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Bruce Surtees

Highest Rated: 93% Pale Rider (1985)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jul 23, 1937

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Born into the business, cinematographer Bruce Surtees made a name of his own by shooting a variety of modern classics, including "Dirty Harry" and "Beverly Hills Cop," an impressive feat considering the long shadow cast by his father, Robert, the man behind the lens of such pictures as "The Graduate" and "The Sting." Bruce Surtees got his start on Clint Eastwood pictures directed by Don Siegel, such as "Coogan's Bluff," serving as camera operator before stepping up to the role of director of photography with "The Beguiled" in 1971. Siegel appreciated Surtees's innovative, fearless approach to filmmaking and worked with him again on several pictures, including "Dirty Harry," "The Outfit," and "Escape from Alcatraz." Clint Eastwood called on Surtees repeatedly as well, for such visually stunning films as "High Plains Drifter" and "Pale Rider." Recognized for his low-key, moody lighting, Surtees earned the nickname "Prince of Darkness," and his style earned him an Oscar nomination for "Lenny," the 1974 biopic featuring Dustin Hoffman as iconoclastic comedian Lenny Bruce. After creating gritty fare with renowned directors of the '70s such as Arthur Penn, Gordon Parks, and Bob Fosse, Surtees moved smoothly into the '80s with action comedies "Risky Business" and "Beverly Hills Cop." He earned critical acclaim yet again a decade later, with an Emmy nomination for 1999's "Dash and Lilly," a TV movie about the affair between literary greats Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
22% 76% Joshua Cinematography $1.3M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady in Question Cinematography - 1999
37% 69% Corrina, Corrina Cinematography $20.2M 1994
24% 42% The Crush Cinematography $12.4M 1993
0% 60% Run Cinematography $4.3M 1991
71% 63% Back to the Beach Cinematography $12.2M 1987
No Score Yet 42% Out of Bounds Cinematography $4.2M 1986
93% 83% Pale Rider Cinematography - 1985
83% 82% Beverly Hills Cop Cinematography - 1984
90% 81% Bad Boys Cinematography - 1983
92% 72% Risky Business Cinematography - 1983
57% 54% Sudden Impact Cinematography - 1983
64% 65% Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Cinematography - 1982
No Score Yet 73% Dreamer Cinematography - 1979
87% 88% The Shootist Cinematography - 1976
90% 91% The Outlaw Josey Wales Cinematography - 1976
89% 88% Lenny Cinematography - 1974
No Score Yet 72% The Outfit Cinematography - 1974
73% 45% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Cinematography - 1972
50% 46% Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Cinematography - 1972
88% 90% Dirty Harry Cinematography - 1971