What's the Difference between Cold Mountain the Book and Cold Mountain the Movie?

Drama

Cold Mountain

74%
Released: 1997
Author: Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain

26%
Released: 2003
Director: Anthony Minghella
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In the Book In the Movie
Inman
Inman
Portrayed by: Jude Law
Ada Monroe
Ada Monroe
Portrayed by: Nichole Kidman
Ruby Thewes
Ruby Thewes
Portrayed by: Renee Zellweger
Cold Mountain Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Ruby is of mixed race. Ruby is played by Renee Zellweger, who is white.
   Inman is shot during the battle when he returns to save Swimmer. Swimmer's importance to Inman isn't shown and he is shot in the crossfire.
   Inman sees more slaves than he is used to during his time in the Civil War. He starts to believe that the war is about letting rich whites keep their slaves. That is part of his reason for deserting. He only deserts so he can return to Ada.
   Ada remains in North Carolina to avoid being forced to marry a rich man in Charleston. She stays in Cold Mountain because she is waiting for Inman to return.
   There are many black characters. No black actor plays a major role.
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