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Richard Fleischer

Highest Rated:   100% Barabbas (1961)
Lowest Rated:   0% Amityville: The Demon (1983)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA
The son of famed animator Max Fleischer (Popeye, Betty Boop et. al.), Richard O. Fleischer was a psychology student at Brown University when he dropped out in favor of the Yale Drama Department. At age 21, Fleischer organized a campus theatrical troupe called the Arena Players. In 1942, he went to work for RKO-Pathe in New York, editing the company's weekly newsreels before producing and directing his own short-subject projects, including the March of Time-like This is America and a series of gagged-up silent-film vignettes titled Flicker Flashbacks. In 1946, he headed to Hollywood, there to direct feature films for Pathe's parent studio, RKO Radio; his last short-subject effort was the Oscar-winning Design for Death (1948). At first limited to "B" pictures, Fleischer gained a loyal critical following with such topnotch films as Follow Me Quietly (1949) and The Narrow Margin (1952). Perhaps sensing that RKO was on its last legs, Fleischer moved on to MGM, then to Walt Disney Studios. While working for Disney he helmed his first big-budgeter, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). Firmly established as an action specialist, Fleischer remained in this vein with such profitable projects as The Vikings (1958), These Thousand Hills (1959) and Fantastic Voyage (1966). He also evinced a fondness for crime and suspense pictures, notably Violent Saturday (1955), Compulsion (1959) and The Boston Strangler (1968). While many of his films were box-office bonanzas, he also turned out an equal number of unsuccessful films including Dr. Doolittle (1967) and Che! (1969). A true survivor, Fleischer was able to remain active until the late 1980s, by which time he'd chalked up fewer and fewer hits like The New Centurions (1972) and more and more misses like The Jazz Singer (1980) and Million Dollar Mystery (1987). Though he hasn't made a film since 1990, Richard Fleischer has kept busy as the licensee of his dad's cartoon creation Betty Boop; and in 1994, Fleischer published his sprightly autobiography, Just Tell Me When to Cry.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff
  • Actor
$20.5k 2011
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mystery
  • Director
1987
15% Red Sonja
  • Director
1985
26% Conan the Destroyer
  • Director
1984
0% Amityville: The Demon
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Tough Enough
  • Director
1983
15% The Jazz Singer
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet Ashanti
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper)
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Incredible Sarah
  • Director
1976
31% Mandingo
  • Director
1975
82% Mr. Majestyk
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet The Spikes Gang
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet The Don Is Dead
  • Director
1973
71% Soylent Green
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet The New Centurions
  • Director
1972
57% Blind Terror (See No Evil)
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet The Last Run
  • Director
1971
70% 10 Rillington Place
  • Director
1971
57% Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Che!
  • Director
1969
92% The Boston Strangler
  • Director
1968
32% Doctor Dolittle
  • Director
1967
93% Fantastic Voyage
  • Director
1966
100% Barabbas
  • Director
1961
No Score Yet Crack in the Mirror
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet These Thousand Hills
  • Director
1959
100% Compulsion
  • Director
1959
71% The Vikings
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet Bandido
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
  • Director
1955
80% Violent Saturday
  • Director
1955
89% 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Arena
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The Happy Time
  • Director
1952
100% The Narrow Margin
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Trapped
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Follow Me Quietly
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Clay Pigeon
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Bodyguard
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Design for Death
  • Producer
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet So This Is New York
  • Director
1948

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