Just as I was finishing the book When Eight Bells Toll, I found the movie on the Hulu Website. I wondered how well this film was adapted from the book. They did well with the adaption of Where Eagles Dare. They did not do so well with the adaption of The Guns of Navarone and Force 10 from Navarone.
As stated in Wikipedia, “The story is very close to the novel, and features some of the same witty dialogue – not surprising since MacLean elected to adapt this film himself. Some of the twists in the ending have been changed, however, and an explosive shootout replaces MacLean’s original Agatha Christie-style summation.” Anthony Hopkins did a fantastic job in the role of Philip Calvert. I would recommend both the book and the movie.