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Larry Peerce



The Bronx-born son of tenor Jan Peerce, Larry Peerce has had a directorial career of decidedly mixed successes. His debut, as maker of the sensitive race-relations drama One Potato, Two Potato (1964) seemed to portend great things, and his second film, the rock 'n roll showcase The Big TNT Show, featuring the Byrds, Bo Diddley, the Ronettes, Petula Clark, and Phil Spector, was not only a rare success in this genre but also a cult favorite through the years. The Incident (1967), based on a true story, about a pair of thugs who terrorize a subway car on a night-time ride, also attracted much attention, and provided important early screen roles to Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, and Tony Musante. And Goodbye Columbus (1969), based on Philip Roth's novel, was very well received by the press and public alike -- it also allowed Peerce to give a small role to his father. But then, with The Sporting Club (1971), Peerce's career began veering into critical and commercial failure -- A Separate Peace (1972) was dismissed by critics and the public alike, as was Ash Wednesday (1973), starring Elizabeth Taylor. Peerce found greater success on television with the groundbreaking drama The Stranger Who Looks Like Me (1974), detailing the plight of adoptees in finding their birth parents, and found renewed success at the box office with the fact-based dramas The Other Side of the Mountain and The Other Side of the Mountain -- Part 2, and entered the then-popular disaster movie sweepstakes with Two Minute Warning (1976). His adaptation of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (1979), however, was badly received all around. The TV movie Elvis and Me (1988) put Peerce reasonably back on track, but Wired (1989), based on Bob Woodward's book about the life and death of comic actor John Belushi, was a failure, both critically and commercially.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Love Child
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet The Big T.N.T. Show
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Man of Miracles
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Christmas Every Day
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet The Abduction
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet In Pursuit of Honor
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet Element of Truth
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Prison for Children
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Woman Named Jackie
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Murder So Sweet
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Child of Rage
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Menu for Murder
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet If I Were a Rich Man
  • Director
1990
4% Wired
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet The Neon Empire
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Elvis and Me
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Queenie
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Hard to Hold
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet I Take These Men
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Why Would I Lie?
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet The Bell Jar
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2
  • Director
1978
30% Two Minute Warning
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet The Other Side of the Mountain
  • Director
1975
13% Ash Wednesday
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet A Separate Peace
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet The Sporting Club
  • Director
1971
100% Goodbye, Columbus
  • Director
1969
83% The Incident
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet One Potato, Two Potato
  • Director
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Director

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