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High concept : Don Simpson and the Hollywood culture of excess

Author: Charles Fleming
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Using the life and career of producer Don Simpson as a point of departure, High Concept takes readers on a journey inside the Hollywood of the 1980s and 1990s. Throughout the period, Simpson and his partner, Jerry Bruckheimer, were the most successful independent producers in the history of moviemaking, responsible for the hit films Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Bad Boys, and The Rock.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fleming, Charles.
High concept.
New York : Doubleday, 1998
(OCoLC)606953675
Named Person: Don Simpson; Don Simpson; Don Simpson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Fleming
ISBN: 0385486944 9780385486941
OCLC Number: 37721497
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The Baby Mogul --
Beverly Hills Cop --
Bad Boy --
Hollywood High --
Days of Plunder --
Wretched Excess --
The Pictures Got Small --
Doctor's Orders --
Rehab --
Death --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Charles Fleming.

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Using the life and career of producer Don Simpson as a point of departure, High Concept takes readers on a journey inside the Hollywood of the 1980s and 1990s. Throughout the period, Simpson and his partner, Jerry Bruckheimer, were the most successful independent producers in the history of moviemaking, responsible for the hit films Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Bad Boys, and The Rock.

But at the same time that his vision was driving the Hollywood bottom line, Simpson's lifestyle epitomized the pervasive dark side of the industry's power base. His legendary consumption knew no bounds. And as long as he continued to crank out box-office gold, his every desire was conspicuously indulged - an unrestrained excess that killed him and sent a warning cry throughout the entire industry.

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Hollywood High--and Low

by Deeper_Into_Movies (WorldCat user published 2012-02-13) Good Permalink

In a town all-too-famous for its meteoric rises and falls, Don Simpson may not belong in the same orbit of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean or even “Fatty” Arbuckle, but if any producer symbolized the revved-up, dumbed-down, testosterone-fueled Hollywood of the 1980s, it was Simpson, who...
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