J. Lee Thompson

J. Lee Thompson

  • Highest Rated: 100% Cape Fear (1962)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)
  • Birthday: Aug 1, 1914
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Before reaching his twentieth birthday, British film director J. Lee Thompson was an established repertory actor and playwright. He entered films as an actor in 1934, then switched to screenwriting (usually in collaboration) five years later. Lee-Thompson's directorial debut was Murder Without Crime (1950), but it was his second picture, the noirish The Yellow Balloon (1951), which established him as a bankable director of action programmers. In 1958, Lee-Thompson introduced Hayley Mills to moviegoers in the taut melodrama Tiger Bay (1958). After 1960's I Aim at the Stars, an historically questionable Werner Von Braun biopic, Lee-Thompson was given his most prestigious directing assignment to date: The international moneyspinner The Guns of Navarone (1961). Henceforth all of Lee-Thompson's projects would be expensive A-pictures, even those with B-story values and artistic aspirations like 1961's Cape Fear. The director's style veered from pristine stylishness (What a Way to Go [1964]) to appalling tastelessness (John Goldfarb Please Come Home [1966]); in general, Lee-Thompson could be counted upon for excellent box-office returns. Most of his later assignments were erratic in quality: For every McKenna's Gold (1968), there'd be a Greek Tycoon (1978). In the early '80s, J. Lee-Thompson and his Jaylee production firm hopped on the Indiana Jones bandwagon with a brace of sloppily constructed adventure films (actually one long film cut in two) based on H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines.

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0% Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Director 1989
No Score Yet Messenger of Death Director 1988
14% Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Director 1987
8% Firewalker Director 1986
No Score Yet Murphy's Law Director 1986
8% King Solomon's Mines Director 1985
40% The Evil That Men Do Director 1984
No Score Yet The Ambassador Director 1984
33% 10 to Midnight Director 1983
27% Happy Birthday to Me Director 1981
No Score Yet Caboblanco (Cabo Blanco) Director 1981
No Score Yet The Passage Director 1979
No Score Yet The Greek Tycoon Director 1978
20% The White Buffalo Director 1977
38% St. Ives Director 1976
No Score Yet The Reincarnation of Peter Proud Director 1975
No Score Yet The Blue Knight Director 1975
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Director 1974
37% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes Director 1973
48% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes Director 1972
No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy Director 1972
No Score Yet The Chairman Director 1969
20% MacKenna's Gold Director 1969
No Score Yet Before Winter Comes Director 1969
No Score Yet Eye of the Devil Director 1966
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Director Producer 1965
No Score Yet Return From The Ashes Producer Director 1965
25% What a Way to Go! Director 1964
No Score Yet Kings of the Sun Director 1963
No Score Yet Taras Bulba Director 1962
100% Cape Fear Director 1962
95% The Guns of Navarone Director 1961
No Score Yet North West Frontier Director 1960
67% Tiger Bay Director 1959
No Score Yet No Trees in the Street Director 1959
No Score Yet Northwest Frontier Director 1959
No Score Yet Ice Cold in Alex Director 1958
83% Woman in a Dressing Gown Director 1957
No Score Yet The Good Companions Director 1957
No Score Yet Yield to the Night Director 1956
No Score Yet An Alligator Named Daisy Director 1955
No Score Yet Young and Willing (The Weak and the Wicked) Director Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet The Yellow Balloon Screenwriter Director 1953
No Score Yet Murder Without Crime Director Screenwriter 1951


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