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Movies you saw, but never knew it was made from a book..


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The Virgin Suicides. I realized it was a book after I saw the movie. Both the book and movie were superb!


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I'm the person who yells out 'I read that!', every time someone mentions a movie that I know as a book, sometimes only as a book. I've even gotten to inform my anime crazed BF that Howl's Moving Castle is a book and who it's by. Trust me, I always notice.


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er, if you never knew it was made from a book, how could you contribute to this thread?
Perhaps because you find out after the fact?

For me, I never knew Roman Polanski's The Tenant was based on a book. I've seen the film a few times over the years and it was only a couple of months ago that I discovered, purely by accident, that it was based on a 1964 novel by French author, Roland Topor.

Back when I was a kid, I didn't know The Never Ending Story was based on a book. I only found out a couple of years ago, perhaps on this forum when I saw it mentioned in the kids' section.


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I could probably come up with more then a few if I thought about it. But all I can come up is Feild of Dreams and Stagecoach.


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The Minus Man. I was about to watch it on IFC until I saw the opening credits and discovered it was based on a novel. Wanting to read the book first I turned the TV off. Never got around to doing both.

And yeah, I wasn't too crazy about Eugenides' book either. The premise was great but the end results were not to my liking. Still, I'd like to see the movie one of these days.


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Just by reading this thread I've discovered that the following were based on a book: Never Ending Story and Field of Dreams. The things you can learn on this forum...


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30 Days of Night.. a freaky horror movie starring Josh Hartnett..

I really liked the movie and later on learned that it was from a novel.. (forgot the author, though) It will surely be more chilling when reading the novel..


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There were a few movies that I didn't realize were books also. A couple of them include the movie There Will be Blood, A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, etc.


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Never Ending Story is a book?! I never knew that! And hey- who said that Virgin Suicides is crap? Its a better than average film and a wonderful book. One of my favourites,
I'm off to read Never Ending Story.....