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Bob Clark

Highest Rated:   89% A Christmas Story (1983)
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Bob Clark began making independent low-budget features as a writer/director with the transvestite comedy The She Man in 1967, and his horror films of the early '70s, made with writer/actor Alan Ormsby, are fondly remembered: Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (signed as Benjamin Clark) and Deathdream (aka Dead of Night; Night Walk). Clark also won admiration for his Sherlock Holmes film Murder By Decree, scripted by John Hopkins. None of this could compare to the box-office success Clark would find in the early '80s with his seminal low-brow sex comedy Porky's and its first sequel. Reviled by critics but eaten up by audiences, the films' horny-yet-nostalgic tone would forever influence the world of teen movies. It was Clark's 1983 project, however, an adaptation of Jean Shepherd's writings called A Christmas Story, that would prove to be the director's finest moment. The pitch-perfect holiday farce failed to find an audience despite strong reviews upon its initial release, but much as It's a Wonderful Life did before it, A Christmas Story found new legions of fans each year it was aired on TV. After helming several flop comedies (Rhinestone, Turk 182!, From the Hip, Loose Cannons), Clark returned to Shepherd's material with 1994's It Runs in the Family. Much of his work in the '90s and 2000s was undistinguished kid and family fare, and the director scored a minor hit with the Look Who's Talking-esque Baby Geniuses (1999). 67-year-old Clark and his 22-year-old son Ariel died in a car accident in California in the spring of 2007.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dixie Dynamite
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
14% Black Christmas
  • Executive Producer
$16.2M 2006
0% Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
  • Director
$9.1M 2004
No Score Yet Karate Dog
  • Director
2004
17% Now & Forever
  • Director
2001
2% Baby Geniuses
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
No Score Yet I'll Remember April
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1994
0% Loose Cannons
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1990
29% Popcorn
  • Producer
1989
29% From the Hip
  • Director
  • Producer
1987
20% Turk 182!
  • Director
1985
15% Rhinestone
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Bimini Code
  • Director
1984
89% A Christmas Story
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1983
11% Porky's II: The Next Day
  • Director
1983
88% Murder by Decree
  • Producer
1979
No Score Yet The Amazing Apes
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Breaking Point
  • Producer
  • Director
1976
64% Black Christmas
  • Director
  • Producer
1974
42% Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1973
75% Dead of Night (Deathdream)
  • Director
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet She-Man
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Frenchman's Creek
  • Pirate Crew
1944
No Score Yet Thunder Trail
  • Cowboy
1937

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