What's the Difference between The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Book and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Movie?

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Released: 1979
Author: Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Released: 2005
Director: Garth Jennings
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Arthur Dent
Arthur Dent
Portrayed by: Martin Freeman
Ford Prefect
Ford Prefect
Portrayed by: Mos Def
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Portrayed by: Sam Rockwell
Tricia "Trillian" McMillan
Tricia "Trillian" McMillan
Portrayed by: Zooey Deschanel
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Portrayed by: Warwick Davis/Alan Rickman (voice)
Portrayed by: Bill Nighy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   This doesn't happen. The main characters travel to Viltvodle VI and meet the new character Humma Kavula. Kavula arranges a deal with Zaphod Beeblebrox, giving him the coordinates to Magrathea in exchange for Zaphod bringing back a special weapon from the planet. Zaphod's second head is taken as collateral by Humma Kavula, and while leaving the planet, the main characters are attacked by Vogons, who manage to take Trillian prisoner
   The planet Vogsphere is described, but the characters never go there as it was said to have been long abandoned. They travel to the Vogon planet, Vogsphere, where they rescue Trillian, before continuing to Magrathea.
   Zaphod is pursued by Galactic Police for stealing the Heart of Gold. The Vogons disappear from the story altogether after Ford and Arthur are rescued by the Heart of Gold. The Vogons and a new character, Galactic Vice-President Questular Rontok chase the Heart of Gold, to save Zaphod from his kidnapper, who happens to be himself.
   Trillian was fairly ambivalent toward Arthur and never really a romantic interest. They fall in love.
   The creation of the second Earth is suspended indefinitely. The main characters escape Magrathea one way or another, and eventually end up at the Restaurant without restoring the Earth. Earth is restored completely back to normal and then the main characters set off for the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
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