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Robert M. Young

Highest Rated: 100% The Plot Against Harry (1989)

Lowest Rated: 8% Splitting Heirs (1993)

Birthday: Nov 22, 1924

Birthplace: Not Available

New York-born Robert M. Young began his directorial career in association with Michael Roemer in 1960 with a documentary on sit-ins for the NBC White Paper series. This was followed by a documentary on Angola. In 1962, their controversial documentary on poverty in Palermo, Sicily, The Inferno, was rejected by the NBC network, but was later re-edited and shown at film festivals. Their next film together, Nothing but a Man (1965), became an acclaimed drama dealing with race relations in the United States as few feature films were willing to attempt, telling the tale of a black man (Ivan Dixon) with dreams beyond the station that society is willing to permit, and the price that he pays for them. Young didn't make his next movie, Alambrista!, as a director until a dozen years later, but he has always worked in serious films, often at the expense of popular acceptance. His adaptation of the stage prison drama Short Eyes (1978) proved critically successful, and One Trick Pony (1980) -- perhaps Young's most obvious attempt at a "commercial" film -- attracted a lot of attention as a vehicle for Paul Simon as an actor, although it ultimately failed due to Simon's limitations in that role. The violent, feminist-oriented drama Extremities (1986) helped establish Farrah Fawcett as a serious actress, but received considerable criticism, mostly owing to its theatrical origins, which didn't allow the work to translate well to the screen. Dominick and Eugene (1988) is his most successful film, a serious drama about the love between a young physician (Ray Liotta) and his childlike twin (Tom Hulce).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Romance With A Double Bass Director 2003
No Score Yet Playing for Change Director 2003
42% China: The Panda Adventure Director 2001
No Score Yet Solomon Director 1997
77% Caught Director 1996
No Score Yet Slave of Dreams Director 1995
No Score Yet Solomon & Sheba Director 1995
8% Splitting Heirs Director 1993
No Score Yet Roosters Director 1993
78% American Me Producer 1992
No Score Yet Talent for the Game Director 1991
50% Triumph of the Spirit Screenwriter Director 1989
100% The Plot Against Harry Producer 1989
80% Dominick and Eugene Director 1988
40% Extremities Director 1986
No Score Yet Saving Grace Director $10.8M 1986
100% The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Director 1982
No Score Yet One-Trick Pony Director 1980
No Score Yet World is Full of Married Men Director 1980
No Score Yet Rich Kids Director 1979
100% Alambrista! Director 1977
89% Short Eyes Director 1977
No Score Yet Romance With a Double Bass Director 1974
No Score Yet Trauma Director 1962


95% Battlestar Galactica
Director 2009
No Score Yet Columbo
Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet Kojak
Screenwriter Director 1976
No Score Yet The Waltons
Screenwriter 1973


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