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The Movie Gets In The Way!

Discussion in 'Hearts in Atlantis' started by Shasta, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I really liked this movie but when I tell people to read the book they tell me they don't need to. They say they've seen the movie. I've tried my hardest to explain that the book is very, very different and that it's a DT book, but people do not get it.
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  2. addieprey

    addieprey Well-Known Member

    I know what you mean. I watched it on Netflix, all ready for the great stuff that the story had about the DT stuff and ended up disappointed. The cast was good, but the film makers squandered a good story by leaving out so much. Oh well, we have the book, which is one of my all time favorites.
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  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I've never seen the movie! There are a lot of SK movies I've skipped over the years, because it frustrates me that directors often leave out the subtexts of the stories in favor of gore. Or they take a title and make something like LAWNMOWER MAN (which I did see, more's the pity--lol). Was it a movie worth watching (even if it was different)?
  4. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Are these CRs who you speak of or hopeful sK fans? Either way, people can sometimes be silly, or just lying when they claim to believe that the movie of a book is the same as the book.
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  5. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    Just people I want to convert. Shockingly, I don't know many SK fans, which is nuts. And why I love you guys!
  6. JordyVerrill

    JordyVerrill Lunkhead

    I would've rather seen a movie made on the actual "Hearts in Atlantis" story and not "Low Men in Yellow Coats".

    Although either way I would probably still skip it. I don't like watching film adaptations of books I enjoy... I always end up feeling like the book is now spoiled by the inferior movie.
  7. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    The movie was ok,:) but the book.... oh that wonderful amazing book. So so so so much MORE!!
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  8. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    That's what I figured. I think non-Crs sometimes resist reading sK either because they consider him suspect, or because they aren't much fond of reading in the first place. So, they use any excuse to avoid reading him, no matter how nonsensical, including that they've seen the movie. You and I know that they're just missing out.
  9. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    I LOVED the book--especially the first story Low Men In Yellow Coats--the audio book is read by William Hurt and Mr. King.

    Now that I have been reading the books, I have no interest in seeing the movies. The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption being the exceptions.
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  10. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    While Iliked the movie I LOVED the book. The movie focused on one aspect and entertaining as it is, it's nothing like the book with it's different parts and DT parts.
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  11. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I can't tell you how many times I've told people that he wrote Shawshank and Stand by Me, to their complete shock.
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  12. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I loved the book! I've not seen the movie, though I wouldn't mind watching it. On most occasions when I see a movie from a book I've read (or vise-versa), I'm usually not too disappointed. Oh, there are always things left out, or sometimes changed, but I usually can get over it. One movie that I couldn't do so was not a Sai King adaptation, but the adaptation of a book called Eragon by Christopher Paolini. The book was pretty good (never finished the series though), but the movie left so much that it actually made me angry.
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  13. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Absolutely. We humans sometimes don't realize that we're biased, so the truth sometimes shocks us.
  14. nate_watkins

    nate_watkins Eternal Member

    So do you know what's wrong with them...?

    I think that would be a good movie too!
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  15. OKKingFan

    OKKingFan Well-Known Member

    I was really disappointed in the movie. In leaving out a lot of things, it was left with a movie that was about not much at all. I understand trying to keep the Dark Tower stuff out, but it was sort of lame without it.
    I really liked the stuff with Carol at college, but that would have been a boring movie too. Sometimes there's just not a good movie to be made from certain books. Thing is, there are other King books which could have been made into movies, and I think good ones. Eyes of the Dragon for one. Still waiting for that one.
  16. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I always understood that it would be necessary to adapt it by leaving out the Dark Tower connections - the "Low Men" would, of necessity become agents of some covert Government agency, or similar, because the film would have to appeal to a much wider audience than fans of the DT books. Subject to that, I thought the film caught the relationships between the characters extremely well, and I now see Anthony Hopkins as Ted Brautigan (had previously seen him as Wilford Brimley).
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  17. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    I see Ted Brautigan as William Hurt because that is who read the story in the audiobook.
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  18. Wasp27

    Wasp27 Well-Known Member

    Haven't seen the movie, but I do love me some Anthony Hopkins. I love the book, especially low men in yellow coats.. My heart ached for bobby for the way his mother treated him. King has such a way if making you fall in love with his characters (esp children) and also hating others. I wanted to punch his mother in the throat!! She didn't deserve what happened to her though obviously, no one does, but still. She was such a narcissus.
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  19. JoannHBuchanan

    JoannHBuchanan Well-Known Member

    I couldn't agree more!! Being pigeon holed has got to be the worst thing that can happen to any creative person. Stephen King is no different in that aspect. Seriously, he is WAY WAY more than a horror author. There is depth and realism in his craft. It's one of the reasons I write more than just horror and dark fantasy. I don't want to be a cookie cutter author. Stephen King...FAR from cookie cutter. :)
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  20. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    I thought the book had 4 stories in it. I don't remember any movie called Hearts In Atlantis.
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