What's the Difference between The Pelican Brief the Book and The Pelican Brief the Movie?


The Pelican Brief

Released: 1992
Author: John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Released: 1993
Director: Alan J. Pakula
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Darby Shaw
Darby Shaw
Portrayed by: Julia Roberts
Gray Grantham
Gray Grantham
Portrayed by: Denzel Washington
Portrayed by: Stanley Tucci
Alice Stark
Alice Stark
Portrayed by: Cynthia Nixon
Smith Keen
Smith Keen
Portrayed by: John Lithgow
The Pelican Brief Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Gray Grantham is Caucasian Gray Grantham is African-American
   The film does not contain the murder of Matthew Barr and therefore does not show the primary antagonist, Victor Mattiece.
   There is more dialogue by Khamel in the book, as he arrives on shore and meets a man who gives him a ride into the city. The man talks about knowing this is the terrorist, but not wanting to look at him because of that. Eventually he does look at Khamel, who kills him for it.
   The villains continue their hot pursuit as Darby Shaw opens the safe-deposit box, putting a bomb in Gray Grantham's car and shooting at both in the parking garage in the film but not in the book
   In the book Thomas seems to be attempting to be sober, where in the film his alcoholism is alive and well as he dates Darby.
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