What's the Difference between The Good Earth the Book and The Good Earth the Movie?


The Good Earth

Released: 1931
Author: Pearl S. Buck

The Good Earth

Released: 1937
Director: Sidney Franklin
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Wang Lung
Wang Lung
Portrayed by: Paul Muni
Portrayed by: Luise Rainer
The Good Earth Book vs Movie
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   Wang Lung and O-lan have 5 children, the eldest boy, the second boy, the poor fool, and the twins (1 boy and 1 girl). They have 3 children. The twins are eliminated.
   O-lan kills her fourth child after it's born. The child dies in childbirth.
   Wang Lung's uncle is a rotten despicable man who uses his power with gang members to get Wang Lung to do what he wants. He is just a fat bumbler who steals food, but doesn't threaten Wang Lung or his family.
   Wang Lung's cousin is a constant source of tension in Wang Lung's house, even trying his rape his second cousin. He eventually joins an army. He only has a brief appearance in the beginning. No mention is made of him joining the Chinese army.

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