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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; 1st edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093902
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“. . . Caine has known, befriended, worked or partied with everyone from John Huston to Heath Ledger, and has the kind of life where a Rolling Stone waits patiently while he gives James Bond advice on how to become a knight. As such, this breezy, name-droppy salute to old, un-PC Hollywood is a lighthearted hoot.” – New York Post
 
“Caine has three things you want in a memoirist—an eye for detail, a knack for storytelling and a sense of humor about himself—and they all come out to play in ‘The Elephant to Hollywood.’”—New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Sir Michael Caine has won two Academy Awards during his distinguished five-decade career on screen. Knighted in 2000, Caine was born in working-class Sussex, England, and served in the British Army before landing his first film role in Zulu (1964). His films include The Ipcress File, Alfie, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, and Harry Brown. He is the author of the bestselling What's It All About?. He lives in Surrey with his wife of thirty-seven years.


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The book doesn't lack for name dropping.
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He tells his story in an honest forthright manner and always with a sense of wonder and humility.
wogan
If you are a good reader, you will guess who he does not care for, but he never spells it out.
Claude Lambert

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Paula on October 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I truly enjoyed reading his book. It made me want to invite him for tea and chat with him about gardening, the weather, the joy of Christmas and the ability to overcome difficulties. I enjoyed reading about his career as well as about his mother and brothers and yes, his mother really would do anything for her boys. His autobiography is a treasure, you will laugh, and cry and feel the love that he has towards his family, friends and career. He is in my humble opinion a truly remarkable man. Ah, I really enjoyed the tip the Duke gave him LOL...and Jack, thank you for dragging Sir Michael's butt back into business!!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ripple on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
To some extent, the weaknesses of this book are somewhat inevitable. In 1992 Caine wrote What's It All About?: His Autobiography, an autobiography that was interesting and a great read from an extremely prolific movie actor who has rubbed shoulders with some of the greats. Caine is a natural raconteur and, one suspects, is terrific company. At the time, he thought that his place as a Hollywood leading man was over - and indeed in that sense it largely was. But in subsequent years he has taken on some terrific supporting actor roles and produced, in my view, some of his most interesting work. There is still then a story to tell, despite the fact that in my view no one should really be allowed to publish more than one autobiography. That could have been fine though if he had just concentrated on those 20 years, but instead, perhaps understandably, he has chosen to repeat the "full life" approach and that's the books weakness.

Since What's It All About?, there are another 20 years and countless movies to add, and perhaps in recognition that many readers will have read the first book, this time the book is about half the length of the first book. It's harsh to note that some of the stories are the same - of course they are - but with the huge number of movies, there is little scope for any detail as he attempts to precis this period that he's already covered. The result is too much like a list with little interesting detail. There's also some repetition within the book of bits from the first period and the more interesting newer work.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Michael Caine's book, `The Elephant to Hollywood' reveals the man behind the movie star, and he is a pleasure to meet.
Elephant refers to the London borough named after two roads called Elephant and Castle; the surrounding area was known, for short as the Elephant. It was here that Michael Caine, as well as Charlie Chaplin lived when they were young.
Michael tells of his life from birth to the present, both his personal side and his professional. He writes in a very casual first person style - you can almost hear his voice. He tells his story in an honest forthright manner and always with a sense of wonder and humility. He gives his views on those he has worked with and on violence in the movies and advice he has been given. What shines through is his love of his life and especially of his family. Without patting himself on the back you can see what an incredibly nice human being he is.

There are two sections of pictures both of Michael's family and of his friends, many of them famous entertainment figures. There are two appendixes, one with his top ten favorite movies and one with the favorite movies he has been in; there is also an index.

This is an interesting biography, both in telling the workings of the motion picture industry and in Michael Caine's revealing of his personal friendships and family and some of the surprising turns of events in his life. It is a pleasure to read and will make you a fan of his, if you are not already.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Carroll on November 3, 2010
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This book is most entertaining! Not an "and then I did this; and then I did that" kind of autobiography but rather full of interesting and often humorous anecdotes. Michael knows a lot of famous people whom he has encountered over his long career but he does not "name drop." I am sorry the previous reviewer is unhappy with the Kindle price but this is not the place to complain about that; this place is for reviews of the book. And I give the book a five star review!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trudi on March 9, 2011
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Ripple's review captures my feelings. Since I was a child (since Zulu at the drive-in), Michael Caine has been at the top of my list of favorite actors; of course, I read his previous autobiography as well as this new one. In this new autobiography, I did not encounter new material until page 194 out of 296 (including appendices). It appears that all pre-1992 material was copied and pasted from the prior autobiography. It would have been acceptable to include the prior material, but with new words and embellished with new information (in the manner that Caine embellished the stories in a PBS radio interview I had heard).

In either autobiography, I could do without the lists of celebrities where they don't contribute to the story (e.g., listing who attended a party). Mr. Caine is very personable and warm in live interviews; his autobiographies don't always give one the same impression. The best sections of the books (particularly the extended first autobiography versions) are his early life, army stint, and struggling actor years. Those sectons display depth, intelligence, emotion, and educate the reader.
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