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

  • Title: Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed
  • Author: Robert Sellers
  • ISBN: 9781848090170
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hellraisers The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton Peter O Toole Richard Harris Oliver Reed This highly entertaining biography of four charismatic and much loved actors follows them through five decades of boozing brawling and braggadocio At their career peaks these four controversial acto
    This highly entertaining biography of four charismatic and much loved actors follows them through five decades of boozing, brawling and braggadocio.At their career peaks, these four controversial actors had the whole world at their feet and lived through some of the wildest exploits Hollywood has ever seen But all that fame had a price Richard Burton s liver was shot byThis highly entertaining biography of four charismatic and much loved actors follows them through five decades of boozing, brawling and braggadocio.At their career peaks, these four controversial actors had the whole world at their feet and lived through some of the wildest exploits Hollywood has ever seen But all that fame had a price Richard Burton s liver was shot by the time he was 50, Richard Harris s film career stalled for over a decade Peter O Toole s drinking almost put him in the grave before his 43rd birthday, and Oliver Reed ended up dying prematurely.This is the story of four of the greatest thespian boozers who ever walked or staggered off a film set into a pub It s a story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, drugs, riots and wanton sexual conquests And yet these piss artists were seemingly immune from the law They got away with it because of their extraordinary acting talent and because the public loved them They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.

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    1. This is an odd book. It's basically a collection of anecdotes from the drinking lives of four amazing actors. The anecdotes pretty much follow one basic form: Person X got really drunk, did something stupid, doesn't remember it, doesn't regret it. There is a slight variation where Person X remembers it and regrets it, but this variation doesn't occur often. It's slightly different for each man - with Richard Harris and Oliver Reed there is a fight of some kind, with Richard Burton there is also [...]

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    2. If you think you drink a lot, well, you probably do. But if you think you drink a lot compared to these cinematic icons, then it's a miracle that you haven't been in a coma since 1987. Utterly insane tales of drunken debauchery from some of your favorite actors is what this book sets out to provide, and for the most part, succeeds in. Personally, I wish that there was more info regarding what happened on specific films (only two bloody paragraphs on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold?!), but that [...]

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    3. This book wore me out. Just reading about the frenetic pace at which these men lived their lives was exhausting.Yes, I feel like I know a lot more about these men when I finished the book than I did when I started - was any of it anything I really needed to know? I'm not sure. More than the endless repetitive stories of boozing and brawling, I would have enjoyed reading about their careers - but that's not what this book was designed to be.The book served it's purpose well - to tell us about the [...]

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    4. A totally uninteresting boring recount of 4 men who spent most of their lives in a drunken stupor. While they claim to love life, they were so drunk that they did not remember much of theirs, and caused a great deal of distress to many people around them both known and unknown. It quickly becomes a very tiresome read.

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    5. a fun read. interesting. kinda made me want to punch Oliver Reed in his stupid face. Peter O'Toole is a badass though.

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    6. Only one of these men is left alive, which is a pity. One may be able to tell a lot about how these men lived by how they died. Richard Harris was living in the Savoy Hotel when he died of Hodgkins disease. As he was being wheeled out on a stretcher to an ambulance, he propped himself up on emaciated elbows and shouted "It's the food! Don't touch the food!" (270)On May 2, 1999 while filming Gladiator in Malta, Oliver Reed was leaving a pub when he spotted a group of Royal Navy sailors. Reed "bel [...]

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    7. Just about what I thought it would be: capsule reviews of the lives of four of the British Isles' greatest actors and drinkers. And if it occasionally feels repetitive, in a "then he made this movie, and drank this, and wrecked this bar/hotel/etc" it still reminded me of some great performances in some great movies (Harris in "Unforgiven," for example). There is also plenty of talk about wasted talent, but each, for the most part, gave interviews in which they admitted they loved every minute of [...]

