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David S. Ward

Highest Rated: 83% Major League (1989)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Sting II (1983)

Birthday: Oct 25, 1945

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

David S. Ward specialized in writing and directing feature films which often used a familiar backdrop to tell an unfamiliar tale. He got his big break when he sold "Steelyard Blues/The Final Crash," a film about a D.A. embarrassed by his ex-con brother and his ex-hooker girlfriend, to Michael and Julia Phillips in 1971. Released in 1973, the film starred Howard Hesseman as the lawyer, Donald Sutherland as his brother and Jane Fonda as the girl. Most critics found it entertaining, but it was not as popular as the other Ward-Phillips 1973 collaboration, "The Sting." Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the movie was about the gambling con job deluxe. Meticulously directed by George Roy Hill, featuring a wonderful cast (besides Newman and Redford, there was Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan and Ray Walston) and fueled partly by Marvin Hamlisch's score adapted from Scott Joplin rags, "The Sting" was a popular and critical hit. It went on to win seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and one for Ward's original screenplay.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet 19% Bloodwork Producer - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucifer Writer - 2007
33% 67% Flyboys Screenwriter $13.1M 2006
38% 53% Sahara Screenwriter $68.6M 2005
21% 25% Major League: Back to the Minors Writer (Characters) $3.6M 1998
12% 62% Down Periscope Director $23.3M 1996
5% 45% Major League II Director,
Writer (Screenplay),
$29.4M 1994
75% 75% Sleepless in Seattle Screenwriter $125.6M 1993
43% 80% The Program Director $22.8M 1993
27% 27% King Ralph Director,
$31.3M 1991
83% 84% Major League Director,
$49.8M 1989
0% 29% The Sting II Screenwriter - 1983
71% 71% Cannery Row Director - 1982


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