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Book Vs Movie “Saturday Night Fever”

 

Book Vs Movie 

Saturday Night Fever

Based on a short story in New York magazine, the 1977 movie is dissected in this special episode 

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. 

The idea for the film comes from an article from New York magazine in 1976 “Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night” by reporter Nik Cohn. At the time, Cohn said it was based on a real group of people from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. In fact, it turns out he pretty much made up the whole thing. The story of “Vincent” a teenage dance phenom who is just trying to earn and living and forget about living in a working-class neighborhood caught the eyes of Hollywood and a screenplay was created as a starring vehicle for Travolta who was seen by millions every week on the ABC-TV hit sitcom Welcome Back Kotter.

Badham inherited the movie two weeks filming was supposed to start without film locations set and without the role of Stephanie filled. We have so much behind the scenes gossip and trivia here to talk about in addition to the fabulous soundtrack! (The Bee Gees at their finest!) 

Between the article and film–which did the Margos like better? (Is it even going to be close?) 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • How Nik Cohn came to writing the article for New York magazine
  • How the film overcame so many obstacles to become a classic 
  • How the dancing was received 
  • The incredible music! 
  • The cast which includes: John Travolta (Tony Monero,) Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie,) Barry Miller (Bobby C.,) Joseph Cali (Joey,) Paul Pape (Double J,) Donna Pescow (Annette,) Martin Skakar (Frank Jr.,) and Fran Drescher (Connie.)

Clips Featured:

  • Saturday Night Fever trailer
  • Tony and his family “You Hit My Hair’
  • Tony’s brother leaves the priesthood
  • Fran Drescher’s film debut
  • Tony and Connie on the dance floor
  • Outro music: “You Should Be Dancing” The Bee Gees (from the movie scene)

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Book Vs Movie “Double Indemnity”

Book Vs Movie 

Double Indemnity 

The Novella by James M. Cain & Film Noir Classic from Billy Wilder 

We are heading back to the Film Noir well with writer James M. Cain and the classic novella & later movie Double Indemnity.  The Margos talk about the life of Mr. Cain (who also wrote Mildred Pierce) and find out the true story behind his fictional account of two lovers trying to get away with the perfect murder. 

The novella originally was published in 1936 in serial form with Liberty magazine in 1936 and is based on the real-life crime duo Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray. Snyder wanted her husband dead and asked her lover, Gray, to help her and then split the insurance money. After several attempts, they finally succeeded in killing Albert Snyder. Alas, they were caught right away and both went to the electric chair. 

The movie, directed by one of the most revered filmmakers of the 20th Century–Billy Wilder, was released in 1944 and is considered a classic. (You will usually find on the TMC Network!)  There are quite a few changes between the novella and film and the author preferred their storyline to his own! 

Between the novella and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Double Indemnity trailer
  • Neff meets Phyllis
  • Neff tries to escape Keyes
  • Outro music: “Tangerine” by Les Brown & His Band of Renown (Johnny Mercer & Vincent Schertzinger)

 

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Book Vs Movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Book Vs Movie 

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Acclaimed Work by Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick Examined (and Demystified?) by the Margos

The Margos attempt to decipher one of the most lauded (and examined) films of the 20th century–2001: A Space Odyssey that is the combined effort of two geniuses–Arthur C. Clarke and Stanely Kubrick. The film released in 1968 and the 1951 short story (titled The Sentinel) have been a subject of thousands of thesis papers and movie nerd YouTube tutorials, but what does it all mean? 

Sentinel of Eternity (as it was first known) was written by Clarke in 1948 for a BBC competition–which he lost. It’s about the discovery of an artifact on the Earth’s moon left by aliens and transmitting signals into deep space. This “sentinel’ was a “warning beacon’ on the possibility of intelligent life outside our solar system.

In 1964, Stanely Kubrick contacted Clarke (a now revered science fiction writer) to ask him if he wanted to collaborate on a film screenplay. Kubrick started his career as a photographer and was now considered an edgy filmmaker with recent hits Lolita and Dr. Strangelove. Clarke later said he was intrigued by the “enfant terrible” and could not understand why he described him as a recluse. (By this point, Clarke was living full time in Sri Lanka where he would stay until his death on March 19, 2008.)

In simple terms, the film is about two mission pilots who are sent to Jupiter to retrieve a device with extravehicular activity (EVA). Their computer is the HAL 9000 and it has a mind of its own. 

There is so much to discuss here mainly with the movie and not the short story as much. (Clarke would totally agree with that!) 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life story of Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick
  • The special effects used in 2001
  • The strange history of its initial run and long-lasting popularity
  • The cast which includes: Keir Dullea (Dr. Dave Bowman), Gary Lockwood (Dr. Frank Poole,) William Sylvester (Dr. Heywood R. Floyd,) Daniel Richter (Moon-Watcher,) Leonard Rossiter (Dr. Andrei Smylov,) Margaret Tzack (Elena,) Robert Beatty (Dr. Ralph Halvorsen,) Sean Sullivan (Dr. Bill Michaels,) and Douglas Rain (Hal 9000 voice.) 