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    8. Tales of wretched excess: these actors spent most of their days drunk as skunks getting into all kinds of mischief--much of which they couldn't remember. But they all made indelible marks during the 50's, 60's, and 70's when they were in their heyday. A lot of what went on with these guys (Richard Burton, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris and lone survivor, Peter O'Toole)off stage caused bruises on my chin from my jaw dropping so often (and I felt a bit woozy from all the vicarious boozing)--but after [...]

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    9. If there was a Mount Rushmore for drunks, these guys would be on it, probably along with Liz Taylor. Anecdotes out the wazoo on the drinking lives of these guys, and a lot of it gets repetitive at times, especially with Oliver Reed's antics. I just thought I knew what a heavy drinker was, until I read this book. Whew! Somewhat sad and sobering but it also had numerous belly laughs throughout. Reading this was like seeing a bad train or car accident. You know you shouldn't but you just can't keep [...]

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    10. While I enjoyed the tidbits of Hollywood stars gossip on some of my favorite actors (not just the main four on the cover but many others as well), for the most part this book was just "he got drunk, he did damage, he didn't learn his lesson, he drank again." Sure, that was essentially the point of a book about four alcoholics, so we shouldn't be surprised. I did like how it covered their movie careers in chronological order, but I would have loved more details about the making of those movies. G [...]

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    11. A Welshman, a Brit, and two Irishmen walk into a bar . . . . Robert Sellers's book on the drunken exploits of Burton, Harris, O'Toole and Reed often reads like a series of jokes and punchlines--probably because of Sellers's past as a standup comic. If you want credible biographies of these great men, look elswhwere. If you're looking for entertaining apocryphal anecdotes, this is the book for you.

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    12. Four talented actors who were alcoholic bullies that crapped on everyone around them. The author romanticizes their drunken antics. It's an entertaining read but it leaves you feeling as if you just enjoyed driving past a horrendous traffic accident.

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    13. This is nothing but 350 pages of anecdotes, but it was darned entertaining. My life has been enriched now that I know that Peter O'Toole once smuggled a pair of valuable earrings out of Egypt in his foreskin.

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    14. Not a very dignified read, and the anecdotes of drunken mischief get numbing after a while. But if you have any affection for one or more of these gentlemen, you might get something out of it.

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    15. I'm drunk I'm no one I'm drunk I'm famous I'm drunk I'm a jerk I'm drunk I'm dead.

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    16. They don't make them like the used to !!Being of a certain age (almost 50) I missed the best stories that they created. But I grew up with some great films, played out on a rainy afternoon. These were all larger than life stars, the sort we'll never see again, and I loved the stories in this book that brought back a few good memories !!

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    17. Hearing about the lives of these four crazy actors held me entranced through the whole book. I loved all of their work and especially when they worked with each other. I don't think I ever realized what hellraisers they were because their work was usually something everyone wished they had done. Thank you Robert Sellers for bringing them to life on the other side of the camera.

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    18. A complicated book about complicated people.In Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed, author Robert Sellers gives us the lives of four of the UK's greatest actors and wildest partiers of the twentieth century. Not their complete biographies, of course (the book is far too brief to encompass four lives completely). After brief childhood histories, Sellers dives into the meat of his book: Stories of drinking, carousing, and gen [...]

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    19. This is a fascinating group biography that is really engrossing. It is marred by some major critical omissions: while virtually every page is full of direct quotes, there are no footnotes or end notes, nor is there any list of interviews from which these quotes were taken. ALSO, there's no bibliography. Why??What is amazing about Burton, O'Toole, Harris, and Reed, is how much they were allowed to get away with legally. Even the police seemed intimidated by them--or by their fame, and actions tha [...]

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    20. Man, oh man! What a story. Or, rather, stories, since the book chronicles the wild lives of four of the best know actors of their era.All four of these men were in their heydays mostly before I was even born, so while I am familiar with their movies, with the exception of Richard Burton - because it's virtually impossible for anyone who was, is or ever will be a film buff to not at least come across the train-wreck that was his life with Elizabeth Taylor - I had no idea just HOW wild the lives o [...]

