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Subject: Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
Date Posted: 9/25/2008 9:01 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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I just saw last night that Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride has been turned into a movie and will be opening tomorrow! I absolutely loved this book and I think it will make a great film. I just hope they don't change too much. The story is wonderful as it is and it doesn't need to be changed. I will definitely be seeing this movie!

Here's a link to the book - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780140282658-Jacobs+Ladder+A+Story+of+Virginia+During+the+War

Here's a link to the film - http://www.moviefone.com/movie/miracle-at-st-anna/32635/main?flv=1&ncid=fLHHQXUNeT0000000474&icid=rbox_movie_titles.M

Synopsis-

'Miracle at St. Anna' chronicles the story of four black American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.

They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.

Directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay written by James McBride, the author of the acclaimed novel of the same name, the film explores a deeply inspiring, powerful story drawn from true history, that transcends national boundaries, race, and class to touch the goodness within us all. -

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 11:20 AM ET
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I saw the trailer for this at the movies. It looks excellent!

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 1:48 PM ET
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I saw a trailer for this a few weeks ago and thought of you, Valli, as I knew you really enjoyed this book.  Part of me is curious to go see it, even if it is a "Spike Lee Joint".  (Spike, like Woody Allen, is one of those people who I either really like or really hate his movies.)  

I read an article that did say some changes were made to the screenplay to make the film a bit more exciting, but the general storyline about the soldier's was intact.  I'll be curious to know your opinion after seeing the movie.  I might make time to go see it tomorrow since I'm not working. 

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 4:08 PM ET
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This was one movie I have been lookign forward to as well.  Glad to hear the book was good.  I usually like most WWII movies if they are well crafted.

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 8:02 PM ET
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Ugh, I just don't see why they needed to change anything at all about this book to make it more exciting. It's set during war with people dying, people risking their lives to save others, even a miracle occurs...how much more excitment do they think we need?!  The story was perfect just as it was.

Marci, I have liked some, but not all of Spikes films. He's hit or miss for me. I just hope he doesn't screw this one up!

If anyone goes to see it, report back here! I'm dying to know if it's good, but it will be a few weeks before I go see it. I'm going to wait until DH takes a weekend off and drag him to see it with me.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 4:29 PM ET
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The last time I saw a movie in the theater, it was The Other Boleyn Girl. I still shudder to think I sat through the whole thing thinking it must get better.

Anyhoo, I went back today. But when I arrived Nights in Rodanthe was playing. If you're strong enough to resist Richard Gere, you're a better woman than me! What a tearjerker! I think I started crying about 10 minutes into the movie and there was very little relief for the next hour and a half.

Genie