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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057123920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571239207
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Like buried treasure for cult movie enthusiasts, this memoir fromBritish film producer Deeley is rich with the star-studded back-stories of making major, if unconventional, Hollywood product.Deeley's account of making 1969's The Italian Job is as rivetingand suspenseful as the film. Deeley isn't shy about discussingbig-name associates, including Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffmanand Harrison Ford as actors new to the game. The grizzled movievet also gives fanboys exactly the kinds of stories they're lookingfor.

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Blade Runners, Deer Hunters & Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies is Michael Deeley's roller-coaster ride of a memoir, from the sixties style icons of Britain to the mavericks of Hollywood in the drug-fuelled 70s and 80s.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pappa don't preach on 2 Mar. 2009
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The autobiography of an insider on so many influential films should be something to savour. Having read the introduction, I thought it was going to be a book that would be hard to put down. Sadly, after the first few chapters I had the odd feeling that either Mr Deeley was holding back, or else he was going through the journalistic motions. Halfway through the book there was such a distinct lack of life in the words that I felt a man who read scripts for a living must be holding back for some personal reasons, but then I happened to glance at the inside dust-jacket and all became clear. Despite what it says on the cover, this is not a book by Michael Deeley - it is ghost written. The vividness of the introduction and the cumbersome 'revelations' in the main book are worlds apart and one cannot but feel cheated that a man who spent his life in the movies could not be bothered to write his own personal autobiography. Shame on Mr Deeley for that, but even bigger shame on Faber and Faber for not making it clear that this book had been ghost written and deceptively putting just Mr Deeley's name on the front cover. I have never yet read a fascinating ghost written autobiography and this book is another good reason to avoid them. An interesting man and an interesting career; but this book flatters to deceive.
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There have many books about producers eg Harry Cohen,Sam Goldwyn,Walter Wanger,Darryl Zannuck,but relatively few by producers.So despite the fact this is ghostwritten it is still of interest and informative.Deeley is clearly a man to hold a grudge notwithstanding,or maybe because the person concerned is no longer around to challenge his version of events.He is quite happy to stick the knife in at every possible opportunity.However what i do find rather funny is the fact that he castigates Peckinpah and Cimmino for going over budget but not Ridley Scott.In the former case he seems incandescent with rage ,but in the latter instance his anger is directed at the money men who want to pull the plug.A case of double standards maybe?There is a lot he doesnt mention.for example i recall that he was involved in an attempted management buyout of EMI Films but that is not mentioned here.Anyway an enjoyable if rather one sided view of events.
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I have to say that on the whole I enjoyed this book - as an insight into what a film producer actually does it's a decent introduction. And since Michael Deeley worked on "The Italian Job", "The Deer Hunter" "The Man who Fell To Earth" and "Blade Runner" his case studies and anecdotes are entertaining and interesting.

However on the downside, it does come across at various points as someone who has a few scores to settle within the movie industry - Sam Peckinpah, Michael Cimino, Christopher Lee and the Grade brothers (particularly Bernard Delfont) all get it in the neck. (Indeed, as if to confirm the constant tension between producer and director, most of the directors he works with get some pointed criticism). The one exception being Ridley Scott - despite his apparent behaviour towards his crew and his budgetary overruns on Blade Runner.

Nevertheless, for the Blade Runner chapters alone, it's worth a read
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WILLY on 7 Feb. 2009
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Michael Deeley, an english movie producer, with an (mostly)impeccable record in the movie industry-has written an overview of many of the movies He has being involved in...hence the books title.
This is a fast moving and witty account of the movie industry-with Deeley(whose now retired), gaining revenge on those with incredibly large egos'-Michael Cimino (Heaven's Gate,The Deer hunter)a particular favourite,with his apparent compulsive lying,on the recent re-release of the deer hunter, seemingly spurred Deeley into writing his book.
Deeley spurs his targets little in the been nice stakes...and his enemies are rounded on completely.Steven Spielberg,Christopher Lee,and 'actors' and 'directors' with over inflated egos are given a good kicking as well.Deeley writes very wittily, his catholism-providing ironic counterpoint,in his involvement of "the Life of Brian" and of his involvement with the italian Job,Blade Runner ,the Man who fell to Earth and others.
If you like movies and movie history, you will probably enjoy this book. A very quick and well paced book.
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