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Book Vs Movie: Forrest Gump (Replay) 25th Anniversary Celebration

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 08/25/2019

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. 

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Roxanne" (Screenplay by Steve Martin 1987)

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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

"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. 

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.)

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. 

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.

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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Forrest Gump”

Yes, it was a book first and WOW are their differences between the two!


The Margos know that life is more and better than a box of chocolates and one of our favorite books to movie adaptations, Forrest Gump, deserves the full Book Vs Movie treatment. Did you not know that it was a book? Well, get ready to hear the story about the author Winston Groom’s background and his real feelings about the 1994 film. (Spoiler--he is NOT a fan!)

So just how different is the book from the movie? Well, the book Forrest is a 6’6” and 240-pounds--large enough to draw attention everywhere he goes just in his appearance below. During his lifetime he is a high school football phenom, joins a folk music band with his on and off sweetheart Jenny (more on her in a bit!), joins the army and serves in Viet Nam, is a ping pong champion in China and then works for NASA.

Want more? How about the fact he winds up in the stranded in a jungle for years, has an orangutan for a companion, dabbles in chess, becomes a professional wrestler called “The Dunce,” is a stuntman who runs into a naked Raquel Welch, and eventually he winds up running a shrimp business in honor of his deceased friend Bubba.

The book is a heck of a ride, let’s just say.

And most of the characters you know from the film are featured in the book but are very different in attitude and behavior. For example, Forrest lifelong love Jenny is much more level-headed in the novel and “Momma” is not nearly as sweet as Sally Field portrays her in the movie.

There are so many more changes and tons of movie trivia to impart here, so be sure to click on the link at the bottomed to listen to what we think and decide which we like more.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The life and writing career of author Winston Groom and the plot to his follow up novel Gump & Co.
  • How the cast was chosen including Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump,) Sally Field (Mrs. Gump,) Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan Taylor,) Mykelti Williamson (Bubba,) Robin Wright (Jenny,) and Hayley Joel Osment (Forrest Gump Jr.)
  • The fact that there is a “Margo” in this movie! (Margo Moorer plays the maid, Louise)
  • The many changes between book & movie
  • The use of music and popular songs to help move the plot along. (A little too on the nose? Maybe?)
  • A plethora of trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-lauded film

Clips Featured:

  • Forrest Gump  trailer
  • Young Forrest  (Michael Conner Humphries) and Jenny (Hanna Hall)
  • Young Forrest teaches “Elvis” (Kurt Russel’s voice!) how to dance.
  • Bubba dies in Forrest’s arms
  • Mama Gump dies
  • Outro Music:  On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

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