Blade Runners, Deer Hunters, and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies

Blade Runners, Deer Hunters, and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies

by Michael Deeley


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One man links The Deer Hunter, Blade Runner, The Italian Job, Don t Look Now, The Wicker Man and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Producer Michael Deeley, an urbane Englishman in Hollywood, had to fight wars to get these movies made, from defending the legendary sex scene of Don t Look Now from a disapproving Warren Beatty to seizing control of Convoy from a cocaine-ridden Sam Peckinpah. This is a no-holds-barred look at the true stories behind some of the greatest cult movies ever made."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605981369
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/31/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 563,463
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.17(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Deeley is a world famous producer whose work includes The Italian Job, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Deer Hunter (for which he won an Academy Award), and Blade Runner. He was the president of EMI Films Inc. and has a founding member and Deputy Chairman of The British Screen Advisory Council. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword xi

Overture: 'And the Winner Is ...'? 1

1 Robin Hood, the Goons and the Nudist Boom 14

2 Getting The Knack 26

3 Hollywood UK 37

4 Gearing up for The Italian Job 46

5 White-knuckle Ride: Making the Italian Job 60

6 The Greatest Film I Never Made, and the Hellish One that I Did 78

7 Mr Wilson, and His Plans for British Film 89

8 Don't Look Now, or The Prudery of Warren Beatty, and The Wicker Man, or The Wrath of Christopher Lee 98

9 British Business 107

10 Soaring High, Almost Crashing: The Man Who Fell to Earth 116

11 The Lion's Last Gasp 128

12 Peckinpah, Convoy and a Blizzard of Cocaine 141

13 A National Anthem: The Deer Hunter 163

14 Low Grade 182

15 Power, Vainglory and Michael Cimino 192

16 Blade Runner-Incept Date: 1979 200

17 Blade Runner-T-Shirt Wars 227

18 Blade Runner-Waiting for Vangelis 245

19 A Form of Retirement 263

Coda 270

Acknowledgements 275

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