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David Leland

Highest Rated:   97% Mona Lisa (1986)
Lowest Rated:   20% Crossing the Line (1990)
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There have been several David Lelands in the entertainment world. One was a child actor of the '40s who costarred with Laurel and Hardy in Nothing But Trouble (1945) before slipping into obscurity; another was a corpulent TV character actor of the '50s who earned a two-page spread in TV Guide by shedding some 150 pounds, the better to attain leading roles (he didn't). The David Leland dealt with here was a British actor/director/screenwriter, who forsook his family's electrician business to become a repertory actor at the Nottingham Playhouse. At London's Royal Court Theatre, Leland made a name for himself by wearing several production hats, including acting and writing. Leland could be seen acting in a number of films, among them Julius Caesar (1970) and Time Bandits (1981), and in BBC-TV's serialization of Last of the Mohicans in the mid '70s. From one of his own TV plays, Leland fashioned a film script and came up with his first significant cinema success, Mona Lisa (1986). This was followed by Personal Services (1987), a wry comedy about prostitution which served to solidify the screen reputation of actress Julie Walters. Leland received a British Academy Award for his first directorial effort, Wish You Were Here (1987), another exploration of misguided sexuality for which he also wrote the script and the lyrics to the songs. Leland briefly left London for Hollywood in 1989, where he helmed a somewhat wearisome study of the American obsession with death, Checking Out (1989). Back in the British isles, David Leland returned to form with Crossing the Line (1990) (aka The Big Man) which used the illicit world of bare-knuckled fighting to examine one man's sense of self-worth.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Checking Out
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Virgin Territory
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2007
94% Great Performances
  • Director
$70.5k 2003
No Score Yet The White River Kid
  • Screenwriter
1999
61% The Land Girls
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1998
No Score Yet When Saturday Comes
  • Priest
1996
20% Crossing the Line
  • Director
1990
20% Checking Out
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Personal Services
  • Mr. Pilkington/Danielle
  • Screenwriter
1987
82% Wish You Were Here (Too Much)
  • Director
1987
97% Mona Lisa
  • Screenwriter
1986
No Score Yet The Missionary
  • Long-Haired Man
1982
No Score Yet Made in Britain
  • Screenwriter
1982
91% Time Bandits
  • Puppeteer
1981
No Score Yet Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Humphrey
1973
50% The Pied Piper
  • Officer
1972
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Scars of Dracula
  • Officer
1970
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Plebian #5
1970
No Score Yet One Brief Summer
  • Peter
1970
No Score Yet Nothing but Trouble
  • King Christopher
1944

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
71% The Borgias
2011-2013
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet Band of Brothers
2001
  • Director
  • 2001

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