What's the Difference between Water for Elephants the Book and Water for Elephants the Movie?


Water for Elephants

Released: 2006
Author: Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

Released: 2011
Director: Frances Lawrence
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In the Book In the Movie
Portrayed by: Robert Pattison
Portrayed by: Reese Witherspoon
Portrayed by: Christoph Waltz
Uncle Al
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Water for Elephants Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Uncle Al is the owner of the circus. He is a jerk and gets people thrown off the train - "red lighted". August is the jerk ring master and the owner of the circus
   In the book, we see Jacob as an old man in the nursing home throughout. He is portrayed as a bit of a rebel, arguing with other residents, complaining about the food. He is particularly angry with one old man who says he once got the water for elephants in the circus. He also appears to be losing his memory. He enjoys the company of one nurse but it is her last day. In the movie, the older Jacob is just shown in the beginning and end of the story.
   Rosie turns out to be the one stealing (drinking) lemonade. Not mentioned in the movie
   Jacob fesses up immediately that he did not write his vet exams. This doesn't come out until later.
   Marlena leaves August and Jacob walks her to a hotel. Jacob and Marlena jump off the train after August hits her.
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