What's the Difference between The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Book and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Movie?

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Released: 1979
Author: Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Released: 2005
Director: Garth Jennings
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In the Book In the Movie
Arthur Dent
Arthur Dent
Portrayed by: Martin Freeman
Ford Prefect
Ford Prefect
Portrayed by: Mos Def
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Portrayed by: Sam Rockwell
Tricia "Trillian" McMillan
Tricia "Trillian" McMillan
Portrayed by: Zooey Deschanel
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Portrayed by: Warwick Davis/Alan Rickman (voice)
Portrayed by: Bill Nighy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The Heart of Gold is described as being shaped like a running shoe. It is shaped like a teapot.
   The missile that turned into a whale cracks open an entrance into the Magrathean underground when it hits the ground, which Ford, Zaphod and Trillian go through, Zaphod telling Arthur and Marvin to stay behind and guard the entrance. The heroes land on Magrathea and find a transporter device, which Trillian, Ford and Zaphod go through. Arthur is reluctant to try, but when he does, he find that it has stopped working, and is forced to stay with Marvin.
   The Galactic Police pursuing Zaphod suffocate after their life support suits malfunction as a result of Marvin having talked their ship's computer into committing suicide. The Vogons pursuing Zaphod are incapacitated after Marvin uses the POV gun on them, making them all hopelessly depressed.
   This doesn't happen Deep Thought gives them the POV weapon which continues the Humma Kavula subplot.
   Zaphod Beeblebrox's heads are Left and right of each other. Zaphod Beeblebrox's second heads is somewhat below his own head. His first, looks like any other normal head.
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