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Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2007 (Plume Paperback) Paperback – August 29, 2006

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Easily the most comprehensive work of its kind. It belongs next to every TV and VCR [and DVD player]. -- USA Today

Head and shoulders above the rest. -- The New York Times

About the Author

Recognized as one of the leading authorities on movies and moviemaking, LEONARD MALTIN has become a household name and media personality thanks to his regular appearances on the highly successful syndicated TV program, Entertainment Tonight, and his daily radio feature, Leonard Maltin’s Radio View.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287563
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,353,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on September 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide is one of four essential movie guide's on the market, the others being Halliwell's Film Guide, The Time Out Movie Guide and The Virgin Film Guide (which is actually an updated edition of James Monaco's Movie Guide and is available from Each of these books have their own particular strengths, The Virgin and Time Out Guide's with longer but fewer reviews and Maltin's and Halliwell's books with very comprehensive but brief entries.

My initial concern when I heart that Maltin was creating a separate Classic Movie Guide was that many earlier films would now only be available in that separate book. Of the hundreds of pre-60's films I looked up every single one was still included in this book, many of them far from standard classics. What Maltin has done is wisely weed out all of the obscure pre-1960's programmers that few people have an interest in seeing today in order to keep the book a maneagable size. Unless you have a need to research really obscure, generic fare (and it's going to have to be a lot more obscure than anything directed by Edgar G. Ulmer for example) you will be fine without the Classic Guide.

Regarding the print size, it is true that the type isn't much bigger than with the mass market edition but it IS slightly larger. I would still recommend sticking with the larger Plume trade size paperback.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Red Wood on September 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alright, there are some logical complaints here, but all easy to answer. First, this book IS available, as one reviewer mentioned, in large print(for those who need this). However, for others, like myself, just get this book. The descriptions of milestones, early appearances, etc. are well worth it. The facts here are much more numerous than any other guide. Included is a family guide-with a large quantity of great family pictures of the past and present(there's also a "Leonard Maltin Family Film Guide" on the market, if it's more of this you so desire), a mail-order video area, and a widescreen glossary(which I find very useful-and not a bad idea for others to use, too-especially when I read on Amazon that they need to release the widescreen version of "Shadow of a Doubt", et al., although this film was never in widescreen format).

As far as the comment on his TV movies, his TV guide has not been on the market for awhile(probably not a phenomenal sell-big shocker, huh?) This is why the more "important" TV films are still here. Although it appears that he's stopped adding recent TV movies(within the last decade or more), his main focus is on cinema, which is obviously the meat of this guide. If it's more depth in the TV area that interests you, you may need to look for a good TV encyclopedia. Also, where it might be a space saver for Maltin to remove the actors/directors guide in the back, this short directory comes in handy when looking for a quick reference on the bigger stars and directors, which is its focus. In fact, he's enlargened this section to include even more important/contemporary names. This section, which had always been available in the guide, had been lost in the early part of this decade.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on November 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I always buy Leonard Maltin's paperback Movie Guide every year. I have found that it contains a review of every movie I look for (except, obviously movies that were released after the publication date).

Years ago I bought two other rather large movie guide books, only to find that they were not nearly as complete and comprehensive as Maltin's Book.

My only complaint with the paperback version is the size of the print - a little small for my 70-year-old eyes.

Next year, I will visit one of the larger booksellers and ask if there is a version with larger print.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Nay VINE VOICE on August 13, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The review and facts in this book are fine, but the editor should be fired. What good is movie review book if you can't find the reviews because they aren't alphabetized correctly?? Go ahead -- try to find "The Manchurian Candidate" in there. Let's see, that should be listed as "Manchurian Candidate, The" and that should come after all the titles that start with "Man" but NO -- it's in the middle of all the "Man" movies. What??

There is a standard method of alphabetizing that has been around for a long time and is well-accepted and understood. It's used in every phone book in the country and every other movie review guide that I've used, but for some reason this book decided to do something different. The standard method says that a space in a multi-word title is alphabetized before any letters. Thus "Man in the Iron Mask" comes before "Manchurian Candidate" because "man[space]" comes before "manc" at the beginning of the titles. This book decided to just ignore spaces and alphabetize only by the letters. It's almost like having a dictionary that's not in alphabetical order -- all the facts are in there, but they're kind of hard to find.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis B. Parks on January 7, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I seldom pick a movie to record on DVR or buy or rent without Maltin's reliable guide. (My interest seldom runs to the latest releases.) No reviewer will fit your taste exactly every time, but Maltin has a down to earth approach that nicely blends both a critic's eye for finer films and an appreciation of the popular taste of the general public. These are short reviews, not full-length, but convey a good sense of the film. If you get the smaller paperback size ($8.99 not the larger $20 version) it's great to keep in the car and take in the store with you. I also keep a copy next to my TV and use it if ordering from Amazon or Netflix. I've used many, many annual guides, but this is the one I buy every year. Note that this guide covers film from silent to present day. Maltin's misleadingly titled "Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide" is also good and handy, but only for films prior to 1960. It works in a lot of the thousands of films (major and B pictures) that wouldn't fit the main guide. But it's title confuses a lot of buyers who think 'classic' refers to quality. It just means pre-1960.
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