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All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners [Hardcover]

Rutger Hauer , Patrick Quinlan
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April 24, 2007

He came to mainstream prominence as a machine more human than his creators in Blade Runner, terrified us as a hitchhiker bent on his own death and the death of anyone who got in his way in The Hitcher, and unforgettably portrayed a lonely king roaming the night as a wolf and pining for the love of a hawk during the day in Ladyhawke.

Rutger Hauer has dazzled audiences for years with his creepy, inspiring, and villainous portrayals of everyone from a cold-blooded terrorist in Nighthawks to a blind martial arts master in Blind Fury, but his movie career was nothing compared to his real-life adventures of riding horses, sword fighting, and leaving home at fifteen to scrub decks on a freighter and explore the world.

From poverty to working with a traveling theater troupe to his breakout European performance in Turkish Delight and working with legendary directors such as Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop and Basic Instinct) and Ridley Scott (Alien and Gladiator), Hauer has collected All Those Moments here.

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About the Author

Rutger Hauer is an international film star who has made more than a hundred movies, playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. He makes his home in the Netherlands but spends most of his time traveling the world on film shoots.

Patrick Quinlan is the author of two novels and has been a journalist and political organizer. He lives on the coast of Maine.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061133892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061133893
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing The Heroes, Villains, Replicants April 13, 2008
If you are reading this review, then chances are you are also a fan of Rutger Hauer. He has appeared in some of the seminal roles of film history...I don't need to mention the obvious ones i.e Roy Batty. There was Soldier Martin in Flesh & Blood and of course the role that broke the mould in Turkish Delight, a film which I thoroughly recommend. The hitcher was chilling. There were also the many many doozies - really bad films that Rutger somehow managed to find himself in. Lets face it he has done may of these, Omega Doom, Cold Blood to name but a few.
The book promises on the surface to reveal something of the man himself. I expected to hear his side of things, why for instance did he make some of these obviously poor choices. Here was an opportunity to open up to the reader. But alas it never quite breaks the surface. Autobiographies usually reveal something of the pscyche within. Rutger chooses not to expose this. When he mentions his parents and their departure when he was still a child, our appetite is whetted. We want to hear more...but then he moves on never quite settling on anything too long. Yes it was interesting to learn that he left with the merchant navy at such a young age (he was 15) but we are never allowed more than a furtive glance into the man's life.
Part of what attracts people to this man has been the mystery that surrounds him and his refusal to fit in with the Hollywood stereotype. This is why I would have liked to hear more from him on a personal level. His need for privacy is legendary and we can well understand this. But when one elects to write a biography, the reader expects a little more insight than has been generally available. This book could have been so much more.
We don't hear much about his wife nor why they decided not have any children. O.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Autobiography July 22, 2007
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I have been a fan of Rutger Hauer since I saw Blade Runner when it came out in 1982. His new autobiography ("All Those Moments") is a revealing portrait of the artist giving a candid look at his life and his approach to acting. The son of actors, he describes his early life growing up in Holland, his start as an actor in a small rural theater company and his start as a film actor.

He describes his major films: Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Blind Fury, Soldier of Orange, the Hitcher and Nighthawks, and his breakthrough role in the Dutch television series Floris, in detail giving insight into how he approaches his character. He spends some time describing his craft and the difficulties of being away from home for long periods of time. Mr. Hauer has made his share of bad films but he has always struck me as such a consummate professional that his performance is always worth watching.

The book is written in a conversational style, as if Mr. Hauer was taking to you, which makes for fast reading. The book is illustrated with several black-and-white photographs of some family pictures but more of Mr. Hauer in his various roles. My only small complaint is that the book does not have a true ending. We leave off at Mr. Hauer's most recent projects - Batman Begins and The Poseidon Adventure - for a chapter on acting followed by a chapter on the Starfish Association and some entries from his diary. There is no looking ahead to what he thinks his life or career will bring. The Starfish Association is an AIDS support group to which the royalties of Mr. Hauer's book are being donated.

