RARA-AVIS: Grifters & other Thompson adaptations

From: Rene Ribic ( rribic@optusnet.com.au)
Date: 21 Feb 2002

Erick wrote:

> Going back to an earlier thread regarding movie versions being true to
> book, I saw The Grifters, but have not read the book. Was the film a
> faithful adaptation?

In my opinion, yes, although some people quibbled with the casting choice of John Cusack as Roy. I personally didn't mind it, I thought he was adequate, at the least.I'd say that this is my favourite Thompson adaptation, so far, although there have been a few other creditable adaptations. "Coup de Torchon" (AKA "Clean Slate" - which moves the action of "Pop 1280" from Texas to French Colonial Africa. It works well
& is fairly faithful to the plot, IIRC but it doesn't quite have the Thompson "flavour" to it. It's a very good film on it's own terms, though.); "After Dark, My Sweet" & "The Kill-Off" come to mind as other good adaptations (& although it wasn't based on a novel by Thompson or anyone else I like to think of Peckinpah's "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" as being the Thompson movie that Peckinpah wasn't able to make with the bigger budget "The Getaway").


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