Hit and Run

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By Andrew (Clemmons, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · December 27, 2012
I'd been aware of this book for a long while but hadn't taken the time to sit down and check it out. Now that I have, I'm glad to have done so, but am left a little lukewarm by the whole tale. Interestingly, what attracted me to it in the first place - the story of excess and how two men effectiv... ...more
By Ellen (Chicago, IL) · August 21, 2012
As recommended by Kevin Smith (yes, that one) on the "How Did This Get Made?" podcast. ...more
By Laurie (Hackettstown, NJ) · ★★★☆☆ · July 29, 2014
This is only a book you should read if you have a deep interest in the movie industry. The book, written in the 90s, is about two guys who somehow become movie executives and get Sony to buy their company and then run the company into the ground by making terrible movie choices. There were A LOT... ...more
By Gerald (Santa Monica, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · May 11, 2009
Writer-producer Larry Wilson told me that there are just two types of people working in Hollywood -- attackers and attractors. This book is about two unscrupulous attackers, Jon Peters and Peter Guber, who famously ran the Sony studios (into the ground, some would say). I found the book on the re... ...more
By Drew (Cincinnati, OH) · ★★★★☆ · December 15, 2014
Prime-cut gossip, delivered with wit and sourced from Hollywood players brave enough to be quoted by name. ...more
By Ben (Wilmington, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · July 27, 2013
In December 1987, the Guber-Peters Co. announced a merger with Barris. "We're a real studio now," Jon boasted to the Los Angeles Times. "I want to build another MCA." It was a grand dream: MCA, the parent of Universal Studios, was a sprawling entertainment empire worth billions. Jon may have made... ...more
By Dot · ★★★☆☆ · February 13, 2014
This book is double the length it should have been. The authors seem unable to omit a detail, making the many stories difficult to follow and diluting the impact of the central debacle. ...more
By Malcolm (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · December 30, 2014
Another sordid tale of greed & hubris. Moderate talents promoted way above their competency levels & then rewarded with squillions once they fail. Only in Hollywood? A compelling read. ...more
By Steven (Farnham, N7, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · August 07, 2014
An hilarious account of Hollywood excess. Loved it! ...more
By Steven (Sammamish, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · July 09, 2009
Interesting book.

John Peters is a tough guy who works as a hair dresser. Peter Guber is a movie guy and a wuss. Together, they become a formidable team that rides the wave when Sony buys out a movie studio.

They produce a few hits, a lot of flops, and they run the studio into the ground. Peters... ...more