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What was the best novel turned into a movie?

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Initial post: 23 Feb 2011 19:01:32 GMT
Hello everyone, I was just wondering. In your opinion what was the best movie based on a novel? And further more what movie ruined a perfectly good novel for you?

Under The Midnight Sky

Posted on 23 Feb 2011 19:21:10 GMT
Tikka says:
Best - Thirtynine Steps - Robert Donat OR Robert Powell versions (Ken More's was a bit of lesser achievement)

Worst - Von Ryan's Express

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2011 19:58:31 GMT
Best: The Color Purple

Posted on 23 Feb 2011 20:52:01 GMT
S. Lanigan says:
Undoubtedly Robert Mulligan`s To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee`s brilliant novel.

Posted on 23 Feb 2011 21:12:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Feb 2011 21:13:09 GMT
The Thornbirds! Oh my gosh! When I was in boarding school this novel was passed to all the girls in the dorm. I was thrilled when it was turned into the movie and how close it was to the novel. THORNBIRDS - Complete Collection - incl. The Missing Years [import] .

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SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

Posted on 27 Feb 2011 16:46:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2011 16:50:54 GMT
I watched to kill a mockingbird the other day. Was a brilliant movie. It is on my "to read" list. lol.

Under The Midnight Sky

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 09:38:19 GMT
Off hand: No country for Old Men

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 13:01:17 GMT
M. Kraus says:
Terrible adaptation of a brilliant novel - worst ever in my opinion, and badly miscast with Nicholas Cage -Captain Corelli's Mandoline ! Maggie

Posted on 28 Feb 2011 20:01:45 GMT
No country for old men was a favourite good movie. That is another one that is being added to my kindle list, lol. I shall also avoid Captain Corelli's Mandoline, lol, although I live by that philosophy for most Nicholas Cage movies!

Under The Midnight Sky

Posted on 28 Feb 2011 23:47:51 GMT
Best: The Maltese Falcon; sheer genius as a detective novel, superb as a film. And what an awesome cast. Worst: Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A story of deformity, misery, exploitation and torment - just perfect as a feelgood family cartoon, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2011 12:29:16 GMT
Wally B says:
Just finished the novel last night. It is a fabulous book, loved it.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2011 13:08:17 GMT
The Ice Storm was a better movie than Rick Moody's novel, IMHO, one of the very few films to improve on the original book.

If you liked the film and want to read the book, read John Updike's 'Couples' instead.

I agree about Captain Corelli's Mandolin - I went to the box office afterwards and said I didn't care about the money, but I wanted my three hours back. Mind you, the book went all wrong at the end, turning the Captain on the road, as my wife told L de B when getting her copy signed. "Yes, a lot of people have said that", he sighed.

Posted on 4 Mar 2011 03:23:43 GMT
Wolfgirv says:
Alan Parker's BIRDY -novel by William Wharton

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2011 10:03:29 GMT
best adaption shawshank redemption worst too many to list

Posted on 4 Mar 2011 16:14:43 GMT
Gone With the Wind - a trailblazer in every way and still one of the best films ever made!

Posted on 4 Mar 2011 17:57:48 GMT
Anita says:
Tarkovsky's Stalker and Solaris. BECAUSE they are so different from Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic and Lem's Solaris. You can enjoy the books and enjoy the films without trying to compare them.

The recent War Of the Worlds. Tom Cruise has a gift of ruining everything he touches. Not that the film would be really saved by his absence.

(I did enjoy The Infinitive Worlds of H.G.Wells with Tom Ward, if that can be called an adaptation. Not a novel and not really a film anyway)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2011 18:03:32 GMT
Anita says:
Sorry, Derek, I strongly disagree about Gone With the Wind. A very good book and a hopelessly anemic lead actress with no life or passion in her. Just stating: I shall never be hungry again, and that was such a powerful moment in the book. Total disappointment. And I tend to love old films!

Posted on 5 Mar 2011 02:24:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2011 02:25:00 GMT
SCB says:
One of my favourites is the brilliant novel 'The Outsiders' by S.E. Hinton,
film directed by Francis Ford Copola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now),
and starring the amazing cast of Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Machio, Emilio Estevez, Sofia Copola.

Posted on 5 Mar 2011 21:17:39 GMT
Jude 48 says:

stunning book, stunning film.

Posted on 7 Mar 2011 05:39:54 GMT
Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock based upon a Boileau and Narcejac novel called "d'entre les morts"

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2011 19:05:20 GMT
fred says:
no no no film not a patch on book.

Posted on 7 Mar 2011 20:36:20 GMT
I think James Ivory´s adaption of Kazuo Ishiguro´s novel "The Remains of the Day" with Anthony Hokins and Emma Thompson is brilliant.

Rainer Werner Fassbinders adaption of "Effi Briest" is astounding.

Or why not Steven Speilberg´s adaption of Peter Benchley´s "Jaws"?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2011 05:33:39 GMT
I do agree with the brilliant adaptation of "the remains of the day" which may be considered as a classic movie.
As for the adaptation of Jaws, the issue is the making of the shark which makes me laugh everytime I watch it on dvd.
But the movie remains a good thriller ; it's kind of "Psychose" about the sharks and the deep ocean.

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 20:31:38 GMT
je231 says:

Joking. The movie was even worse than the book (and that's saying something)

Of Mice and Men springs to mind- really enjoyed that movie. And whoever said The Colour Purple, I agree. Great film & great book.

Posted on 9 Mar 2011 13:33:39 GMT
sam lowry says:
The Godfather--which made most of Godfather 1 and 2
No Country For Old men--brilliant adaption of brilliant book
The Lord of The Rings (obviously...)
Full Metal Jacket
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