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Successful Adaptations
List creator: DubTaylor
Created on: June 15, 2006 - 10:10 AM PDT
Description: One usually expects the book to be better than the movie, but here are some examples that -- with the right screenwriter -- a film can be a creative companion piece to the original work.

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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  Atom Egoyan wrote the script for his filming of Russell Banks tale of a tragic school bus accident and it's after effects on the survivors. Banks novel was broken up into chapters told by the various characters voices.
Affliction (1997)
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  Paul Schrader does a fine job adapting Bank's dark tale of Wade's (Nolte) fall from grace. Actually he doesn't have far to fall.
The Last Temptation of Christ (Criterion Collection) (1988)
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  Schrader does it again, working with Scorsese to interpret Nikos Kazantzaki's classic novel.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
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  Mr. Schrader seems to be a favorite of mine as far as adapting novels dear to me. This film contains one of Harrison Ford's better performances.
Papillon (1973)
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  Based on the thrilling memoir by Henri "Papillon" Charrière. Find a copy of Banco, the follow-up to Papillon, to find out what happens to Henri after he floats away from Devil's Island.
Spider (2002)
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  Patrick McGrath adapts his own novel and does a brilliant job readjusting the tale to fit the screen. The novel is told by Dennis "Spider" Cleg and the reader doesn't necessarily know how off-kilter he is until the end. This feat would have been impossible on-screen.
The Dead Zone (1983)
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  Jeffrey Boam (Innerspace and The Lost Boys) scripted Cronenberg's version of the Stephen King novel.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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  Bo Goldman (Melvin and Howard and The Scent of a Woman), along with Lawrence Hauben, adapted Ken Kesey's classic novel. The novel is told through the eyes of the "Chief."

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