Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan

Highest Rated: 100% Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (2003)

Lowest Rated: 21% Darling Companion (2012)

Birthday: Jan 14, 1949

Birthplace: Not Available

The archetypal Hollywood baby boomer, American director Lawrence Kasdan planned to be an English teacher upon his graduation from the University of Michigan. Instead, he began writing for Chicago-based TV commercials, winning several awards in the process. He eventually tried his hand at screenwriting and, after numerous disappointments, earned a credit on The Empire Strikes Back (1980), which led to his scripting of George Lucas' story for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Kasdan's first directing job was Body Heat (1981), a film noir for the 1980s which inevitably echoed the '40s classics in its genre, although made a great deal of money and secured the stardom of newcomer Kathleen Turner. Kasdan's script for Continental Divide (1981), based in part on the roisterous career of Chicago columnist Mike Royko, didn't do as well as Body Heat, but he made up for it with The Big Chill (1983), a tale of thirty-something angst which struck a chord with many disillusioned children of the '60s. (The film was remarkably similar to John Sayles' earlier and cheaper Return of the Secaucus Seven, but not enough to invoke lawsuits). Kasdan had planned to use The Big Chill to showcase his actor friend Kevin Costner, but circumstances forced him to almost completely cut the actor from the release print. The director made it up to Costner by casting him in a plum role in his next directorial effort, Silverado (1985), a rousing return to the Western genre which Kasdan and most others his age knew well. As with The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist in 1988 had a plot motivated by the sudden death of a loved one. The film was a dexterous blend of high comedy and deep tragedy, and won an Oscar for supporting actress Geena Davis. After the zany comedy I Love You to Death (1990), Kasdan returned to many of the search-for-meaning themes found in The Big Chill with Grand Canyon (1991), which furthered the director's contention that one must find peace of mind beyond the boundaries of materialism and social status. He then went in a completely different direction with The Bodyguard (1992), a melodrama he'd written for Steve McQueen nearly two decades earlier, but ended up filming with old pal Costner in the lead. The film made a fortune, although Kasdan's subsequent project with Costner, 1994's Wyatt Earp, was a lavish but extremely disappointing Western epic which ended up being one of the most conspicuous money-losers of the '90s. His bad luck continued the next year with French Kiss, a romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline that received only a lukewarm reception. The director bounced back with 1999's Mumford, the tale of a small-town psychologist, but, unfortunately, followed that in 2003 with the almost universally panned Dreamcatcher.


Highest Rated Movies



70% Solo: A Star Wars Story Executive Producer Screenwriter 2018
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Producer Screenwriter $936.7M 2015
21% Darling Companion Producer $0.8M 2012
27% Clash of the Titans Screenwriter $163.2M 2010
44% In the Land of Women Executive Producer $11.1M 2007
65% The TV Set Executive Producer $35K 2007
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
100% Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation Screenwriter 2003
28% Dreamcatcher Producer Director Screenwriter $33.8M 2003
57% Mumford Director Producer Screenwriter 1999
31% Home Fries Producer 1998
85% As Good as It Gets Dr. Green 1997
48% French Kiss Director 1995
44% Wyatt Earp Screenwriter Director Producer 1994
34% The Bodyguard Screenwriter Producer 1992
No Score Yet Jumpin' at the Boneyard Producer 1992
77% Grand Canyon Screenwriter Director Producer 1991
58% I Love You to Death Director Lawyer 1990
55% Immediate Family Executive Producer 1989
81% The Accidental Tourist Director Producer Screenwriter 1988
40% Cross My Heart Producer 1987
38% Into the Night Detective 1985
76% Silverado Screenwriter Producer Director $33.3M 1985
68% The Big Chill Executive Producer Screenwriter Director 1983
82% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Tag: The Assassination Game(Everybody Gets It in the End)(Kiss Me, Kill Me ) Producer 1982
70% Continental Divide Producer Screenwriter 1981
98% Body Heat Director Producer Screenwriter 1981
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark Screenwriter 1981
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Screenwriter $4.6M 1980


97% Five Came Back
Appearing 2017


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