Bryan Forbes

Bryan Forbes

  • Highest Rated: 100% Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
  • Birthday: Jul 22, 1926
  • Birthplace: Stratford, London, England, UK
  • "The world of Bryan Forbes is one of wisps and whispers," noted film critic Andrew Sarris in 1968, citing the "muted" quality of director Forbes' best films. While his directorial output does indeed exhibit an inbred sense of quietude and subtlety, Forbes started out on stage in the more loudly demonstrative category of "actor." After wartime service, Forbes made his film-acting debut in The Small Back Room (1948). He continued as a performer and screenwriter until 1961, when he made an auspicious directorial bow in Whistle Down the Wind (1961). He subsequently directed (and sometimes produced and/or wrote) such critical and audience favorites as The L-Shaped Room (1962), Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), King Rat (1965), The Whisperers (1966), The Stepford Wives (1975) and Hopscotch (1980). From 1969 through 1971, Forbes was chief of production/managing director of EMI Studios. Bryan Forbes was married to actresses Constance Smith and Nanette Newman respectively, the latter appearing prominently in many of his films of the 1960s. He was named a Commander of the British Empire in 2004 for his services to the arts. Forbes died in 2013 at the age of 86.

Highest Rated Movies








60% Chaplin Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet The Endless Game Director 1989
No Score Yet Restless Natives Driver 1986
No Score Yet The Naked Face Director Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Director 1983
71% Hopscotch Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet International Velvet Producer Director Announcer Screenwriter 1978
No Score Yet The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella Screenwriter Herald Director 1976
67% The Stepford Wives Director 1975
No Score Yet I Am a Dancer Narrator 1972
No Score Yet The Raging Moon (Long Ago, Tomorrow) Director 1971
20% The Madwoman of Chaillot Director 1969
No Score Yet Deadfall Director Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet The Whisperers Director 1967
88% The Wrong Box Director Producer 1966
No Score Yet King Rat Screenwriter Director 1965
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Screenwriter Director Student 1964
93% A Shot in the Dark Charlie 1964
80% Séance on a Wet Afternoon Screenwriter Producer Director 1964
No Score Yet Station Six---Sahara Screenwriter 1964
67% The L-Shaped Room Director 1963
No Score Yet Only Two Can Play Screenwriter 1962
100% Whistle Down the Wind Director 1961
95% The Guns of Navarone Cohn 1961
No Score Yet Man in the Moon Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet The Angry Silence Producer Screenwriter 1960
86% The League of Gentlemen Martin Porthill Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Yesterday's Enemy Dawson 1959
No Score Yet I Was Monty's Double Young Lt. Screenwriter 1958
No Score Yet The Key Weaver 1958
No Score Yet Now and Forever Frisby 1958
78% Quatermass 2 Marsh 1957
No Score Yet Satellite in the Sky Actor 1956
No Score Yet Baby and the Battleship Professor 1956
No Score Yet The Black Tent Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Cockleshell Heroes Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet The Colditz Story Jimmy 1955
No Score Yet An Inspector Calls Eric Birling 1954
No Score Yet The Million Pound Note (Man With a Million) Todd 1954
No Score Yet Sea Devils Actor 1953
No Score Yet Appointment In London Pilot Officer Peter Greeno 1953
100% The World in His Arms William Cleggett 1952
No Score Yet Flesh and Fury Fighter 1952
83% The Small Back Room Dying Gunner 1952
No Score Yet The Wooden Horse Paul 1951
No Score Yet Green Grow the Rushes Fred, Biddle Crew Member 1951
No Score Yet All Over The Town Trumble 1949
No Score Yet Sunday Lovers Director


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