John Irvin

John Irvin

Highest Rated: 100% Hamburger Hill (1987)

Lowest Rated: 4% Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2008)

Birthday: May 7, 1940

Birthplace: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UK

A competent technician whose work has ranged from military action features ("The Dogs of War" 1980) to finely observed character studies ("Turtle Diary" 1985). Irvin began his career as an assistant director with British Transport Films. After shooting shorts and documentaries for a number of years and working extensively for English TV, Irvin broke through to American audience with the serialized adaptation of John le Carre's George Smiley novel, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980). Thereafter, Irvin directed his first feature, "Dogs of War" a hot-headed (and some thought, racist) depiction of a military coup in Africa. He went on to handle a stream of mediocre "American" genre films: the sports picture "Champions" (1983), the Schwarzenegger vehicle "Raw Deal" (1986) and the sociologically-minded if somewhat reactionary Vietnam war film "Hamburger Hill" (1987), concluding with the negligible Patrick Swayze vehicle, "Next of Kin" (1989).




4% 18% Hemingway's Garden of Eden Director $22.1K 2008
No Score Yet 44% The Moon and the Stars Director - 2006
No Score Yet 18% Dot.Kill Director - 2005
No Score Yet 59% The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha Director - 2005
46% 61% The Boys From County Clare Director $139.3K 2003
No Score Yet 17% Noah's Ark Director - 1999
No Score Yet 75% When Trumpets Fade Director - 1998
No Score Yet 83% Crazy Horse Director - 1996
71% 58% A Month by the Lake Director $1.1M 1995
94% 51% Widows' Peak Director $6.2M 1994
No Score Yet 33% Freefall Director - 1994
No Score Yet 45% Robin Hood Director - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eminent Domain Director $81.9K 1990
56% 45% Next of Kin Director $15.4M 1989
100% 72% Hamburger Hill Director $11.4M 1987
No Score Yet 29% Raw Deal Director $14.8M 1986
82% 73% Turtle Diary Director $2.2M 1985
No Score Yet 69% Champions Director - 1984
30% 44% Ghost Story Director - 1981
No Score Yet 52% The Dogs of War Director - 1980


No Score Yet No Score Yet Noah's Ark Director 1999
100% 100% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Director 1979