Narrative Structure of No Country for Old Men


Analysis of McCarthy's Novel
Analysis of Coens' Film
C.1-15 = DVD Chapters.
( -- ) = page numbers in the Novel.
Red= added scenes.

  1. Sheriff Bell Monologue {V.O.} (90; 63-4; 3-4) [C. 1]
  2. Chigurh and the Deputy (5-6) [C. 2]
  3. Chigurh gets a car (7)
  4. Moss hunting antelope (8-10)
  5. Moss sees a dog (11)
  6. Moss sees trucks and bodies (11-12)
  7. Moss and the dying man (11-15)
  8. Moss finds the last man and the loot (15-18)
  9. Moss at his trailer: Carla Jean (20-22) [C. 3]
  10. Moss decides to bring agua (22-26)
  11. Moss returns to the Scene (26-28)
  12. Moss chased by the Mexicans (28-37) (dog added)
  13. Chigurh at the Grocery store (52-58) [C. 4]
  14. Moss and Carla Jean: Time to run (48-51)
  15. Chigurh at the Scene (58-61)
  16. Bell and Wife and her horse (Added) [C. 5]
  17. Bell and Wendell at car fire (68)
  18. Bell and Wendell at the Scene (70-77)
  19. Chigurh at Moss' trailer (79-82)
  20. Moss and Carla Jean at the bus (65-66)
  21. Bell and Wendell at Moss' trailer (92-94) (Added--milk bottle sweating)
  22. Moss at Del Rio Motel: Hides the loot (83-85) [C. 6]
  23. Chigurh talks to Carla Jean's mother (81-82)
  24. Moss buying boots (85)
  25. Moss returns to Motel: They are waiting (86)
  26. Chigurh on the road to Del Rio: The Transponder (98-99)
  27. Bell and Wendell at a cafe (105-6) [C. 7]
  28. Moss at Sporting Goods store (87-88)
  29. Moss's room at a different Motel (88-89)
  30. Moss rents another room at the first Motel (99-102)
  31. Chigurh tracking the loot; Moss retrieving the loot: 27 crosscuts. (100-105)
  32. Moss in a car (Added) [C. 8]
  33. Wells and the Drug exec. (139-42)
  34. Moss at the Hotel Eagle (106-107)
  35. Moss in his room: C.'s a comin' (108-13)
  36. Moss on the run: C. wounds him (113-115)
  37. Moss in a truck (Added)
  38. Moss wounds Chigurh. (Added)b
  39. Moss on the Rio Grande bridge (115)
  40. Moss tosses the loot off the bridge (117-118) [C. 9]
  41. Moss in Mexico: Mariachis. (118-19)
  42. Chigurh robs a pharmacy ( 161-3)
  43. Chigurh fixes his wounds in a Motel room (163-5)
  44. Bell in his office: goin' to Odessa (167) [C. 10]
  45. Bell stops truck carrying bodies (169-70)
  46. Moss meets Wells (148-57)
  47. Bell talks to Carla Jean in coffee shop (125-134)
  48. Wells on the bridge: The loot (166-7) [C. 11]
  49. Wells meets Chigurh ( 173-78)
  50. Chigurh and Moss on the phone (179; 182-85)
  51. Bell and Wendell at a coffee shop. (Added--Bell's Monologue, p.124)
  52. Moss at the border-crossing (186-90) [C. 12]
  53. Moss buys new clothes (190-92)
  54. Moss gets the loot (206-8)
  55. Moss calls Carla Jean (179)
  56. Chigurh at Drug exec's office (198-200)( Added--Mexicans had receiver)
  57. Carla Jean and mother in a cab to bus station ((200-2)
  58. Mexicans following the cab (Added)
  59. At the Bus Station: Mother tells the Mexican they're going to El Paso (Added)
  60. Carla Jean calls Bell (214)
  61. Chigurh gets another truck (Added )
  62. Chigurh cleans the truck ( Added but see 236)
  63. Moss at the El Paso Motel: Meets a woman (Added) [C. 13]
  64. Bell driving by the Motel: Moss' death (236-42)
  65. Carla Jean arrives at the Motel (Added but see 247)
  66. Bell at the Morgue (240-41)
  67. Bell and Roscoe at the Coffee Shop (Added--Bell's Monologues, 295-6; 304; 192; 248)
  68. Bell and Chigurh at the Desert Sands Motel (243-45)
  69. Bell visits Uncle Ellis (253-280) [C. 14]
  70. Carla Jean's mother funeral (253-4) [C. 15]
  71. Chigurh visits Carla Jean (254-60)
  72. Chigurh has car accident (260-62)
  73. Bell tells his wife his dreams about his father (Added--Bell's Monologue, 308-309)