What's the Difference between On the Road the Book and On the Road the Movie?


On the Road

Released: 1957
Author: Jack Kerouac

On the Road

Released: 2012
Director: Walter Salles
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Sal Paradise
Sal Paradise
Portrayed by: Sam Riley
Dean Moriarity
Dean Moriarity
Portrayed by: Garrett Hedlund
Mary Lou
Mary Lou
Portrayed by: Kristen Stewart
Carlo Marx
Carlo Marx
Portrayed by: Tom Sturridge
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   Sal says he first met Dean not long after he and his wife split up. He says it isn't long after his father died.
   Dean had been in a reform school in New Mexico. It was in Colorado.
   When Sal goes to meet Dean they also find Mary Lou jumping on the couch. Dean comes to the door naked as he is having sex with Mary Lou when they arrive. Mary Lou is naked in bed.
   Mary Lou was a pretty blond with immense ringlets. Kristen Stewart's hair is light brown and is not curly.
   Sal says that he was getting over a serious illness when he first met Dean. He never mentions being sick.
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