He spent his earliest years in post-World War Two refugee camps.
He came to America and grew up in Cleveland - stealing cars, rolling drinks, battling priests, nearly going to jail.
He became the screenwriter of the world-wide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge and Flashdance.
He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade.
The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous - or infamous - screenwriter in Hollywood.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 752 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 24/02/2005
- Category: Films, cinema
- ISBN: 9780099472544
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Review by JohnnyWalker
Not what you'd expect from the guy responsible for Basic Instinct, Jade, Sliver and Show Girls. I thought that I'd despise him, but I came away with nothing but respect. In part an insight into the movie industry (it's as brutal as you'd imagined) and in part an auto-biographical confessional. An editor should have noticed the sagging that happens to the narrative about four fifths of the way through, but otherwise this is an addictive and guilty pleasure of a page-turner. Brash, touching, hilarious, vulgar, insightful but always absolutely honest. A wonderful auto-biography, highly recommended.