What's the Difference between Sideways the Book and Sideways the Movie?



Released: 1999
Author: Pickett, Rex


Released: 2004
Director: Payne, Alexander
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In the Book In the Movie
Miles Raymond
Miles Raymond
Portrayed by: Paul Giamatti
Portrayed by: Virginia Madsen
Portrayed by: Sandra Oh
Jack Cole
Jack Cole
Portrayed by: Thomas Haden Church
Sideways Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Jack runs Miles' 4Runner into a tree to to damage it then cracks the windshield with a wine bottle to provide an alibi for his injuries. Jack runs Miles' car into a tree to damage it, but this is not enough. He then runs the car through a fence and into a ditch.
   Jack is unable to dance at the wedding, so Miles has a dance with Jack's wife. She asks if Jack cheated on the trip; Miles denies this. She says if Jack cheated, it's okay as they would be even. Miles does not dance at the wedding; no indication that Jack's wife cheated on him.
   Miles sees his pregnant, re-married ex-wife at the wedding, but is not upset. Miles attends the wedding and sees his pregnant ex-wife and new husband. He is upset. He drinks his prized bottle of wine he had been saving for a special occasion at a fast food restaurant.
   Maya attends the reception and greets Miles. They are on good terms. After the wedding, Maya calls Miles to talk about his unpublished book. She invites him to her place. The film ends with Miles knocking on her door.
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