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Um. . . .let's see. . .What did I "think??" I WROTE IT and as my buddy Steven Spielberg SAID: "THE BEST DARN BEHIND-THE-SCENES BOOK ABOUT MAKING A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE I'VE EVER READ!" ( Of course, I must add, he said that in front of me, on the set of his ONLY film "flop"--"1941!!" )
Written before the publicity behind a film was tightly controlled, Petrou was given an all-ranging, relatively free access to the production and was there from the start. Following the process from finding the director, through casting and shooting and into post-production (his deadline, he casually mentions, means that he has to deliver the manuscript before the film opens), Petrou tells it like it is. Clearly sympathetic to director Richard Donner, most arguments between him and the cash-strap ...more