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What's It All About Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 1993

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"Written with just the right mix of warmth and candour, and in a prose style that is the literary equivalent of his easy-going, up-front persona, this is hugely enjoyable. A super book that informs as much as it entertains."
--Sunday Express

"It has taken two decades to get a man back on the Moon, and the man is Michael Caine. Niven's influence as a writer runs rights through it... some genuinely vintage laughs."
--Sunday Times

"Caine gives his public value for money, covering his whole life with David Nivenish charm."
--Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A spirited autobiography...Michael's memoir may be even more noteworthy for the juicy, offbeat-on-wry anecdotes Caine, a veteran of more than seventy films, supplies with costars."
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He was born Maurice Joseph Micklewehite in London's impoverished East End. And yet Michael Caine emerged as one of the world's most versatile, enduring, and beloved actors of our time. With the easy charm of a natural raconteur, Caine takes us onto the sets and into the homes of Hollywood's most talented celebrities. Candid, vibrant, and warm, here is a captivating self-portrait of a man who is at once sublimely ordinary and freshingly unique, one of the greatest actors in film today.e

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 29, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345386809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345386809
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,771,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on June 27, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is inspiring. Michael Caine knew at a very young age that he wanted to act, and through perseverance, he has become highly successful and one of the most respected actors of our time, with two Academy Awards to his credit. This should serve to encourage those with dreams but who tell themselves "I'll never make it."
This is the real thing. Caine starts at the beginning and tells it all without indiscreet name dropping. He mentions that he does not plan to write another autobiography and so does not want to leave anything out. That makes for a really great read.
But what's really special about this autobiography is how approachable Caine seems to be. He comes across as just a regular guy whom you could approach on the street and say hi. Considering that most of the other autobiographies I've read, however great they may be, still seem like stories told by a celebrity who has deigned to share his/her life story, that in itself is an amazing accomplishment.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on March 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Michael Caine, one of film's most durable actors, tells his story through 1992 in the autobiography WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

How many film performers have done as much as well as Michael Caine? For more than forty years, the actor has delivered shining performances in dramas, thrillers and comedies. He's carried flicks as a leading man, shared the spotlight as a costar, contributed to emsemble casts and has even take small roles.

In WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, Michael Caine vows this book is the only autobiography he will write. I hope he changes his mind. I am sure Mr. Caine had to leave a lot of good stories out of his first volume. And since its '92 publication, he has been knighted and won another Oscar. Why not another book?

The most noteworthy aspect of WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT is that Michael Caine, despite having done almost everything you could want to do, has had the same personal and professional ups and downs as you and me. He tells stories we've all been through, such as being nervous about meeting women and his strained relationships with friends. (Of course, you and I would not be pals with actor Terence Stamp.)

This Michael Caine fan wants more movie-making anecdotes. If Mr. Caine does publish a second autobiographical volume, I request a synopsis of the making of each of his ninety-something films. He barely mentions two of my favorites: WATER and especially the obscure comic gem WITHOUT A CLUE.
Bravo to Michael Caine for not kissing and telling. He alludes to the bedroom activity that made the 1960s what it was for the rich and famous but does not name names.

The night Michael Caine won the Best Supporting Actor for CIDER HOUSE RULES, ceremony host Billy Crystal had been making fun of Caine's role in a JAWS film. Yet Mr.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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I've very much enjoyed Mr. Caine as an actor and I purchased the hardback edition in 1993 (or 1992?) at his book-signing event in San Francisco. I was very surprised to meet a "celebrity" who came across in such a pleasant and informal manner that I felt as if I were talking to a favorite relative. I had primarily been impressed by his willingness to take on a variety of roles simply out of his love for acting. My brief encounter with him left me even more curious about the overall character of the man. His bio was a very insightful read. If you like the man's work, you'll be delighted and amused by this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By chris jackson on April 10, 2000
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A very good read. Michael Caine had a surprisingly interesting early life, and it is the first half of the book which is the coolest. Unfortunately after he becomes a star, the autobiography loses its objectivity and he just becomes another Hooray Henry. It really is a shame that he couldn't keep up the wit that propelled me thru the first few hundred pages. Another annoying element is that everyone in the book is his "friend." By the end, the guy has about 5000 friends. He must spend a fortune on Christmas cards. Still, very recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gerald P. Owens on July 12, 2000
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A highly entertaining autobiography from one of the film world's greatest raconteurs. It covers his childhood during the London Blitz, his early training as a stage actor, his combat service in the Korean War (and why the smell of garlic frightens him to this day), a decade as a literally starving actor in London, and his big break in "Zulu." He crossed paths with an amazing number of the sixties' movers and shakers, and he tells wonderful stories. Having had a truly blessed career, Michael Caine is a living example of the adage that what we call "good luck" is really the art of recognizing opportunity when it falls in your lap, and having the courage to act on it. Highly Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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If you enjoy reading autobiographies, this is one of the best ever. Superbly written, it has outlined Mr. Caine's life and foray into the film industry with incisive and comedic prose. Most impressive, in my opinion, is his mother's aid and compassion in helping her son to achieve his dream. I highly recommend this to everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Walton (waltons@hlcec4.agw.bt.co.uk) on March 19, 1998
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Michael Caine tells the story of his life, not from the point of view of a hollywood superstar, but from that of someone who has worked bloody hard to get where he is and has not lost touch with where he came from. A brilliant biography even if you're not a fan. It is funny as well as interesting, so buy it.
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