Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case” as Want to Read:
Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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
...more
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Arbor House Pub Co
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Outrageous Conduct, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Outrageous Conduct

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.95  · 
Rating details
 ·  85 ratings  ·  13 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Brenna
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
"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
...more
Eric_W
Dec 16, 2008 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 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 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
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.
Jamey DuVall
May 08, 2015 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.
Elisabeth
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mick
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good coverage of the Twilight Zone 'incident', from the lead up to the filming, until the end of the court case 1987. Also includes backgrounds on Vic Morrow and John Landis.
Being written in 1988, the book also gives a good snapshot of Hollywood at the time. Spielberg, Landis etc are not put on pedestals like they are today.
The writer seems a little biased against Landis and his 'ego' early in the book, but also gives good coverage of the bungled prosecution during the trial.
Highly recomm
...more
Miles
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Man, John Landis really should be in jail for getting a guy and two little kids killed
Shannon
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Fishface
Jan 17, 2016 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 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.
LINCCReviews
Jun 26, 2015 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)
Eric
rated it really liked it
Jul 14, 2012
Ken
rated it really liked it
Dec 26, 2018
Dustybooks
rated it liked it
May 02, 2016
Brian
rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2012
Thomas Marciano
rated it it was amazing
Mar 08, 2014
Paul Wilson
rated it really liked it
Mar 06, 2012
Lex
rated it really liked it
Feb 04, 2011
Rachel
rated it really liked it
Sep 11, 2013
Stephen Rigg
rated it really liked it
Sep 19, 2018
Miranda
rated it liked it
Dec 24, 2017
Josh Mayfield
rated it really liked it
Jan 12, 2016
Grant
rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2018
Cynthia
rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2013
Jan
rated it really liked it
Feb 25, 2009
Jamieson
rated it it was amazing
Feb 07, 2019
A.j. Medlock
rated it really liked it
Jun 12, 2015
Sean Wicks
rated it really liked it
Jun 23, 2016
Rick F.
rated it it was amazing
Dec 24, 2011
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »