Chapter Outlines



Chapter 1: The Queen of Evil

Unknown NYC cab driver and floundering filmmaker Oliver Stone gets a visit from a terrifying woman in his dreams. The evil character wakes him up to what might be called his "inner female" and he promptly jumps out of bed to make his first film, Seizure (1974) about her


1974: Seizure, Oliver Stone: Jonathan Frid, Martine Beswick, Herve Villechaize

* Debut Stone

Chapter 2: The Jailhouse Sex Scene

Following box office disaster and years of failure, Oliver delights in his first real break in Hollywood when commissioned to write Midnight Express (1978). From a crummy writer’s room in London he pens the most sorrowful sex scene an actress has ever performed and wins the Academy Award for his script

1978: Midnight Express, Alan Parker: Brad Davis, John Hurt, Randy Quaid

6 Oscar nominations, 1 Oscar for Stone


Chapter 3: Hollywood Bosses

With the help of his “li'l fren',” Oliver creates the legendary screenplay for Scarface (1983). But, before its all over, he gets his first taste of the bitter pill of "the Business" when a single vulgar, sexist insult from producers robs him of his first choice of leading lady in favor of a younger model


1983: Scarface, Brian De Palma: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia

Chapter 4: Hidden Figures

Turned off by the bad practices of Hollywood, Oliver goes rogue to independently make two war pictures in one year back-to-back, the way he wants to make them, but suffers in the end when the critics deliberately ignore all the female storylines, get mean and begin to label him a misogynist


1986: Platoon, Oliver Stone: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen

* Oscar for Best Picture

Salvador, Oliver Stone: James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

* 2 Academy Award nominations

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Chapter 5: My Most Miserable Miscast

After his worldwide success with Platoon (1986) Oliver is accepted by the studio system as a bonafide director. But his own fatal flaw of being a man leads him to cast his fantasy woman in a lead role — a mistake that would make everyone uncomfortable and turn the set of Wall Street (1987) into chaos


1987: Wall Street, Oliver Stone: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, Hal Holbrook, Terence Stamp

* Academy Award for Douglas

Chapter 6: Oliver Falls in Line

Oliver learns how to "go along to get along" and finds it has its own rewards. From the mom in Born on the Fourth of July (1989) to the D.A.'s wife in JFK (1991), “progressive” Oliver Stone frames females in the way most acceptable to America's deep-seated patriarchal nature. The critics heap on the praise and Oliver makes bank


Chapter 7: Most People Wouldn't See Me in that Role

In a total reversal, Oliver casts Kathleen Quinlan in a witchy role that makes conservative women squirm


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Chapter 8: The Woman's Cause

His Hollywood stride at full force now, Oliver puts on the producer hat to lend a hand to the ladies — including the future’s first woman Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow — to make some of the most female-friendly films of the century. But the powerful media patriarchy cannot tolerate much more of this season of "man-hating" movies and will surely have its revenge

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Chapter 9: Oliver's Heartbreak

Gender equity in Hollywood sounds like a good idea, but, in the real world, no good deed goes unpunished. When Oliver makes a war picture about a woman the critics start up again and squash Heaven & Earth (1993) at the box office


1993: Heaven & Earth, Oliver Stone: Tommy Lee Jones, Joan Chen, Haing S. Ngor

Chapter 10: The Plucky Serial Killer Girl Next Door

Oliver obtains and obliterates Quentin Tarantino’s Natural Born Killers (1994) script in order to bring the world the one & only Mallory Knox — a move that invites the American media to sling arrows into everybody's backs


1994: Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield, Edie McClurg, Balthazar Getty


Chapter 11: It Happens All the Time

Anthony Hopkins' face went white when he saw his co-star, Joan Allen, lose a much-deserved Best Actress Award for her role as First Lady in Oliver’s Nixon (1995) to a hooker caricature in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite


1995: Nixon, Oliver Stone: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, James Woods, J. T. Walsh, David Hyde Pierce, Ed Harris, Paul Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, Bob Hoskins, Madeline Kahn

Chapter 12: There's a Girl in the Locker Room!

Not being a woman, Oliver couldn’t have known how nervous Cameron Diaz would be to play the corporate bad guy in his football picture Any Given Sunday (1999) alongside the likes of Al Pacino and James Woods. But, in typical get-it-done Oliver fashion, he pulls a performance out of her that challenges the public to accept blended gender roles in media, whether it likes it or not 

1999: Any Given Sunday, Oliver Stone: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, John C. McGinley, Ann-Margret, Matthew Modine, Lauren Holly, Charlton Heston


Chapter 13: Colin Runs for His Life

After playing the not-so-alpha-male Greek leader in Oliver’s Alexander (2004), Dubliner Colin Farrell goes on a drunken binge to escape the tornado of homophobic publicity from the American media while Oliver just shrugs it off as another misunderstood “controversy.” Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie indicates that Oliver is, indeed, a woman's director


2004: Alexander, Oliver Stone: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Christopher Plummer, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Hopkins

Chapter 14: Conservative Women Tow the Line

Oliver gets back in line withWorld Trade Center (2006) and the box office rewards him richly. There's no doubt at this point that Oliver Stone goes both ways when depicting the women's sides of the story

1989: Born on the Fourth of July

2006: World Trade Center

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Chapter 15: Don't Fuck with My President

Oliver's satire of the "worst president in US history" pisses off the first family; but Ellen Burstyn captures hearts with her portrayal of Barbara Bush and Condoleeza Rice wins the most-annoying-female- character-Oliver-has-ever-made award

2008: W.

Chapter 16: Wall Street II was Crap

Stone revives the iconic role of Greed-is-Good Gordon Gekko to challenge the character to live up to his role as a Girl-Dad; a move that pisses off America’s Uber generation’s Wall Street guys enough for them to snub the picture at the box office and call it a “Chick Flick"


2010: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon


Chapter 17: Woman vs Woman

In stark contrast to his former film professor Martin Scorsese’s testosterone-driven mafia crime movies, Oliver lets the females fight it out in Savages (2012), his adaptation of Don Winslow’s popular novel

2012: Savages, Oliver Stone: Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek

Chapter 18: The Woman Behind the Whistleblower

Coming to international attention as Edward Snowden’s girlfriend, Oliver thinks Lindsay Mills deserves a lot of credit for the leak on the NSA's global surveillance programs that led to charges of espionage and the couples’ flight to asylum in Russia


2016: Snowden, Oliver Stone: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto