Hollywood Rivals

Season 1
 (8)
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From the early, classic era of Karloff/Lugosi, Astaire/Kelly, and Sinatra/Crosby, to more contemporary competitors such as Pacino/DeNiro, Clint/Burt, and Willis/Gibson, Hollywood Rivals tells of their colossal clashes through rare film clips, television appearances, photographs, and interviews.
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Bettie DavisJoan CrawfordAl Pacino
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English [CC]
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English
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  1. 1. Star Wars vs Star Trek
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    January 1, 2001
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    The creative forces behind Star Wars and Star Trek are each unique, building entirely different universes that could be explored for decades. Despite differences in story and competitive fandoms, the two sci-fi sagas have each contributed to the other's popularity and success.
  2. 2. Bettie Davis vs Joan Crawford
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    January 1, 2001
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    Joan Crawford and Bette Davis fought for the spotlight in Hollywood on and off-screen. Both women worked at the same studio for some time, and they eventually teamed up for a gothic horror film that would revitalize their fading careers. Although they didn't get along, they had both achieved the highest possible stardom in Hollywood, rightfully becoming immortals of the silver screen.
  3. 3. James Cagney vs Humphrey Bogart
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    January 1, 2001
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    James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart had drastically different upbringings, but, once they entered the world of Hollywood, their paths aligned similarly. Though willing to stretch the boundaries with acting, these men secured their legendary tough guy acts throughout their extensive careers.
  4. 4. Charlie Chaplin vs Buster Keaton
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    January 1, 2001
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    Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton were two of the most well-known comedians of the silent film era, but their styles were drastically different. Chaplin's characters were often overly sentimental and had a ballet-like fluidity, while Keaton's style favored outright falling and the use of complex mechanics. Both men made a lasting impact on the motion picture industry.
  5. 5. Bruce Willis vs Mel Gibson
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    January 1, 2001
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    Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson were similar in many ways, as both were class clowns in school, hit it big early in their careers, and headlined successful movie franchises that brought fresh concepts to action films. The popular male archetype portrayed on screen was revolutionized by Willis and Gibson, as they had no problems taking on roles that tapped into their sensitive sides.
  6. 6. Al Pacino vs Robert De Niro
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    January 1, 2001
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    Native New Yorkers Al Pacino and Robert De Niro independently garnered praise that dubbed them as two of the most talented actors of their time. However, their apparent similarities have created a Hollywood rivalry between these two masters of their craft.
  7. 7. Arnold Schwarzenegger vs Sylvester Stallone
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    January 1, 2001
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    While Schwarzenegger achieved renown as a bodybuilder, Stallone suffered rejection and homelessness as a struggling writer and actor. Though they lived worlds apart, both men would conquer the 80s action genre.
  8. 8. Bela Lugosi vs Boris Karloff
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    After gaining notoriety as the man who played Dracula, Bela Lugosi turned down the role of Frankenstein's Monster. But when the part is turned over to rising star Boris Karloff, it seems that he may have created his own biggest rival.
  9. 9. Clint Eastwood vs Burt Reynolds
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    January 1, 2001
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    Both Reynolds and Eastwood received harsh criticism when they auditioned for the same role. Though they found individual opportunities to make their way in Hollywood, their rivalry would follow them for years.
  10. 10. Frank Sinatra vs Bing Crosby
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    As a kid, Sinatra aspired to follow in Crosby's footsteps, but as he emerged from his shadow, Crosby's career began to wane. Over the years, the two beloved crooners would both battle and collaborate as they vied for fame in the ever-fickle world of music, film, and television.
  11. 11. Frankie Avalon vs Fabian
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    Frankie Avalon and Fabian had remarkably similar careers from the start. After Avalon's own producers signed Fabian, both Philadelphia natives struggled, not only for fame, but for their own individual creative voices.
  12. 12. Fred Astaire vs Gene Kelly
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    Whereas Astaire made himself known for his unique approach to tap and ballroom dance, Kelly struggled on the sidelines with his more athletic approach to ballet. Comparisons from critics caused the men to respond to one another's steps in new and ground-breaking ways.
  13. 13. Marlene Dietrich vs Greta Garbo
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    January 1, 2001
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    Hooded eyelids and a sensual air are both defining characteristics of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, and they became known as two of the most glamorous actresses of their time. But despite their shared history as foreign actresses, they often found themselves at odds with one another.
  14. 14. Olivia De Havilland vs Joan Fontaine
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    Silver screen stars Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine cultivated a toxic off-screen animosity that was well-known throughout Hollywood. But their rivalry began very early on in life, as the two actresses were real-life sisters.
  15. 15. Rita Hayworth vs Betty Grable
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    With tremendous talent and on-camera sex appeal, both Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable thrived as triple threat stars and pinups during World War II. Their rivalry would become immortalized by their wartime photographs, as both women decked the walls of army barracks as the most popular pin-ups.

