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James Toback

Highest Rated:   91% Fingers (1978)
Lowest Rated:   32% When Will I Be Loved (2004)
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A stockbroker's son, James Toback holds degrees from both Harvard and Columbia. While an English instructor at CCNY, Toback began submitting articles to various publications, with special emphasis on sports magazines. Assigned to interview football star-turned-actor Jim Brown, Toback became close friends with his subject, spending several years as Brown's houseguest. Their relationship was crystallized into Toback's 1971 book Jim: The Author's Self-Centered Memoir of the Great Jim Brown. This work brought Toback to the attention of Hollywood producers, culminating in his first screenplay credit for 1974's The Gambler. In 1977, Toback turned director with Fingers, a succes d'estime starring-who else?--Jim Brown. Critical opinion was sharply divided over Toback's directorial bow: Pauline Kael was underwhelmed by the film, citing "self-promotion" as Toback's biggest talent, while David Thomson was so bowled over by Fingers that he wrote a essay-length love letter of a review. Since that time, James Toback has functioned as producer, director, and actor; he wrote himself a juicy part as Gus Greenbaum in his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Bugsy (1991), and essayed the small role of The Professor in Woody Allen's Alice (1990).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Gotti
  • Executive Producer
2017
40% The Private Life of a Modern Woman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2017
45% The Gambler
  • Screenwriter
$18.9M 2014
89% A Fuller Life
  • Actor
2014
85% Seduced And Abandoned
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
2013
85% Tyson
  • Director
  • Producer
$0.9M 2009
65% The Outsider
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Never Down
  • Actor
2006
32% When Will I Be Loved
  • Screenwriter
2004
47% Death of a Dynasty
  • Lyor Cohen
2003
33% Harvard Man
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2002
39% Black and White
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Arnie Tishman
2002
57% Jim Brown: All-American
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Giving It Up
  • Dr. Hubbins
1999
52% Two Girls and a Guy
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1998
85% Bugsy
  • Gus Greenbaum
  • Screenwriter
1991
77% Alice
  • Professor
1990
80% The Big Bang
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
57% The Pick-Up Artist
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Director
1987
91% Fingers
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
86% The Gambler
  • Screenwriter
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2011

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