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Book Vs Movie "Stand By Me"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 04/04/2020

Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Top Gun"

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In 1986, a movie entered the popular culture starring Tom Cruise--Top Gun. It was a massively successful hit and San Diegos’ Margo P. as a teenager saw it almost every week that summer which is a thing that teens used to do to pass the time. 

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The Margos are feeling poetic in this play vs movie combo that is a tale of love, bravery, and wit. The original play of Cyrano de Bergerac was written by Edmond Rostand in 1897 and has been adapted several times over the last 120 years. Mel Ferrer was the most famous/acclaimed Cyrano in the 1950s but Steve Martin’s C.D. Bales gives his own take on one of the oddest romantic leads we have covered.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The African Queen"

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We are feeling the heat and humidity of summer in the city so the Margos decided to have some fun and travel to Africa for early 20th Century adventure with The African Queen by C.S. Forester. The book was published in 1935 and Forester was an expert on nautical tales with his Horatio Hornblower novels. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Blue Crush"

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The Margos are ready to hit the beach with this episode devoted to surfing in Hawaii. In 1998 Susan Orlean penned Life’s Swell in Outside magazine talked about a group of Maui girls who loved to surf and dealt with poverty and sexism to enjoy their passion.  That’s pretty much the whole story and in the early 2000s, dozens of magazine articles were turned into movies which is what happened here.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Total Recall"

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If memory serves, this is the first movie the Margos are covering that stars action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This time we are visiting Mars and it is nothing like David Bowie would have enjoyed. 1990’s Total Recall (directed by Paul Verhoeven) is based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by prolific writer Philip K. Dick. 

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"Book Vs Movie" American Gangster

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The Margos are heading back to NYC in the gritty 1970s talking about the New York magazine article The Return of Superfly by Mark Jacobson which appeared in their August 14, 2000 issue and was immediately bought as a film property for Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures. It took seven years and went through many different hands before Ridley Scott filmed the 2007 movie starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. 

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Urban Cowboy"

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The Margos are ready to rock out in cowboy boots after reading the Aaron Latham Esquire magazine article “The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy: America’s Search for True Grit” from 1978. He also wrote the “Perfect” article from Rolling Stone which became another John Travolta film. (Travolta is our movie lead here.)

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Like Water for Chocolate" (2020)

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The Margos are ready to talk about “magical realism” in Laura Esquivel’s 1989 novel (that later became the 1992 movie of the same name) Like Water for Chocolate. This may sound familiar to long time fans but we originally recorded this topic five years ago and the quality of that show--left much to be desired. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Gentleman Prefer Blondes"

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The Margos are heading back to the 50s (well, really the 20s if you want to be technical about it!) Gentleman Prefer Blondes was first published in 1925 by Anita Loos in Harper’s Bazaar magazine as a serial. The movie was directed by Howard Hawkes and stars Jane Russell as Dorothy and Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Saturday Night Fever"

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The Margos are suffering from a case of “Night Fever” and the only sure is taking a deep dive into one of the most successful films of the 1970s--Saturday Night Fever. The film was directed by John Badham and stars John Travolta in his first Academy-Award nominated performance as an actor. 

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Stand By Me

The Margos take on another Stephen King classic with Different Seasons’ story The Body and the Rob Reiner adaptation Stand By Me

The Margos are going back to Stephen King’s 1982 Different Seasons which features four novellas with a focus on the “summer” tale “The Body.” As written in the story, four young boys from Castle Rock Maine in 1960 who go on a quest to see the deceased body of Ray Brower--a 12-year-old who was most likely hit by a train. 

The boys (Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, Vern Tessio and Teddy Duchamp) all come from different levels of homelife abuse and/or neglect and the overnight journey gives them a chance to confront their fears of entering a new school in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, they are being chased by longtime Kind villain Ace Merrill and his mean, dimwitted crew of juvenile delinquents who want to find the body first for themselves. 

Rob Reiner’s 1986 adaptation is considered a modern classic featuring some amazing performances from the entire cast including Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Kiefer Sutherland just to name a few standouts. It also managed to bring Ben E. King back into the music charts with the use of his hit song “Stand By Me.” 

So between the novella and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The different stories from Different Seasons which were turned into films 
  • The process of changing the scenery and key plot points between book & movie
  • Trivia about the film and life for the young actors on the set
  • The cast  Wil Wheaton (Gordie Lachance,) River Phoenix (Chris Chambers,) Corey Feldman (Teddy Duchamp,) Jerry O’Connell (Vern Tessio,) Kiefer Sutherland (Ace Merrill,) Casey Siemaszko (Billy Tessio,) Gary Riley (Charlie Hogan,) Bradley Gregg (Eyeball Chambers,) Bruce Kirby (Mr. Quidacioluo,) John Cusack (Dennis LaChance,) and Richard Dreyfus (The Writer.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Stand by Me  trailer
  • Gordie confronts Ace
  • The “leeches” scene
  • The “train” scene
  • Chris talks about stealing money
  • Outro music Stand By Me (Performed by Ben E. King)

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