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Oliver Stone

Lowest Rated:   0% 8 Million Ways To Die (1986)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Undoubtedly one of the most controversial directors in Hollywood, Oliver Stone has made films that are remarkable for both the way in which their subject matter is handled and the degree of controversy such handling inspires. Although he has served as a producer, screenwriter, and actor on a variety of films, Stone is consistently identified with his more political works, from 1986's Platoon, the first of his so-called Vietnam trilogy, to Nixon, his 1995 take on the finer points and parables of the Nixon administration. Despite this association with political films, Stone has stated that he considers his films "first and foremost to be dramas about individuals in personal struggles," and that he believes himself to be a dramatist rather than a political filmmaker.Born in New York City on September 15, 1946, Stone grew up nurturing his love of films. He was particularly inspired by Luis Buñuel and Jean-Luc Godard, whose Breathless inspired the nascent filmmaker with its speed and energy. After a year at Yale, Stone dropped out and moved to Vietnam, where he taught English for a year. A year in Mexico followed, during which he wrote an unpublished novel and got arrested for marijuana possession. In 1967, Stone, like thousands of other men during that decade, enlisted in the military and went to Vietnam, where he received both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his year of service. Upon his return from Vietnam, Stone enrolled at New York University, where he studied filmmaking under Martin Scorsese. As a student of Scorsese's, he participated in his first film project, Street Scenes 1970, a collection of student films on which Stone acted as a cinematographer. Four years later, he directed his first feature, Seizure, for which he also acted as editor and screenwriter. The film's overriding theme of psychological trauma proved to be good preparation for Stone's next project, the 1978 film Midnight Express. For his work as the film's screenwriter, he won his first Academy Award, for Best Adapted Screenplay.After making his directorial debut for a major studio (Orion) with 1981's The Hand (a production for which he also served as screenwriter and had a minor acting role), Stone wrote a number of films, including 1982's Conan the Barbarian, Scarface (1983), and Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon (1985). In 1986 Stone had his directorial breakthrough, with his internationally acclaimed Platoon. The film won him his first Best Director Oscar (as well as a slew of other awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture) and become the third-highest grossing film of 1986, as it redefined the way in which the Vietnam War was portrayed on film. Stone effectively opened the way for a new -- albeit controversial -- approach to looking at the war, and in so doing, his name became almost irretrievably associated with films of a more political, revisionist nature. Stone's next directorial effort, the same year's Salvador, fully embraced the political tilt that Platoon had hinted at. The story of American photojournalist Richard Boyle (James Woods), Salvador explored the various politics at play during the early-'80s war in Central America. The film won widespread praise, and Stone, who was also its producer and screenwriter, followed it up with a similarly acclaimed effort, Wall Street (1987). A tale of greed, corruption, and power, the film reflected the American state of mind in the 1980s. It went on to win a Best Actor Oscar for star Michael Douglas, who supplied a chilling portrayal of the film's central source of sleaze, Gordon Gekko. After completing 1988's Talk Radio, which was adapted from its star Eric Bogosian's stage production, Stone went on to make the second installment of his Vietnam trilogy, Born on the Fourth of July (1989). The film received a large dose of enthusiastic acclaim and a second Best Director Oscar for Stone, as well as seven other nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Cruise. But it marked the

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
90% A Good American
  • Executive Producer
2017
62% Snowden
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$21.6M 2016
No Score Yet Ukraine on Fire
  • Executive Producer
2016
94% Casting By
  • Actor
$14.5k 2013
52% Savages
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$47.4M 2012
No Score Yet Greystone Park
  • Oliver
2012
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Director
  • Investor
$52.5M 2010
50% South of the Border
  • Producer
  • Director
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America
  • Actor
2009
59% W.
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$25.6M 2008
No Score Yet Behind the Wheel
  • Actor
2008
68% World Trade Center
  • Director
$70.3M 2006
No Score Yet Looking for Fidel
  • Director
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Cannes: All Access
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet John Ford Goes to War
  • Actor
2005
16% Alexander
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$34.3M 2004
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Alexander - Directors Cut
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Persona Non Grata (America Undercover)
  • Director
  • Actor
2003
62% Comandante
  • Himself
  • Producer
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Camera
  • Actor
2003
57% Jim Brown: All-American
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Day Reagan Was Shot
  • Executive Producer
2001
No Score Yet A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'
  • Actor
2001
16% The Art of War
  • Producer
$29.5M 2000
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1999
56% Savior
  • Producer
1998
49% The Corruptor
  • Executive Producer
1998
59% U-Turn
  • Director
1997
87% The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • Producer
1996
62% Evita
  • Screenwriter
1996
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder
  • Executive Producer
1996
76% Freeway
  • Executive Producer
1996
75% Nixon
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Voice-over during credits [uncredited]
1995
No Score Yet Indictment: The McMartin Trial
  • Executive Producer
1995
No Score Yet From Hollywood to Hanoi
  • Actor
1995
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1994
42% Heaven & Earth
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1994
69% The New Age
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1994
85% The Joy Luck Club
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet The Last Party
  • Actor
1993
94% Dave
  • Himself
1993
71% Zebrahead
  • Executive Producer
1992
100% South Central
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1992
75% Patriot Games
  • Young Holmes
1992
No Score Yet Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy
  • Interviewee
1992
84% JFK
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Iron Maze
  • Executive Producer
1991
54% The Doors
  • Director
  • Film Professor
  • Screenwriter
1991
94% Reversal of Fortune
  • Producer
1990
71% Blue Steel
  • Producer
1990
90% Born on the Fourth of July
  • News Reporter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1989
No Score Yet First Works
  • Actor
1989
82% Talk Radio
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
78% Wall Street
  • Trader - Office
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
88% Platoon
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Officer in Bunker
1986
0% 8 Million Ways To Die
  • Screenwriter
$1.4M 1986
92% Salvador
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1986
60% Year of the Dragon
  • Screenwriter
1985
82% Scarface
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
$0.7M 1983
70% Conan the Barbarian
  • Screenwriter
1982
14% The Hand
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Bum
1981
95% Midnight Express
  • Screenwriter
1978
No Score Yet Seizure (Queen of Evil) (Tango macabre)
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Sugar Cookies
  • Executive Producer
1973
No Score Yet The Battle of Love's Return
  • Cliff
1971
No Score Yet Last Year in Vietnam
  • Director
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
80% The Putin Interviews
2017
  • Host
  • Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2012
No Score Yet Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States
2012-2013
  • Narrator
  • Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2008

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