|Publisher:||Little Brown & Co|
|Publish Date:||Feb 2011|
|Number of Pages:||307|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.2|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.25 x 9.5 x 1.5|
Needham is best known for directing movies that are simply fun to watch-such as Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, and The Cannonball Run-and his autobiography of a life in film lives up to that tradition. Focusing on his years as a prolific stunt man, stunt coordinator, and film director, Needham fills the pages with behind-the-scenes anecdotes of his days with John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, and countless others. When he occasionally mentions his family, his childhood in Arkansas, or his relationship with his mother, it is all the more affecting; he is a consummate professional who never lost touch with where he came from or how lucky he was for the opportunities he had. The greatest attribute of the book is Needham's voice. He can tell a good story, and his life has provided an endless amount of source material.
Verdict: A well-written, conversational look at a distinctive Hollywood experience, perfect for any library and anyone who admires the skills of film making.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/10.] - Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA
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