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      John Boorman

      John Boorman

      Highest Rated: 96% Hope and Glory (1987)

      Lowest Rated: 9% Where the Heart Is (1990)

      Birthday: Jan 18, 1933

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Renowned for pushing actors and crews to their very limit in order to achieve transcendent results, director John Boorman was a committed filmmaker who refused to settle into fixed genres while remaining as commercially unpredictable as he was artistically fascinating. Routinely dismissing realism in favor of fantasy and myth, Boorman often focused on mankind's unrelenting battle against nature. After getting his start in British television, he moved on to features, directing the gritty, realistic crime thriller, "Point Blank" (1967), which stood the test of time as one of his finest pieces of work. Perhaps his greatest contribution to cinema was "Deliverance" (1972), a dark, intense action thriller that featured great performances from its four leads while containing one of the most notorious rape scenes in film history. Though he spent the remaining part of that decade indulging himself with misfires like "Exorcist II: The Heretic" (1977), he completely immersed himself in myth and archetypal imagery for "Excalibur" (1981), one of the best movies about King Arthur and Camelot ever made. Following the dreamlike drama "The Emerald Forrest" (1985) and the surprisingly simple "Hope and Glory" (1987), Boorman went off the radar with several forgettable projects until he directed "The General" (1998), a critically hailed crime drama filmed in glorious black and white, which he followed with the fully engaging spy dramedy, "The Tailor of Panama" (2001). Abstract, dreamlike and surrealistic, a Boorman film was always original and consistently displayed a cinematic virtuosity that often triumphed over substance.

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      41% 79% The Professor and the Madman Screenwriter - 2019
      88% 55% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Self - 2018
      No Score Yet 100% Keepers of the Magic Self - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond Unknown (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond Self - 2015
      76% 47% Queen and Country Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2014
      94% 85% Chris & Don: A Love Story Host $212.8K 2007
      14% 31% The Tiger's Tail Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2006
      23% 56% Country of My Skull Director,
      Producer
      $163.5K 2004
      76% 46% The Tailor of Panama Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $13.5M 2001
      82% 81% The General Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $1.2M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Angela Mooney Dies Again Executive Producer - 1997
      37% 71% Beyond Rangoon Director,
      Producer
      $5.1M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Dreamt I Woke Up Unknown (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1991
      9% 57% Where the Heart Is Director,
      Producer
      $1.0M 1990
      96% 82% Hope and Glory Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $9.4M 1987
      83% 78% The Emerald Forest Director,
      Producer
      $24.0M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey Into Light Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nemo Producer - 1984
      No Score Yet 22% Danny Boy Producer - 1982
      73% 80% Excalibur Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hard Way Executive Producer - 1980
      10% 13% Exorcist II: The Heretic Director,
      Producer
      - 1977
      47% 53% Zardoz Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      - 1974
      89% 82% Deliverance Director,
      Producer
      - 1972
      No Score Yet 47% Leo the Last Director,
      Writer
      - 1970
      67% 82% Hell in the Pacific Director - 1969
      92% 84% Point Blank Director - 1967
      No Score Yet 50% Having a Wild Weekend Director - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Days to Saturday Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1963