Hellraisers

Hellraisers

The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed

Book - 2009
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A group portrait of four iconic movie stars documents how their collective talents and a less-scrutinizing media enabled on-the-edge activities ranging from wild parties and broken marriages to riots and sexual conquests.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312553999
0312553994
Characteristics: 286 p. [16] p. of plates ; 25 cm.

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Tdruid
Jul 01, 2017

I really didn't expect this book to be so sad. Burton & O'Toole especially were such incredible talents, turning in fabulous performances even when smashed. I instantly loved them both. How tragic they cut their own brilliance so short. I was also surprised to learn that Harris' films late in life were actually him! He had damaged himself so much by then, he was unrecognizable.
I also thought the author should not have included Oliver Reed in this book... in no way was he in the same realm as Burton, O'Toole, & Harris. These 3 men were giants - Reed was nothing but a spoiled sociopath. I got to the point where as soon I got to a segment talking about Reed, I just skipped it. Betty Davis was right. He was loathsome. I knew there was a reason I never liked the creep. The segments on him were a waste of paper.

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ktjonas
May 29, 2017

a great read...some of the antics of these fellows are just unbelievable...what a bunch of wild guys..and such great actors...no one will ever come close to what they gave us in the way of movies and plays...

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AlycePav
Sep 20, 2014

Loved this book - a riotous, rambling tale of 4 much admired actors, all of whom had a penchant for pubs, parties and alcohol to the extreme. I couldn't put the book down until I read the last page. They don't make them like these fellows any more.

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