I finished the book a month ago, and saw the movie a week ago, so these notes are only as accurate as my memory. Also, I believe I have avoided spoilers in these comments. I enjoyed the movie, but I wholeheartedly encourage you to read the book, as they differ in significant ways. The struggles within the characters are more important and engrossing than the combat which can be translated to film. Many… if not most… of the general locations and events in the book are shown onscreen, but much more happens in each of these places than the film depicts. Michael's time in England and that prior to reuniting with Noah in France was minimal in the movie, but is significant in the book as the authors wartime experience mirrors closest that of this character. In the book I was surprised to find out (and this is accurate) that from Dover you can see trucks on the french shoreline road, and that artillery in France can easily pound that part of costal England. If you see the film first, be aware that the book is much darker and morally less clean. I understand why the scriptwriters changed what they did, but it does detract from the brutal truthfulness of the book. Even the ending is changed in minimal but very, very significant ways. I was glad to see that my favorite part of the book, Cpt Green's "I will tell you what I will guarantee" speech, made it into the movie, but even that is more poignant in the book where the complainant is not the local mayor, but a representative of fellow camp inmates. In the book, when Christian is riding the motorcycle in the desert with Captain Hardenberg, it is Cpt Hardenberg who is driving and fully in charge of the developing situation, but I guess in the movie, Marlin Brando could not be seen as just being along for the ride… especially having filmed The Wild One just five years before. Anti-Semitism in the Army is only hinted at in the movie, but is absolutely central to Noah's stateside experience in the book; his barracks window is not dirty by accident. The movie was a good experience, but for a life-changing experience, read the book.