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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Abridged edition (26 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427211787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427211781
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,576,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Michael Caine CBE has been Oscar-nominated six times, winning his first Academy Award for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters and his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules.

He has starred in over one hundred films, becoming well-known for several critically acclaimed performances including his first major film role in Zulu in 1964, followed by films including The Ipcress Files, Get Carter, Alfie, The Italian Job, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Educating Rita, and more recently The Dark Knight, Is Anybody There? and Harry Brown.

He has written two bestselling volumes of memoir; What's It All About in 1992 and The Elephant to Hollywood in 2010.

He was appointed a CBE in 1992 and knighted in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to cinema. Married for more than 30 years, with two daughters and three grandchildren, he and his wife Shakira divide their time between England and the United States.

Praise for The Elephant Hollywood:

'a gold standard celebrity who makes the modern sort look cheap' The Times

'uproarious and unflinching' Mail on Sunday

'Mr Caine is a charming raconteur....he writes with a quality that has grown rare among memoirists: good cheer' New York Times

'Michael Caine's second work of memoir brims with his gift for genial anecdote, but this time there's a hint of sadness as he looks back' Sunday Times

'To read Caine is to be in the company of an amiable, sentimental man who has achieved great success - and happiness - without appearing to be in the least smug.' Daily Mail

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Praise for What's It All About?: 'Written with just the right mix of warmth and candour, and in a prose style that is the literary equivalent of his easy-going, up-front persona, this is a super book that informs as much as it entertains.' (Sunday Express)

It has taken two decades to get a man back on the Moon and the man is Michael Caine. Niven's influence as a writer runs right through it... some genuinely vintage laughs (Sunday Times)

Caine gives his public value for money, covering his whole life with David Nivenish charm (Sunday Telegraph)

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Film legend and British icon Sir Michael Caine's major new autobiography.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Ripple TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
To some extent, the weaknesses of this book are somewhat inevitable. In 1992 Caine wrote What's It All About?, an autobiography that was interesting and a great read from an extremely prolific movie actor who has rubbed shoulders with some of the greats. Caine is a natural raconteur and, one suspects, is terrific company. At the time, he thought that his place as a Hollywood leading man was over - and indeed in that sense it largely was. But in subsequent years he has taken on some terrific supporting actor roles and produced, in my view, some of his most interesting work. There is still then a story to tell, despite the fact that in my view no one should really be allowed to publish more than one autobiography. That could have been fine though if he had just concentrated on those 20 years, but instead, perhaps understandably, he has chosen to repeat the "full life" approach and that's the book's weakness.

Since What's It All About?, there are another 20 years and countless movies to add, and perhaps in recognition that many readers will have read the first book, this time the book is about half the length of the first book. It's harsh to note that some of the stories are the same - of course they are - but with the huge number of movies, there is little scope for any detail as he attempts to precis this period that he's already covered. The result is too much like a list with little interesting detail. There's also some repetition within the book of bits from the first period and the more interesting newer work.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Post Scriptum VINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Michael Caine wrote a substantial autobiography a few years ago, so customers who already own that one should be aware: that part of his life hasn't changed, so expect to read about it again! What we get that's new here is his more recent career, covering the gradual revival of his appetite for acting in decent movies after a long period of disillusionment and barely-concealed boredom. There are some new stories, and some interesting anecdotes about what sounds like a very contented personal life. If you haven't read Caine's previous book, and you like him, you'll probably find all of this hugely enjoyable. If you have read the previous book, just don't expect too much that's entirely new - what you'll have is basically a light and entertaining coda to the other volume on your shelf. Caveat emptor.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not a huge fan of autobiographies, however, I do like Michael Caine. I'm not old enough to remember much of his early work but with his distinctive voice you can tell that he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, with this in mind I was intrigued to find how he became a Hollywood legend.

I haven't read Michael Caine's previous autobiography and I think this may have gone in his favour. He does say at the start of the book that he'd wrote What's it all About? thinking that his film career was over but that he's had emense success since which has persuaded him to write this follow up. The first half of the book does focus on his early career and the stories of not only his struggle but the struggle of those around him, many of whom are also established names in "the business".

The initial chapters took a bit of getting through, I think mainly this was because my initial thought was - he's name dropping, I then came to the realisation that he's actually not, this is his life and the big names are just regular appearances in it. The book is also written exactly as Michael talks, there's no flowery embelishments of literary terms, it's plain speaking and gets to the point, this makes it very easy reading and quite quick to get through.

Once I'd got into the book I did really enjoy it, family and friends (plus house and garden) are obviously very important to him and it's nice to find someone so famous who is also very grounded, I got the distinct impression that he had his mum and wife to thank for that!

The only thing I really didn't like about this was the ending, I didn't want a recipe book and although I was interested in the films he's made, his favourite films and why was also something I wasn't particularly interested in.

If you've not read Michael's earlier autobiography then my advice would be to not bother, skip that and just go straight through to this one, it's an enjoyable read and highly entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timbo on 14 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm too a fan of Michael Caine the actor hence why I was given this a gift before xmas. It tells of his upbringing from his London days to national service and time in Korea fighting and his struggle to get into the film industry. There after it strikes me as an autobiography of some funny anecdotes but a lot of name and place dropping from there on. He dwells mainly on his bigger films that got his name put up in lights such as 'Zulu' and 'Italian Job' but as he's made so many he could fill the whole book just talking about these alone. He talks briefly about his personal life and how he met Shakira but as another reviewer mentioned he doesn't dig the dirt on other fellow actors, in fact one of the few autobiographies involving the Hollywood scene that doesn't mention drugs or sex! He does come across as a nice fella whose juggled his family with his work quite nicely (hence the longevity of his marriage). Worth a read but can't help feeling he does hold stuff back.
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