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Lem Dobbs

Highest Rated: 92% The Limey (1999)

Lowest Rated: 0% Gotti (2018)

Birthday: Dec 24, 1959

Birthplace: Oxford, England, UK

Once dubbed by PREMIERE magazine as an unsung "genius" based on his unproduced screenplay "Edward Ford" (written at age 19), Lem Dobbs has since gone on to craft a handful of interesting scripts either alone or in collaboration. The son of expatriate artist R B Kitaj, Dobbs was born and raised in England but decided at a young age that he wanted a career in movies. Settling in Los Angeles at age 18, he penned several scripts and became increasingly angry over what he came to perceive as the industry's treatment of writers. While he easily found he could land lucrative jobs working on screenplays, few examples of his work actually went into production. In fact, it was almost a decade before he saw one of his screenplays, for the thriller "Hider in the House," produced. The 1989 film, however, was released direct-to-video and was later relegated to airings on the USA Network in the early 1990s. He was then hired to rework a comedy about a cop and an actor and although he shared screen credit for the story and screenplay, Dobbs had been replaced on the project, in his words because the producers felt "I was burnt out. I had gone as far as I could go." His fortunes shifted somewhat when he teamed with Steven Soderbergh on the surreal "Kafka" (1991). Receiving solo credit for the screenplay (which reportedly had been written nearly a decade earlier), Dobbs also had shoulder the burden of the mixed reviews. Perhaps some of the confusion arose because many expected a biography of the author and instead found a visually striking black-and-white thriller in which Kafka (played by Jeremy Irons) was the leading character.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
0% 45% Gotti Screenwriter $4.3M 2018
54% 45% The Company You Keep Screenwriter $5.1M 2012
80% 41% Haywire Screenwriter $201.7K 2011
73% 67% The Score Screenwriter $71.1M 2001
92% 78% The Limey Writer $3.2M 1999
76% 85% Dark City Writer (Screenplay) $14.3M 1998
52% 72% Kafka Writer $57.6K 1991
77% 53% The Hard Way Screenwriter $24.5M 1991
No Score Yet 46% Hider in the House Screenwriter - 1989
No Score Yet 12% The Boy Who Turned Yellow Munro (Character) - 1972

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear Itself Writer

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