What's the Difference between The Sum of All Fears the Book and The Sum of All Fears the Movie?


The Sum of All Fears

Released: 1991
Author: Tom Clancy

The Sum of All Fears

Released: 2002
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
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Jack Ryan
Jack Ryan
Portrayed by: Ben Affleck
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In the Book In the Movie
   A Druze farmer uncovers the lost Israeli nuclear bomb. A Syrian scrap collector uncovers the Israeli nuclear bomb.
   The Druze farmer who finds the weapon asks his son to remove it so that he may continue working his fields. His son, aided with terrorist friends, remove the bomb for free but discover that it is a nuclear weapon and decide to use it for terrorism. The Syrian scrap collector who finds the weapons sells it to a South African arms dealer.
   Ryan is in his mid-40s. Ryan is in his late 20s.
   Andrey Narmonov is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Alexander Nemerov is the President of the Russian Federation.
   The book likely takes place in an alternate 1998; the book notes that after George H.W. Bush's term, Fowler's predecessor served one term before losing re-election to Fowler. Ryan also mentions that "the millennium isn't for a few more years," and Robert Fowler is in his second year of his first term. The movie takes place in 2002.
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