Clips Featured:

  • 2001  trailer
  • Hal goes rogue
  • Hal “dies”  
  • Outro music: “Blue Danube” by Johan Strauss (2001 Soundtrack)

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Book Vs Movie “Tuck Everlasting”

Book Vs Movie 

Tuck Everlasting

One of the Top-Requested Shows in Finally Happening!

Who wants to live forever? Is it better to have an average lifespan filled with love or an eternity of new adventures? The 1975 children’s book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt and features the Tuck family who drinks the spring water from rural Treegap and now lives a life that will never end. 

Our heroine is Winifred “Winnie” Foster, at 11 years old (in the book) she is spending her summer as an only child on a rural farm. As she contemplates running away, Winnie happens upon 17-year-old Jesse Tuck who is wearing old tattered clothes and tells her she should never drink the spring water. 

After she meets his family, Winnie learns that they drink from the spring water every ten years which gives them eternal life. Jesse is 104-years-old but will perpetually be 17. Winnie realizes that if she drinks from the spring water, she will stay 11-years-old forever. 

The family is being chased by The Man in the Yellow Suit who knows about the secret spring water and wants to sell it as a cure-all. He is willing to kidnap Winnie to get the land which sets off a string of events that forces Winnie to make a huge decision about her life. 

The book has received tremendous praise over the years and has millions of fans. The 2002 adaptation was directed by Jay Russell and stars Alexis Bledel as Winnie and Jonathan Jackson as Jesse Tuck. 

There are several differences between the book and film, so which did the Margos like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Tuck Everlasting  trailer
  • Jesse & Winnie say goodbye
  • Winnie learns to swim
  • Jesse visits Winnie’s gravesite 
  • Outro music: Composer William Ross

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Book Vs Movie “The Warriors”

 

Book Vs Movie 

The Warriors

(Yes, the Cult Classic Film is Based on a Book!)

The Margos are picking out our costumes for this special episode devoted to the cult classic The Warriors (yes, it was based on a book by Sol Yurick.) The movie, directed by Walter Hill, was a hit when it was released in 1979, but the glory of that was marred by real-life gang violence at the time which caused the movie studios to cease advertising the film. It was a staple of syndicated television throughout the 80s and is considered a modern classic and one of the earliest films to bring a comic book sensibility to urban decay. 

Yurick wrote the original story in 1965 and based it on his experience working for the welfare department in New York City after graduating college in the 1940s. He became fascinated by the teenagers he met and how they navigated living in a big city. (At the time, the term “juvenile delinquent” was used to describe young people who got into trouble.)

The basis for the story is a fictional account of gang life and the Greek story Anabasis

In the mid-1970s, producer Lawrence Gordon bought the rights to the book and Paramount Pictures became the home of the film adaptation. 

There are several differences between the book and film including the names and costumes of the multitude of gangs and its depiction of women. 

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

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • The Warriors  trailer
  • “Warriors, come out to play!” (David Patrick Kelly)
  • Luther “Can you dig it?” (Roger Hill)
  • The D.J. warns The Warriors (Lynne Thigpen)
  • Outro music: Composer Barry DeVorzon 

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Book Vs Movie “Matilda”

 

Book Vs Movie 

Matilda

The Classic Book from Roald Dahl Vs the 1996 Film Adaptation

The Margos tackle one of the most beloved children’s books of all time–Matilda by Roald Dahl. We have had so many requests over the years for this book & movie and it has certainly lived up to the hype!

Dahl is a fascinating subject all on his own. Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, the 6’6″ Dahl was larger than life in every imaginable way. A veteran of the Royal Air Force (RAF,) Dahl crash-landed his Gladiator in Marsa Matruh, Egypt, in 1940 and managed to crawl to safety before it blew up. He survived a skull fracture and totally smashed his nose and was blinded temporarily. 

He recovered and eventually worked for the English Embassy in Washington D.C. and went to cocktail parties where he as known as a charmer & dancer. Dahl worked in Intelligence during WW2 and was friends with writers C.S. Forester and Ian Fleming

He became a well-known adult & children’s author with several titles being viewed as masterpieces including Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and James & the Giant Peach. 1998’s Matilda was one of Dahl’s last book and it had been included in multiple lists as one of the best children’s books of all time. 

The story of the brilliant but unappreciated by her parents Matilda Wormwood is full of humor and pathos as she learns to use her psychic powers for the forces of good. Characters like Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull, and Lavender are unforgettable and Danny DeVito’s film makes some interesting choices in the 1996 adaptation. 

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

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Matilda  trailer
  • Kate Winslet reads Matilda intro
  • Matilda accuses her father of bad behavior
  • Trunchbull throws the girl with pigtails
  • Outro music: Little Bitty Pretty One written by Bobby Day & performed by Thurston Harris

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Book Vs Movie “Road to Perdition”

 

Book Vs Movie 

Road to Perdition

The Margos Return to Graphic Novels in This Special Episode

The world of midwest Prohibition-era gangster life is the subject of this episode of Book Vs Movie with Road to Perdition–the 1998 graphic novel from Max Allan Collins and the 2000 film directed by Sam Mendes.  This returns the Margos to the graphic novel genre for the first time since Batman. 

