I was a huge fan of the book as a child, though I suspect it might not hold up these days, but the movie was absolutely terrible. The movie got the general plot somewhat right, but took out any and every part that made the story any good at all.
Huh. Looks like I'll have to join in on the Pappy hunt. As for me, I'm putting the final touches on my turkey stock for tomorrow and sipping on something much more pedestrian than the rest of you: Four Roses Single Barrel.