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The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story

Chris Nashawaty

Flatiron Books

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ISBN10: 125010596X
ISBN13: 9781250105967

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304 Pages



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In Caddyshack:The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story film critic for Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty goes behind the scenes of the iconic film, chronicling the rise of comedy’s greatest deranged minds as they form The National Lampoon, turn the entertainment industry on its head, and ultimately blow up both a golf course and popular culture as we know it. Caddyshack is at once an eye-opening narrative about one of the most interesting, surreal, and dramatic film productions there’s ever been, and a rich portrait of the biggest, and most revolutionary names in Hollywood. So, it’s got that going for it . . . which is nice.


Praise for Caddyshack

“The book about the movie is better than the movie . . . an astute and lively study of '70s comedy that zeroes in on a film considered a failure upon its 1980 release . . . a sterling example of how to construct the story behind the story . . . Caddyshack fans will delight in the book's on-set details, including the technical challenges posed by that animatronic gopher. For the rest of us, this is ground-level look at the birth of a scene.”—Dallas Morning News

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About the author

Chris Nashawaty

Chris Nashawaty is the lead film critic at Entertainment Weekly, who over his 20 years at the magazine has become one of America’s foremost movie writers and pop-culture authorities. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, Today, and Good Morning America, as well as regularly contributing to Sirius XM’s EW Radio channel. He has also written for Wired, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Fortune, and Grantland. He is the author of the book about B Movie producer Roger Corman called Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses, and Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story.

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