Carol Rose's irritation at remakes of already perfect films (movies) in another thread reminded me of how I usually dislike seeing movies (films) based on my favourite books...because they never live up to what went on in my head when I was reading it. Also, the director inevitably rewrites or leaves out or reinterprets some favourite passage ... grrrr... But there have been a couple of notable exceptions where I found the film (movie) to be even better than the story. One such was Birdy -- I thought the film by Alan Parker actually eclipsed an already great story by William Wharton. Anybody else seen a film that was better than the great book on which it was based?