Wow! That movie was EXACTLY like the book!

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  1. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    How many times have we heard, "Eh, it was alright but I liked the book better."? Sometimes (though scarce) the movie is even better than the book.
    How many films have you seen that was EXACTLY like the book? The characters and sets were just as you imagined them and the plot or ending was just as written?
    For me only one comes to mind.
    1984.
    Unfortnately it just doesn't translate well to film so it sucked but by god, I remember the first time I saw it and I'd felt as I've already seen it a few times!
    What other movies out there meet this criteria?
     
  2. aeonpulse

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    It isn't a movie, but the first thing that comes to my mind is "Game of Thrones". EXACTLY like the book. Characters, lines of dialogue, the events that unfold, pretty much identical in every way.
     
  3. ONEYE

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    The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Movie = Book
     
  4. Mullreel

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    I can't think of any I have ever seen where the book and movie matched up.

    Sad.

    One I have wished they would make is Without Remorse by Tom Clancy. The book was incredible, but it didn't have Jack Ryan as the main character, so they will probably never make it.
     
  5. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    First Harry Potter is pretty * close.

    Nick
     
  6. Probe Droid

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    The Maltese Falcon is pretty close.
     
  7. MisterScrub

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    Silence of the Lambs was very close to the book.

    The Dark Half was another that was faithfull to the source.
     
  8. cayman shen

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    Shawshank Redemption is pretty close, and good to boot.
     
  9. Probe Droid

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    A Clockwork Orange is pretty literal.
     
  10. Watson

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    If you can get over a short red headed Irishman being played by a tall black man it surely was :lol

    For the record I think it was also very true to the book :)
     
  11. cayman shen

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    Oh yeah, other than that! :lol

    Fight Club also was very close to the book...right up to the end. Oh well. But since this thread is looking for EXACT, I won't submit that one for consideration :lol
     
  12. Dart

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    Scott Pilgrim was pretty bang-on, for the most part.
     
  13. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If you have to add 'for the most part' it doesn't count.
     
  14. Timmythekid

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    Virgin Suicides - line for line.
     
  15. darthgordon

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    Believe it or not, with the exception of Norman Bates' physical description, Psycho was nearly identical to the book right down to the dialog. Yet, the book was considered dime store drivel while the movie is considered a masterpiece.

    The first Harry Potter was also very close to the book. I can't say much for the rest, because I haven't read past the first half of the second book.
     
  16. modelcitizen

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    Rosemary's Baby...though i saw the movie first.
     
  17. Jack T Chance

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    There's a number of classics that hewed very close to the source material. For instance, To Kill a Mockingbird. But then, back in those days, Hollywood actually KNEW how to film a book without changing the story! :rolleyes

    The most recent example I can think of is about 30 years old at this point... PBS' made-for-TV adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven... VERY faithful to the book! :cool:thumbsup

    But the less said about the modern remake with James Caan, the better. :unsure
     
  18. StevenRogers84

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    Sin City was very close.
     
  19. IndyBlues

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    Misery.
    When I saw the film, Kathy Bates embodied the part of Annie Wilkes perfectly. Everything about about what she did in that part seemed to jump right off the pages of the novel.
    Mike
     
  20. Vermithrax 4

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    I've yet to see any film as close to the book as "The Exorcist". There are some minor dialogue differences here and there but I'd say it's 97% exactly like the novel.

    "Memoirs of a Geisha" is extremely close to the novel, darn near exactly as described.
     
  21. binkleywalker

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    The Running Man.

    They both had a guy being pursued. Everything else was different.

    So I guess that wouldn't be a good example.

    As for Shawshank, it's one of my favorite books. There were some big differences, and in some cases, the movie was even better than the book.

    And when Red came upon the oak tree and the camera panned around him so we could see it- man they nailed it.

    Brian
     
  22. cboath

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    Everything in Harry Potter 1 was out of the book. The only thing that makes it not dead on is that stuff was cut. Most, though, is found in the deleted scenes. The 'Ultimate' version on BR is closest, but not all scenes were added.

    For a 350 page book, it was still a 2.5 hour movie. Bang for Bang would have made it about 3 and they were paranoid no one would go if got too long.
     
  23. Funky

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    Books with pictures don't count. :lol
     
  24. PHArchivist

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    They comment on that somewhere in the special features. The filmmakers acknowldege it in one way or another. Was it in Freeman's actual on-screen dialogue...?
     
