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Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case

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Death in the movies isn't supposed to be real. But on July 23, 1982, a spectacular explosion on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie knocked a helicopter out of the sky and into the path of two small children and veteran actor Vic Morrow, crushing one child and decapitating Morrow and the other youngster.

How could this tragedy occur? Was anyone to blame? Outrageous Conduct
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Arbor House Pub Co
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Sep 07, 2009 Brenna rated it really liked it
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"When people think of decapitation," Californian Deputy District Attorney Lea D'Agostino was once quoted as saying, "they think of the guillotine and a neat severed head. But these decapitations weren't like that."

In D'Agostino's office, during the mid-1980s, there was a cork board with graphic images of death pinned to it. Combat! actor Vic Morrow, along with two industry-unknown "child extras," were the subjects of the photography. All three had been killed suddenly when a helicopter fell from
May 09, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it
On July 23, 1982, John Landis, a movie director known more for his manipulation of special effects than his character development, was directing an episode of The Twilight Zone--The Movie. Vic Morrow and two small children were to simulate a rescue scene underneath a helicopter in a Vietnamese village. What happened was not in the script. As Landis ordered the helicopter lower and lower for most dramatic effect, a special effects bomb engulfed the helicopter in flames causing the pilot to lose c ...more
Francisco Seguin
Sep 01, 2011 Francisco Seguin rated it really liked it
A brilliant investigation into a vintage production marred by the "accidental" death of one of Hollywood's most revered actors. A lesson in litigation steeped in blackmails, innuendos, ego, short memories, lies, and deception. A book that every film maker, present and future, should read and take heed of. Stephen Farber and Marc Green tackle the subject matter from all sides creating a private landscape both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. A Hollywood lesson no film school will ever o ...more
Dave Lefevre
Sep 16, 2011 Dave Lefevre rated it really liked it
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This is a great book about the tragedy behind Twilight Zone - The Movie. After reading this book it is hard to come away with the opinion that John Landis should not have been put in jail for something. When all was said and done the multiple egos involved, whether it be legal egos or Hollywood egos, meant that justice wasn't done. Today the movie industry is a lot more safe, but it was the advent of CGI effects that brought this about, not the case against John Landis.
Jan 03, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing
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Jan 17, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
An account of the fatal accident on the set of the "Twilight Zone" movie. This one goes much more deeply into the Hollywood atmosphere that made this disaster possible than Ron LaBrecque's work on the same subject, and in that sense goes farther towards helping the reader understand it. It still left me gaping with incomprehension at the juvenile overconfidence of the director. Be warned that the death scene was described in much grislier detail than LaBrecque went into.
Matt Champagne
Apr 01, 2014 Matt Champagne rated it liked it
The book gets tedious, but I still can't believe Landis was never punished for this accident. The scene to be shot was so dangerous, it blows my mind that anyone in charge didn't go: "Uh no. This is not safe" and shut it down.
Jun 26, 2015 LINCCReviews rated it really liked it
True story of the Twilight Zone Movie tragedy. Also a fascinating look into the world of movie making. (Oregon Woman)
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Nov 04, 2015 Jamey DuVall rated it it was amazing
A terrifically articulate and raw account of a completely avoidable tragedy. Many of the major directors who began their rise to prominence in the 70's eventually suffered calamitous career disasters as a result of egos run amok. Think Spielberg's 1941, Scorsese's New York, New York, Friedkin's Sorcerer. In the case of John Landis, that careless and unchallenged ego resulted in the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two Vietnamese children.
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