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Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case Hardcover – June 1, 1988


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Two veteran film critics and authors of Hollywood Dynasties ( LJ 8/84) offer a fascinating account of events surrounding the infamous accident on the set of Twilight Zone : The Movie that killed actor Vic Morrow and two children in 1982. In an industry where egomania and arrogance are apparently the norm, this case is extreme. The authors portray boy-wonder producers and directors John Landis and Steven Spielberg especially negatively. Landis, who used the children for illegal night filming, and four others, were tried on criminal charges and found innocent. Reprimanded by the Directors Guild for unprofessional conduct, Landis continues to work regularly in Hollywood. Recommended for film collections and where interest warrants. Photos not seen. A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co; 1 edition (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087795948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877959489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Hustwick VINE VOICE on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Farber & Green do an amazing job of detailing how a horrific, multiple-manslaughter "accident" occurred because of the gross negligence of an egomaniacal director, John Landis, backed by his minions and the culture of Hollywood. It's the story of how a talented has-been actor (Vic Morrow) and two illegally hired Asian children met their deaths amidst the cowardice and dereliction of filmmaking professionals. It is a damning indictment of the mentality of an industry that exists unaltered to this day. Of course, now the book is all but forgotten, and everybody got off scott free. The only previous amazon.com customer review was written eleven years ago.

What happened on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" is nothing short of criminal. If you read this book, you will find out how there was an organized conspiracy to evade California laws and safety regulations. And after the accident? The swaggering "auteurs" and studio heads showed their true colors. It's a complete moral vacuum except for a few people on the set who walked on eggshells for fear of losing their career they had spent years trying to develop. How truly pathetic.

Hollywood is a cutthroat place and it is quite disturbing to see what people will subject themselves to, how far they will sell out. Outrageous Conduct is one of the best books I have read about the sleazy world of American filmmaking. Beyond that, it is relevant to anyone who dreams of unleashing their creativity through the artform of film, where one has to come to grips with the enormous time, money, preparation, and other factors that go into creating memorable images. Seldom talked about but always a huge issue on any picture involving action sequences is the element of safety -- on many sets there are dangerous circumstances that go under-reported. Read about some of the things Sergio Leone did, or most of the "do it yourself" books and there are plenty of examples of the John Landis approach to cast & crew.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Laughing Dragon on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some time ago, I accidentally came across some gruesome footage of the tragic accident on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie". I had seen the movie years ago, as a kid, although I didn't really want to - because I'd heard of the horrible accident that occurred during its making. But my friends talked me into seeing it, and so I did, and it was a traumatic experience to say the least. I'll never forget Vic Morrow's last scene - which of course was NOT the scene he was killed in. It was a scene where he, playing a bigot, finds himself on a train headed to Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. The scene ended with him being closed into a cattle car with Jewish prisoners, and you hear his voice crying out and then fading away as the train leaves the station. It was chilling to say the least.

And then, years later, I stumbled upon a video on Youtube concerning the accident (I did NOT know it would be so explicit until after the fact - I thought it was about the trial that followed the accident) that showed several angles of the terrible death scene. It was pathetic, appalling and made me furious, which is why I read the book "Outrageous Conduct" and am writing this review. The scene involved Vic Morrow carrying two children through water and away from a burning Vietnamese village, while helicopters (which were waayyyy too close to the people, and tragically too close to the pyrotechnics) hovered overhead. Even before the helicopter came down, Vic Morrow and those 2 kids were already in danger because of the huge explosions booming all around them. At one point, an explosion is so big that Vic, with a child under each arm, goes down on his knees.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book not only delves into the Twilight Zone disaster but also examines the history of stunts-gone-wrong in Hollywood. It also examines the background of John Landis which reveals much about his motivations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You could not get a more superb account of the Twilight Zone tragedy which occurred on the set of the movie and claimed the lives of Vic Morrow and two young actors. The authors not only examine the events surrounding the tragedy but they also delve into the backgrounds of the participants, which provides a clue as to their motivations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a griping tale and a real page turner. Outrageous Conduct is an indictment of Hollywood in general and of John Landis in perticular. How a culture can permit behavior that leads to the unnecessary deaths of three people is it's own trip to the Twilight Zone. Rod Serling gave us stories of justice handed out in macabre ways. This is a true life story of justice thwarted in it's own twisted way. The worse part of this tragedy is so little changed. People risk their lives in the entertainment industy. For what; fame, fortune, a great scene? Gleen your own lessons, and be wiser, that way these lives can be slightly less wasted.
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