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      Peter Collinson

      Peter Collinson

      Highest Rated: 81% The Italian Job (1969)

      Lowest Rated: 81% The Italian Job (1969)

      Birthday: Apr 1, 1936

      Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, UK

      Peter Collinson was an English director with a short-lived though prolific career. After Collinson's parents separated when he was a child, he lived with his grandmother briefly before moving into the Actors' Orphanage, where he soon found an invaluable mentor in the Orphanage's president, the legendary Nöel Coward. He eventually went on to direct Coward in Collinson's best known film, the 1969 crime comedy "The Italian Job," which starred Michael Caine as a mobster attempting to hatch a complex caper. But it was television where Collinson had gotten his start in the early 1960s, directing several drama series until he was able to make his film debut with the 1967 violent thriller "The Penthouse." Though Collinson would never approach the peak audience popularity he found with "The Italian Job," he still managed to direct 11 more films for the big screen, plus one TV movie, through the 1970s, working with stars ranging from Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson ("You Can't Win 'Em All"), to Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Plummer ("The Spiral Staircase"), as well as Anthony Quinn ("Target of an Assassin"), all during a period when English cinema was losing ground. Collinson released his final film, the Australian-based adventure drama "The Earthling," starring William Holden and a post-"The Champ" Rick Schroder, in the summer of 1980, just half a year prior to his premature death to cancer at just 44 years old.



      No Score Yet 87% The Earthling Director - 1980
      No Score Yet 70% The House on Garibaldi Street Director - 1979
      No Score Yet 0% Tomorrow Never Comes Director - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Target of an Assassin Director - 1976
      No Score Yet 20% The Sellout Director - 1976
      No Score Yet 32% Ten Little Indians Director - 1975
      No Score Yet 29% The Spiral Staircase Director - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Season Director - 1974
      No Score Yet 38% The Man Called Noon Director - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Innocent Bystanders Director - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Straight on Till Morning Director - 1972
      No Score Yet 39% Fright Director - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Win 'Em All Director - 1970
      81% 85% The Italian Job Director - 1969
      No Score Yet 80% Up the Junction Director - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Day's Dying Director - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Penthouse Director - 1967