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, in a lighthearted tribute that celebrates the most outrageous of their misdeeds. 50,000 first printing.

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The Boozy Biography of the Four Greatest Actors to Ever Walk--Or Stagger--Into a Pub.
Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends!
Hellraisers is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests. Indeed, acts so outrageous that if you or I had perpetrated them we could have ended up in jail. Their mercurial acting talent and love from the press and the public allowed them to get away with the kind of behaviour that today’s film stars could scarcely dream of. They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.
This book traces the intertwining lives and careers of Burton, Harris, O'Toole, and Reed, plus an assortment of other movie boozers who crossed their path. It's a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package, as it were, of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You can’t help but enjoy it—after all, they bloody well did.

"God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell."--Richard Burton

"I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think that I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave."--Oliver Reed

"I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties."--Richard Harris

"Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it."--Peter O'Toole



Baker
& Taylor

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.
Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars, off screen they were legends. This is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests--indeed, acts so outrageous that if ordinary mortals had perpetrated them they would have ended up in jail. They got away with the kind of behavior that today's film stars could scarcely dream of, because of their mercurial acting talent and becausethe press and public loved them. They were truly the last of a breed. This is a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You can't help but enjoy it--after all, they certainly did.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009
Description: 286 p., [16] p. of plates ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780312553999
0312553994
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 Bur

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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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