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You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again (1990)

by Julia Phillips

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Oscar-winning producer Julia Phillps's work on Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Sting, made her famous. This is the memoir that made her infamous--a downfall chronicle of a private hell that could only have been written by someone with nothing left to lose.
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When finished, I found the story dumb and the author incredibly self-involved and an unsympathetic whiner. ( )
  Huba.Library | Jul 5, 2022 |
While it's sometimes confusing trying to keep straight the rambling timeline and cast of characters, it was Julia's compelling personality that made me like this. Smart, mean, vulgar and self-destructive, she isn't 'likeable' (she was a successful Hollywood producer - what did you expect?) but is extremely entertaining. I wasn't familiar with most of the 80s powerbroking assholes she describes, but gosh it was still fun to watch them get torn to shreds. No-one who read this book should have any illusions about Phillips being a perfectly reliable narrator, but if it's only 50% true it'd still be 100% deserved. ( )
  sinki | Sep 28, 2021 |
Arrogance and narcissism on drugs hating everyone. Four days of my life wasted reading about it. ( )
  Riverdeboz | Jul 25, 2021 |
Group E
  gilsbooks | May 17, 2011 |
Fascinating 150-page book about how Hollywood makes movies, embedded in tedious 500-page junkie memoir. Needed a dramatis personae or index by first name to keep all the various showbiz assholes straight. Most of them seem like dopes. The best lines come from her family, whom she dislikes.
  athenasowl | Apr 18, 2010 |
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The Sting had been nominated, two months before, in ten categories, including Cinematography, Editing, Actor, Screenplay, Director, and Best Picture.
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Oscar-winning producer Julia Phillps's work on Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Sting, made her famous. This is the memoir that made her infamous--a downfall chronicle of a private hell that could only have been written by someone with nothing left to lose.

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