Richard Fleischer

Richard Fleischer

Highest Rated: 100% Compulsion (1959)

Lowest Rated: 0% Million Dollar Mystery (1987)

Birthday: Dec 08, 1916

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

The director of nearly 50 films, Richard Fleischer enjoyed an incredibly diverse career helming B-movie thrillers, effects-laden spectaculars, and star-studded epics. The son of animation innovator Max Fleischer, he began his filmmaking journey at RKO where his documentary short "Design for Death" (1947) earned him an Oscar as producer. He would be forever remembered for crafting one of cinema's greatest film noirs with "The Narrow Margin" (1952) and giving Walt Disney his first live-action hit with the big-budget adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954). He spent much of the following decade oscillating between true-crime stories and sweeping adventures with films like "The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing" (1955), "The Vikings" (1958), "Compulsion" (1959) and "Fantastic Voyage" (1966). Eventually, expensive disappoints like "Doctor Doolittle" (1967) and "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970) began to weaken his once unshakable stature with the studios of the day. Fleischer's later output consisted largely of a combination of cult-favorite genre films and outright embarrassments, "The New Centurions" (1972), "Soylent Green" (1973), "Mandingo" (1975) and "The Jazz Singer" (1980), among them. Well known in the industry for his ability to deal with such difficult personalities as Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles and Rex Harrison, Fleischer related some of the juiciest tales in his 1993 autobiography, Just Tell Me When to Cry. While never a household name, Fleischer nonetheless oversaw some of the most enjoyable cinematic offerings of the 20th Century.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
97% 91% Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff Unknown (Character) $20K 2010
0% 31% Million Dollar Mystery Director $513.7K 1987
15% 28% Red Sonja Director - 1985
25% 38% Conan the Destroyer Director - 1984
5% 18% Amityville: The Demon Director - 1983
No Score Yet 62% Tough Enough Director - 1983
19% 70% The Jazz Singer Director - 1980
No Score Yet 26% Ashanti Director - 1979
No Score Yet 52% Crossed Swords Director - 1978
20% No Score Yet The Incredible Sarah Director - 1976
26% 65% Mandingo Director - 1975
No Score Yet 42% The Spikes Gang Director - 1974
77% 67% Mr. Majestyk Director - 1974
72% 70% Soylent Green Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deadly Kiss Director - 1973
No Score Yet 21% The Don Is Dead Director - 1973
No Score Yet 62% The New Centurions Director - 1972
40% 43% The Last Run Director - 1971
58% 85% 10 Rillington Place Director - 1971
56% 56% Blind Terror Director - 1971
55% 81% Tora! Tora! Tora! Director - 1970
No Score Yet 19% Che! Director - 1969
86% 78% The Boston Strangler Director - 1968
29% 57% Doctor Dolittle Director - 1967
91% 67% Fantastic Voyage Director - 1966
89% 66% Barabbas Director - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Gamble Director - 1961
No Score Yet 60% Crack in the Mirror Director - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet El precio de la deshonra Director - 1959
100% 86% Compulsion Director - 1959
No Score Yet 22% These Thousand Hills Director - 1959
76% 73% The Vikings Director - 1958
No Score Yet 57% Between Heaven and Hell Director - 1956
No Score Yet 27% Bandido Director $4.1K 1956
80% 67% Violent Saturday Director - 1955
No Score Yet 45% The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Director - 1955
89% 74% 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arena Director - 1953
No Score Yet 72% The Happy Time Director - 1952
100% 88% The Narrow Margin Director - 1952
No Score Yet 64% Armored Car Robbery Director - 1950
No Score Yet 43% The Clay Pigeon Director - 1949
No Score Yet 14% Trapped Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Make Mine Laughs Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet So This Is New York Director - 1948
No Score Yet 55% Bodyguard Director - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Design for Death Producer - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Banjo Director - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Child of Divorce Director - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Make Mine Memories Director - 1945

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