Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater

Highest Rated: 100% Before Sunrise (1995)

Lowest Rated: 40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014)

Birthday: Jul 30, 1960

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Self-taught writer/director Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period, Linklater's work explored what he dubbed "the youth rebellion continuum," focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the twenty-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood firmament.Born in Houston, TX, in 1960, Linklater suspended his educational career at Sam Houston State University to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state's capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut short film, 1987's It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books. Three years later he released the sprawling Slacker, an insightful, virtually plotless look at '90s youth culture that became a favorite on the festival circuit prior to earning vast acclaim at Sundance in 1991. Upon its commercial release, the movie, made for less than 23,000 dollars, became the subject of considerable mainstream media attention, with the term "slacker" becoming a much-overused catch-all tag employed to affix a name and identity to America's disaffected youth culture.Landing with Universal, Linklater next filmed 1993's Dazed and Confused, a generational update of George Lucas' American Graffiti set during the last day of high school in 1976. Despite massive studio interference, the movie maintained Linklater's unique sensibilities while also proving his ability to work within the confines of more mainstream narrative structures, and went on to become a critical success as well as a cult favorite. Switching gears, the director traveled to Vienna, Austria, to film 1995's Before Sunrise, a sweet romantic comedy which bypassed the impressionistic textures of his previous work to place a new focus on character development. After making a brief voice-over appearance in the animated hit Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Linklater next directed 1997's SubUrbia, an adaptation of Eric Bogosian's play of the same name. Though it bore a strong similarity to Linklater's previous work -- Slacker and Dazed and Confused in particular -- SubUrbia largely abandoned those films' improvisational style in favor of a more faithful script interpretation, which garnered mixed notices with critics.Linklater's first foray into major-studio filmmaking, The Newton Boys, followed a year later. The true-life, Bonnie and Clyde-esque tale of a group of bank-robbing brothers, it shared little in common with the director's other films -- aside from the casting of Linklater pals Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey as angsty young Texans. Dumped into the late-summer marketplace, the plodding, straightforward genre film did little to ignite either critical or box-office attention.Recoiling from the Hollywood filmmaking community, Linklater struck out on his own with two micro-budgeted projects, shot on-the-quick in digital video. The first of these was the most ambitious: Waking Life followed a philosophical, non-narrative structure similar to Slacker, but with all of its characters and conversations enhanced in post-production using an innovative, "rotoscoped" computer animation technique. The other film, Tape, was a spur-of-the-moment project based on a play brought to Linklater's attention by Hawke, who enlisted friend Robert Sean Leonard and then-wife Uma Thurman to co-star. Confining its action to one seedy hotel room, the film allowed Linklater the freedom to experiment with a variety of takes, angles, and points of view he might not have otherwise tried on a more expensive format. Given warm receptions at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, both films received lauded art-house runs later that year, even


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49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette Director Screenwriter 2019
No Score Yet J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius Actor 2019
95% Blaze Actor 2018
78% Last Flag Flying Screenwriter Director $0.5M 2017
94% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny Actor 2016
87% Everybody Wants Some!! Screenwriter Director Producer 2016
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut Actor $0.4M 2015
73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Actor $9.3K 2014
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater Actor 2014
No Score Yet Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater Actor 2014
97% Boyhood Director Screenwriter Producer $18.9M 2014
98% Before Midnight Screenwriter Producer $8.2M 2013
93% Side by Side Richard Linklater $29.1K 2012
88% Bernie Screenwriter Producer Director $6M 2012
66% Great Directors Actor $18.4K 2010
85% Me and Orson Welles Director Producer $1.1M 2009
No Score Yet American Prince Actor 2009
No Score Yet Inning by Inning: Portrait of A Coach Director 2008
50% Fast Food Nation Director Screenwriter $1M 2006
68% A Scanner Darkly Director Screenwriter $5.3M 2006
48% Bad News Bears Director Screenwriter Producer $32.8M 2005
95% Before Sunset Director Screenwriter $5.7M 2004
91% School of Rock Screenwriter Director $81.3M 2003
No Score Yet Live From Shiva's Dance Floor Director 2003
77% Tape Director 2001
93% Spy Kids Cool Spy 2001
81% Waking Life Pinball Playing Man Director Screenwriter $2.1M 2001
No Score Yet University, Inc. Actor 1999
63% The Newton Boys Screenwriter Director 1998
65% Suburbia Director 1997
No Score Yet Double Play Actor 1997
72% Beavis and Butt-head Do America Tour Bus Driver 1996
59% The Underneath Ember Doorman 1995
100% Before Sunrise Screenwriter Director 1995
91% Dazed and Confused Screenwriter Director Producer 1993
86% Slacker Director Producer Screenwriter Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station Should Have Stayed at Bus Station 1991
No Score Yet It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books Director Actor 1988
No Score Yet Woodshock Director 1985


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No Score Yet Colbert Report
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