Phillip Noyce

Phillip Noyce

Highest Rated: 87% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Lowest Rated: 11% Sliver (1993)

Birthday: Apr 29, 1950

Birthplace: Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Australian Phillip Noyce was "movie crazy" from an early age, experimenting with a camera as a teen and producing an independent short, Better to Reign in Hell, before graduating from high school. He entered the University of Sydney's law school, quit to play amateur rugby, then re-enrolled in the University's fine arts department. Noyce continued turning out short documentaries on the more offbeat aspects of Australian life and also ran the University's film society before being accepted at the fledgling Australian Film and Television School in 1972. Two years later, he won the Sydney Film Festival's Rouben Mamoulien award for his documentary Castor and Pollux. With God Knows Why, But It Works, a 1975 docudrama about medical care among the Aborigines, Noyce became a professional filmmaker. His first feature, 1977's Backroads (which he also produced and wrote), expanded on certain race-relations themes explored in God Knows Why etc. Newsfront (1978), a paean to pioneering Australian newsreel cameramen, was Noyce's final nonfiction project. The director's first international success was the minimalist melodrama Dead Calm (1989), which, despite an idiotic slasher-movie ending, was potent enough to gain Noyce entry into Hollywood. His first American film, an adaptation of Tom Clancy's technothriller Patriot Games (1992), showed he knew how to take charge of a big-budget, big-star project. Alas, Noyce's next effort, Sliver (1993) was a misfire Sharon Stone vehicle plagued by in-production indecision and a surprising lack of genuine suspense. He responded to this bomb by reteaming with Harrison Ford for another Jack Ryan film, Clear and Present Danger. After a three year stint he returned with a big screen adaptation of The Saint, starring Val Kilmer. That film earned lukewarm box office and mostly negative reviews. His next film, the serial killer thriller The Bone Collector got by in large part thanks to casting Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He started the next decade with arguably his biggest success to that point, an adaptation of The Quiet American. The film earned strong reviews, and garnered Michael Caine a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Actor. That same year he showed his versatility, releasing the well-received Aussie adventure drama Rabbit-Proof Fence. He helped shepherd the television series Tru Calling, but took a break from features until releasing the anti-apartheid drama Catch a Fire, based on the true story of a famous freedom fighter.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Above Suspicion Director 2018
35% The Giver Director Producer $33.5M 2014
No Score Yet Mary & Martha Director 2013
No Score Yet Backroads Director Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Captain Blood Director 2011
62% Salt Director $118.4M 2010
No Score Yet Dirt Music Director 2010
75% Catch a Fire Director $4.3M 2006
No Score Yet Welcome to São Paulo Director 2004
86% The Quiet American Director 2003
No Score Yet Camera Actor 2003
87% Rabbit-Proof Fence Director Producer $6.1M 2002
No Score Yet Gulpilil: One Red Blood Actor 2002
No Score Yet Camera Actor 2000
28% The Bone Collector Director 1999
30% The Saint Director 1997
80% Clear and Present Danger Director 1994
11% Sliver Director 1993
72% Patriot Games Director 1992
54% Blind Fury Director 1990
82% Dead Calm Director 1989
No Score Yet Echoes of Paradise Director 1986
No Score Yet Heatwave Director Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus Director 1979
No Score Yet Newsfront Director 1978


No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2014
61% Crisis
Director 2014
82% Luck
Director 2012
90% Lights Out
Producer Executive Producer 2011
69% Revenge
Director 2011
79% Brotherhood
Director 2007
No Score Yet Revenge
No Score Yet The Hitchhiker
42% Tru Calling
Executive Producer Director


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