A Civil Action WINNER
"A high-priced personal injury attorney takes on a case that becomes an epic legal battle ... one that may cost him his career, reputation and all that he owns."
Sreenwriter: Steven Zaillian
Author: Jonathon Harr
Gods and Monsters
"It's 1957, and Hollywood horror director James Whale's heyday as the director of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images from his past. When his dour housekeeper Hannah hires handsome young gardener Clayton Boone, the gay director and the simple yardman develop an unlikely friendship."
Screenwriter: Bill Condit
Author: Christopher Bram
"Jack Stanton is a virtually unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife, Susan. Running against the odds, the Stantons need all the help they can get from their extremely colorful political team. Together, they take off on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and ultimately history-making roller coaster ride to the top."
Screenwriter: Elaine May
Author: Joe Klein
A Simple Plan
"In the snowy Minnesota woods three men come across a downed plane with a rotting corpse inside & over $4 million stuffed inside a duffel bag."
Screenwriter: Scott B. Smith
Author: Scott B. Smith
The Thin Red Line
"A group of young soldiers fight in the Battle of Guadacanal during World War II."
Screenwriter: Terrence Malick
Author: James Jones
The Cider House Rules
"Tells a compelling and heartwarming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs. Homer has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of an Orphanage in rural Maine and has been groomed by its proprietor to be his successor. But Homer falls in love and strikes out on his own."
Screenwriter: John Irving
Author: John Irving
The End of the Affair
"In England during World War II, an American writer and the bored wife of a British civil servant fall in love. Then she mysteriously ends the affair."
Screenwriter: Neil Jordan
Author: Graham Greene
The Green Mile
"Miracles happen in unexpected places, even on death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. There John Coffey, a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates."
Screenwriter: Frank Darabont
Author: Stephen King
The Hurricane WINNER
"Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, in the prime of his boxing career, finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The Sixteenth Round, inspires a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believe in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence."
Screenwriters: Armyan Bernstein & Dan Gordon
Author: Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
The Talented Mr. Ripley
"Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes its better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. He's hired to go to Italy to bring back he playboy son of a millionaire and soon is plunged into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder."
Screenwriter: Anthony Minghella
Author: Patricia Highsmith
All the Pretty Horses
"John Grady Cole and his best friend Lacey Rawlins leave Texas, head south of the border in search of adventure, and find work as horse wranglers. But when Cole embarks on an illicit and passionate affair with the beautiful daughter f the wealthy ranch owner who is his employer, events are set in motion which forever change the lives of all involved."
Sreenwriter: Ted Tally
Author: Cormac McCarthy
"When a single mother and her young daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some resistance from the rigidly moral community. But as soon as the townspeople discover their delicious products, their attitudes begin to change."
Screenwriter: Robert Nelson Jacobs
Author: Joanne Harris
"Rob Gordon's record store is semi-failing, and his long-time girlfriend has just walked out on him. In order to figure out where things went wrong, he examines his past relationships with other women. "
Screenwriters: D.V. DeVincentis & Steve Pink & John Cusak & Scott Rosenberg
Author: Nick Hornby
The House of Mirth
"The glittering yet treacherous world of New York high society comes to brilliant life in the heartbreaking story of Lily Bart a renowned beauty of exquisite charm who seeks a wealthy husband, but in a series of tragic events, winds up disgraced and discarded."
Screenwriter: Terence Davies
Author: Edith Wharton
The Wonder Boys WINNER
"During a single weekend, college professor Grady Tripp scrambles to gather together a life that has suddenly reeled out of control. An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are just a few of the crises piling up."
Screenwriters: Steve Kloves
Author: Michael Chabon
A Beautiful Mind WINNER
"Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize."
Sreenwriter: Akiva Goldsman
Author: Sylvia Nasar
Bridget Jones's Diary
"In her mid-thirties, still single and still being set up with dates by her mom, Bridget decides she needs to make a change in her life. She falls for her boss who uses her and then dumps her. In the meantime, Bridget keeps running into the divorced guy her mom tried to set her up with, and he happens to be ex-friends with her boss. She uses her diary as a confessional and she begins to wonder if she will ever find true love."
Screenwriters: Helen Fielding & Andrew Davies & Richard Curtis
Author: Helen Fielding
In the Bedroom
"The Fowlers are a normal family in Maine. Matt is the town doctor and loves to fish, his wife, Ruth, is the school's choir leader, and their son, Frank, is home from his first year of college. Frank is in love with Natalie, a young mother who isn't quite divorced yet from her ex-husband, Richard Strout, whose family runs the local cannery. It makes Richard's blood run cold to see his wife running around with another man. And soon, an unthinkable tragedy happens that will tear the Fowlers apart."
Screenwriters: Rob Festinger & Todd Fields
Author: Andre Dubus
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
"In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-Earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom."
Screenwriters: Frances Walsh & Phillipa Boyens & Peter Jackson
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
The Shipping News
"An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the local newspaper finds an audience, and his experiences in the town begin to change his life."
Screenwriter: Robert Nelson Jacobs
Author: E. Annie Proulx
"Warren Schmidt is about the taste the not-so-sweet slice of life. When he retired, he and his wife, Helen, had big plans - but an unexpected twist changes everything. Now, all of Schmidt's attention is focused on his daughter's upcoming wedding to a loser waterbed salesman. From meeting the groom's hippie parents to sponsoring a Tanzanian foster child, Schmidt embarks on a search for answers, only to discover that life is full of trick questions."
Screenwriters: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Author: Louis Begley
Adaptation: (DVD on order)
"Blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche, New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean, Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald. As Charlie struggles to adapt a best-selling book, he writes himself into the movie plot."
Screenwriters: Charlie Kaufman & Donald Kaufman
Author: Susan Orlean
The Hours WINNER
"In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, Mrs. Dalloway, under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it."
Screenwriter: David Hare
Author: Michael Cunningham
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
"Join Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, and brave members of the Fellowship as they continue their quest to destroy the Ring of Power. As darkness descends on Middle-earth, a strange creature named Gollum leads the heroes to the Black Gates of Mordor. The rest of Middle-earth prepares for a battle that will decide the fate of all."
Screenwriters: Peter Jackson & Frances Walsh & Stephen Sinclair & Phillipa Boyens
Authors: J.R. Tolkien
"Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who was a brilliant pianist. He watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. He managed to escape and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis."
Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood
Author: Wladyslaw Szpilman