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Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies

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The only thing Hollywood likes more than a good movie is a good deal. For more than fifty years producers and directors of war and action movies have been getting a great deal from America’s armed forces by receiving access to billions of dollars worth of military equipment and personnel for little or no cost. Although this arrangement considerably lowers a film’s budget, ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 30th 2004 by Prometheus Books
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John
Sep 05, 2011 John rated it really liked it


Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors
the Movies


by David L. Robb

Prometheus, 384 pages, hardback, 2004

This is an important book, and thoroughly to be recommended.
It is also, unfortunately, a flawed one in terms of its
presentation, filled with clumsy writing and egregious
repetition: it reads like a collection of essays written, rather
hurriedly, at different times, and it's somewhat shameful that
neither the author nor his editor made the least effort to knit
these into a coherent t
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Cwn_annwn_13
Mar 22, 2010 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
This book documents how the Pentagon and branches of the United States military bully filmmakers into revising scripts, editing scenes from movies and even rewriting factual history by denying them access to military bases, use of soldiers as extras and use of tanks, jets, helicopters, etc if they do not make the alterations to the films. There are multitudes of examples and firsthand accounts of this being done in this book. In fact there are so many that it gets monotonous after a while.

One th
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Varin
Sep 19, 2009 Varin rated it it was ok
They say that if you like eating sausage and respect the law, you should not watch either one being made. I figure that applies to movies and tv shows too. The military does not give its assistance to any productions that put them in a bad light or can't be used for recruitment. And while they deny it, they're not squeamish about changing history. For example: In Windtalkers, they could not say in the movie the marines guarding the Navajo Codetalkers were ordered to kill them if they were in ...more
Sean O'Hara
Anyone who's ever listened to the commentary track for big-budget action movies has probably heard tales about how the producers received help from the Pentagon -- actors allowed to take part in training, military advisors on set giving tips, temporary use of tanks and helicopters, etc., etc. Occasionally someone will mention that the military suggested changes to the script. Usually it's played off as technical advice -- "Oh, they told us that real soldiers wouldn't do a certain thing," or "We ...more
James
May 19, 2008 James rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers interested in the entertainment industry and/or the military
What? The military strongarms the entertainment industry and tries to control how it's portrayed? I'm shocked, shocked! As Gomer Pyle always said, "surprise, surprise, surprise..."
The most important book ever written about the military? Give me a break. This book does a good job of documenting the fact that the armed forces give technical support to films that enhance their image, withhold it from those that don't, and often make their support conditional on the filmmakers' changing their scrip
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Nathan
Sep 21, 2007 Nathan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Movie junkies, conspiracy nuts, entertainment journalists, rogue botanists
So we all know that the CIA was one of the biggest movie producers in the 50's and 60's. Now we know that the Pentagon has been in on the game as well. Definitely worth reading about in days of Homeland Security, wiretapping and Patriot Acts. Whole films have been shaped by military officials to be recruitment advertisements. History has been rewritten several times, entire scripts have been rewritten to shape public opinion toward US military goals. All of these accusations would sound like ...more
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