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Robert Benton

Highest Rated:   100% The Late Show (1977)
Lowest Rated:   39% Feast of Love (2007)
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Birthplace:   Waxahachie, Texas, USA
Director and screenwriter Robert Benton may not have achieved the legendary mainstream status associated with his peers Scorsese and Coppola, but this idiosyncratic filmmaker and screenwriter has had more than his share of major successes on the silver screen. Benton's best-known film as a director is Kramer vs. Kramer, the 1979 winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Direction and Best Screenplay. He has also achieved considerable fame for his screenwriting partnership with David Newman; together they have written such big-screen favorites as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and What's up Doc? (1972). By himself, Benton wrote Bad Company; in 1978 he co-wrote Superman with Mario Puzo.A native of Waxahachie, TX, where he was born September 29, 1932, Benton began his career in 1956, when he was hired by Esquire magazine in New York. There he met David Newman, who would become his writing partner. The two collaborated for ten years before writing Bonnie and Clyde, a film that was rejected by 20 directors before it was turned into a movie classic by director Arthur Penn and earned Benton his first Oscar nomination. Benton made his directorial debut with Bad Company, but the 1972 crime Western was not a commercial success. He then directed the moderately well-received detective spoof The Late Show (1977), which starred Lily Tomlin and Art Carney.After the great critical and commercial success of Kramer vs. Kramer, a seminal child custody drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, Benton spent much of the '80s directing a series of well-made but small-scale films such as 1982's Hitchcockian thriller Still of the Night. In 1984, he again scored big with the autobiographical Places of the Heart, which was based on his great-grandmother's struggles in Depression-era Texas. The film won an Oscar for lead actress Sally Field and was also nominated for best screenplay. Benton didn't have another great critical triumph until ten years later, when he directed the Paul Newman drama Nobody's Fool. The film won a number of awards for Newman, who gave one of his best performances in years. Newman and Benton again collaborated four years later on the suspense thriller Twilight, which also starred Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s
  • Actor
2014
39% Feast of Love
  • Director
2007
46% The Ice Harvest
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
2005
43% The Human Stain
  • Director
2003
59% Twilight
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1998
89% A Great Day in Harlem
  • Actor
1995
91% Nobody's Fool
  • Director
1994
47% Billy Bathgate
  • Director
1991
67% The House on Carroll Street
  • Executive Producer
1988
45% Nadine
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
96% Places in the Heart
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
67% Still of the Night
  • Director
1982
88% Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
93% Superman
  • Screenwriter
1978
100% The Late Show
  • Director
1977
91% Bad Company
  • Director
1972
90% What's Up, Doc?
  • Screenwriter
1972
88% Bonnie and Clyde
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The Iron Major
  • Football Player
1943

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