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Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes : Four Decades of Filmmaking Hardcover – 17 Dec 2013

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Michael Singer is a writer and production unit publicist with more than 35 years of experience in his field. Singer's previous books include The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; The Answer is Yes: The Art and Making of The Sorcerer's Apprentice; We Make Our Own Destiny: Behind the Scenes of Prince of Persia The Sands of Time; Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean; The Making of Oliver Stone's Heaven and Earth; and "making of" books for "Batman Returns," "Batman Forever," and "Batman &" "Robin," as well as "A Cut Above: 50 Film Directors Talk About Their Craft" and 13 annual editions of the pre-internet age reference book "Michael Singer's Film Directors: A Complete Guide."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Supersized Tribute to a Mega-Successful Producer! 30 Jan. 2014
By Mike O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
If you check a dictionary under the word 'success,' you'll probably find a photograph of Jerome Leon Bruckheimer. Thanks to a succession of box-office hits like BAD BOYS, TOPGUN, PEARL HARBOR , NATIONAL TREASURE and the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise not to mention the CSI TV franchise, Jerry Bruckheimer has become one of the most succesful producers of all time. Michael Singer and Disney Editions combine talents to produce this supersized (16x12") tribute to Bruckheimer.

First breaking into film in the early 1970s, Bruckheimer and his then-partner, Don Simpson, began hitting their stride in the '80s with FLASHDANCE, BEVERLY HILLS COP and TOPGUN. The hits continued in the 1990s with CON AIR, CRIMSON TIDE and THE ROCK. In the years following Simpson's death in 1996, Bruckheimer became known as 'Mr. Blockbuster' due to ARMAGEDDON, PEARL HARBOR, the four PIRATES flicks, etc. His TV ventures have, likewise, been successful, witness the four CSI shows, COLD CASE, WITHOUT A TRACE and so on. Along with bringing in over $13 billion to Hollywood's coffers, Bruckheimer's films have won six Oscars, which is a pretty good track record for the only son of a lower middle-class German-Jewish family hailing from Detroit who dream(ed) of working in the movie."

The story of how that success came about is amply detailed and sumptously illustrated in JERRY BRUCKHEIMER, WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES, FOUR DECADES OF FILMMAKING. The book traces Bruckheimer from Detroit to Hollywood, incorporating generous quotes and reminscences from Bruckheimer. Singer takes a sympathetic approach to Bruckheimer's work, providing an up-beat rather than critical analysis of the various movie and TV productions. Whatever you think of Bruckheimer's output, he comes across as a sharp operator "who makes movies for the common man...people in the middle who want to be entertained." Given Bruckheimer's track record and Singer's relentlessly upbeat viewpoint, it's ironic the book ends with coverage of THE LONG RANGER, a cinematic turkey of the first order.

Singer's book tops out at 302 oversized pages. Visually it's a delight with hundreds of full-color production stills from all of Bruckheimer's movie and TV productions along with candids of JB with Simpson, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Michael Bay, Ben Affleck, Joel Schumacher, et al. The book retails for $60.00 but the pix alone are worth the price.

Despte flops like THE LONE RANGER, Bruckheimer will undoubtedly be around for some time, cranking out the hits. JERRY BRUCKHEIMER is a gorgeously-illustrated if somewhat uncritical look at his career thus far. Movie fans should relish this history/tribute, which gives new meaning to the phrase 'coffee-table book.' Recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Photographs 29 April 2014
By Brian Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Love all the movies featured in this book.
I had never seen most of the pictures featured in this book…not on the internet, not anywhere.
I've got it on my coffee table and literally everyone that stops by takes the time to look through it.
Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best behind the scene pictures and commentary, ever 1 May 2014
By A. Sturgeon - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book - the text itself is a quick read but felt very substantial in content. Michael Singer did an amazing job of making me feel like I was part of the movie - on set and behind the scenes - but really, the PHOTOGRAPHS! They were amazing! I've never seen any of these pictures before, even online. Stunning and super interesting to hear about some of my favorite movies from the perspective of my favorite director. Great book to have out on the coffee table - it's a little pricey, but it's totally worn it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool book! 21 May 2014
By Ian C. Young - Published on Amazon.com
I don't own it, but had a chance to sift through and read a little when I was with a friend who owned it. Photographs and timeline are expertly displayed. It's truly remarkable how many movies he's produced! Any film lover would like this book. Even if you're not a fan of JB, you can't deny his work and the impact he's had on the industry for better or worse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic stories from the movies you love! 30 April 2014
By A Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
This book is amazing!

You get the behind the scenes view of the most epic movies of all times. Loved the photos and the untold stories from Jerry Bruckheimer himself. This is perfect gift for any film buff but It also makes a great coffee table book to impress your friends.
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