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    37 "Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood" Differences Between The Book And Movie

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    Quentin Tarantino has taken his first step into the literary world with an adaptation of his own movie Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.

    The book cover featuring stills of Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio

    Here Tarantino does both, allowing himself to simultaneously honor and reinvent his own work. Let’s take a look at all the differences, as well as some fun Easter eggs along the way.

    1. Bounty Law is referenced but never “shown.”

    Leonardo DiCaprio as Jake Cahill in "Bounty Law"

    2. Rick and Marvin Schwarz don’t meet at Musso & Frank’s.

    Marvin Schwarz (Al Pacino) and Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) share a drink at the Musso & Frank Grill

    3. Cliff Booth is a major cinephile.

    Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) drives though Hollywood

    4. And we learn a lot more about Cliff's time in WWII.

    Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    5. It's revealed that Cliff has TWO Medals of Valor.

    Cliff Booth smokes on the rooftop

    6. And we also learn that Cliff did in fact kill his wife.

    Cliff points a shark gun at his wife

    7. Brandy the dog gets an elaborate backstory.

    Brandy the Pitbull waits for her dinner

    8. Cliff actually got away with murder TWICE.

    Cliff Booth prepares Brandy's dinner

    9. Charlie Manson inspires Pussycat to go on something he called a "kreepy krawl."

    10. There's a whole chapter about Sharon Tate hitchhiking to Hollywood.

    Sharon Tate driving

    11. The Playboy Mansion party is omitted.

    Sharon Tate dances at the Playboy Mansion party

    12. The flamethrower finale makes a surprisingly early appearance.

    Rick Dalton with the flamethrower

    13. Rick Dalton is undiagnosed bipolar.

    14. Squeaky and George Spahn have a real relationship.

    15. We learn more about Charles Manson's real-life wannabe rock star phase.

    Charles Manson waves goodbye

    16. Cliff wanted to KILL Bruce Lee.

    17. Cliff pays a visit to Tarantino’s real-life theater.

    New Beverly Cinema marquee

    18. Rick and Cliff’s FBI screening party is omitted.

    19. Rick’s Great Escape story is greatly inflated.

    Rick Dalton replaces Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape"

    20. There's a serious Lancer deep dive.

    Timothy Olyphant as James Stacy playing Johnny Madrid

    21. Cliff considered being a pimp.

    Pussycat takes Cliff by the hand

    22. Cliff got away with murder…for a THIRD time.

    23. Pussycat gets even more ~friendly~ with Cliff.

    Pussycat flirts with Cliff in his car

    24. The Manson Family Spahn Ranch confrontation is omitted.

    Cliff punches Clem in from of the Manson Family

    25. The George Spahn Scene is told from Squeaky’s POV.

    Squeaky sits in her recliner

    26. We learn how Pussycat met Charlie.

    Pussycat thumbs for a ride

    27. Cliff inadvertently gets real-life actor Aldo Ray in trouble.

    Aldo Ray drinks a bottle of booze

    28. Little Trudi Fraser gets more time to shine.

    Rick Dalton and Trudy Fraser look concerned

    29. Quentin Tarantino references a fictionalized version of himself.

    30. Rick and Cliff enter “the Drinker’s Hall Of Fame.”

    Cliff and Rick settle in with a drink

    31. Tarantino’s stepfather is in the book.

    Cliff and Rick drink cocktails

    32. Quentin Tarantino references himself…again.

    33. Marvin Schwarz has another pivotal scene.

    Marvin Schwarz talks on the phone

    34. The finale of the book is very different.

    Tex and Cliff have a showdown

    35. Sharon Tate’s would-be murder is not mentioned.

    Sharon Tate looks happy

    36. Instead, Rick and Steve McQueen share a moment.

    Steve McQueen smokes

    37. And finally, Quentin Tarantino’s favorite scene returns.

    Obviously, Tarantino made some major modifications to the story. How do you feel about the changes Tarantino made in the book? Tell us in the comments below.

    If you want to check it out for yourself, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: A Novel is out now from Harper Perennial. Available for $7.48 from Amazon or Target, or for $9.19 from Bookshop.