Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon

  • Highest Rated: 90% Winnebago Man (2010)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% I Love Trouble (1994)
  • Birthday: Feb 3, 1961
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Whether obsessing over a demonically possessed '58 Plymouth Fury in Christine or stepping behind the camera to direct an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s classic novel Mother Night, Keith Gordon has experienced a lot in his filmmaking career. If audiences hadn't suspected the awkward, bespectacled teen's ambitions following such early efforts as Home Movies and Dressed to Kill, they were in for a pleasant surprise when the young actor eventually grew into a seasoned director. A New York City native whose parents were both actors, Gordon began a love affair with films when he accompanied his father to a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Gordon was thrilled by Kubrick's imaginative sci-fi vision and the seemingly limitless possibilities of the medium, and in the years that followed, he took part in numerous stage productions at school. In the summer of 1976, he was spotted by a casting director while appearing in two plays at the National Playwrights Conference; two years later, Gordon landed his first major screen role in Jaws 2. Though it was only a bit part, the experience he gained on the tumultuous set was invaluable. Subsequently cast in the 1979 miniseries Studs Lonigan, he eventually left school for a film career. Though Gordon initially rejected an offer to try out for the 1979 Brian De Palma feature Home Movies, the audition was in his neighborhood, so he reluctantly gave in. Not only did Gordon win the role of a young student obsessed with filmmaking, but he also received even more valuable experience by having opportunities to discuss filmmaking with De Palma. Following a brief role in All That Jazz (1979), Gordon made his most prominent film appearance to date in De Palma's controversial 1980 thriller Dressed to Kill. Gordon excelled at playing twitchy, eggheaded teens throughout the '80s in such efforts as Christine (1983), The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), and Back to School (1986), and though his onscreen career seemed to be coming along swimmingly, his creative ambitions were left unfulfilled. As the screenwriter of Mark Romanek's 1985 cult film Static, Gordon saw his aspirations finally beginning to come to fruition. He later made his feature directorial debut in 1988 with an impressive adaptation of Robert Cormier's novel The Chocolate War (Gordon also wrote the screenplay), which earned a Best First Feature nomination at the 1989 Independent Spirit Awards. He gained momentum and crafted a unique anti-war movie with his 1992 sophomore effort, A Midnight Clear, before moving to television to direct episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street and the sci-fi miniseries Wild Palms. Gordon was next faced with one of the more challenging projects of his career when he filmed Mother Night. A dark, dramatic period tale of love and loss, Gordon's fourth feature, Waking the Dead (2000), earned generally positive notices, as it further established the star status of its clear-eyed leads, Jennifer Connelly and Billy Crudup. In his next feature, Gordon re-teamed with Back to School dormmate Robert Downey Jr. for an updated version of Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective (2003). Although he coaxed a stellar turn out of Downey, however, Gordon's take on the material did little to convince critics that the film was in need of refreshing.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Op Shop Actor 2011
90% Winnebago Man Actor $0.2M 2010
39% The Singing Detective Director $0.3M 2003
No Score Yet Delivering Milo Dr. Baumbartner 2001
51% Waking the Dead Director Producer 2000
63% Mother Night Director Producer 1996
22% I Love Trouble Andy 1994
No Score Yet Wild Palms Director 1993
88% A Midnight Clear Screenwriter Director Producer 1992
82% The Chocolate War Director Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet Combat High Max Mendelsson 1986
No Score Yet Static Ernie Screenwriter 1986
85% Back to School Jason Melon 1986
40% The Legend of Billie Jean Lloyd 1985
No Score Yet Single Bars, Single Women Lionel 1984
71% Christine Arnie Cunningham 1983
No Score Yet Silent Rebellion Actor 1982
No Score Yet Kent State Actor 1981
No Score Yet Home Movies Denis Byrd 1980
83% Dressed to Kill Peter Miller 1980
85% All That Jazz Joe (as a boy) 1979
60% Jaws 2 Doug 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% Legion
2017
Director
  • 2018
97% Better Call Saul
2015-2018
Director
  • 2017
96% Fargo
2014-2017
Producer Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
91% The Leftovers
2014-2017
Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
85% Homeland
2011-2018
Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
80% The Strain
2014-2017
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
84% Masters of Sex
2013-2016
Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
88% The Bridge (FX)
2013-2014
Screenwriter Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
95% Rectify
2013-2016
Director
  • 2013
71% The Killing
2011-2014
Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
72% Dexter
2006-2013
Director
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
69% Rubicon
2010
Director
  • 2010
91% House
2004-2012
Director
  • 2005
50% Gideon's Crossing
2000-2001
Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dexter's Laboratory
1996-2003
Director
  • 1997
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Director
  • 1994
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Chris
  • 1982

QUOTES FROM Keith Gordon CHARACTERS

Binx
(about Lloyd's pills) What are those, uppers and downers?
Lloyd
They're for asthma, you want one?
Lloyd
I'm done bein' your hostage.
Billie Jean
Fine, I'll see you in jail!
Dennis Guilder
That's funny, 'cause I heard that it was totaled.
Arnie Cunningham
Well, after I swept up the broken glass, it wasn't too bad.
Arnie Cunningham
Don't touch me, s******! This is what you wanted! Get away from her!
Arnie Cunningham
Oh man, there is nothing finer than being behind the wheel of your own car! Except "maybe" for pussy!
Arnie Cunningham
Oh man, there is nothing finer than being behind the wheel of your own car! Except 'maybe' for pussy!
Arnie Cunningham
(about Christine) - Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive.
Arnie Cunningham
(about Christine) Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive.
Arnie Cunningham
(after a driver swerves his car out of the way, as Arnie drove toward him; head on) - Chiiiiiiicken SH*T!
Arnie Cunningham
(after a driver swerves his car out of the way, as Arnie drove toward him; head on) Chicken sh*t!
Arnie Cunningham
Let me tell you a little something about love Dennis. It has a voracious appetite. It eats everything-- friendship, family. It kills me how much it eats. But I'll tell you something else. You feed it right, and it can be a beautiful thing, and that's what we have. You know when someone believes in you man, you can do any FU**ING THING in the ENTIRE universe...and when you believe RIGHT BACK at that someone...THEN WATCH OUT WORLD, 'cause nobody could stop you then, NOBODY! EVER!
Arnie Cunningham
Let me tell you a little something about love Dennis. It has a voracious appetite. It eats everything, friendship, family. It kills me how much it eats. But I'll tell you something else. You feed it right, and it can be a beautiful thing, and that's what we have. You know when someone believes in you man, you can do any fu**ing thing in the entire universe, and when you believe right back at that someone. THEN WATCH OUT WORLD, 'cause nobody could stop you then, NOBODY! EVER!
Dennis Guilder
And you feel this way about Leigh?
Arnie Cunningham
(laughs) - What? F**k, no! I'm talking about Christine, man. No shitter ever came between me and Christine.
Arnie Cunningham
(laughs) What? f**k, no! I'm talking about Christine, man. No shitter ever came between me and Christine.
Dennis Guilder
I'm scared for you, for what's happened to you. It's this fu**ing car.
Arnie Cunningham
I know you're jealous. But we'll always be friends as long as you stick with me. And you know what happens to shitters who don't.
Dennis Guilder
No. What does happen?
Arnie Cunningham
Well let's not kid each other Dennis.
Dennis Guilder
Who are the shitters?
Arnie Cunningham
...All of 'em.
Arnie Cunningham
All of 'em.
Arnie Cunningham
(driving in the car with Dennis, drinking a beer) - A toast. Death...to the shitters of the world in 1979!
Arnie Cunningham
(driving in the car with Dennis, drinking a beer) A toast to Death. To the shitters of the world in 1979!
Rudolph Junkins
I understand, uh, one of the perpetrators, uh, defecated on the dashboard. Now, I would of thought you'd be madder than hell at that. And I thought you would of reported that.
Arnie Cunningham
Sh*t wipes off.
Arnie Cunningham
(on the phone with Leigh) - I need to see you. I care about you. Look, I love you Leigh. I think we deserve one more try, don't you? Would you give me a fu**ing yes or no! Please don't do this to me. Just be straight with me. You've had it, right? WELL, F**K YOU, BITCH! (Hangs up on her)
Arnie Cunningham
(on the phone with Leigh) I need to see you. I care about you. Look, I love you Leigh. I think we deserve one more try, don't you? Would you give me a fu**ing yes or no! Please don't do this to me. Just be straight with me. You've had it, right? Well f**k you, bitch! (Hangs up on her)
Rudolph Junkins
(talking about Moochie Wells) - The kid's dead Arnie, they had to scrape his legs up with a shovel.
Rudolph Junkins
(talking about Moochie Wells) The kid's dead Arnie, they had to scrape his legs up with a shovel.
Arnie Cunningham
Well, isn't that what you're supposed to do with sh*t? Scrape it up with a little shovel?
Rudolph Junkins
Don't get smart with me, son.
Arnie Cunningham
Has it ever occurred to you that part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids?
Arnie Cunningham
(after his car slightly repairs a section of itself) - ...Okay...Show me!
Arnie Cunningham
(after his car slightly repairs a section of itself) Okay, Show me!
Arnie Cunningham
(talking to his parents about his car being destroyed) - It's your fault. If you hadn't been so damn selfish; you wouldn't let me park my own car...in your precious driveway, this never would have happened.
Arnie Cunningham
(talking to his parents about his car being destroyed) It's your fault. If you hadn't been so damn selfish, you wouldn't let me park my own car in your precious driveway, this never would have happened.
Regina Cunningham
(saddened) - Arnie, that's not fair.
Regina Cunningham
(saddened) Arnie, that's not fair.
Arnie Cunningham
Oh it's fair.
Regina Cunningham
Can't we even...talk about this...like rational human beings?
Regina Cunningham
Can't we even talk about this, like rational human beings?
Arnie Cunningham
One of them took a sh*t on the dashboard of my car, Ma. Now how's that for rational, huh?
Michael Cunningham
Why don't we-- Your mother and l have decided to help you buy a new car.
Michael Cunningham
Why don't we. Your mother and l have decided to help you buy a new car.
Arnie Cunningham
Well, that's what everybody wants, isn't it? Well, f**k you...I'm fixing up Christine.
Arnie Cunningham
Well, that's what everybody wants, isn't it? Well, f**k you. I'm fixing up Christine.
Michael Cunningham
(runs after Artie and grabs him by the jacket) - Listen, mister, you've been disrespectful to us once too often! You go back in there and apologize to your mother right now!
Michael Cunningham
(runs after Artie and grabs him by the jacket) Listen, mister, you've been disrespectful to us once too often! You go back in there and apologize to your mother right now!
Arnie Cunningham
Hey take your mitts off me, motherfu**er! (Attacks his father)
Arnie Cunningham
(yells at Leigh after she tries to comfort Arnie, after he sees his car destroyed) - DON'T TOUCH ME, SHITTER! Oh, this is just what you wanted! You get away from her! GET AWAY FROM HER!!!
Arnie Cunningham
(yells at Leigh after she tries to comfort Arnie, after he sees his car destroyed) Don't touch me, shitter! Oh, this is just what you wanted! You get away from her! Get away from her!
Leigh Cabot
And there are other things. That radio...All it gets is those old songs. And sometimes when we're making out...it just stalls. As if the car were jealous, Arnie...A goddamn car!
Leigh Cabot
And there are other things. That radio. All it gets is those old songs. And sometimes when we're making out it just stalls. As if the car were jealous, Arnie, a goddamn car!
Arnie Cunningham
You know what I think? I think you're just sexually frustrated.
Arnie Cunningham
(after Leigh punches the seat in Arnie's car) - Cut it out. Don't.
Arnie Cunningham
(after Leigh punches the seat in Arnie's car) Cut it out. Don't.
Leigh Cabot
What? You don't like me slapping your girl?
Dennis Guilder
(about Leigh Cabot dating Arnie) - She just happens to be the most beautiful girl in the whole school.
Dennis Guilder
(about Leigh Cabot dating Arnie) She just happens to be the most beautiful girl in the whole school.
Arnie Cunningham
Well, it's not what you think. No I really...respect her mind. And...She lusts after my body. What can I say?
Arnie Cunningham
Well, it's not what you think. No I really, respect her mind. And, she lusts after my body. What can I say?
Arnie Cunningham
(to his mother, as she complains to him about his behavior) - Get off my back!
Arnie Cunningham
(to his mother, as she complains to him about his behavior) Get off my back!
Arnie Cunningham
(sees Dennis approaching his him, in Arnie's yard) - Oh sh*t!
Arnie Cunningham
(sees Dennis approaching his him, in Arnie's yard) Oh sh*t!
Dennis Guilder
Greetings to you too.
Will Darnell
Look uh...I know you don't exactly have money falling out of you?re a**hole. If you did, you wouldn't be here...Maybe we can work out some kind of deal...Why don't you sweep up around the place... do a few lubes... put the toilet paper on the little spools, sh*t like that. Do that and you can raid my junk pile for whatever you want? Hell, I might even throw in a few bucks.
Will Darnell
Look uh, I know you don't exactly have money falling out of you?re a**hole. If you did, you wouldn't be here. Maybe we can work out some kind of deal. Why don't you sweep up around the place, do a few lubes, put the toilet paper on the little spools, sh*t like that. Do that and you can raid my junk pile for whatever you want? Hell, I might even throw in a few bucks.
