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Bruce Surtees

Highest Rated: 93% Pale Rider (1985)

Lowest Rated: 0% Run (1991)

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 Cinematographer $1.3M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lady in Question Cinematographer - 1999
39% 69% Corrina, Corrina Cinematographer $20.2M 1994
25% 41% The Crush Cinematographer $12.4M 1993
0% 60% Run Cinematographer $4.3M 1991
71% 63% Back to the Beach Cinematographer $12.2M 1987
93% 83% Pale Rider Cinematographer - 1985
83% 82% Beverly Hills Cop Cinematographer - 1984
89% 81% Bad Boys Cinematographer - 1983
56% 54% Sudden Impact Cinematographer - 1983
92% 73% Risky Business Cinematographer - 1983
64% 65% Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Cinematographer - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreamer Cinematographer - 1979
86% 88% The Shootist Cinematographer - 1976
90% 92% The Outlaw Josey Wales Cinematographer - 1976
No Score Yet 72% The Outfit Cinematographer - 1974
88% 88% Lenny Cinematographer - 1974
73% 44% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Cinematographer - 1972
50% 46% Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Cinematographer - 1972
89% 90% Dirty Harry Cinematographer - 1971

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