Funny thing is, Sissy Spacek as Carrie White was very far from the description in the book, but being the great actress she is, Spacek took the role and pretty much made it her own. And kudos to her for being able to go on and do many other amazing roles and not be typecast as a "horror movie queen."I tend to agree with this, although I think there are some casting choices that have hit the nail so squarely on the head it's . . . well . . . scary.
Keith Gordon as Arnie Cunningham is one of these guys for me; and Laura San Giaccomo (sp?) as Nadine Cross.