John Guillermin

John Guillermin

  • Highest Rated: 75% Death on the Nile (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% King Kong Lives (1986)
  • Birthday: Nov 11, 1925
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • British filmmaker John Guillermin was all of 22 when he was mustered out of the RAF and began making documentaries in France. Hoping to hone his cinematic technique, Guillermin studied the Hollywood studio system first-hand in the latter part of the '40s, then made his feature-film debut at 24 with the British melodrama Torment. More prodigy than genius, Guillermin stuck to safe commercial fare along the lines of Miss Robin Hood (1952) and Operation Diplomat (1953) throughout the '50s. His budgets and box-office pull improved with such films as I Was Monty's Double (1957), The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960), Tarzan Goes to India (1962) and The Blue Max (1966), films that did as well in the U.S. as they did in England. On the strength of these projects, Guillermin returned to Hollywood, where he helmed the 1968 George Peppard detective picture P.J., then directed another "early bloomer," Orson Welles, in House of Cards (1969). After the high point of The Towering Inferno (1974), Guillermin's work became less distinctive; on such later films as King Kong (1976) and Death on the Nile (1978), he was just another technician, whose direction was no better or worse than his scripts. John Guillermin's last feature film was King Kong Lives (1986). Guillermin died in 2015, just shy of his 90th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet The Crowded Day (Shop Spoiled) Director 2010
No Score Yet The Tracker (Dead or Alive) Director 1988
0% King Kong Lives Director 1986
33% Sheena Director 1984
No Score Yet Crossover Director 1981
75% Death on the Nile Director 1978
51% King Kong Director 1976
72% The Towering Inferno Director 1974
60% Shaft in Africa Director 1973
No Score Yet Skyjacked Director 1972
No Score Yet El Condor Director 1970
No Score Yet The Bridge at Remagen Director 1969
No Score Yet The Blue Max Director 1966
No Score Yet Rapture Director 1965
No Score Yet Guns at Batasi Director 1964
No Score Yet Never Let Go Director 1963
No Score Yet Waltz of the Toreadors (The Amorous General) Director 1962
No Score Yet Tarzan Goes to India Director Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet The Day They Robbed the Bank of England Director 1960
No Score Yet Never Let Go Director 1960
No Score Yet Tarzan's Greatest Adventure Screenwriter Director 1959
No Score Yet I Was Monty's Double Director 1958
No Score Yet Town on Trial Director 1957
No Score Yet Miss Robin Hood Director 1953


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