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Michael Winner

Highest Rated:   80% Lawman (1971)
Lowest Rated:   6% Death Wish 3 (1985)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Producer
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet The Wicked Lady
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983
29% Death Wish II
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Firepower
  • Director
  • Producer
1979
No Score Yet The Big Sleep
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1978
58% The Sentinel
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Director
  • Producer
1976
67% Death Wish
  • Producer
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet The Stone Killer
  • Producer
  • Director
1973
57% The Scorpio File
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet The Nightcomers
  • Director
1972
40% The Mechanic
  • Director
1972
80% Lawman
  • Director
  • 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 The System (The Girl-Getters)
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet The Cool Mikado
  • Director
1963

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