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Joel Schumacher

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Born and raised in working-class New York City, versatile Hollywood director Joel Schumacher started out as an art student. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, he worked for several fashion design firms and dressed window displays at a department store. He found work as a costume designer (Woody Allen's Sleeper and Interiors) and screenwriter (Car Wash and The Wiz) before turning to full-time directing. After a few TV movies, Schumacher made his feature-length directorial debut with the Lily Tomlin comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman, followed by the Mr. T vehicle D.C. Cab. Schumacher finally hit mainstream success in 1985 with the Brat Pack classic St. Elmo's Fire, kick-starting the careers of Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Emilio Estevez, among others. This was soon followed by the beloved teen vampire flick The Lost Boys, starring both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. Schumacher also directed music videos at the end of the '80s, including "Devil Inside" by INXS. With the exception of the Americanized romantic comedy remake Cousins, he seemed to cater almost exclusively to the youth market during this time.The medical-student thriller Flatliners introduced Schumacher to starlet Julia Roberts, whom he quickly cast in his next movie, the aptly named Dying Young. Both films failed at the box office, so he tried a bit of social commentary with the psychological drama Falling Down starring Michael Douglas. The success of his John Grisham adaptation The Client led to a TV-series spin-off and another Grisham adaptation, A Time to Kill. Unfortunately, Schumacher had already become commonly known as The Man Who Destroyed the Batman Film Franchise with the widely panned Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Schumacher tried to make a comeback with the disturbing and brutal crime thriller 8MM starring Nicolas Cage. Fortunately, he made a wiser move back to writing and directing comedy dramas with Flawless, starring Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. After doing some producing, the director teamed up with action extravaganza producer Jerry Bruckheimer for Bad Company, a box-office dud featuring the odd pairing of Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. His Vietnam drama Tigerland marked the breakthrough performance of Irish actor Colin Farrell, whom he cast again in his next two features: the crime drama Veronica Guerin and the blockbuster suspense thriller Phone Booth. Schumacher then began work on a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera. Released with an onslaught of hype in the fall of 2004, the film did little to aid the already-flagging musical revival of the 2000s, and was seen only by the most devout Webber fans. The director chose somewhat safer ground with the flashy psychological thriller The Number 23 in the winter of 2007, reuniting with his Batman Forever star Jim Carrey. A subsequent trip into Nazi occult horror with Blood Creek excited genre fans while offering sharp-eyed moviegoers a glimpse of celebrated actor Michael Fassbinder just as he was being propelled to stardom in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, and though 2010's Twelve came and went in the blink of an eye, there was no ignoring Nicolas Cage's ferocious scenery chewing in Schumacher's 2012 thriller Tresspass -- a mini-masterpiece of unintentional camp.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
  • Actor
$0.7M 2012
92% Side by Side
  • Joel Schumacher
$29.1k 2012
10% Trespass
  • Director
$17.3k 2011
3% Twelve
  • Director
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Inland Saints
  • Director
2010
43% Blood Creek
  • Director
2009
60% Heckler
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Bloodsucking Cinema
  • Actor
2007
8% The Number 23
  • Director
$35.1M 2007
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Bloodsucking Cinema
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Coming Attractions: The History of the Movie Trailer
  • Actor
2006
32% The Phantom of the Opera
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$51.2M 2005
53% Veronica Guerin
  • Director
2003
71% Phone Booth
  • Director
$46.6M 2003
67% Stupidity
  • Actor
2003
10% Bad Company
  • Director
$30.2M 2002
76% Tigerland
  • Director
2000
43% Flawless
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1999
22% 8MM
  • Director
  • Producer
1999
11% Batman & Robin
  • Director
1997
67% A Time to Kill
  • Director
1996
17% The Babysitter
  • Executive Producer
1995
40% Batman Forever
  • Director
1995
80% The Client
  • Director
1994
73% Falling Down
  • Director
1993
23% Dying Young
  • Director
1991
49% Flatliners
  • Director
1990
50% Cousins
  • Director
1989
72% The Lost Boys
  • Director
1987
47% St. Elmo's Fire
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet D.C. Cab
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
0% La Increíble Mujer Diminuta
  • Director
1981
36% The Wiz
  • Screenwriter
1978
86% Car Wash
  • Screenwriter
1976
13% Sparkle
  • Screenwriter
1976
No Score Yet The Virginia Hill Story
  • Director
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016
  • Actor
  • 2017
84% House of Cards
2013-2016
  • Director
  • 2013

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