Arnie Cunningham
(smiles) - Well, I'll have to think about it.
Arnie Cunningham
(smiles) Well, I'll have to think about it.
Will Darnell
(angry) - Well don't think about it too long, I'll throw you out on your fu**ing ass!
Will Darnell
(angry) Well don't think about it too long, I'll throw you out on your fu**ing ass!
Dennis Guilder
What is it about that car?
Arnie Cunningham
Maybe it's just that for the first time in my life, I found something that's uglier than me.
Arnie Cunningham
(talking to his mother about the new car he bought, "Christine") - Look...you wanted me in college courses - I'm there. You wanted me in chess club instead of band. Okay, I'm there too. Now I've managed to get through seventeen years without embarrassing you in front of your Bridge Club or landing in jail. Now I'm telling you, I'm gonna have this. This one thing!
Arnie Cunningham
(talking to his mother about the new car he bought, 'Christine') Look, you wanted me in college courses, I'm there. You wanted me in chess club instead of band. Okay, I'm there too. Now I've managed to get through seventeen years without embarrassing you in front of your Bridge Club or landing in jail. Now I'm telling you, I'm gonna have this. This one thing!
Dennis Guilder
(talking about the car "Christine", after seeing it for the first time) - It's a piece of sh*t Arnie.
Dennis Guilder
(talking about the car 'Christine', after seeing it for the first time) It's a piece of sh*t Arnie.
Arnie Cunningham
She could be fixed up. She could. Oh, she could be really tough.
Bemis
(talking about Roseanne to Dennis, as she walks away) - I wouldn't put that in my mouth. - You don't know where it's been.
Bemis
(talking about Roseanne to Dennis, as she walks away) I wouldn't put that in my mouth. You don't know where it's been.
Dennis Guilder
Get out of here.
Arnie Cunningham
(jumps in the conversation; joking with Bemis) But we know where it hasn't been. Hasn't been with you, huh? (Laughs)
Bemis
(gets annoyed with Arnie) - Ha-ha, Having trouble with your locker?
Bemis
(gets annoyed with Arnie) Ha-ha, Having trouble with your locker?
Dennis Guilder
Now that we're gonna be seniors, l figure it's about time...that we got you laid. - You know, like this year, huh?
Dennis Guilder
Now that we're gonna be seniors, l figure it's about time that we got you laid. You know, like this year, huh?
Arnie Cunningham
You need a girl to get laid.
Dennis Guilder
What about Gail Justin?
Arnie Cunningham
l don't like her mustache.
Dennis Guilder
Oh f**k you Arnie. I mean, what do you care if you get a little hair in your mouth? - Okay. How about Sally Hayes? She's cute.
Dennis Guilder
Oh f**k you Arnie. I mean, what do you care if you get a little hair in your mouth? Okay. How about Sally Hayes? She's cute.
Arnie Cunningham
She's a sophomore!
Dennis Guilder
So what? She's a walking sperm bank.
Arnie Cunningham
I don't know.
Dennis Guilder
Come on.
Arnie Cunningham
l don't have the minimum deposit to open an account.
Dennis Guilder
Are you kidding? You carry your life savings between your legs. Come on, Arnie.
Arnie Cunningham
l think maybe I'll just beat off.
Dennis Guilder
(talking to Arnie about his mother, in the car) - Are you guys having a war?
Dennis Guilder
(talking to Arnie about his mother, in the car) Are you guys having a war?
Arnie Cunningham
She's pissed off 'cause I'm taking shop...My dad too.
Arnie Cunningham
She's pissed off 'cause I'm taking shop. My dad too.
Dennis Guilder
It won't embarrass them when you fix their stupid Volvo for free. (Arnie shuts the music off) - What?
Dennis Guilder
It won't embarrass them when you fix their stupid Volvo for free. (Arnie shuts the music off) What?
Arnie Cunningham
Last night, we're playing Scrabble. It's neck-and-neck between me and her. We blew my dad away early. So, at the end, l had this choice of ''ratio'' for five lousy points... - or...
Arnie Cunningham
Last night, we're playing Scrabble. It's neck-and-neck between me and her. We blew my dad away early. So, at the end, l had this choice of 'ratio' for five lousy points, or...
Dennis Guilder
Or what, Arnie?
Arnie Cunningham
"Falatio" for the triple word score for 24 points and the game.
Arnie Cunningham
'Falatio' for the triple word score for 24 points and the game.
Dennis Guilder
What did she do?
Arnie Cunningham
She won by seven points because obscenity's not allowed in Scrabble. And it's in the dictionary!