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Lee Marvin: Point Blank [Kindle Edition]

Dwayne Epstein
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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The first full-length, authoritative, and detailed story of the iconic actor's life to go beyond the Hollywood scandal-sheet reporting of earlier books, this account offers an appreciation for the man and his acting career and the classic films he starred in, painting a portrait of an individual who took great risks in his acting and career. Although Lee Marvin is best known for his icy tough guy roles—such as his chilling titular villain in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or the paternal yet brutally realistic platoon leader in The Big Red One—very little is known of his personal life; his family background; his experiences in WWII; his relationship with his father, family, friends, wives; and his ongoing battles with alcoholism, rage, and depression, occasioned by his postwar PTSD. Now, after years of researching and compiling interviews with family members, friends, and colleagues; rare photographs; and illustrative material, Hollywood writer Dwayne Epstein provides a full understanding and appreciation of this acting titan’s place in the Hollywood pantheon in spite of his very real and human struggles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936182408
  • Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc. (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0SAF3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great account of a great star 6 May 2014
By Gabes
Lee Marvin was fine actor, much more versatile than other tough-guys of his era like Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood. I guess that's why he even defeated Richard Burton and Laurence Olivier to win an Oscar in 1966. Yet he was a complex character, one probably scarred for life by the war, experiences that may have contributed to his heavy drinking and tempestuous lifestyle.
Epstein gives us a rounded, finely drawn picture of a man who was probably more sensitive than he cared to admit. If there was sadness in Marvin's career it was that he never got the roles he deserved towards the end of his life, reduced as he was to appearing in junk like the sequel to the Dirty Dozen.
In the end he looked older than his years, burnt out by a lifetime of self-abuse. Perhaps, as Epstein tacitly admits, this was no surprise to the man himself. His premature death left us with a sense of what might have been. Epstein even acknowledges this by exploring what roles might have suited Marvin had he lived.
Overall a compelling read and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Boss 16 Dec. 2013
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No one like him before, no one like him since, I found the writing style camp and bitchy and very American,apart form that very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best bad man of the west (for me) 26 Jun. 2014
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Lee Marvin was not a strikingly good looking person such as Gregory Peck of Charlton Heston but he had a quality that came across in each of his performances. Notable films like 'Point Blank', 'The Professionals', The Dirty dozen', 'Cat Ballou' come to mind. He was handsome in his own way though and had an engaging smile that must have set a few ladies hearts a fluttering. He certainly could handle the weaponry at his disposal in his films. He was buried with full military honors I believe in Arlington National Cemetery. He was one of the best at what he did and for that reason I recommend this ebook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing Writing About A Convincing Writer. 18 Sept. 2014
By Sci-Nut
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Lee Marvin was a man of many contradictions. I have always enjoyed his movies and found him to be one of the biggest ON SCREEN personalities you could find. There have been many biographies of the man... There have been many rumours and many different slam articles written over the years. How do you find the truth in such a sea of crud?

It's hard to say the least.

"Point Blank" by Dwayne Epstein was a book I bought with trepidation. What could he have to say about the man I had enjoyed on screen for so long? Would it be another slam rag?

It wasn't.

Dwayne obviously respects Marvin and Marvin needs that respect. This book is an honest appraisal of an actor nobody could really know. The research is there and personal opinion is kept to a minimum. This book is totally worth the entrance fee. If you love Marvin... You will love this. I believe Dwayne Epstein should write about Audie Murphy next. Audie needs some honest appraisal too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough man this one 5 Mar. 2014
By nellie
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For someone who came from a family in, the Deep South of the USA,
he must have been a shock to his family.
He would drink round the clock,went with any woman,but a lovable rogue.
This book was very good I enjoyed it.
Would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvin Marvellous 25 July 2013
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Long been a fan of Lee Marvin, he never gave a below par performance and this book continues that tradition. An excellent look behind the scenes and at the experiences that moulded the real Marvin. The best biography for years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Marvin! 11 May 2014
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Great actor, tough, rough and very likeable. A good biography of the life and death of a screen legend. War hero, drunkard and womaniser. Plenty of information to keep you interested Recommend !
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4.0 out of 5 stars present 23 May 2013
By Bejam
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got this for my husband on his new kindle very good for traveling and east to story and he should get a good read.
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