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Carl Franklin

Highest Rated:   98% One False Move (1992)
Lowest Rated:   31% High Crimes (2002)
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While still recognizable for his recurring role as Captain Crane on The A-Team, former character actor Carl Franklin is now one of Hollywood's most versatile writer/directors. After a string of mind-numbing television roles forced him to go behind the camera in 1986, he has worked in every genre from war film to family drama and has been the force behind such different works as One False Move (1991), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), and One True Thing (1998).Franklin grew up in Richmond, CA, a working-class suburb of San Francisco. His father died before he was born, and he was raised by his mother, a homemaker, and his stepfather, a carpenter. As a teenager, Franklin excelled in school and dreamed of becoming a lawyer or teacher. He earned a scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied history and began hanging around the theater department in an effort to meet girls. He soon caught the acting bug and moved to New York City immediately after graduation.Franklin began his acting career on-stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival, performing in Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, and Twelfth Night. He went on to appear at New York's Lincoln Center and Joseph Papp Public Theater, and Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. Franklin made his film debut in the comedy Five on the Black Hand Side (1973), before finding steady work on television. From 1974 to 1973, he guest-starred on The Streets of San Francisco, Good Times, The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, and Trapper John, M.D. He also starred opposite Stacy Keach on the short-lived detective show Caribe and with Roddy McDowall on the doomed sci-fi series Fantastic Journey. After a two season stint on The A-Team from 1983 to 1985, Franklin grew increasingly unsatisfied with acting. While continuing to appear on shows like MacGyver and Riptide, he attempted to write and produce a film independently, mortgaging and losing his house in the process. Then, in 1986, at age 37, he enrolled in the American Film Institute's directing program.At AFI, Franklin discovered his own style while studying the films of celebrated European and Japanese directors. His master's thesis, Punk (1989), an intense 30-minute short about a downtrodden African-American boy dealing with his budding sexuality, impressed filmmaker Roger Coreman, who hired Franklin as an apprentice at his production company, Concorde Films. Like Coreman's previous protégé's, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Peter Bogdanovich, Franklin learned ways of fast-paced low-budget filmmaking, writing screenplays in under two weeks and shooting them only days later. Often working on location in the Philippines or Peru, he wrote, directed, and produced (and sometimes even acted in) a series of limited releases and straight-to-video flicks, including Nowhere to Run (1989), Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy (1989), and Full Fathom Five (1990).After completing his tenure at Concorde, Franklin wrote and directed One False Move (1991), an independent crime thriller about three Los Angeles drug dealers who seek refuge in Arkansas after a murderous drug deal. The film starred Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, and Michael Beach as the outlaws and Bill Paxton as the Arkansas sheriff awaiting their arrival, but had little commercial value at the time. As a result, its distributor, IRS Media, gave the film a minor and ineffective advertising campaign. Yet, rave reviews and positive word-of-mouth quickly made One False Move a surprise hit. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert voted it the Best Film of the Year, and Franklin's work earned him a New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, and an MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.The success of One False Move put Franklin on the short list of Hollywood directors. Producers brought every type of script to his attention -- Disney even asked him to remake That Darn Cat (1965). For his next project, he settle

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet City of Night
  • Director
2014
71% Bless Me, Ultima
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$1.6M 2013
65% Out of Time
  • Director
$41M 2003
31% High Crimes
  • Director
$41.5M 2002
89% One True Thing
  • Director
1998
87% Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Screenwriter
1995
No Score Yet Laurel Avenue
  • Director
1993
98% One False Move
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet In The Heat Of Passion
  • Det. Rooker
1992
No Score Yet Eye of the Eagle 3
  • Screenwriter
  • Sgt. T. Deveraux
1991
No Score Yet Full Fathom Five
  • Ambassador Fletcher
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Eye of the Eagle II
  • Col. Rawlins
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
No Score Yet Nowhere to Run
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet A Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Lt. Danvers
1986
No Score Yet One Cooks, the Other Doesn't
  • Officer Lloyd Green
1983
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Jim Beckworth
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% The Leftovers
2014
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
80% Chance
2016
  • Producer
  • 2016
76% Good Behavior
2016
  • Producer
  • 2016
77% Vinyl
2016
  • Director
  • 2016
86% The Affair
2014
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
87% Homeland
2011
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
81% House of Cards
2013
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
62% The Newsroom
2012-2014
  • Director
  • 2013
56% Magic City
2012-2013
  • Director
  • 2012
85% Falling Skies
2011-2015
  • Director
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Pacific
2010
  • Director
  • 2010
No Score Yet Rome
2005
  • Director
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Gil
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1988
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Wiley
  • 1985

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