This is a very frank, entertaining and thought-provoking book. If you have seen any of Rutger Hauer's films his book is a must-read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Moments, great reading. May 8, 2007
This is a true treat for Rutger Hauer fans. Very interesting reading. The stories behind such great films as Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Ladyhawke, Nighthawks, etc are fascinating. I highly recommend this book. As a plus, the profits from this book go towards Rutgers Starfish program to help HIV/AIDS patients. Keep up the good work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Replicant's Biography April 2, 2009
Sometime around 2006 Rutger Hauer's car breaks down somewhere near Cape Town in South Africa. A tow truck operator is finally found after dusk has set in. The man arrives, takes a look at the actor and says "I can't believe I am meeting you here. Blade Runner is my favourite movie."

Rutger has had a long and winding career in the arts spanning from small-time stage and screen productions in his native Netherlands in the late 1960s onto more recent Hollywood flicks like Batman Begins Batman Begins (Full Screen Edition). Hauer has no lack of stories to retell, experiences to recount and memories to reminisce. Yet, it is Blade Runner Blade Runner (The Director's Cut) that to this day captures the most hearts and minds. Not only does Hauer allocate more space to the film he calls "The role of my life" than any other (although not a considerable feat given some of Hauer's other films), but also Blade Runner fans would enjoy learning the trivia and information shared by the book. There is information here on how his participation almost didn't happen, the lines he contributed and all that other stuff. In fact, this book's name, sub-title, title font and back-cover quotation are all Blade Runner references.

Hauer has a lot to say about other roles he has taken on, film industry experiences and also opens up emotionally a little. His encounter with Sly Stallone in Nighthawks Nighthawks is an interesting one, as is C. Thomas Howell's reaction to him in The Hitcher
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice sefl-bio by Rutger Hauer
This was a very delighful read. I've always liked Rutger as an actor and have seen most of his US films. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gkar42
5.0 out of 5 stars very personal autobiography
Very personal discussion of his childhood, teen years, early, mid and most recent career on film, including personal views on issues in the public sphere and issues affecting what... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. S. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a very interesting read. Mr. Hauer ...
This was a very interesting read. Mr. Hauer wrote as though he were speaking to me. Thanks for a look into your life.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
This book details the life of an amazing actor and man. His recall of the rise to the "Blade Runner" phenom is truly fascinating.
Published 13 months ago by Carol S. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Reading for a Worthy Cause
I enjoyed this more than expected and the money goes to a cause important to Rutger. I like this guy ~
Published 14 months ago by Glossolalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's underated actor tells all
Rutger Hauer is & has always been an underated actor, In the early 80's it seemed he had a promising career that got sidelined, this book written by the actor chronicles his life... Read more
Published on March 18, 2011 by Michael Pettinato
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read of a remarkable actor's reflections on his career,...
All These Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners is not so much an auto-biography that you read as it is a long pleasant soliloquy where you listen to... Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by Whitt Patrick Pond
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans or theatre students
As a huge fan of Rutger's, this book was an eye opener about his life and his path to being a star. From his humble beginnings, to his adventures in theater, to his current... Read more
Published on April 17, 2010 by WiccanWolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Optmistic and pleasant reading.
If you're a Hauer fan, you'll probably enjoy this book. It's utterly optmistic, it doesn't feed upon gossip and dirty backstage tales. Read more
Published on July 11, 2009 by Botnik Roller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
Since I am a huge fan of Rutger Hauer, this book could have said anything and I would have bought it. But it was very interesting and, it was surprisingly uplifting. Read more
Published on May 10, 2009 by L. Donaldson
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movies not mentioned etc.
Rutger has often stated that "Beyond Justice" is his least favorite film, so it's not surprising that he didn't include it.
Jun 23, 2007 by John Schneiderwind |  See all 4 posts
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