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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596910240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596910249
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,747,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this brisk and entertaining look at Hollywood stuntmen, Conley (Stud: Adventures in Breeding) offers a close look at a daredevil community. Describing the physical skills, exacting preparation, and cinematic challenges, Conley, like his subjects, makes even the glass-smashing, metal-crushing car chases in the Bourne movies (starring Matt Damon) seem easy, as if avoiding certain harm were only a matter of craft and timing. From chapter to engaging chapter, Conley blends film history with his subjects' realistic assessments of athleticism, sexism, death and technological innovations of the mechanical and computerized kind. The most memorable (and humorous) exchanges come, though, from the stuntmen themselves: the seasoned pro who confesses his biggest enemies to be gravity and blonds and a stuntwoman who endures a wardrobe malfunction while filming the '70s-era TV series Wonder Woman. In fact, Conley develops such an impressive camaraderie, access and feel for the stunt world that his newfound friends prep him to set himself aflame in an attempt to do the full burn, the stunt that gives the book its title. (July)
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—Conley visited the sets of action films to talk with Hollywood stuntmen and -women and to report on the elaborate preparations and precautions that allow heart-stopping feats to be done safely. Performers talk about their lives on and off film sets and recall some of the best, the worst, and the craziest stunts they and their colleagues have enacted. They provide insider tips on how to break into the business and how spectacular falls, car crashes, and other stunts are planned and executed. While the book's format could seem repetitious (another chapter, another stuntman, another set of reminiscences), the stories are so interesting that it's difficult to stop reading. The author transmits his fascination for the profession, and readers come away with knowledge and respect for those actors for whom tumbling head over heels down a staircase or falling off a galloping horse is all in a day's work. Movie buffs will enjoy the inside information and thrill-a-minute tales.—Sandy Schmitz, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven Katz on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In "The Full Burn," Kevin Conley, author of "Stud," examines a different kind of stud: the braver, tougher, and cooler (than you me) men and women who work as professional stuntmen and stuntwomen. Conley spent years visiting the sets of some of the stand-out action movies of recent years (the third Bourne movie, Tarantino's Grindhouse flick) as well as those of a couple action-heavy stinkers ("The Punisher"), in order to examine the lives and craft of some of the contemporary masters in the field (like the guy who went under the truck in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," sometimes called the most dangerous stunt ever). The result is part biography, part history, part how-to, and even part George Plimpton when Conley himself steps into the line of fire (literally). Once again, Conley demonstrates a great sense of character and an eye for the weird detail and, to name two, his descriptions of shooting car chases in the Tarantino film and alligator wrestling in a B-movie shot in a Louisiana swamp are terrifically fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tigerstripeblue on August 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
sometime back in the late 1970s,movie stunt performers started to get the recognition they deserved.TV specials and magazine articles appeared showing their many thrilling 'gags'.and then,they slowly dropped back out of sight as budgets got smaller and computers got bigger(in power,if not size).kevin conley reintroduces us to the world of stunt perfomers(stuntman is a phrase not used much anymore..like mailman).we meet old legends and new 'extreme' up and comers who create newer,bigger,badder(and sometimes cheaper) stunts in a world were CGI effects endanger employment but reduce risk to performers.we have gone from audiances wondering'how'd they do that?' to 'aww..its just a computer' when watching the impossible.my only real complaint of this book is its too short and a book like this cries out for more pictures(but it does have some).you will read about the lives of these remarkable people in front of and behind the camera..the hard life,both emotionally and physically,of a modern stunt performer..shop talk..practical jokes,feuds,etc.of the men and women who thrill us for a few seconds of glory and a few dollars more in their pockets.
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Fairly interesting stories. Several were of stories I had read elsewhere, but different details. Many more I had never known about.
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