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Easily the most comprehensive work of its kind. It belongs next to every TV and VCR in every home. -- USA Today

The single most important reference book in every home. -- Esquire

About the Author

Recognized as one of the leading authorities on movies and moviemaking, Leonard Maltin has become a household name and media personality thanks to his regular appearances on the highly successful syndicated TV program, Entertainment Tonight, and his daily radio feature, Leonard Maltin’s Radio View.
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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1552 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452286999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452286993
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,713,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw both versions of this book--the smaller mass-market paperback and the larger paperback--in a local bookstore. Thinking that the larger book would use a larger font, which would be easier for my husband and me to read, I opened it--only to discover that the font size is identical in both versions! The only differences are in the margin width--and, of course, in the price. The smaller paperback is $9, while the larger one is $20!! So you pay an extra $11 for wider margins--whoopee! I took off a star for this. I have always enjoyed Maltin's reviews and agree with him most of the time, but this marketing deceit is shameful and unethical, and he should not be associated with it.
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I have nothing against the guide itself. I have several earlier copies but I would warn anyone to check the book first. In the copy I have the pages between 496 and 561 are entirely missing. Pages 961 to 1024 are in it twice. A gross error by the publisher that should never have been shipped.
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If you think you are buying a more comprehensive edition each year...take a look at the numbers:

2000 has 20,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 9,000 DVD/Laser
2001 has 20,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 15,000 video- 10,000 DVD/Laser
2002 has 19,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 10,000 DVD/Laser
2003 has 19,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 13,000 DVD/Laser
2004 has 18,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 13,000 video- 8,000 DVD
2005 has 18,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 13,000 video- 7,000 DVD
2006 has 16,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 8,000 DVD

"Including 300+ new entries" means to me they have ADDED new entries (movies) to last years edition, when in fact, the new edition has lost 4000 entries (movies) from 2000 to 2006, 2,000 from 2005 to 2006 versions! NOT GOOD and more.....

At a glance it appears older movies are being removed. For the first time, today, I noticed there is a "classic version" being published. The people involved are slowly removing older movies and publishing them in this new classic version. Apparently there is some duplication also. 'Little stealth there? Where does that leave the Movie Guide buyers? Ripped off, and now forced to buy another book to get the same coverage one expects and should have in the original according to the account on the front cover!

I tried to find roughly 13 movies released on DVD in 2005, meaning, in most, if not all cases, they were released to the theatres much earlier. I FOUND ONE! Was I UPSET? YES!

This isn't a 2006 guide, it's what the 2005 should be. Soon we will have a 2010 version, published in 2008, which will not include movies released in 2006!
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Every other year I replace my dog-eared Maltin Guide with a new one. The 2006 Guide is noticeably smaller than the 2004--with 2,000 FEWER entries! Like many film buffs, I use the Guide as a reference book. Film info and stats are more valuable to me than the reviews, i.e., who is that actress? when was is shot? is it available on DVD yet?, etc. I wonder what criteria were used in excising such a large chunk of film history.

Now I'll have to hang on to the old dog-eared version for films cut from the 2006. Come on, Leonard!
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It's popular in today's world to complain. So I'll complain some.

First, all of his movie ratings don't agree with mine. For instance I think that the Weber musical version of 'The Phantom of the Opera' was the best movie of 2004, and he gives it two and a half stars. 'The Gods Must be Crazy' only got three stars, it should have gotten four. On the other hand, 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' got two and a half stars. That's about right. He did better here than a lot of other critics who seemed to think it great. Oh yes, the type is too small for my tired old eyes. Since I don't want any fewer movies reviewed, make the book bigger.

Now for the good parts, 16,000+ entries. That's a lot of movies. The mail order movie suppliers for rare movies seems expanded and brought up to date. And I guess that I've got to say that he has gotten most of the ratings about right.

To anyone interested in movies, this is one of those books you can't put down.

Other reviewers here have complained about bindry problems. My copy had no errors.
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I have found that the entire "N" section and a good deal of the "M" section have not been included in this book, due to an obvious misprint! Beware, buyer!
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Leonard Maltin is hellishly hard on new movies--just try to find any 2004+ American movie that got a ****. He hates giving out **** reviews, and it gets annoying after awhile. He also has a real problem with overlength, no doubt because he was raised on Our Gang and Laurel & Hardy shorts. I am fed up with his constant complaint that something is too long! And speaking of too long, he would not have to cut a single review out of his guide if he seriously shortened cast lists for movies!

Despite all that, the man is a brilliant film scholar and very knowledgeable film historian. His review guide--and even more his CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE--are worth buying multiple copies of to have at home, at the office to settle arguments, and in a car to have inside Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. He is one tough critic, but he teaches me a lot. His guide performs an insightful and essential service in letting me know whether I should buy a particular movie or tape something off of Turner Classic Movies. I disagree with him a lot--often about length--but he is excellent and knows what he writes about.

Buy both Maltin's 2006 MOVIE GUIDE and his even better CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE. They both belong in every movie lover's library, office, and car.
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