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Phil Alden Robinson



After collecting his BA diploma from Union College in Schenectady, New York, Phil Alden Robinson spent three years with the Air Force, then landed a newscasting job at Schenectady's WRGB-TV. Preferring to be a creator rather than a commentator, Robinson began writing and co-directing industrial films. He broke into the Hollywood writing pool with a brace of Trapper John MD TV episodes in 1984. That same year, his first movie script, Rhinestone, made it to the screen; while this Sylvester Stallone-Dolly Parton vehicle was pretty much a washout, it enabled Robinson to obtain a credit in an "A" production, and also afforded him an opportunity to write the film's song lyrics. After his TV directorial bow in a 1986 episode of George Burns Comedy Week, Robinson helmed his first big-screen effort, In the Mood (1987), a fanciful rehash of the life and times of the notorious 1940s teen-aged lothario "The Woo Woo Kid." Two years later, Robinson was able to sell producers Lawrence Gordon and Charles Gordon on the notion of a film version of W. P. Kinsella's whimsical baseball novel Shoeless Joe. The resulting film, Field of Dreams, grossed $62 million, cemented the star power of Kevin Costner, earned writer/director nominations for an Oscar, a Writer's Guild Award and a Director's Guild Award--and won Robinson the 1990 "Screenwriter of the Year" prize from the National Association of Theatre Owners. Phil Alden Robinson made a comeback in 1992 as screenwriter-director of an enjoyable all-star "computer hacker" adventure, Sneakers.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  • Director
2014
59% The Sum of All Fears
  • Director
2002
7% All the Queen's Men
  • Executive Producer
2001
No Score Yet Freedom Song
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2000
81% Sneakers
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1992
40% Relentless
  • Screenwriter
1989
86% Field of Dreams
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
64% In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1987
75% Fletch
  • Screenwriter
1985
91% All of Me
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1984
15% Rhinestone
  • Screenwriter
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Band of Brothers
2001
  • Director
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Director

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