  25. Flecktarn92

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    Well there goes Watchmen. That movie was almost exact with the exception of the tentacle monster being replaced by nuclear explosions.
     
  26. 0neiros

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    No, you WON'T Submit it. Why? Because...What's the first ******* rule of Fight Club?
     
  27. Colin Droidmilk

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    1984 is good candidate, yes. But it sucked? Don't remember that!
     
  28. benhs1898

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    No. Watchmen was a stinker.
     
  29. firesprite

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    In all honesty, I can't remember a single example where I walked away from a movie thinking that everything was spot-on from the book. That's not to say that I haven't enjoyed some movie adaptations, but I've come to accept in my life that there's no such thing as a 'perfect' adaptation in my mind.
     
  30. sebastian

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    Treasure island with the late great Chuck Heston.
     
  31. cayman shen

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    Gah, stupid! :facepalm stupid! :facepalm
     
  32. ShadowX81

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    "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo" (american version) was pretty much exactly how I imagined it while reading.
     
  33. Coz

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    The Ipcress File - tho it leaves a fair bit out, it certainly retains the feel of the novel.

    +1 for The Maltese Falcon!
     
  34. Mr_Creepy

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    QFT :thumbsup


    I'd also have to agree with 1984.
     
  35. Robert412

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    High fidelity was pretty * close. Except for the setting and they cut one minor character...
     
  36. Contec

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    Lord of the rings movies........maybe
     
  37. Funky

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    Are some of you folks not getting the point of this thread? The whole point is a movie that is EXACTLY like the book. Making comments like, "Except for the part where..." makes it a movie that doesn't belong in the thread. If it's really close it doesn't count. "The only thing they changed was..." is also not a contender.
    We're looking for an exact match, people.
     
  38. Contec

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    It's pretty hard to get an exact match...We are competing against everyone else's imagination.. I have a picture in my head how i interpret a character and when i see the movie it changes and i am not (maybe) able to get back to how i "saw" the character in the first place.
    A couple examples:

    Snape from Harry Potter, I read the first book before the movie was made and then when i saw it Alan Rickman became and IS snape from now on.

    Dirk Pitt from Sahara, Loved the movie, I saw the movie before ever knowing anything about Clive Cusslers books and when i read the Sahara book i fell in love with that and thinks the movie sucks. But in my mind Matthew McConaughey is forever Dirk pitt and William H. Macy is Sandecker and i forgot who ever played Al Giordino
     
  39. cayman shen

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    No it wasn't! I teach the book so I've read it about 40 times, and I can tell you besides changing half the names and the country, they eliminate or drastically alter several significant plot and character points, and generally only cover about 75% of what happens in the book. The filmmakers gamely try to capture the feel with Cusack's narration, and they do an ok job, but it's a FAR cry from exactly like the book.

    Contec, LOTR...not even close.
     
  40. eaviii

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    Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

    Dead on.
     
  41. Probe Droid

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    Is there any such thing?
     
  42. cayman shen

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    "EXACT?" No. But I know what he means. Nothing left out, altered, or re-arranged. Obviously you can't help that people will envision things differently though.
     
  43. Bobtherocker

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    Well, it would be had Kubrick not read the American version that omits the final chapter where Alex finally outgrows his sociopathic urges through free will and not brainwashing and as the book is sort of about redemption through free will the film generally falls flat in that regard.
     
  44. Probe Droid

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    Yes, but it's very loyal to the American edition of the book, which is the one people had read at the time the film was made.
     
  45. JD

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    I don't think it's possible to have a movie that's exactly like the book.

    They're totally different experiences.
     
  46. cboath

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    TTT was waaay different from the books. Lots of differences in that. There were differences the whole way, none as much as TTT though.
     
  47. Probe Droid

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    That's my point, does the film exist that includes 100% of everything from the book?
     
  48. 0neiros

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    Macarthur Park. I mean the scene where Someone Left a cake out in the Rain, I just lost it, I mean It took so long to bake it, I just couldn't take it, and I'll never have this recipe again...Oh Nooooo.
     
  49. StevenRogers84

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    Okay ........ :lol I would like an exception made for cycle of the werewolf which translated very well into Silver Bullet. It is a novel, but has some great pics by Bernie throughout the Stand and the movie series was pretty close as well I feel. I am just waiting for a movie of Gerald's Game!
     
  50. DavyVO

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    Stephen King's the Shining (not the Kubrick version)
     

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