Questions regarding the relationship of a story going from book format to movie format.

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How long did it take Ahmed to learn the Norse language?

One thing I always wonder when watching The 13th Warrior is, how Ahmed learns the Norse language so fast. While I for myself could make some sense out of certain words, it must be significantly harder ...
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Were the characters of Tiwana, Lydia, and Calvin also in the book?

In the movie, Standing Up, there is an act that deals with Howie and Grace getting on a bus belonging to a different camp. This leads to a potential confrontation with racial undertones which, at ...
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Why was the family's viewpoint not shown in the movie?

At the beginning of Captain Phillips we see some scenes of him together his wife Andrea, driving to the airport and talking about their children. Later his family is mentioned rather rarely, he sends ...
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How far does the depiction of the pirates' characters match the book?

The pirates that capture Captain Phillips after invading the Maersk Alabama are given quite classical roles in the movie, I think: There is Muse, the voice of reason (compared to the others at ...
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Where is the bag sucked into?

The Kelly bag (with gun) thrown from the Eiffel tower is seen floating all around Paris and then finally sucked into a vent of some sort. Does this have some significance? How about in the book? (The ...