Michael Winner

Michael Winner

  • Highest Rated: 80% The Big Sleep (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Death Wish 3 (1985)
  • Birthday: Oct 30, 1935
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A one-time Cambridge law student, British director Michael Winner had been geared toward a cinematic career since the age of 16, when he began writing entertainment criticism. His earliest directorial assignments were for the BBC; he entered films as the screenwriter for a brace of programmers, Climb up the Wall and Shoot to Kill (both 1960). Adapting many of the quick-cut, freeze-frame, hand-held techniques popularized by Richard Lester, Winner became typed as a "swinging" director of hip, youthful projects. Although he was virtually a youngster himself, Winner's basic point-of-view was middle-aged conformist. The oh-so-clever young characters in You Must Be Joking (1965), The Jokers (1967), and I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name (1969) are depicted as shallow, status-seeking snots, no better than the adults whom they claim to despise. Transferring his base of operations to Hollywood, Winner turned his back on the trendiness of his British work to become a top violent-action specialist. When Winner attempted a return to the freewheeling irreverence of old, the result was the so-called comedy Won Ton Ton -- The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), which deploys the weakest "camp" device in the world: hiring several icons of Old Hollywood (Victor Mature, Rhonda Fleming, Stepin Fetchit, the Ritz Brothers, and scores of others), then wantonly squandering their talents in pointless cameos. Michael Winner's most successful films were made with macho superstar Charles Bronson, notably the first three entries in the Death Wish series. Winner died of heart and liver disease in early 2013.

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No Score Yet West 11 Director 2014
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
No Score Yet Parting Shots Director 1999
No Score Yet Diary of Jack the Ripper Actor 1993
No Score Yet Dirty Weekend Producer Director 1993
No Score Yet Diary of Jack the Ripper Actor 1993
No Score Yet Bullseye! Director Screenwriter Producer 1990
No Score Yet Appointment with Death Director Producer Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet A Chorus of Disapproval Producer Screenwriter Director 1988
6% Death Wish 3 Director 1985
No Score Yet Scream for Help Director Producer 1984
No Score Yet The Wicked Lady Director Screenwriter 1983
33% Death Wish II Director 1982
No Score Yet Firepower Director Producer 1979
80% The Big Sleep Director Producer Screenwriter 1978
47% The Sentinel Screenwriter Producer Director 1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Director Producer 1976
65% Death Wish Director Producer 1974
No Score Yet The Stone Killer Producer Director 1973
67% The Scorpio File Director 1973
50% The Nightcomers Director 1972
40% The Mechanic Director 1972
71% Lawman Producer 1971
No Score Yet Chato's Land Director Producer 1971
No Score Yet The Games Director 1970
No Score Yet Hannibal Brooks Producer Director 1969
No Score Yet I'll Never Forget What's'isname Producer Director 1968
No Score Yet The Jokers Director 1967
No Score Yet The Girl-Getters Director 1966
No Score Yet You Must Be Joking! Director 1965
No Score Yet The System (The Girl-Getters) Director 1964
No Score Yet The Cool Mikado Director 1963


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