Peter Weir

Peter Weir

Highest Rated: 95% The Truman Show (1998)

Lowest Rated: 60% The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

Birthday: Aug 21, 1944

Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Having risen from the Australian film renaissance of the late 1970s to international prominence, writer-director Peter Weir displayed in his films an ability to portray the imminent disruption of the rational world by irrational forces hovering just beyond mundane lives. His reputation as the most stylish of the new Australian directors of that time was built on his charting of that country's landscape and cultural oddities with a sense of wonder. Weir emerged onto the scene with two wildly divergent films, "The Cars That Ate Paris" (1974) and "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (1975) that were linked by the common theme of older values butting against newer values. The director soon stepped onto the international stage with two of his best films, "Gallipoli" (1981) and "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), both of which starred Mel Gibson. With the attention he received from both films, Weir transitioned to Hollywood filmmaking with "Witness" (1985), arguably one of the best romantic thrillers ever made. After directing that film's star, Harrison Ford, to a career-topping performance in "The Mosquito Coast" (1986), Weir drew from his boarding school days for the compelling "Dead Poet's Society" (1989). As his reputation for dramatic work grew, Weir made fewer features over the years, amounting to about two per decade. He had great critical and financial successes with two later films, "The Truman Show" (1998) and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003), which amounted to half his output since the late 1980s. Regardless of his limited contributions, Weir remained one of the most daring directors working in Hollywood.




74% 72% The Way Back Director,
$2.7M 2010
85% 80% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Director,
$93.9M 2003
95% 89% The Truman Show Director $125.6M 1998
85% 80% Fearless Director $6.5M 1993
60% 50% Green Card Director,
$29.8M 1990
83% 92% Dead Poets Society Director $94.5M 1989
76% 61% The Mosquito Coast Director $12.9M 1986
93% 80% Witness Director $65.3M 1985
88% 77% The Year of Living Dangerously Director,
- 1982
91% 83% Gallipoli Director,
- 1981
No Score Yet 60% The Plumber Director,
- 1980
82% 79% The Last Wave Director,
- 1978
90% 83% Picnic at Hanging Rock Director $224.1K 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cars That Eat People Director - 1974
60% 34% The Cars That Ate Paris Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whatever Happened to Green Valley? Director,
- 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three to Go Director,
- 1971