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Hit and Run Paperback – June 17, 1997
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Griffin & Masters have created THE required reading book on everything that is wrong with Hollywood. They were able to tell the inside stories of multi-million dollar deals and make them understandable. Jon Peters, a barely literate hairdresser who happened to be friends with Barbara Streisand, and his business partner Peter Guber schmoozed their way through the 80s and were picked by Sony to run their newly acquired Columbia/Tri-Star pictures. Billions of dollars in losses later (Last Action Hero, I'll Do Anything) they got kicked out.
It is really an incredible story. If it was fiction, you'd think it completly impossible to believe, but it is all true.
To read something else about Peters and Guber, I've strongly recommend "Burton on Burton", where Tim Burton gives his personal view on them.
The book also serves as a biography of these two famous gentlemen and how they managed to take credit for a lot of other peoples creativity. They took credit for other peoples ideas and then promoted the hell out of these movies and managed to make themselves rich. As the authors put it, most people in Hollywood knew their reputation. It took a foreign business (Sony) buying Columbia to figure out their less than stellar management capabilities. For this, Sony lost a ton of money.
The authors do a nice job of detailing Guber and Peters backgrounds and their unique chance at changing the landscape of Hollywood. This is a fairly long book, but well written, so the time flies when you read it. A great read about the sordid business of Hollywood.
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I read this book several years ago, but picked it up again recently and was amused by it all over again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VG
Brutal to read how two guys almost drove a studio into the ground, smiling all the way.Published 6 months ago by The joker 308
Facinating tale of how the movie industry REALLY works...Astonishing, brilliant and like eves-dropping in on Hollywood's party line!Published 6 months ago by Nan Johnson
This is an extremely readable account of how two larger-than-life fakers were able to take Hollywood for a ride. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Larry Gevirtz
Bit of a tough read, too many descriptions of unknowns. It's a pick up read, put down wk later pick up again. Glad I spent $4.00 for shipping and .02 for the actual bk. Read morePublished 8 months ago by isyss
The SONY Hacking debacle reminded me of this book which I read back when it first came out. This should be required reading for all people who are planning to go on TV and talk... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marguerite Chipp Matthews
It's really interesting to learn about people who are seen as now the elder statesmen of the entertainment industry seen as what they are truly are, hucksters. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Pretty cool true story about scamming your way to the top. Fake it til you make it they say.
I bought this book YEARS ago. Can't believe I'm just rating it now.