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
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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
   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.
   Barr awakens from his coma; the doctor recognizes early onset Parkinson's disease which means Barr was probably not capable of being the sniper. Barr is in a coma until near the end of the film; no Parkinson's disease.
   General Hutton, a former MP and lover of Reacher is summoned by the police for a deposition. She and Reacher investigated Barr 14 years ago. General Hutton is now stationed at the Pentagon. She lies to DA Rodin about any knowledge of Barr's past. She and Reacher sleep together in her hotel room before she leaves town. General Hutton does not appear in the film.
   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.
   Cash and Reacher figure out where Rosemary is likely to be held. They go to his house along with Helen Rodin and Ann Yanni. Cash and Reacher go to rescue Helen Rodin.
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