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William Goldman: Four Screenplays

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Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, Misery. Author royalties donated to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Paperback, 492 pages
Published January 31st 1997 by Applause Theatre Book Publishers
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Aug 09, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it
I remember my reaction when I heard a movie version was being made of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. I loved the book and was worried the screen adaptation wouldn’t live up to my expectations, as often happens. But the film turned out to be just as good as the book and now I know why. It’s because William Goldman wrote the screenplay. I’ve only read a few movie scripts before but for some reason I picked up this book which also contained the screenplays for three other movies Goldman wrot ...more
Apr 13, 2010 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm working on a screenplay now and thought it might be instructive to read a few of them. Goldman is one of this country's most commercially successfully screenwriters, and Four Screenplays looked like an intriguing collection. Each screenplay is prefaced with a short essay about the film. It hadn't occurred to me until I was well into "The Princess Bride" that three of the four scripts in this volume contain disturbing torture scenes. Aside from that somewhat unpleasant fact, this was an enjoy ...more
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Sep 23, 2014 Dan Seligson rated it it was amazing
The best part of this great book is his introduction to each of the four screenplays themselves. Whatever posing he's doing, he does it so well you feel he's being thoroughly honest.
Mari Hamill
Mar 13, 2015 Mari Hamill rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed all the screenplays!
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Jun 12, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
I love the essays that accompany each screenplay. Contrary to another reviewer's complaint, you aren't "name-dropping" if you work with movie people and describe how they contributed to the shaping of your stories. And that's what I wanted to know: How did these stories come to life? I skipped 3 of the screenplays, as I've already seen 3 of the 4 movies. Goldman's a fantastic writer.
Kellen Quigley
William Goldman has been one of my favorite screenwriters for years now, but reading his actual words to these movies--and his essays before with some great insight into the movies and the man himself--quickly made Goldman my favorite classic screenwriter of all time. Can't wait to read volume two!
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Jul 13, 2013 Christopher Ryan rated it it was amazing
The master class, and money goes to a good cause. Required reading for screenwriting students.
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Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.

William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used
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