D.J. Caruso

D.J. Caruso

Highest Rated: 69% Disturbia (2007)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Disappointments Room (2016)

Birthday: Jan 17, 1965

Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

With John Badham as a mentor and a degree in Television Production from Pepperdine University, D.J. Caruso went from directing television series to motion pictures that usually ended up being in the thriller genre. Daniel John Caruso got his first break out of school when Badham hired him as the second unit director for the 1993 action film "Point of No Return" after losing his original second unit director. Television became Caruso's entryway into regular directing work starting with the short-lived 1995 Fox sci-fi series, "VR.5." After padding his experience overseeing single episodes of "Martial Law," "Dark Angel," and "Smallville," the Connecticut native made his directorial feature film debut with the 2002 neo-noir motion picture, "The Salton Sea." Caruso followed this critically admired but commercially stilted effort with the 2004 Angelina Jolie psychological thriller, "Taking Lives." Only moderately successful at the box office, it nonetheless allowed the former television director to land more film projects. Aside from signing on to direct a handful of episodes of the gritty FX crime drama "The Shield," Caruso spent the remainder of the decade working as a movie director. His big break during that time came when Steven Spielberg hired him to direct the 2007 Shia LaBeouf thriller, "Disturbia," which grossed over $117 million and became Caruso's biggest hit. He reunited with LaBeouf on the action thriller "Eagle Eye" the following year.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Are You Afraid of the Dark? Director - 2019
45% 37% xXx: Return of Xander Cage Director $44.9M 2017
0% 17% The Disappointments Room Director,
Screenwriter
$2.4M 2016
56% 64% Standing Up Director,
Screenwriter
- 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Y: The Last Man Director - 2011
33% 57% I Am Number Four Director $55.1M 2011
26% 62% Eagle Eye Director $101.1M 2008
69% 77% Disturbia Director $80.1M 2007
22% 48% Two for the Money Director $22.9M 2005
22% 55% Taking Lives Director $32.7M 2004
63% 82% The Salton Sea Director $676.7K 2002
53% 54% Crazy as Hell Producer $20.7K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mind Prey Director,
Producer
- 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mockery for Justice Director - 1999
No Score Yet 40% Black Cat Run Director - 1998
No Score Yet 94% Rebound -- The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault Executive Producer - 1996
32% 47% Nick of Time Executive Producer $7.8M 1995
41% 31% Drop Zone Producer $26.7M 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Lot Judge 2007
57% No Score Yet Robbery Homicide Division Director 2002
90% 96% The Shield Director 2002
78% 68% Smallville Director 2002
13% No Score Yet The Strip Director 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Director 1999
92% No Score Yet Buddy Faro Director 1998

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