It's not often that a movie outshines the book it was based on. Usually the written word so far surpasses the film that you almost wish you hadn't read it in the first place so you could have enjoyed the movie in all its mediocrity. But once in a while, a brilliant cast or visionary director breathes new life into a story and makes you glad you spent your life's savings on the cost of admission. Here are a few book-based tales that were better told on the big screen.
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