Screenwriter Profile: William Goldman

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William Goldman gave a great interview in which he talks about how little talent he had as a young writer trying to sell short stories. He was rejected countless times and had to take other kinds of work along the way, but his persistence paid off when he started writing scripts and became one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters of all time. He is the creative force behind such films as The Princess Bride, Maverick, Heat, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


Heat (novel / screenplay) (filming) – 2014

Dreamcatcher (screenplay) – 2003

Hearts in Atlantis (screenplay) – 2001

The General’s Daughter (screenplay) – 1999

Absolute Power (screenplay) – 1997

Fierce Creatures (uncredited) – 1997

The Ghost and the Darkness (written by) – 1996

The Chamber (screenplay) – 1996

Da Vinci (short) (story) – 1996

Maverick (written by) – 1994

Chaplin (screenplay) – 1992

Year of the Comet (written by) – 1992

Memoirs of an Invisible Man (screenplay) – 1992

Misery (screenplay) – 1990

The Princess Bride (book / screenplay) – 1987

Heat (novel / screenplay) – 1986

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (characters) – 1979

Mr. Horn (TV movie) – 1979

Magic (novel / screenplay) – 1978

A Bridge Too Far (screenplay) – 1977

Marathon Man (novel / screenplay) – 1976

All the President’s Men (screenplay) – 1976

The Great Waldo Pepper (screenplay) – 1975

The Stepford Wives (screenplay) – 1975

The Hot Rock (screenplay) – 1972

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (written by) – 1969

No Way to Treat a Lady (novel) – 1968

Harper (screenplay) – 1966

Masquerade (screenplay) – 1965

Soldier in the Rain (novel) – 1963


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Understand this: all the sleaze you’ve heard about Hollywood? All the illiterate scumbags who scuttle down the corridors of power? They are there, all right, and worse than you can imagine.

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