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All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners Hardcover – April 24, 2007

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About the Author

Rutger Hauer is an international film star who has made more than a hundred movies, playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. He makes his home in the Netherlands but spends most of his time traveling the world on film shoots.

Patrick Quinlan is the author of two novels and has been a journalist and political organizer. He lives on the coast of Maine.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061133892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061133893
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael V. Hughes on April 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are reading this review, then chances are you are also a fan of Rutger Hauer. He has appeared in some of the seminal roles of film history...I don't need to mention the obvious ones i.e Roy Batty. There was Soldier Martin in Flesh & Blood and of course the role that broke the mould in Turkish Delight, a film which I thoroughly recommend. The hitcher was chilling. There were also the many many doozies - really bad films that Rutger somehow managed to find himself in. Lets face it he has done may of these, Omega Doom, Cold Blood to name but a few.
The book promises on the surface to reveal something of the man himself. I expected to hear his side of things, why for instance did he make some of these obviously poor choices. Here was an opportunity to open up to the reader. But alas it never quite breaks the surface. Autobiographies usually reveal something of the pscyche within. Rutger chooses not to expose this. When he mentions his parents and their departure when he was still a child, our appetite is whetted. We want to hear more...but then he moves on never quite settling on anything too long. Yes it was interesting to learn that he left with the merchant navy at such a young age (he was 15) but we are never allowed more than a furtive glance into the man's life.
Part of what attracts people to this man has been the mystery that surrounds him and his refusal to fit in with the Hollywood stereotype. This is why I would have liked to hear more from him on a personal level. His need for privacy is legendary and we can well understand this. But when one elects to write a biography, the reader expects a little more insight than has been generally available. This book could have been so much more.
We don't hear much about his wife nor why they decided not have any children. O.
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I have been a fan of Rutger Hauer since I saw Blade Runner when it came out in 1982. His new autobiography ("All Those Moments") is a revealing portrait of the artist giving a candid look at his life and his approach to acting. The son of actors, he describes his early life growing up in Holland, his start as an actor in a small rural theater company and his start as a film actor.

He describes his major films: Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Blind Fury, Soldier of Orange, the Hitcher and Nighthawks, and his breakthrough role in the Dutch television series Floris, in detail giving insight into how he approaches his character. He spends some time describing his craft and the difficulties of being away from home for long periods of time. Mr. Hauer has made his share of bad films but he has always struck me as such a consummate professional that his performance is always worth watching.

The book is written in a conversational style, as if Mr. Hauer was taking to you, which makes for fast reading. The book is illustrated with several black-and-white photographs of some family pictures but more of Mr. Hauer in his various roles. My only small complaint is that the book does not have a true ending. We leave off at Mr. Hauer's most recent projects - Batman Begins and The Poseidon Adventure - for a chapter on acting followed by a chapter on the Starfish Association and some entries from his diary. There is no looking ahead to what he thinks his life or career will bring. The Starfish Association is an AIDS support group to which the royalties of Mr. Hauer's book are being donated.

This is a very frank, entertaining and thought-provoking book. If you have seen any of Rutger Hauer's films his book is a must-read.
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This book was very well written. It flowed very smoothly, and as some other reviewers pointed out, it had a very warm, intimate conversational tone. I could see Mr. Hauer sitting across from me with his coffee and hear him speaking the dialogue in the Dutch accent he had early in his career. Some of the Dutch social attitudes, preference for plain speaking, disdain for pretension and dislike for b.s. came across very clearly in the writing. I don't know how much input the co-author had, but Mr. Hauer's voice is evident.

In keeping with his view that in acting, less is more, Mr. Hauer's prose is direct and spare. However, through his use of understatement and irony, he does reveal matters close to his heart. His love for his wife, family, friends and country shine through, as does his compassion for others.

As the title suggests, we get some of the highlights of Mr. Hauer's life and career, the moments that brought him from where he was to where he is now. I looked at some of the other reviews before I bought 'All Those Moments' and noticed that several reviewers would have liked more space devoted to the movies. It's funny because after reading this book, I would have liked more about Mr. Hauer's later life in Holland. The early years were covered, but then the emphasis shifted to life in the film industry. I don't want "enquiring minds want to know" details, but I had hoped for a non-invasive glimpse of this aspect.

I was very disappointed that there were no photos in the book. I didn't pay close attention when I purchased the book, but after I read it, I found where the publisher stated that the electronic edition has no fotos.
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