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Martin Brest

Highest Rated: 94% Midnight Run (1988)

Lowest Rated: 6% Gigli (2003)

Birthday: Aug 8, 1951

Birthplace: Not Available

While attending New York University, Martin Brest directed the award-winning student project Hot Dogs for Gaugin, starring a then-unknown Danny De Vito. Brest went on to produce, direct, write, and edit Hot Tomorrows (1977) for the American Film Institute. These formative efforts caught the eye of Warner Bros.; the studio hired the 27-year-old Brest to direct the venerable George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg in the melancholy comedy Going in Style (1979). The handling of this film evinced a maturity well beyond Brest's physical age, and it looked for awhile as though Hollywood had another wunderkind on its hands. Brest developed the teenage-oriented suspense film WarGames, but the project was wrested from his control after an on-set tiff with the producers. For nearly two years, Brest was virtually blacklisted, surfacing only for an acting assignment in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). The director made a successful comeback with the mega-hit Beverly Hills Cop (1984); he has continued to prosper professionally, winning an Oscar nomination for Scent of a Woman (1992), which he produced as well as directed. Brest is married to producer Lisa Weinstein.

Highest Rated Movies



6% Gigli Director $5.7M 2003
53% Meet Joe Black Producer Director 1998
25% Josh and S.A.M. Producer 1993
88% Scent of a Woman Producer Director 1992
94% Midnight Run Producer Director 1988
32% Spies Like Us Drive-In Security 1985
82% Beverly Hills Cop Director Screenwriter 1984
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High Dr. Miller 1982
82% Going in Style Director Screenwriter 1979


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