The novel is the first in a series on a gangster family–the O-Sullivan’s. Michael O’Sullivan Sr. works for the Looney family and sees the head boss Michael Looney as a father figure. Michaels is known as the “Angel of Death” and a ruthless enforcer for the Looney family. You owe them money and don’t pay–Michael will make you pay the ultimate price. He is played by Tom Hanks in the movie. 

Michael has a wife (Annie) and two sons–Michael Jr. and Peter. One day, Annie and Peter are murdered and it’s up to Michael Sr. and his son as an unlikely duo to find the killers and avenge their loved one’s deaths. 

In the novel, we meet a cast of characters including real-life criminals Al Capone and his enforcer Frank Nitti. Eliot Ness also makes an appearance and John Looney is quite a bit different than his movie counterpart played by Paul Newman (called John Rooney in the film.) 

The movie sticks mostly with the basics of the plot with just a few name changes and without the appearance of Ness of Capone (Anthony LaPaglia filmed a scene as Capone that never made it to the final cut.) And Conrad L. Hall won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography who had passed away just before the award season. 

So between the graphic novel and short story–which did the Margos like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The author’s journey to this particular story
  • The biggest differences between the short story and the 2002 film 
  • Trivia about the shooting of the film
  • The cast includes Tom Hanks (Michael Sullivan Sr.), Paul Newman (John Rooney,) Daniel Craig (Connor Rooney,) Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annie Sullivan,) Stanley Tucci (Frank Nitti,) Tyler Hoechlin (Michael Sullivan Jr.), Jude Law (Maguire,) and Dylan Baker (Alexander Rance.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Road to Perdition  trailer
  • Michael Sullivan Sr. confronts Rooney
  • Connor Rooney “apologizes”
  • Maguire meets Michael Sullivan Sr. 
  • Outro music: Score by Thomas Newman

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Book Vs Movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Book Vs Movie 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

The Margos fight off the urge to daydream while we talk about the James Thurber short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the 1947 adaptation starring Danny Kaye in the title role. Mitty is a character that loves to get lost in his thoughts and in the original story–he spends a day in Waterbury, Connecticut thinking of a few heroic episodes that star him and his incredible imagination. 

The 1947 film takes place in New York City with Mitty being a magazine editor who daydreams while chasing a lovely Virginia Mayo. We have some thoughts about this particular adaptation.

So between the short story and the 1947 movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The life story of James Thurber 
    • The biggest differences between the short story and the 1947 film
    • The cast includes Danny Kaye (Walter Mitty,) Virginia Mayo (Rosalind van Hoorn,) Boris Karloff (Dr. Hugo Hollingshead) and Fay Bainter (Mrs. Eunice Mitty.)

Clips Featured:

    • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty trailer
    • “The Anatole of Paris”
    • “The Professor of Music”
    • Outro music “The Professor of Music”

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Book Vs Movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Book Vs Movie 

Coal Miner’s Daughter 

The Margos Head to Butcher Hollow to Talk About One of the Top Country Music Artists of All Time

Loretta Lynn is a multi-hyphen: singer, songwriter, musician, wife, mother, and author. The Margos were thrilled to discover that the 1980 movie Coal Miner’s Daughter was based on her 1976 autobiography of the same name. As superfans–we needed to bring this episode to our followers–you are all welcome!

Loretta began her life in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky and later became one of the most revered & successful artists in recorded music. She was the oldest of eight children and by the time she was just shy of 16–she married her life mate Oliver “Doolittle” Webb. The film stars an incandescent Sissy Spacek as Lynn, Tommy Lee Jones as “Doo” Lynn, and Levon Helm (of “The Band” fame) as her father, Ted Webb. 

Sure, you can argue that the movie follows the “music biopic” re the humble beginnings, the creation of the first hit song, drugs, loneliness, and the downside of fame. But dammit if this film isn’t first-class entertainment features incredible live singing performances and a complicated love story. And the hair in this film? To die for! 

Spacy won an Academy Award for her performance and the film aired on cable TV in the United States repeatedly throughout the 1980ss which means there is an entire generation that knows this movie backward & forwards. 

Lynn just released her second book Me & Patsy: Kickin’ Up Dust which is all about her friendship with the legendary Patsy Cline. At 87–she continues to be creative and vital. An example of resiliency to us all!

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

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The life story of Loretta Lynn 
    • How Sissy Spacek got into character for the part of her lifetime
    • Behind the scenes tidbits from the set

Clips Featured:

    • Coal Miner’s Daughter  trailer
    • Doo walks Loretta home
    • Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline
    • Doolittle in the studio
    • Outro music Coal Miner’s Daughter (Performed by Loretta Lynn)

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Book Vs Movie “Stand By Me”

Book Vs Movie 

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

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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