What's the Difference between One Shot the Book and Jack Reacher the Movie?


One Shot

Released: 2005
Author: Lee Child

Jack Reacher

Released: 2012
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
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In the Book In the Movie
Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher
Portrayed by: Tom Cruise
Helen Rodin
Helen Rodin
Portrayed by: Rosamund Pike
Alex Rodin
Alex Rodin
Portrayed by: Richard Jenkins
Portrayed by: David Oyelowo
The Zec
The Zec
Portrayed by: Werner Herzog
General Eileen Hutton
This Character does not appear.
Rosemary Barr
This Character does not appear.
Ann Yanni
This Character does not appear.
James Barr
James Barr
Portrayed by: Joseph Sikora
Martin Cash
Martin Cash
Portrayed by: Robert Duvall
Jack Reacher Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Five civilians are shot from short range; about 35 yards. Five civilians are shot from long range.
   The Zec and his gang kidnap Rosemary Barr to force her to tell the police that her brother is the sniper. Helen Rodin is kidnapped by police officer Emerson, The Zec and his gang.
   Ann Yanni (local reporter) loans Reacher her car so he can go to Kentucky to learn about Barr's shooting practice. She also lies to the police to provide Reacher with an alibi (sleeping together) for when the police arrest him for Sandy's murder. Ann Yanni is not in the film.
   Reacher's group calls the police who show up at the scene. Reacher forces The Zec to confess everything. Emerson is exposed as the inside man and is arrested. One of The Zec's gang appears with a shotgun and threatens Reacher, but Cash shoots him dead. Cash and Reacher flee the scene but are confident that Helen Rodin will be able to clear Reacher for Sandy's murder and any crimes.
   Barr was not prosecuted for his murders in Kuwait because the four men he killed were themselves violent criminals. The US Army covered it up. Barr just wanted to kill people; he did not know the men he killed were criminals. Barr was not aware of why he was not prosecuted for killing US soldiers in Kuwait.
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