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Geoffrey WilliamsReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
get the facts right if your going to do this. awesome idea, but F for the day
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great idea. and the best possible way to open a series with ST v SW. but.... too fast. too jumbled. some really great vintage film and OK editing. Pace and narration are on wayyyy to much caffeine.
I will try again. because I love the premise. I was hoping for something more like a documentary. but...
and.. some better research could have been done. some erroneous statements made.
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Jo FlowersReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Astaire and Kelly
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I watched the episode of Astaire and Kelly. What a stupid, silly premise to even suggest that these wonderful dancers were rivals . The reproduction quality of the movies was atrocious and the dance scenes were too short and poorly cut and edited. Better to have had 2 separate documentaries of each with more sophisticated commentary on their dancing styles as the commentary here is repetitive and not informative. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because I love seeing them dance.
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everettReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great trip down memory Lane
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This was a marvelous compilation of Astaire and Kelly's movies. This was what it intended to be not a documentary.
I viewed only the matching of actors whose works I enjoy not all of them but it was a great trio down memory lane.
2 people found this helpful
Jules Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful for movie buffs!
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This series is fascinating, a lot of pictures of our beloved stars, and information. I stayed up all night to watch this series.
3 people found this helpful
My FoxReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
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Two Stars
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poor execution
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Tuatha DedanannReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
narrator
(and/or the writer that wrote the lines* spoken) was a BIT free with the strong rigid declarations of what were and are in actuality disputable "facts" (ex.: Tuesday Weld being emotionally unbalanced); plus way, way too many adjectives thoroughlyless thought through to fill empty nouns; plus never really gets to answering the questions initiating me to watch the "rivalry" in detail - I'm pretty sure it didn't at least, seeing as how I angrily shut it off about two thirds of the way through; one shining light tho: seeing Chris Cuomo make a few appearances

*to note-this review is in regards to episode six, solely; as that is where I began the series, and now have ended it
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Glama PussReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Love it but...
not always accurate factually. Didnt watch every episode but even Mikhail Baryshnikov the great ballet dancer called Fred Astaire the greatest dancer of all time and I think he would know (tho Rudolph Nureyev outshone him.) No interest in Sinatra vs Bing, such different styles, and no doubt they would fail to mention that Sinatra was in the Mafia, raped Marilyn Monroe on one of her last nites of life, punched Hollywood writer Dominick Dunne in the face at a restaurant etc. They could have restored some of the scenes better in all of this. But I still look forward to season 2, hurry up amazon! Recommend.
LeftyReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
We are history and movie buffs
So far we have watched 4 and plan to watch all. Perhaps most interesting is now knowing the back stories about the actors, actresses and movies we watched in our youth. Having watched Charlies Chaplins bio with Robert Downey Jr., we were surprised at how much was covered in this comparison with Buster Keaton. Same goes for #6 about Al Pacino and Robert Deniro. While the production values are not what they are today, seeing these stars as they were seen by us may years ago and our parents and even grandparents is quite an education.
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