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    21. The kind of book that makes you feel hungover just reading it, this is a fitting and funny tribute to four great hellraisers - Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed (along with cameos from a few other notorious cohorts).Refusing to sit in judgement, this instead regales you with tales of boozy antics, much as the protagonists themselves might have done down the pub (if they could remember said antics).Sharing not only a love of the bottle but colossal egos, rivers of tale [...]

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    22. When this book was published in 2009, Peter O'Toole was, as noted in the title of the last chapter, "Last Man Standing," and now all four men are gone. This is about how four handsome, enormously talented men who caroused away their assets with alcohol, drugs, gambling, scores of women, and behavior so outrageous, even compared with today's tell-and-show-all celebrity antics, that at relatively early ages they were shells of what they had been--robust manly men. Quite frankly and openly they did [...]

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    23. I had no idea this book existed until I came across it perusing the biography section at my library but I was thrilled when I saw it--I am currently on a Richard Burton binge/obsession and I adore Oliver Reed so I was pretty sure I would enjoy this. It's a very entertaining book--tabloid-y but entertaining. I did not know a lot about Richard Harris so he's probably the one I learned the most about but the sections on Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed were also pretty informative. The sections on Ric [...]

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    24. Seller’s four-person biography, Hellraisers, is a curiously empty book of anecdotes that achieves its promise to report on the drunken lives of its subjects without judgement, but also fails as a book because of how faithfully it keeps this commitment.“Who doesn’t love a good drunken story?” Is the question Seller’s book seems to ask, and for the most part the reader will have to nod along in agreement. Are they all true? Perhaps that doesn’t matter, so long as they are entertaining? [...]

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    25. Four bios in one- Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed, collectively the bad boys of British film and theatre. Acting is littered with bad behavior, but these four men were not chosen at random. They were drinkers of astounding proportions, of daily quantities that would kill most people and many elephants. The years of drunkenness combined with fame, money and the entitlement they bring led to decades of infamy for each: public brawls, broken marriages, arrests, public [...]

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    26. I enjoyed Hellraisers and read it very quickly. Why, then, do I not give it a higher rating? Four stars or perhaps even the mighty five-star rating? The answer lies in the fact that it becomes rather too repetitive towards the end and seems to make half-hearted attempts to point out the dangers of alcohol abuse after spending the best part of 250 pages revelling in the drunken antics of its four subjects. The book traces the lives and careers of four of the most well-known hellraisers to have li [...]

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    27. It can be a disappointment to read about famous people when they are defined by one aspect of their lives. While it was obvious from page 1 that the intention of this book was to highlight the hellraising of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed, it became tedious. Too many bars, too many anonymous shags, too many fights: after a while it simply became boring. All four men were more than the booze. However, the last couple of chapters were more engrossing. Their final yea [...]

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    28. I can't deny I enjoyed this - but in the same way one enjoys a slightly inebriated evening with the local village gossips; that is, it's not exactly time well spent, and you're liable to end up with a bad taste in your mouth.The author here pays a certain amount of lip-service to the inevitable bad effects of long-term promiscuity and drunkenness, but that's what it is - lip-service. And now I'm coming off as a most terrible prude, which I'm not. As a collection of anecdotes, it's very amusing; [...]

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    29. What a delight this book was. I actually 'page by paged' this one, no audiobook available. Oh yes, it's sooooo politically incorrect to idolize these Mad Men and how they conducted themselves throughout the 60s and 70s, but as Richard Harris says in my favorite and the most profound quote from the book: as he describes it, "grabbing life by the balls", and having fun with the life he has, he said, "People spend the first half of their lives being cautious and the second half regretting it." Man, [...]

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    30. Strung together as a parallel biography of the four protagonists but focussing more on their hellrasing antics this is a barnstoming read.Sometimes it does feel like it was cobbled together from four individual biographies but it is entertaining. It also leaves one with some rather mixed feelings about the hellrasers in the acting profession (and there is a wide supporting cast to the four leads). Is it a tragedy that they lost some of their best years to the bottle or is it just that it was par [...]

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