"Why did Hollywood have such difficulty capturing [Elmore] Leonard’s appeal for so long?" asks Christopher Orr in the January/February Atlantic. Some film adaptations are cringe-inducingly dramatic; others err in the direction of campy humor. Only a few manage to translate Leonard's signature blend of suspenseful action and dry wit.
Elmore Leonard on the Big Screen
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic's principal film critic, shares scenes from the best and worst adaptations of the crime-novelist's work.