There are actually a 1976 movie in which Stacey Keach played Lou Ford and the 2010 movie with Casey Affleck in the role. I recommend watching both. They are very different in their portrayal of not only Lou but Joyce and Amy. The 2010 movie is more true to the original book. I think the women are much stronger characters in the 2010 version. While many people decry the violence against women in the 2010 movie it needs to be there to really tell the story. In the non-violent 1976 version the story was sanitized and it just doesn\'t have the same impact. All the characters just seem pathetic.