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His Way (2011)

Jerry Weintraub  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jerry Weintraub
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UXVCQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "His Way" on IMDb

Special Features

"My First Real Job”- Additional interview footage

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Persistent. Lucky. Sly. Audacious. Jerry Weintraub has been called a lot of things as one of Hollywood’s longest-working producers and most powerful talent managers. Though he will use any means to get to the top of the game, he’s experienced both its highs and lows during an enviable five-decade career. In this star-studded, feature-length documentary, the man himself spins compelling yarns of his life, loves, and livelihood. Nothing can stop Jerry Weintraub until he gets His Way.

Talk about Hollywood dish. His Way is one of those rare documentaries about the behind-the-scenes machinations of Tinseltown--warts, egos, and all. His Way, which premiered originally on HBO, profiles the legendary film producer Jerry Weintraub, who has been a producer for so long (since the 1970s) that he has started to remake his earlier films (The Karate Kid, Oh, God!). Weintraub's story is a fascinating one, because his career is considered a shining example of how to be a successful Hollywood player. Yet a good portion of Weintraub's films over the years (Cruising, All Night Long, the third Karate Kid) have been critical and commercial flops. (And he also is responsible for a lot of successes, too, from small gems like Diner and Nashville to the megahits of the George Clooney Ocean's films.) Yet at a certain level in Hollywood, as His Way clearly demonstrates, there's no such thing as failure, and Weintraub is portrayed as a man whose connections and networking have allowed him to become--and continue to be--one of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood.

His Way seems to have been filmed alongside Ocean's Thirteen, because there are entertaining (and potty-mouthed) tributes from several of that film's stars, including Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Don Cheadle. Weintraub himself has excellent dish about some of the people he worked with early on in his career, such as John Denver (the original Oh, God!), Robert Altman (Nashville), and Frank Sinatra. And the viewer also gets to bask in Weintraub's reflected glory, in his magnificent pad overlooking the lights of Los Angeles, with his too-tan face and slightly too-tight smile beaming over the whole lot. And why not? Weintraub worked his way, hard, to the top of Hollywood, and His Way shows how it's highly unlikely he would ever need to consider stepping down. A must for film fans. --A.T. Hurley

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you love show business, there's no reason you wouldn't want to check out the documentary "His Way" about producer Jerry Weintraub. A Hollywood power player for almost forty years, Weintraub is the epitome of stubbornness, perseverance, and never take no for an answer. His tenaciousness is legendary--from his early dealings with Frank Sinatra and Elvis to his modern day machinations that brought the biggest stars together for not one, but three, "Oceans" films. While no biographical documentary, however, can hope to be completely comprehensive--"His Way" never gets too close to its subject. And thus, I remained somewhat unenlightened about most of Weintraub's career. In fact, I ended up knowing far more about his marriage than anything else. Don't get me wrong. Every bit of this film entertained and engaged me, but it misses the mark on really showcasing Weintraub's professional contributions between the start of his career and now.

Peppered with much star power (this must have been shot around "Oceans 13" time), we've got George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Ellen Barkin, and James Caan all weighing in with anecdotes about Weintraub. To highlight my point about the film's focus, though, take this example: The film spends about five minutes or less on when Weintraub opened a studio in the eighties, released a slate of under-performing films, and had to close up shop at a great financial loss. Arguably, this episode had to be devastating and a very significant developmental step in Weintraub's professional journey. The film actually spends far more time on practical jokes Clooney played on Weintraub on a film set. Again, it's fun--but it lacks a bit of depth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Offers plenty of fun anecdotes October 10, 2011
Clark Douglas, DVD Verdict -Initially, I feared His Way was going to be an incredibly tedious experience, as the first few minutes of the film are devoted to one celebrity after another fawning over the man: "He's so amazing...he's like a father figure...he's a genius among geniuses...he's one of the greatest men I've ever known." I'm paraphrasing, but that's the general idea. Thankfully, after the miscalculated introduction (it's unwise to start piling showers of praise on a guy before we've learned anything about what he's done to earn such praise) the film primarily focuses on Weintraub and allows him to do what he does best: capture our attention with his charmingly larger-than-life stories of behind-the-scenes adventures.

Though His Way is rarely as commanding or entertaining as the Robert Evans confessional The Kid Stays in the Picture, Weintraub's enthusiasm for the life he's lived is kind of infectious. When he recalls his initial encounters with Presley and Sinatra (two of the best stories this film has to offer), his eyes light up as if he's nothing more than a youthful fan recounting his brush with greatness. If Weintraub's accounts of events are to be believed, he stumbled into fame and fortune through a fortunate blend of cleverness, earnest naivete and luck. His swanky life wasn't handed down to him; his story is a heartening tale of pulling-oneself-up-by-the-bootstraps work ethic.

The film looks excellent on DVD, though there's not a whole lot to observe aside from some talking heads. The packaging heavily promotes the inclusion of clips of musical acts and films from Weintraub's career, but these are actually pretty minimal (as are other stills, bits of archival footage and so on).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best May 12, 2014
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Just the best best for entertainment and fun. He is hilarious and fastinatingly innovative and candid. A really great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 23, 2014
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Great story, of an up and down career.
Weintraub is a true original with a direct blunt style, and it's fun to watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing and super interesting life!!!! January 27, 2014
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I LOVED!!!! this documentary on such a legend as Mr. Jerry Weintraub. His life story as narrated by himself as well as those comments made by family members, friends, his wife and companion, among others, are fantastic. What a colorful and extraordinary character.I would have loved to meet such an interesting man which,by the way, reminds me of my father in many ways. God bless him!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love him! June 11, 2013
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I love Jerry Weintraub and this is done very well. His stories are funny and you can see why he has been so successful...he has that no bull, work hard, likeable personality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Matters September 6, 2012
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"His Way" is one of the most refreshing documentaries I've seen in a long time. You can't help but like Jerry and his wife, Jane, an incredible singer and smart woman. You can not tell me that the "other woman" in Jerry's life is not, at times, a thorn in Jane's side. But she hides it well (at least on camera) and comes across as truly a clever woman who will do what she has to do to keep her family and finances together despite the interference of the third wheel. Jerry's honesty and child-like love of life should be an example to everyone "to do what you want to do without hurting anyone." Live life with humor. So you take a risk and fail. Try again, make a funny story out of it and move on. Have fun and live life with emotional intelligence don't hang on to the past move forward. That really is the message of "My Way." Meanwhile, the comments from Jerry's friends were priceless and very funny. I especially like George Clooney's dry sense of humor and annoying pranks. I interviewed his Aunt Rosemary (well-known singer and actress) many years ago in Las Vegas and all she wanted to talk about was George and how famous he was going to be someday. He has a lot of loving people on his side and an insight into life and himself that makes everyone around him just a little bit better for knowing him. But if I had to pick one person who I admired the most it would have to be Jane. As a young woman I too traveled and lived in Europe off and on and I know exactly what Jane means when she says the Europeans are more sophisticated when it comes to relationships. They're much more realistic about "love" and less emotionally constipated. I wish Jane and Jerry nothing but the best for their family. Read more ›
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