Phil Joanou

Phil Joanou

Highest Rated: 83% State of Grace (1990)

Lowest Rated: 16% Heaven's Prisoners (1996)

Birthday: Nov 20, 1961

Birthplace: La Cañada, California, USA

Fresh out of USC's film school, this assured director of features and TV captured the attention of Steven Spielberg with his student film, "Last Chance Dance." Joanou made his commercial directing debut with "Santa '85" (NBC, 1985), an amusing episode of Spielberg's fantasy anthology series, "Amazing Stories," about St. Nick's unfortunate arrest for breaking and entering. Joanou was invited back to the series to direct John Lithgow's Emmy Award-winning performance in "The Doll" (NBC, 1986), a sentimental romantic fantasy. He segued to features with "Three O'Clock High" (1987), a likable teen comedy that was greatly abetted by Joanou's manic and inventive camera movements and staging. Shifting to the reality mode, Joanou crafted "U2 Rattle and Hum" (1988), a technically assured if uninspired record of the Irish rock group's 1987 "Joshua Tree" tour of the US.




No Score Yet 22% The Veil Director - 2016
42% 81% Gridiron Gang Director $38.4M 2006
40% 75% Entropy Director,
- 1999
16% 32% Heaven's Prisoners Director $5.0M 1996
56% 36% Final Analysis Director $27.0M 1992
83% 83% State of Grace Director $1.9M 1990
62% 86% U2 Rattle and Hum Self,
Film Editing
$8.6M 1988
57% 73% Three O'Clock High Director $3.1M 1987


No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Palms Director 1993
No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Director 1985-1986