Lee Marvin by Dwayne Epstein
Point Blank

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5 Critic Reviews

The late Jack Palance tells of a producer in a restaurant who shouted, “It’s Lee Marvin! Get the children out of here!” Marvin fans who can get through all the throat-clearing tedium will find similar quotable bits in these underedited pages.
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Synopsis

The first full-length, authoritative, and detailed story of the iconic actor's life to go beyond the Hollywood scandal-sheet reporting of earlier books, this account offers an appreciation for the man and his acting career and the classic films he starred in, painting a portrait of an individual who took great risks in his acting and career. Although Lee Marvin is best known for his icy tough guy roles—such as his chilling titular villain in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or the paternal yet brutally realistic platoon leader in The Big Red One—very little is known of his personal life; his family background; his experiences in WWII; his relationship with his father, family, friends, wives; and his ongoing battles with alcoholism, rage, and depression, occasioned by his postwar PTSD. Now, after years of researching and compiling interviews with family members, friends, and colleagues; rare photographs; and illustrative material, Hollywood writer Dwayne Epstein provides a full understanding and appreciation of this acting titan’s place in the Hollywood pantheon in spite of his very real and human struggles.

 

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Dwayne Epstein is a freelance journalist and author whose reviews, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous film publications and newspapers, including FilmFax, Outre, and Variety, as well as Bill Krohn's books Serious Pleasures and Hitchcock at Work. He is also the author of several young adult biographies of subjects ranging from Adam Sandler to Hillary Clinton. A lifetime fan and collector of Lee Marvin photos and memorabilia, he has appeared in the A&E Biography episode devoted to Lee Marvin. He lives in Long Beach, California.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Schaffner Press, Inc.. 315 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Lee Marvin
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Oct 31 2013

A well-paced, thoughtful examination of a singular corpus of work that influenced film portrayals of violence in subsequent decades.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by James L. Neibaur on Jul 24 2013

"Point Blank" is an entertaining and informative look at one of the most fascinating actors to appear on screen without once being exploitative. It is most highly recommended.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Vadim Rizov on Feb 18 2013

The late Jack Palance tells of a producer in a restaurant who shouted, “It’s Lee Marvin! Get the children out of here!” Marvin fans who can get through all the throat-clearing tedium will find similar quotable bits in these underedited pages.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Vadim Rizov on Feb 18 2013

...Dwayne Epstein’s Lee Marvin: Point Blank isn’t anything close to definitive. A sloppily edited assemblage of interviews, it’s first-draft oral history in which readers with considerable patience can find anecdotal gems.

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Slant Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by CLAYTON DILLARD on Mar 17 2013

Although the book's stilted prose makes for a rather clunky read, the epilogue adds insult to injury by half-heartedly examining Marvin's lasting cultural impact, with decidedly muddled results.

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