Harrison Ford

The Films

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About the Book

Harrison Ford has been labeled one of the top 100 stars of all time, the sexiest man alive, and the highest-grossing actor in the history of film, yet he still has the appeal of an average guy to whom the common man can relate. He has worked in more than 40 films, as well as in narration roles, documentaries, award shows, and television appearances. He has won more than two dozen awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. This biographical and filmographic work covers Ford’s personal life and career, concentrating on his efforts in the film industry. It examines in great detail more than 30 films, including American Graffiti, the several Star Wars outings, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and Air Force One. It discusses the films’ inceptions, writing, casting, sets, schedules, stunts, filming obstacles, openings, earnings, controversies, and reviews. Quotes and intimate anecdotes from the casts and crews are an added bonus. Numerous photographs, a complete film and television listing, a bibliography and index complete the work.

About the Author(s)

Brad Duke lives in Upton, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Brad Duke

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 341
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [2005]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4048-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0778-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Prologue: The Dawn of It All      3

1. An Ordinary Upbringing      5
2. The Origin of His Species      8
3. Finding His Calling      11
4. Have Wife, Will Travel      13
5. The Long and Winding Road      15
6. Odds and Ends      18
7. The Do-It-Yourself Man      23
8. Finally … Respect      26
9. Hanging with the Big Boys      31
10. A Star Was Born      34
11. A War Lost and a Wife Found      43
12. Getting Some Recognition      46
13. Little to Be Proud Of      50
14. Lose Some, Win Some      60
15. Destined for Success      62
16. The First George, Steven and Harrison Collaboration      74
17. Science Friction      88
18. Life Among the Aliens      100
19. Cracking the Whip (Again)      109
20. The Weir Years      119
21. Pregnancy, Paris and Polanski      138
22. Working Guy      144
23. Bonding with Connery      150
24. His Bad Hair Day      161
25. Time to Rehabilitate      169
26. At War with Irish Terrorists … and Tom Clancy      176
27. On the Run for the Money      188
28. Jack’s Back      200
29. Something Wilder      212
30. A Devil of a Time      221
31. “America’s Kick-Ass President”      233
32. Trouble Overseas      245
33. The End of an Era      252
34. The New Model Ford      257
35. Harrison Ford’s Russian Perspective      262
36. The Buddy-Cop Flick Flop      267
37. All Cameras Aside      273

Filmography      289
Chapter Notes      293
Bibliography      307
Index      319

Book Reviews & Awards

“Well documented…written clearly”—ARBA