John Boorman

John Boorman

Highest Rated: 95% Hope and Glory (1987)

Lowest Rated: 10% 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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Credit
41% 81% The Professor and the Madman Screenwriter - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond Unknown (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 100% Keepers of the Magic Himself (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond Himself (Character) - 2015
77% 46% Queen and Country Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2014
94% 85% Chris & Don: A Love Story Host $212.8K 2007
14% 30% The Tiger's Tail Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2006
23% 56% Country of My Skull Director,
Producer
$163.5K 2004
77% 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
39% 71% Beyond Rangoon Director,
Producer
$5.1M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Dreamt I Woke Up Unknown (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1991
10% 58% Where the Heart Is Director,
Producer
$1M 1990
95% 82% Hope and Glory Director,
Writer,
Producer
$9.4M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey Into Light Director,
Screenwriter
- 1985
81% 79% The Emerald Forest Director,
Producer
$24M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nemo Producer - 1984
No Score Yet 29% Danny Boy Producer - 1982
80% 80% Excalibur Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hard Way Executive Producer - 1980
15% 13% Exorcist II: The Heretic Director,
Producer
- 1977
47% 54% Zardoz Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 1974
89% 82% Deliverance Director,
Producer
- 1972
No Score Yet 44% 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

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