Just watched it AGAIN.
It gets me every time. I have tears streaming as i type this. But what a book and what a great film.
Has to be one of the all time greats
I remember reading the book as it was originally released as novellas. I'd buy the first installment and read it up like a kid eating an icecream cone, and then be disappointed that I'd have to wait six weeks for the next installment. "WHY! Why oh why did I read it so fast?!!?"
When I saw the movie I was extrememly pleased with the casting. Hanks and Morse were perfect. There was no better actor to play John Coffee than Michael Clarke Duncan. He must have done something right because he pulled all the right emotional chords. Even Michael Jeter was perfectly cast.
Although I can't even think of eating a Moon Pie without getting grossed out.
Good movie. I need to see it again.
Shawshank was a short story by King. The poster was Betty Grable, I think, instead of Rachel Welsh. Those two stories are the best Stephen King adaptations. Carrie comes close, but DePalma's brilliant vision and direction made that the classic it is. Sad to hear it's being remade.
There was a period of time that his movies were utter crap. The stories were alway good read, but the transfers were horrible.
EDIT: I'd have loved to have seen an adaptation of the Long Walk. But since Hunger Games came out I fear it would be labeled as copycat in some ways. King has a great ability to describe things so acutely that you can feel yourself there. That whole story was based around an area I grew up in. I'm familiar with it and reading along I was astonished at how accurate he was, and it made me like the story better. Same thing with Christine. Western PA was very well described, and it added to the character of the book. It's as if the locals are characters unto themselves with him.
PM might like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Based on a girl who gets lost in the NH woods, and her only accompaniment was a transistor radio that she listens to Red Sox games. Again he uncannily describes the radio broadcasts as if they are characters. Wholly accurate - they are in some ways a love note to the Red Sox and lazy Sunday afternoon radio broadcasts. Good Book if you're a Red Sox fan.