Wednesday, March 10, 2010

10 Movies That Were Better Than The Books

10 Movies That Were Better Than The Books - Premiere.com

8 comments:

lucylocket said...

The only one that comes to my mind is "Cape Fear" (1962 version directed by J. Lee Thompson, screenplay by James R. Webb; Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum) which was based on John D. MacDonald's "The Executioners." Mitchum was at his most menacing and after seeing the film more times than I like to admit, it still keeps me on the edge of my seat. The book, to me, was only so-so.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

I would have added Jaws. The movie was much better than the book.

Dan said...

Steve is quite right. I would add to the list HOTEL, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and (this is a personal thing) FAHRENHEIT 451.

And remove THE MALTESE FALCON from the list

Gerard said...

Two Forsyth books: Day of the Jackal with Edward Fox, and Dogs of War

Todd Mason said...

Completely disagree with LucyLocket; THE EXECUTIONERS is brilliant by me, and both CAPE FEARs rather weak, but the Scorcese one is a joke.

But this list, which is ridiculously slow to load, is even more ridiculous, at least in half. Haven't read the Forsyths, but I'll believe it. But where is THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE-TWO-THREE (at least for the first film), RED ALERT/DR. STRANGELOVE, and (I'll insist, though the film isn't that good, either) THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP or (likewise) THE RULES OF ATTRACTION? If one was to nominate another Kubrick, one would think that BARRY LYNDON would leap to mind...

Todd Mason said...

And one commenter on the PREMIERE site is certainly correct in noting THE CHILDREN OF MEN.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

The Maltese Falcon virtually filmed the book, only leaving out Gutman's "niece." Dumb choice, having it on this list.

Todd Mason said...

Not the only one, Bob. And there were a few other good bits left out of the (good, third) MALTESE film, a very few that couldn't quite get past the censors any more explicitly.