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Ridley Scott



One of the most promising directors of the late '70s, Ridley Scott displayed stylistic flair and remarkable storytelling abilities in such films as The Duellists (1977) and his landmark Alien (1979). Although he remained a respected director on both sides of the Atlantic, his career suffered repeated blows throughout the 1980s and '90s with a series of critical and commercial missteps, beginning with the costly and unsuccessful 1492: Conquest of Paradise.



Born in 1937, in Northumberland, England, Scott was educated at the West Hartlepool College of Art and London's Royal College of Art. After completing his education, he became a set designer for the British Broadcasting Company in the early '60s, eventually getting promoted to director of such popular BBC series as the long-running police adventure Z Cars. With the establishment of his own firm, Ridley Scott Associates, Scott was in on the ground floor of some of the most inventive European TV commercials of the 1970s.



The director's transition to the big screen came with his direction of 1977's The Duellists, a visually striking Napoleonic war film that won the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Further success followed with 1979's Alien, which established Scott as both an important director and a shining knight for horror and sci-fi devotees. In 1982, the director found himself at the center of a storm around his production of Blade Runner. After repeated clashes with studio executives over the film's complex content and downbeat finale, Scott added a voice-over narration and a more positive ending. The results sparked an outcry from film purists, and Blade Runner fell victim to negative reviews and poor box-office results. It wasn't until the early '90s that the director's cut was finally released, theatrically and on video cassette, and the film was recognized as a science fiction masterpiece.



In the meantime, Scott continued to direct such films as the 1986 fantasy Legend, starring Tom Cruise, and 1989's Black Rain, which featured Michael Douglas as a vice cop on a mission to Japan. In 1991, he encountered critical and commercial triumph with Thelma & Louise. Starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Scott. After the film's success, it seemed that the director could do no wrong. Unfortunately, he did just the opposite with his next project, 1992's 1492: Conquest of Paradise. The film proved to be a complete flop, and for the next few years Scott relinquished his directorial duties in favor of producing such films as Monkey Trouble and The Browning Version (both 1994).



Scott returned to the director's chair in 1996, with White Squall, an action-adventure film set on a boat full of troubled teenage boys. Unfortunately, the film performed poorly among critics and at the box office, and Scott's next feature, G.I. Jane (1997), suffered a similar fate. He then returned to producing, working on the 1997 TV series The Hunger, which was based on the 1983 movie directed by his brother, Tony Scott, who was best-known for such action fare as Top Gun (1986) and Enemy of the State (1998). After producing the 1998 black comedy Clay Pigeons, Scott returned to directing with Gladiator (2000), a Roman epic starring Russell Crowe as its titular hero. Budgeted at 100 million dollars and weighing in at 154 minutes, the film was hailed by some critics who saw it as a return to grand-scale moviemaking, while others saw it as merely overblown. Regardless of the critics' opinions, Gladiator was undoubtedly wildly popular, earning five Oscars, including Best Picture, at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards.



In 2001, Scott applied his icy-cool visual style -- but little else of note -- to Hannibal, the much-anticipated sequel to 1991's Silence of the Lambs. Although the film broke the box-office record for the largest opening weekend fo

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Murder On The Orient Express
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Blade Runner 2049
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2017
No Score Yet Alien: Covenant
  • Producer
  • Director
2017
No Score Yet Felt
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Timeless
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Untitled Neill Blomkamp/Alien Project
  • Producer
2017
40% Morgan
  • Producer
2016
33% Equals
  • Executive Producer
2016
60% Concussion
  • Producer
2015
92% The Martian
  • Director
  • Producer
2015
26% Child 44
  • Producer
2015
57% Killing Jesus
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Red Riding
  • Director
2015
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Producer
  • Director
2014
36% Before I Go to Sleep
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Klondike
  • Executive Producer
2014
77% Get Santa
  • Executive Producer
2014
53% Out of the Furnace
  • Producer
2013
35% The Counselor
  • Producer
2013
88% Springsteen And I
  • Executive Producer
2013
74% The East
  • Producer
2013
50% Welcome to the Punch
  • Executive Producer
2013
69% Stoker
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Gucci
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Killing Lincoln
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Counsellor
  • Director
2013
56% Killing Kennedy
  • Executive Producer
2013
72% Prometheus
  • Director
  • Producer
2012
78% The Grey
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet The Kind One
  • Director
2012
80% Life in a Day
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2011
43% Cracks
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Gettysburg
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2011
54% Welcome to the Rileys
  • Executive Producer
2010
80% Cyrus
  • Executive Producer
2010
47% The A-Team
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2010
No Score Yet Tell-Tale (Tell Tale)
  • Producer
2010
43% Robin Hood
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet The Real Robin Hood
  • Producer
2010
54% Body of Lies
  • Producer
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet The Andromeda Strain
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Into the Storm
  • Executive Producer
2008
80% American Gangster
  • Director
  • Producer
2007
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet The Company
  • Executive Producer
2007
26% A Good Year
  • Producer
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
32% Tristan & Isolde
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children
  • Director
2006
19% Domino
  • Producer
2005
75% In Her Shoes
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • Director
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet American Fighter Pilots
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Tripoli
  • Director
2004
94% Alien Saga
  • Actor
2003
82% Matchstick Men
  • Director
  • Producer
2003
69% Red Dragon
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm
  • Executive Producer
2002
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Director
  • Producer
2001
39% Hannibal
  • Director
  • Producer
2001
76% Gladiator
  • Director
2000
46% Where the Money Is
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet The Last Debate
  • Executive Producer
2000
92% RKO 281
  • Executive Producer
1999
63% Clay Pigeons
  • Producer
1998
55% G.I. Jane
  • Producer
  • Director
1997
60% White Squall
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1996
82% The Browning Version
  • Producer
1994
50% Monkey Trouble
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1994
39% 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  • Producer
  • Director
1992
83% Thelma & Louise
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Robin Hood
  • Producer
1991
52% Black Rain
  • Director
1989
76% Someone to Watch over Me
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1987
48% Legend
  • Director
1985
89% Blade Runner
  • Director
1982
100% Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
  • Director
1982
97% Alien
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Alien Legacy
  • Director
1979
91% The Duellists
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Boy and Bicycle (Boy on a Bicycle)
  • Producer
  • Director
1965

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
80% Klondike
2014
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
86% Pillars of the Earth
2010
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
50% Coma
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
64% BrainDead
2016
  • Executive Producer
The Good Fight
2017
  • Executive Producer
57% Jean-Claude Van Johnson
2016
  • Producer
No Score Yet The New Drama
2016
  • Producer
77% Taboo
2016
  • Executive Producer
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet 3001: The Final Odyssey
2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
75% Mercy Street
2016
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
79% The Man in the High Castle
2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
70% Labyrinth
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer

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