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501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1ST edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764160214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764160219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

This is a guide to major movie legends as well as less-known performers, both American and international. Arranged by the decade of the entrant’s birth, each entry includes a photo; a list of major films; birth date (and, where pertinent, death date); and an essay. Most entries are a page, but major stars such as Bogart and Brando get more coverage. This title complements the editor’s prior title, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Barron’s, 2005), and can function as a delightful book to browse as well as a reference source for film fans. --Patricia Hogan

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"These hefty, valuable volumes are stuffed with tons of information about all your favorite filmmakers."


Scene, January 29, 2008



From the article "Some of the stars' best lines are scripted


Funny, clever, philosophicalƒ‚‚--the oldes celebs sait it bestƒ‚‚"






ƒ‚‚"501 Movie Stars puts together quite a collection of quotes from stars off-camera with nary a screenwriter in sight."
‚--Hamilton Spectator, October 29, 2007

From the article ‚"Some of the stars‚' best lines are scripted


Funny, clever, philosophical‚--the oldes celebs sait it best‚"






‚"The history of Hollywood film is littered with great catchphrases. A while back, the American Film Institute came out with its list of the top movie quotes of all time, and they ranged from Gone with the Wind‚'s ‚"Frankly, my dear, I don‚'t give a damn‚" at No. 1 to Titanic‚'s ‚"I‚'m the king of the world! at No. 100. It doesn‚'t take a move maestro to know Clark Gable spoke No. 1 and Leonardo DiCaprio No. 100. But while Gable and Leo will long be identified with the quotes, they only spoke words someone else wrote."



"Writers are the unsung heroes of Hollywood, but a new book shows that Tinseltown‚'s biggest stars did have a lot to say on their own. 501 Movie Stars puts together quite a collection of quotes from stars off-camera with nary a screenwriter in sight. The book is also filled with bios and filmographies. And the best quotes come from the oldest stars, adding strength to another old movie phrase, ‚"They don‚'t make ‚'em like they used to‚'‚".


Hamilton Spectator, October 29, 2007

More About the Author

Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in Style: Artistic Murder in the Movies, Understanding Film Genres, and Traditions in World Cinema. He is also a consultant for film, television, and home video/DVD production companies, a curator for world horror film programs, and a staff member in development for Paramount Pictures. Among his recent titles are 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors, both available in North America from Barron's. Two additional titles from Barron's are scheduled for publication in Spring 09. They are 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By GloriBee on January 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this as a gift for my son, who is a huge fan of cinema, to put it mildly. Having purchased 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, also by Steven Jay Schneider, it was not much of a jump to order both 501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors and 501 Movie Directors: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Filmmakers, upon their recent release as soon as they became available.

501 Movie Stars is a thick book and interesting to be sure; filled with wonderful info and photos.

I would doubtless give it 5 stars if it were not for some glaring omissions. It goes without saying that any reader would come up with a list of actors that they felt should be included and this reviewer understands you cannot include every actor of merit.

However, glance at this partial list of actors omitted from this huge hardcover book and tell me they should not have been included (many of whom have been nominated several times and have won Academy Awards):

Sean Astin
Ed Harris (4 nominations)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1 nomination, 1 win)
Diane Lane (1 nomination)
Jude Law (2 nominations)
Ian McCellan (2 nominations)
Viggo Mortenson
Billy Bob Thornton (1 nomination, 1 win)

Most glaring to us is the omission of Joe Pesci, who was nominated twice and won an Oscar for Goodfellas and Robert Duvall, who was nominated 6 times, including for his work in The Godfather and one win for Tender Mercies.

Again, this is but a partial list. Each day my son thinks of additional notable actors he is shocked to discover have been omitted.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ardeal VINE VOICE on June 5, 2009
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If you watch movies for a hobby, you may get easily disappointed by the superficial selections of both actors and the movies they played in. Just as an example, I was surprised that we have a page dedicated to Divine (I did not even know of this actor), yet David Carradine, the "Kill Bill", "North and South" and "Kung-Fu" guy is missing.
The book is titled "...Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors" and therefore commits to a lot. Unfortunately little is offered. The movie titles listed under each actor is very selective and includes low quality ones instead of better ones - at least with AMG you can select their best work. You will be much better off getting one of Roger Ebert's books or the Video Hound. They may not have all the fancy photographs of this book, yet if you're looking for substance, you'll get a lot more for your buck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Surfer Dude on May 19, 2008
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If you want the most indepth review on movie stars then this is the book to get. I just wish they would have included some of the newer actors and actresses to the list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ell-kee on March 3, 2011
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I rated this star review with only three stars for two very good reasons. The first being I think that many stars of whom belonged in this book, weren't. And the second being that there were far to many foreign stars that are totally unknown to most americans. But, the reviews were excellent, considering the fact that most had to be short. The picture choices were very good, and the content of this work generally first rate. I am glad that I purchased this item and will scan through it for years to come.
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