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J.F. Lawton

Highest Rated: 79% Under Siege (1992)

Lowest Rated: 8% The Hunted (1995)

Birthday: Aug 11, 1960

Birthplace: Riverside, California, USA

J.F. Lawton moved to the A-list with his script for Garry Marshall's blockbuster "Pretty Woman" (1990). While the original screenplay, entitled "3,000," was much darker, the final result, which played much like a fairy tale and was enhanced by Julia Roberts star-making turn, catapulted Lawton to the forefront. Yet, this was not his first screen credit. While studying film at CalState Long Beach, Lawton had won attention for his short films "The Artist" (1981) and "Renaissance" (1983). The California native, the son of novelist Harry Lawton, started his film career editing trailers for Cannon Films for $300 per week. Ever enterprising, he created a trailer for a feature he wanted to make which caught the attention of low-budget producer Charles Band. Band offered him the opportunity to write and direct. The result, "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle" (1989), which Lawton filmed using the pseudonym J D Athens, was a take-off of both Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and Francis Ford Coppola's feature "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Shot in less than two weeks and featuring Adrienne Barbeau and Shannon Tweed, the film became a cult favorite and late-night cable staple, although it did not really advance his career. Neither did his second effort, also credited to J D Athens, the political satire "Pizza Man" (1991).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
33% 36% D.O.A.: Dead or Alive Writer $480.3K 2006
18% 27% Chain Reaction Writer $20.6M 1996
8% 53% The Hunted Director,
Writer
$6.4M 1995
72% 39% Mistress Screenwriter $53.6K 1992
79% 62% Under Siege Executive Producer,
Writer
$82.3M 1992
No Score Yet 20% Pizza Man Director - 1991
64% 68% Pretty Woman Screenwriter $178.4M 1990
No Score Yet 50% Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death Director - 1988

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvira's 10 Nights of Halloween Director 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet V.I.P. Director,
Executive Producer,
Writer
1998-2002

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