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Lawrence Kasdan

Lowest Rated:   22% Darling Companion (2012)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2018
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$936.7M 2015
22% Darling Companion
  • Producer
$0.8M 2012
28% Clash of the Titans
  • Screenwriter
$163.2M 2010
43% In the Land of Women
  • Executive Producer
$11.1M 2007
64% 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
30% Dreamcatcher
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$33.8M 2003
56% Mumford
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1999
31% Home Fries
  • Producer
1998
86% As Good as It Gets
  • Dr. Green
1997
45% French Kiss
  • Director
1995
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
32% The Bodyguard
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet Jumpin' at the Boneyard
  • Producer
1992
81% Grand Canyon
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
56% I Love You to Death
  • Director
  • Lawyer
1990
60% Immediate Family
  • Executive Producer
1989
79% The Accidental Tourist
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1988
40% Cross My Heart
  • Producer
1987
41% Into the Night
  • Detective
1985
76% Silverado
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$33.2M 1985
68% The Big Chill
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983
80% 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
78% Continental Divide
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1981
97% Body Heat
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1981
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Screenwriter
1981
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  • Screenwriter
$4.6M 1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Five Came Back
2017
  • Appearing
  • 2017

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