlight!

by Anonymousreply 1105/03/2020

Turtle Diary (1985) was quite different in tone from the Russell Hoban novel, but I loved them both.

by Anonymousreply 1205/03/2020

Michael Mann's adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans in 1992. He turned a boring novel into an exciting adventure and romance. He changed around character relationships and plots and added his own twist on the story. It was fantastic. Anyone who has ever read the novel will tell you this is a case of the movie being FAR better than the book.

by Anonymousreply 1305/03/2020

R9 As I recall, in the novel, Brody's wife and Hooper didn't actually have an affair; she just fantasized about sleeping with him.

by Anonymousreply 1405/03/2020

James Ivory made some wonderful adaptations, including A Room with a View, Maurice, Howards End, and The Remains of the Day.

by Anonymousreply 1505/03/2020

Double Indemnity

The Age of Innocence

Oliver Twist and Great Expectations (the David Lean versions)

Howards End (the Merchant/Ivory version)

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks version)

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The House of Mirth

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Persuasion (with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root)

The End of the Affair (Neil Jordan version)

The Hours

by Anonymousreply 1805/03/2020

They had a one night stand R14, which Hooper tried to cover up by saying he was with an island girl. Quint thought it was hysterical and gave him shit for it because everyone on the island knew the girl was a lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 1905/03/2020


Daisy Miller

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The Last Picture Show

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Brideshead Revisited. Both versions were great.

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The Manchurian Candidate

by Anonymousreply 2405/03/2020

[quote]OP I thought the original John Wayne adaption of True Grit was excellent. If only Glen Campbell hadn't been cast as the Ranger...

I agree with you on the Glen Campbell casting. He was the weak link.

by Anonymousreply 2505/03/2020

Hated the novel, loved the movie:

The Bridges Of Madison County

by Anonymousreply 2605/03/2020

R16 Double Indemnity -- Wasn't the ending changed for the movie?

by Anonymousreply 2705/03/2020

Lonesome Dove -- the miniseries was faithful to McMurtry's novel and the casting was spot-on.

by Anonymousreply 2805/03/2020

The Innocents (1961) an adaptation of novella The Turn of the Screw

by Anonymousreply 2905/03/2020

R28 I watched that miniseries as a kid with my parents a bunch of times. I read the book about ten years ago and then watched the miniseries and saw how great the adaptation was.

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Little Women (2019)

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Rosemary's Baby - 1968

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[R27] Hollywood changed the endings of two James M. Cain novels, Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce, for the better.

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The Grifters

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To Kill a Mockingbird. Casting was perfect.

In Cold Blood. Again, great casting.

by Anonymousreply 3605/22/2020

R27 I'm a big fan of James M. Cain. The endings of his novels would never translate to movies at the time...too depressing. I was just glad to see his stories translated to film regardless of the changes. He and Raymond Chandler wrote great characters.

by Anonymousreply 3705/22/2020

Some books need to be adapted as mini-series, not movies. Lonesome Dove, Roots. The Color Purple would have been better as a 4 or 5 episode mini rather than a movie.

by Anonymousreply 3805/22/2020

The Age of Innocence at least once a year. I think people decades from now will still be moved by it.

by Anonymousreply 3905/22/2020

The Grass Harp

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The two latest versions of Pride and Prejudice

Vanity Fair

Alice in Wonderland from the 90s not the Tim Burton one

Mrs Dalloway

by Anonymousreply 4105/22/2020

R38 "The Color Purple would have been better as a 4 or 5 episode mini rather than a movie."

I've mentioned this on these threads before. I think Oprah should reboot and produce the miniseries, and hire a female black director, (hopefully someone other than Ava duVarnay). I bet Spielberg would give her his blessing, even agree to executive produce.

by Anonymousreply 4205/22/2020

R42 Anybody than Ava duVarnay or Michael Bay thanks.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

The Haunting with Julie Harris (based on Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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The Hunt For Red October. The book was okay, but like all of Clancy’s stuff it veered into tedium, wallowing in descriptions of ships, planes, and equipment.

John McTiernan’s film, on the other hand, is well cast, tightly paced, perfectly edited, and just endlessly rewatchable.

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The Shining

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Mysterious Skin. An amazing book but I couldn't see how a decent film adaptation could be made. Greg Araki pulled it off. The book was very faithful and it was an amazing movie.

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The Andromeda Strain

The Princess Bride

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Rainbird Pattern (Hitchcock changed the title to Family Plot)

The Abbess of Crewe (filmed as Nasty Habits)

Auntie Mame

Father's Arcane Daughter (filmed as Caroline?)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Trouble With Angels

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder version)

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'The Last Picture Show,' an almost scene-for-scene adaptation.

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Carrie (1976)

by Anonymousreply 5205/24/2020

R52 Although the whole prom massacre and aftermath were very different in the book.

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American Psycho. They brought out the humor.

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Brokeback Mountain - read the book after movie and preferred the latter and what Lee did with what was essentially a short story

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The Moon and Sixpence

Ben-Hur (1959) - smart to eliminate the vamp

Lost Horizon (1937) - better than the book

Portrait of Jennie - atmospheric cinematography overcomes sappy book

The Time Machine (1960)

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Housekeeping. Actually, I loved the movie and attempted the novel but couldn’t get through it.

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Wow R57 Great choice!

by Anonymousreply 5805/24/2020

The Dead is the best print-to-film adaptation IMO.

The first Brideshead was right up there too.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Tuesday at 2:09 AM

A River Runs Through It

Legends of the Fall

Death on the Nile

Quo Vadis (mainly because of Peter Ustinov)


by Anonymousreply 60Last Tuesday at 2:44 AM

Crash (1996) & Frisk (1995)

It's funny both of them are unfilmable novels really. You simply could NOT make a faithful adaptation of Frisk in particular however the films did capture the essence of the books and that was the key to the success of the adaptations.

by Anonymousreply 61Last Tuesday at 6:31 AM

Call me By Your Name Beautiful Boy Little Women

by Anonymousreply 62Last Tuesday at 6:38 AM

I really liked Memoirs of a Geisha and The Girl with a Pearl Earring.

by Anonymousreply 63Last Tuesday at 7:26 AM

"The Firm" was a much better movie than the book.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Tuesday at 2:51 PM
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