Remembering Elmore Leonard

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by fillups

Author Elmore Leonard

Crime and Western novelist Elmore Leonard passed away on August 19 2013.  Leonard was an incredibly prolific writer and acknowledged as a master of the lean, mean crime novel by his many, many fans as well as other writers.

Despite his tremendous achievements as a writer, the movie fan in me has to talk about the tremendous legacy he left behind in film.

 

His knack for great dialogue, interesting characters and intense situations made his work a natural fit for the movies and even some great television.

Here are some of my favorite books and their terrific movie adaptations available at SCCLD libraries.

Get Shorty

Get Shorty

Leonard's crime thriller that's also great social comedy---and what an amazing opening sentence.  Classic Leonard!

Get Shorty

Get Shorty

Director Barry Sonnenfeld manages to send up the film industry in this dead on adaptation.  John Travolta seems born to play Chili Palmer.  The part fits him like a glove.

Out of Sight

Out of Sight

A career bank robber and a federal marshal are locked up in a trunk together.  Somehow romance blooms.

Out of Sight

Out of Sight

Steven Soderbergh's confident and witty direction along with the sizzling chemistry of Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney make this a movie experience to be savored.

Rum Punch

Rum Punch

The Feds are after Jackie Burke to land weapons dealer Ordell Robbie.  As a woman with extremely hard luck, Jackie plots to turn the tables on...everyone.

Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown

Tarantino creatively adapts Leonard's tale of retribution transforming the main character's name and race.  This movie ends up as one of his most satisfying and mature outings.

When the Women Come Out to Dance

When the Women Come Out to Dance

The short story, "Fire in the Hole" about Marshal Givens meeting up with an old friend now on the other side of the law.

Karen Sisco from Out of Sight returns in another story, "Karen Makes Out"

Justified DVD Cover for Justified Season 1

Justified

"Fire in the Hole" is the jumping off point for this series about the Leonard character,  Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (also featured in Pronto and Riding the Rap). Elmore Leonard was one of the executive producers of the series.

3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma

Director Delmer Daves' very lean and faithful adaptation of the Leonard short story, 3:10 to Yuma. The spare storytelling and excellent performances from Glenn Ford and Van Heflin create a near classic.

3:10 to Yuma DVD cover to 3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma

Director James Mangold took the earlier film which had expanded on Leonard's story and then expanded on it further.  Where the original is spare this is big and raucous but still entertaining with great performances from Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.