Dying Harder: Action Movies of the 1980s

Dying Harder: Action Movies of the 1980s

by Colin M Barron


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, February 28
6 New & Used Starting at $6.82


The 1980s were a golden age for action movies, with the genre proving popular at the box-office as never before. Across the world, stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis were becoming household names as a result of their appearances in some of the best-known films of the decade.

But what were the stories which lay behind the making of these movies? Why were the eighties to bear witness to so many truly iconic action features? And who were the people who brought these legends of action cinema to life?

In Dying Harder: Action Movies of the 1980s, Colin M. Barron considers some of the most unforgettable movies of the decade, exploring the reasons behind their success and assessing the extent of their enduring acclaim amongst audiences which continues into the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993493270
Publisher: Extremis Publishing Ltd.
Publication date: 05/31/2017
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Dr Colin M. Barron was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1956, and was educated at Greenock Academy (1961-74) and Glasgow University (1974-79) where he graduated in Medicine (M.B. Ch.B.) in 1979. He worked for the next five years in hospital medicine, eventually becoming a Registrar in Ophthalmology at Gartnavel General Hospital and Glasgow Eye Infirmary. In December 1984 he left the National Health Service to set up Ashlea Nursing Home in Callander, which he established with his first wife Sandra and ran until 1999. He was the chairman of the Scottish branch of the British Federation of Care Home Proprietors (BFCHP) from 1985 to 1991, and then a founding member and chairman of the Scottish Association of Care Home Owners (SACHO) from 1991 to 1999.

Colin has a special interest in writing; his first non-fiction book Running Your Own Private Residential and Nursing Home was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 1990. He has also written around 150 articles for various publications including This Caring Business, The Glasgow Herald, Caring Times, Care Weekly, The British Medical Journal, The Hypnotherapist, The Thought Field and many others. He was a regular columnist for This Caring Business between 1991 and 1999. His books The Craft of Public Speaking and Planes on Film: Ten Favourite Aviation Films were published by Extremis Publishing in 2016.

In 1992 Colin was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health (FRSH). He is a former member of various societies including the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis Scotland (BSMDH), the British Thought Field Therapy Association (BTFTA), the Association for Thought Field Therapy (ATFT), the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA), and the Hypnotherapy Association. Colin has been using TFT since early in 2000, and in November 2001 he became the first British person to qualify as a Voice Technology TFT practitioner. He used to work from home in Dunblane and at the Glasgow Nuffield Hospital. Colin has also had 40 years of experience in public speaking, and did some training with the John May School of Public Speaking in London in January 1990.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Page 1)

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Page 11)

2. Who Dares Wins (Page 49)

3. The Terminator (Page 85)

4. Rambo: First Blood Part II (Page 113)

5. Commando (Page 143)

6. Cobra (Page 173)

7. Aliens (Page 199)

8. Predator (Page 239)

9. Lethal Weapon (Page 269)

10. Die Hard (Page 297)

11. A Force of One: The Career of Chuck Norris, One of the Top Action Stars of the Eighties (Page 331)

12. I Have Been Expecting You, Mr Bond!: How the James Bond Movies Fared During the Action Movie

Boom of the Eighties (Page 341)

13. Wishing for Death: Charles Bronson in the 1980s (Page 361)

14. Making My Day: Dirty Harry in the 1980s (Page 373)

Illustrations: Action Stars of the 1980s (Page 385)

Index (Page 399)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews