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      Robert Altman

      Robert Altman

      Highest Rated: 100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Beyond Therapy (1987)

      Birthday: Feb 20, 1925

      Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

      Long recognized as a true auteur in American cinema despite his rather confrontational on set demeanor, director Robert Altman brought an ironic and irreverent perspective to his films that often deconstructed classic film genres like Westerns, crime dramas, musicals and classic whodunits. His films were filled with unexpected quirks, overlapping dialogue - often improvised - and an acutely iconoclastic point of view that was deftly used to skewer long-standing American values. Following a rather inauspicious entry into moviemaking by way of industrial films, Altman cut his teeth in television on shows like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS/NBC, 1955-1965) before making his mark on American cinema with "M*A*S*H" (1970), a loose and irreverent look at a group of hedonistic army surgeons and nurses that tapped into the angst of the antiwar generation growing up under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Altman next turned his attention to revitalizing the Western with "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), before earning the enmity of critics who blasted the director for his irreverent caricature of Philip Marlowe in "The Long Goodbye" (1973). But he earned back their admiration tenfold with "Nashville" (1975), a multi-layered satire that followed 24 main characters in numerous intersecting storylines that ably weaved a tapestry depicting the folly of pursuing fame in America. After that critical success, which was later widely considered to be his best film, Altman hit a long, slow slide that ended in the commercial and critical debacle known as "Popeye" (1980). The director spent the ensuing decade making interesting low-budget indies like "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (1982), "Secret Honor" (1984) and "Vincent and Theo" (1990) before returning to the Hollywood fold with a biting satire, "The Player" (1992), which savaged the very industry that embraced his return. Altman helmed another multi-character piece, "Short Cuts" (1993), a darkly comic look at relationships surviving contemporary Los Angeles that recalled his efforts on "Nashville" two decades prior. Following another brief creative lull that saw "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)" (1994) and "Kansas City" (1996) added to his canon, the director earned high praise and fawning reverence for the comedy-of-manners wrapped around a country manor whodunit, "Gosford Park" (2001), which underscored arguably one of the most important cinematic careers of the late 20th century.

      Highest rated movies

      Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession poster
      Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      81% 59% A Prairie Home Companion Director,
      Producer
      $20.3M 2006
      100% 86% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tanner on Tanner Director - 2004
      71% 49% The Company Director $2.3M 2003
      87% 78% Gosford Park Director,
      Producer
      $41.3M 2001
      57% 20% Dr. T & the Women Director,
      Producer
      $13.1M 2000
      28% 23% Trixie Producer $294.9K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roads and Bridges Executive Producer - 2000
      86% 66% Cookie's Fortune Director - 1999
      59% 26% The Gingerbread Man Director $1.5M 1998
      76% 43% Afterglow Producer $2.5M 1997
      No Score Yet 83% Frank Capra's American Dream Unknown (Character) - 1997
      59% 43% Kansas City Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robert Altman's Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing Director - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jazz '34 Director,
      Producer
      - 1996
      24% 27% Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter) Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      $10.7M 1994
      76% 61% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Producer $2.1M 1994
      95% 88% Short Cuts Director,
      Screenwriter
      $6.1M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Luck, Trust and Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country Unknown (Character) - 1993
      98% 84% The Player Director $21.7M 1992
      89% 72% Vincent and Theo Director $22.6K 1990
      No Score Yet 77% The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Director,
      Producer
      - 1988
      54% 48% Aria Director - 1987
      No Score Yet 50% O.C. and Stiggs Director $6.3K 1987
      17% 31% Beyond Therapy Director $471.9K 1987
      79% 46% Fool for Love Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Laundromat Director - 1985
      77% 78% Secret Honor Director - 1984
      55% 45% Streamers Director,
      Producer
      - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter Unknown (Character) - 1982
      83% 81% Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Director - 1982
      58% 39% Popeye Director - 1980
      No Score Yet 27% H.E.A.L.T.H. Director - 1980
      No Score Yet 52% A Perfect Couple Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1979
      20% 37% Quintet Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1979
      67% 41% Rich Kids Executive Producer - 1979
      73% 80% A Wedding Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1978
      70% 43% Remember My Name Producer - 1978
      No Score Yet 46% Welcome to L.A. Producer - 1977
      94% 77% The Late Show Producer - 1977
      94% 86% 3 Women Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1977
      72% 48% Buffalo Bill and the Indians Director,
      Writer
      - 1976
      91% 84% Nashville Director,
      Producer
      - 1975
      87% 83% California Split Director,
      Producer
      - 1974
      82% 72% Thieves Like Us Director,
      Writer
      - 1974
      95% 87% The Long Goodbye Director - 1973
      73% 70% Images Director,
      Writer
      - 1972
      85% 86% McCabe & Mrs. Miller Director,
      Writer
      - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Events Unknown (Character) - 1970
      86% 82% Brewster McCloud Director - 1970
      84% 83% M*A*S*H Director - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Scenes of Brewster McCloud Director - 1970
      50% 48% That Cold Day in the Park Director - 1969
      71% 28% Countdown Director - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare in Chicago Director - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Speak Low Director - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl Talk Director - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ebb Tide Director - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pot au Feu Director - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kathryn Reed Story Director - 1965
      No Score Yet 54% The James Dean Story Director,
      Producer
      - 1957
      No Score Yet 25% The Delinquents Director - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Bond Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Model's Handbook Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Perfect Crime Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sound of Bells Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Modern Football Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Honeymoon for Harriet Screenwriter - 1950
      No Score Yet 55% Bodyguard Screenwriter - 1948

      TV

      Credit
      57% No Score Yet Gun Executive Producer 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Director 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Director 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Director 1961
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Director 1960-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Director 1960
      No Score Yet 79% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Director 1957-1958