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« on: April 24, 2004, 05:57:50 PM »

Could anyone give me a list of his films based on books, including book title and author?????? Also, maybe a mini-review if you've read it. Thanks in advance :) :)
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2004, 06:37:51 PM »

You don't ask too much, do you, Adam? ;)

Here is the list, as best as I can make it up:

  • The Beguiled (Thomas Cullinan)
  • The Eiger Sanction (Trevanian)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (Forrest Carter; also published as The Rebel Outlaw, Josey Wales and Gone to Texas)
  • Escape from Alcatraz (J. Campbell Bruce )
  • Firefox (Craig Thomas)
  • Honkytonk Man (Clancy Carlile)
  • White Hunter, Black Heart (Peter Viertel)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (Robert Waller)
  • Absolute Power (David Baldacci)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
  • True Crime (Andrew Klavan)
  • Blood Work (Michael Connelly)
  • Mystic River (Dennis Lehane)
I think it's significant that of these thirteen films, seven were made since 1990 and only six in the sixties, seventies or eighties. It seems that good original screenplays are much harder to come by these days.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2004, 06:40:19 PM »

You don't ask too much, do you, Adam? ;)

LOL ;D ;D ;D

I'll be checking these out. Thanks KC!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2004, 06:51:14 PM »

As far as a mini-review, I've read two of those books: The Bridges of Madison County and Mystic River. And I've read part of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Bridges was okay. Not as bad as I thought it'd be. The prose is a little strange, I suppose, but no one has ever said a writer couldn't try something like that. I mean, the book was a bestseller, so obviously, quite a few people caught on to it.

I liked Mystic River a lot. Just the depth Dennis Lehane tries to get in his characters was really great, I thought. It's not just your average mystery.

I think out of that list, I'd most want to read The Beguiled.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2004, 06:56:17 PM »

I think out of that list, I'd most want to read The Beguiled.

I think I'll try to find The Beguilted and Honkytonk Man first, becuase their plots are a lot in the same tone as the books I usually read (Larry McMurtry, Louis L'amour, I read Stephen King a lot too, but he doesn't quite fit on that list). I think I'll save Firefox for last, becuase it's my least favorite of his films, but of course the book may be better.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2004, 07:33:04 PM »

The Beguiled is hard to find (even harder if you spell it with a "t" ;) ). Not even The New York Public Library has a copy.  I searched for it in bookstores for years before the Internet made (nearly) all books findable.

These days, a quick search on bookfinder.com turned up 26 copies, from a mass market paperback in "fair" condition at $1.25 to a "first first" edition with a few flaws for $350!  :o

Of the others, I started to read The Outlaw Josey Wales and Absolute Power, but found both of them too poorly written to finish. I'd say the same about The Bridges of Madison County, except that it's so short that I was able to get to the end, barely. Starting with Midnight, I've read them all, but can't say that I'm enthusiastic about any; Midnight, at least, I would never have bothered to finish if it hadn't been for the film ... at least the writing is adequate in all of these.

My favorite of the ones I've read is Honkytonk Man. The adaptation for the film was done by Carlile, the author of the novel, and the two are very close in spirit, though of course there's a lot more detail in the book. If you enjoyed the film, it's safe to say you'll enjoy the book.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2004, 02:53:51 PM »

I haven't read Mystic River but have read that it is a far better novel than the adaption to screen.   While not a massive fan of the film I thought it was certainly  a worthwhile watch so the book should be good.
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2004, 08:28:22 AM »

Has anybody read any Eastwood movie-related books lately?  I like to read them before the movie comes out if possible.  I enjoyed Mystic River a lot and was surprised when I read Clint's character died in Absolute Power.  I've read a handful of them over the years and am interested in your opinions.  I liked Firefox, but enjoyed Firefox Down! even more; I also read the Eiger Sanction and it's sequel, The Loo Sanction; both were good.  
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2004, 10:20:14 AM »

Jed, I've merged your thread with a recent thread that was originally in the Q&A section ... I hope that's OK with you!
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2004, 11:09:33 AM »

Thanks KC, I definitely appreciate it.  I wasn't sure if this had been a topic already, but didn't have time to search-sorry about that.
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2007, 11:46:11 AM »

I also read the Eiger Sanction and it's sequel, The Loo Sanction; both were good.  
I found a copy of The Loo Sanction the other day. For free too! I'm going to try to track down The Eiger Sanction sometime so I can read both. I suppose I could read The Loo Sanction without having read The Eiger Sanction, but only if the movie version is very close to the book. ???

I also have a copy of Absolute Power that I got for free.
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2007, 01:47:28 PM »


I also have a copy of Absolute Power that I got for free.

I read that one too.Ive never been a fan of that Eastwood`s film but I disliked the book even more.

Never read another Baldacci book after that.
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2007, 11:51:38 PM »

The list at the beginning of this thread can now be updated by two titles:

  • Million Dollar Baby (stories "Million Dollar Baby" and "Frozen Water" by F.X. Toole)
  • Flags of Our Fathers (nonfiction by James Bradley)
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2007, 12:10:12 AM »

I read Firefox many years ago and remember enjoying it. Not my usual sort of reading material but it surprised me.

 I thought White Hunter, Black Heart was excellent and have recently re-read it.

I'd like to track down Honkytonk Man. It's one of my favorite Clint films so I'm sure I'd enjoy the book.
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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2007, 12:25:55 AM »

Thanks KC... Much obliged.

I think if I ever got to meet Clint and discuss one of his movies It'd be Honkytonk Man... with Bird a close second.

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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2008, 11:03:47 PM »

You don't ask too much, do you, Adam? ;)

Here is the list, as best as I can make it up:

  • The Beguiled (Thomas Cullinan)
  • The Eiger Sanction (Trevanian)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (Forrest Carter; also published as The Rebel Outlaw, Josey Wales and Gone to Texas)
  • Escape from Alcatraz (J. Campbell Bruce )
  • Firefox (Craig Thomas)
  • Honkytonk Man (Clancy Carlile)
  • White Hunter, Black Heart (Peter Viertel)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (Robert Waller)
  • Absolute Power (David Baldacci)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
  • True Crime (Andrew Klavan)
  • Blood Work (Michael Connelly)
  • Mystic River (Dennis Lehane)
I think it's significant that of these thirteen films, seven were made since 1990 and only six in the sixties, seventies or eighties. It seems that good original screenplays are much harder to come by these days.

The list at the beginning of this thread can now be updated by two titles:

  • Million Dollar Baby (stories "Million Dollar Baby" and "Frozen Water" by F.X. Toole)
  • Flags of Our Fathers (nonfiction by James Bradley)

  • Where Eagles Dare Alister Maclean who also gave us The Guns Of Navarone, Force 10 From Navarone and Ice Station Zebra
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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2008, 01:26:46 AM »

Thanks, Southern cat ... the reason I didn't list it, though, is because it was conceived as a movie from the beginning. Producer Elliott  Kastner brought the project to Maclean, and either Maclean wrote the script and then "novelized" it (see Richard Schickel, Clint Eastwood, p. 207), or, according to some sources, he wrote the novel first, and the script afterwards. :)
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2008, 01:50:45 AM »

Gees KC, you know your stuff.

From what I can remember there wasn't many differences between the script and the novel. Just at the start when they land, they had to climb a cliff covered in ice and they slept in tents, not in a cosy hut.
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2008, 07:46:08 AM »

For a detailed account of the differences between movie and book, see the excellent "Where Eagles Dare" page run by a couple of Swedish fans:

http://www.whereeaglesdare.com/novel/index.php?page=novelvsmovie
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