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RedPop4
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Accurate film adaptations
If this has been posted previously, I apologize. I did a quick search using the term "adaptation."

For those books that have been made into movies or other productions, which are the most faithful to the book/books?

I am currently re-reading Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal a longtime favorite of mine. It is one of the "truest" I have run across. Forsyth's The Fourth Protocol was decent, as well, but the movie has a few holes, of course some of that is due to the slow nature trying to explain "office politics" within the British intelligence community and the attitudes therein between the university class and the field class/military types who come into the services later in life.

The Harry Potter series is fairly accurate.


auyushu
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The Godfather is very faithful, and the parts of godfather 2 from the book are well done too (the Don's backstory).

Shawshank redemption and and the green mile have some small changes but overall are very close.

The fellowship of the ring is fairly close outside of no bombadil. The 2nd and third movies are not that close to the books.

To kill a mockingbird has some differences, but is close to the heart of the book.

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The Harry Potter series is fairly accurate.




The first two books, it starts going off the rails after that, culminating in the abomination that is The Half Blood Prince. They do a good job in Deathly Hallows 1 and a good job in 2 up until the end and then it goes off the rails again.



rebelrouser
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re: Accurate film adaptations
Goodfellas is straight out of the Wiseguy book with some lines being spoken verbatim.


boxcarbarney
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re: Accurate film adaptations
Fight Club


Tigertown in ATL
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re: Accurate film adaptations
It’s been a long time but Jaws?

Other than the romance part.


mdomingue
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re: Accurate film adaptations
I've always thought to kill a mockingbird was as true a representation of a novel I've ever seen.



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Dubosed
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re: Accurate film adaptations
No Country for Old Men


Esquire
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and a good job in 2 up until the end and then it goes off the rails again.


Which is absurd because the book's version of the Battle of Hogwarts is perfect and would have been perfect on screen as well.


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RedPop4
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re: Accurate film adaptations
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Goodfellas is straight out of the Wiseguy book with some lines being spoken verbatim.

Jimmy the Weasel? I read that a couple decades ago. Never sat and watched the movie.


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rebelrouser
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Never sat and watched the movie.


Its one of the best movies of all time.


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VinegarStrokes
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re: Accurate film adaptations
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No Country for Old Men


was thinking this. it's almost word for word lol


Tigris
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re: Accurate film adaptations
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quote:

No Country for Old Men


was thinking this. it's almost word for word lol


Yeah, the Coens basically just didn't screw it up.

I do wish they'd left in the WWII back story, and the hitchhiker.


Starchild
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re: Accurate film adaptations
There’s always going to be some changes for translating to cinema or another medium. So I’ll judge on how close to capturing the spirit of the book.

Fight Club is the first that comes to mind. Both book and movie are incredible.

Princess Bride comes to mind as well, both timeless classics


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Peepdip
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re: Accurate film adaptations
Clockwork Orange, minus Burgesses awful final chapter where Alex decides for no reason that he wants to be good now because "sToRIeS nEeD ChaRaCtEr deVeLoPmENt"


Peepdip
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re: Accurate film adaptations
Also the Lolita that came out after Kubrick's version, and Spielberg's Empire of the Sun was a great adaption of JG Ballards most famous novel.
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RoyalWe
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re: Accurate film adaptations
The Count of Monte Cristo


Ash Williams
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The Count of Monte Cristo



Was about to post this

I remember reading this book freshman year of high school and then watching the movie when it came out a few years later and being amazed at how the movie was almost exactly how i pictured it in my head.


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Sus-Scrofa
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The Godfather is very faithful, and the parts of godfather 2 from the book are well done too (the Don's backstory)
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Wise move for the movie to avoid all the vaginal reconstruction.
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BordyLSU
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Stand by Me / The Body, was a great adaptation of a King work for once.


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