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Norman Jewison

  • Highest Rated: 100% Sid & Judy (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Art of Love (1965)
  • Birthday: Jul 21, 1926
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Receiving his undergraduate education at Malvern Collegiate Institute, Victoria College and University of Toronto, Ontario-born director and producer Norman Jewison also studied piano and music theory at the Royal Conservatory. Following service in the navy and a brief sojourn as a cab driver, Jewison worked as an actor and scenarist in London. From 1953 through 1958, he was one of the top directors with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television service; he continued to turn out top-ranked TV work when he was signed by CBS in New York, winning three Emmys between 1958 and 1961. His first feature film was 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), which led to a long-term contract with Universal. In 1963, Jewison took on the daunting task of executive producing the much-troubled Judy Garland Show, emerging from this failed 26-week project with little if any egg on his face. The first of Jewison's films to be greeted with the same critical effusion as his TV work was The Cincinnati Kid (1965). He went on to earn Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his direction of In the Heat of the Night (1967). Not all of his subsequent films were treated kindly by the press, though he continued to enjoy respectable box-office showings. One of his biggest critical and commercial hits was Fiddler on the Roof (1971), despite complaints from devotees of the original Broadway version that Jewison weeded out too much of the musical's colorful ethnicism (some wags referred to the director as "Norman Christianson"). Jewison again hit it big with 1988's Moonstruck, for which he won the "Best Director" prize at the Berlin Film Festival. His next major directorial effort was The Hurricane in 1999; the story of a champion middle-weight boxer unjustly jailed for a murder he didn't commit, it starred Denzel Washington in the title role.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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100% Sid & Judy Actor 2019
No Score Yet Superstars: The Making and Reunion of the Film Actor 2015
No Score Yet I Am Steve McQueen Actor 2014
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
No Score Yet Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-Long Director 2010
100% Edge Codes: The Art of Motion Picture Editing Actor 2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are Actor 2005
23% The Statement Director Producer $0.6M 2003
90% Dinner with Friends Director Executive Producer 2001
83% The Hurricane Director Producer 1999
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Himself 1998
No Score Yet Pitch Actor 1997
100% A Brother's Kiss Executive Producer 1996
20% The Stupids TV Director 1996
44% Bogus Director Producer 1996
No Score Yet Picture Windows Director 1995
52% Only You Director Producer 1994
69% Dance Me Outside Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Geronimo Executive Producer 1993
31% Other People's Money Producer Director 1991
68% In Country Director Producer 1989
25% The January Man Producer 1989
93% Moonstruck Director Producer 1987
43% Agnes of God Producer Director 1985
90% A Soldier's Story Producer Director 1984
No Score Yet Iceman Producer 1984
62% Best Friends Producer Director 1982
67% The Dogs of War Producer Executive Producer 1980
81% ...And Justice for All Producer Director 1979
73% F.I.S.T. Executive Producer Director Producer 1978
66% Rollerball Producer Director Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet Billy Two Hats (The Lady and the Outlaw) Producer 1974
55% Jesus Christ Superstar Producer Director Screenwriter 1973
83% Fiddler on the Roof Director Producer 1971
92% The Landlord Producer 1970
50% Gaily, Gaily Director Producer 1969
78% The Thomas Crown Affair Producer Director 1968
96% In the Heat of the Night Director 1967
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Director Producer 1966
85% The Cincinnati Kid Director 1965
0% The Art of Love Director 1965
57% Send Me No Flowers Director 1964
86% The Thrill of It All Director 1963
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble Director 1963

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