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Publisher's Summary

Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, remained loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. He helped bring to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time, including Apocalypse Now, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle. Of course, there are the box-office disasters, which also have a place in his fascinating memoir, a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, of creativity stymied, and of working with the industry's brightest star power.
An eyewitness to Hollywood history in the making, Medavoy gives a powerful and poignant view of the past and future of a world he knows intimately.
©2002 Mike Medavoy with Josh Young (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Brisk, conversational, and intelligent writing supported by Robertson Dean's equally intelligent and ingenuous read provides a deeply informative listen." ( AudioFile)"[A]n engrossing exploration of what really makes Hollywood tick." ( Library Journal)"The best book on Hollywood I've ever read." ( Larry King)
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By Richard on 11-04-11

Not Great, Quite Good, No need to Shoot

Narration was good but the story was not as engrossing as I was expecting. I thought he would be discussing in more detail the great, good and awful. Instead there was a huge amount of self satisfaction (I should have known better, this is a Hollywood Insider after all) about some very spurious links to great films and very little discussion on the really bad ones, which is where the interest really would have been.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-12-11

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

A wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most prolific producers in movie history that feels like an honest genuflection upon the oftentimes good, and occasionally regretful, decisions made in an industry renown for its ability to deceive itself. Many books of this kind contain a significant amount of revisionist history that requires a healthy dose of salt during consumption. This book manages to tell a series of stories that allows a reader to understand the events disclosed within its pages are from one source who can only tell one side. It attempts to be both fair and entertaining from cover to cover, and that effort is appreciated. Moments of repetition pass quickly enough since they often lead into another chapter within his life, and some of those scenes revealed are laugh out loud entertaining. Touching to a degree, this book was a read I would recommend to anyone who enjoys cinema history, or autobiographies in general. A great addition to any library!

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By Trebor on 09-19-15


I like Hollywood gossip. And this had it all.
Takes you to another world of showbiz and glamour.
Great for listening in the car when you are on a long journey.

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