The Hollywood Collection: William Holden - The Golden Boy

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It was said of him that in more than seventy films, he never once gave a bad performance.
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John H.Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2019
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Excellent documentary about an exceptional and talented actor. See it.
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William Holden was one year younger than my father. One of the secrets my mother shared with me when I was growing up in the 1950s was that every time she saw a movie with William Holden she thought of my father - and when she saw my father all dressed up and looking his best - she thought of William Holden. I did not come to realize what a good actor Holden was until I was in my 30s and he was nearing the end of his career. "Bridge on the River Kwai" was (and is) one of my favorite movies and I watch it at least once a year because I see my father being played by Holden in so many ways. But I also continue to count "The Wild Bunch" among my favorite movies which only made me appreciate William Holden even more - and this documentary clearly shows why. I saw a pre-release cut of the "Wild Bunch" in a small movie theater near the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Gower St. in Hollywood about 9 months before it was released. After the preview was over and the lights came on everyone stood up and applauded for over five minutes. Because everyone was standing I could not see the studio people exiting, but someone said that Holden had been there the whole time and then exited before the audience. Missed him by that much... But what a great actor he was and this documentary makes that very clear and holds nothing back. I did notice that his son (if you closed your eyes and just listened) sounded just like his father. Hey - it's free for Amazon members - so don't miss watching this. You won't be disappointed!
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ArtzyReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
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Documentary of my crush
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I was trying to remember which was the first movie I saw Bill Holden in. It could have been Picnic because that was certainly when I developed a crush on him. That crush never diminished. I enjoyed every film I ever saw him in, and that was quite a few. I do remember the day, 30 years ago, I heard about his death. It seemed like such an inelegant, arbitrary way to go. But he had an extremely interesting life. I did know about his conservation work in Africa but I didn't know he moved his entire family to Europe so they could experience a different culture. I was amused that he was worried about his children becoming bi-lingual and tri-lingual because he didn't think he was even "lingual." A very self-effacing man who, as everybody who knew him agreed, didn't fit into the glitz of Hollywood. Now I have to hunt down some of his movies and experience my crush all over again!
Susan DionReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2016
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A man named Bill
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Bill Holden got my undivided attention during a dance with Kim Novak in Picnic - he took my breath away. Just remembering that scene gives me goosebumps. I watched this program to learn about who he was as a person, an actor and as a contributing member of society. I learned a lot about him in this brief program and I look forward to revisiting some of his film performances with a more complete understanding of his profession, who the man was and his unique contribution as a person. I also appreciated the fact that his lifelong battle with alcoholism took a welcome "back seat" to his numberless attributes, sacrifices in his family-life, his many strong friendships and his overall accomplishments within an insidious industry. I recommend this short film for a variety of reasons.
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Movies R UsReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
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ONE OF A KIND TRUE MOVIE STARPOWER
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IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY A WILLIAM HOLDEN FAN YOU WILL BE.
MY FAVORITE OF HIS MOVIES:
PICNIC, STALAG 17, SABRINA, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI,
NETWORK, EXECUTIVE SUITE, BORN YESTERDAY,
RACHEL AND THE STRANGER, SUNSET BOULEVARD.

FEW ACTORS COME TO MIND AS ORGINAL, NOT PLAYING
THEMSELVES, WITH REAL STAR QUALITY AND A LOVE AFFAIR
WITH THE CAMERA HE IS ONE OF THEM.
milosmomReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2015
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Great Biography
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He was old enough to be my father, but after I saw him in "The Bridge on the River Kwi" I was in love. This film bio of him was very good. I learned about how good he was as a person. I knew the "bad" things about him through the news media, like drinking, and divorcing is wife of many years to be with a much younger woman--according to the news media. He may have been divorced a few years before getting involved with the younger woman. He was a great actor, handsome, and had a heart of gold. The only minus for this film is that I wanted to know more about him. It wasn't long enough.
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RescuepetsruleReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2020
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sad
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How sad that he died drunk and alone, hitting his head on a Coffee table, found a few days later. He was a breed unlike any other. Now, to watch The Wild Bunch again, for maybe the 12th time-if you haven't seen it, you missed one of the best Westerns ever.
Thomas OrmsbyReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2013
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A Fine Tribute to William Holden
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William Holden was always a solid presence in all of his 75 films, with a handful remembered and cherished by fans, all given nods in this retrospective look at his life and work. Consider Sunset Boulevard, The Bridge of the River Kwai, Network and The Towering Inferno, which demonstrate the strength of his résumé. But there were lesser films, in which he broke loose from the urbane mold -- war movies, westerns, and the romantic lead as the drifter in Picnic. He can best be appreciated in The World of Suzie Wong, which is also a great look at the Hong Kong of 1960, and a superb example of great art direction in that era -- available on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

-- Thomas Ormsby
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David WebbReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2014
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Revealing and Riviting
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I only knew William Holden from performances like Bridge on the River Kwai and Network. This documentary provided important background information as well as commentary from other actors and one of his sons. It also included information on a game refuge he quietly established in Africa. It helped me understand the man and his work. This is an older production but it is still very good. Holden may not attract enough attention to warrant a new retrospective so that makes this more valuable.
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