John Dahl

Highest Rated: 100% O.J.: Made in America (2016)
Lowest Rated: 21% Unforgettable (1996)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Reserved Montanan John Dahl gravitated toward cinematic stories that bore little resemblance to his peaceful roots and made a name for himself as a superb neo-noir director in the 1990s.Raised in Billings, MT, where his youth included a stint as a Boy Scout with his father as his Scout leader, Dahl studied music at the University of Montana before switching to film at Montana State. Dahl subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute. Entering the movie industry however he could, Dahl directed music videos and did storyboard art for Jonathan Demme before he finally got a break when his script P.I.: Private Investigations (1987) was made into a TV movie.Dahl moved to feature direction with the independent crime movie and his first neo-noir Kill Me Again (1989). Written by Dahl as well, Kill Me Again starred Joanne Whalley-Kilmer as a Mob-scamming femme fatale who cuts a swath through the West, becoming a homage to (and a clever send up of) the 1940s Spider Woman legacy. Dahl hit his creative stride with his next film, Red Rock West (1992). Another dusty Western/noir tale of double-crossing, murder, and adultery, Red Rock West showcased Dahl's eye for atmospheric visuals and sharp sense of humor about the genre. Though Nicolas Cage and Lara Flynn Boyle play the patsy and the lethal seductress to a T, suitably twisted Dennis Hopper particularly stood out as hired killer Lyle From Dallas. Consigned to a cable TV debut by its faithless backers, Red Rock West was rescued by a small San Francisco distributor and it became a breakthrough art house hit for Dahl. Dahl returned to the neo-noir well again with The Last Seduction (1994), this time setting a Double Indemnity-style vamp on the loose in New York City and state. Anchored by Linda Fiorentino's ferociously sexy and funny career performance as the most fatale of femmes, The Last Seduction followed the same route to theatrical success via cable TV, making Fiorentino infamously ineligible for a deserved Oscar nomination. After suffering a box-office and critical rejection with his science fiction yarn Unforgettable (1996), Dahl returned to the underworld with Rounders (1998), a sleekly shot character study set against New York's private poker clubs and card sharks. Rounders' Mean Streets-esque friendship between law student Matt Damon and self-destructive Edward Norton provided moments of interesting buddy drama (even more interesting than co-star John Malkovich's "Russian" accent) and earned kudos for Norton. Dahl's next foray into noir territory, Joy Ride (2001), however, eschewed in-depth character examination for movie-wise dark highway thrills as two guys and a girl get into deep trouble when the guys play a practical joke on the wrong trucker. Though the film failed to make waves at the box office, critics once again praised Dahl's knack for economical, unironic genre-based filmmaking.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Nature Boy Executive Producer 2017
100% O.J.: Made in America Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet When the Garden was Eden Executive Producer 2014
64% Broken Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Hawaiian: The Legend Of Eddie Aikau Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Youngstown Boys Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet One Night In Vegas Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet The Diplomat Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet The Announcement Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet Unguarded Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet Catching Hell Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet Renée Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet The Real Rocky Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet Roll Tide/War Eagle Executive Producer 2011
85% Two Escobars Executive Producer 2010
No Score Yet Into The Wind Executive Producer 2010
60% Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore Executive Producer 2010
No Score Yet Kobe Doin' Work Executive Producer 2009
78% You Kill Me Director $2.4M 2007
37% The Great Raid Director $10.1M 2005
74% Joy Ride Director $21.3M 2001
65% Rounders Director 1998
21% Unforgettable Director 1996
94% The Last Seduction Director 1994
95% Red Rock West Screenwriter Director 1993
No Score Yet Kill Me Again Director Screenwriter 1989
No Score Yet P.I. Private Investigations Screenwriter 1987

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet SEAL Team
2017
Director
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Good Doctor
2017
Director
  • 2017
85% The Affair
2014-2018
Producer Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
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  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
89% Billions
2016
Director
  • 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America
2016
Executive Producer
  • 2016
72% Ray Donovan
2013
Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
77% Aquarius
2015-2016
Producer
  • 2015
78% House of Cards
2013-2018
Director
  • 2015
77% House of Lies
2012-2016
Director
  • 2015
87% Marvel's Jessica Jones
2015-2018
Director
  • 2015
80% The Strain
2014-2017
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
92% Hannibal
2013-2015
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
96% The Americans
2013-2018
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
97% Justified
2010-2015
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
92% Outlander
2014
Director
  • 2014
88% The Bridge (FX)
2013-2014
Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
57% Californication
2007-2014
Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
Director
  • 2013
85% The Vampire Diaries
2009-2017
Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
72% Dexter
2006-2013
Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
85% Arrow
2012
Director
  • 2012
85% Homeland
2011-2018
Director
  • 2012
79% Falling Skies
2011-2015
Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
90% Shameless
2011
Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
81% Caprica
2010
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
65% Hellcats
2010-2011
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
92% Terriers
2010
Director
  • 2010
70% True Blood
2008-2014
Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
95% Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
Director
  • 2009
85% United States of Tara
2009-2011
Director
  • 2009
96% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
Director
  • 2009
  • 2008
70% Life
2007-2009
Director
  • 2007
No Score Yet Breaking Bad
Director

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