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Robert Towne

Highest Rated:   98% Chinatown (1974)
Lowest Rated:   31% Love Affair (1994)
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Robert Towne would prefer his appearance as the stick-like leading actor Edward Wain in the prententious Roger Corman post-apocalyptic effort The Last Woman on Earth (1960) be forgotten -- in addition to the film's screenplay, which was Towne's first. Despite this inauspicious beginning (and his follow-up starring appearance in Creature From the Haunted Sea [1961]), Towne appreciated the early opportunity afforded him by Corman, and remained with the producer/director to pen the screenplay for Tomb of Ligeia (1965) (two more scripts for Corman, A Time for Killing and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City, were heavily revised by others). From there, Towne could only go up, and this he did as script consultant for Warren Beatty's Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and as full screenwriter for Villa Rides (1967). After one more acting turn in Drive, He Said (1971), Towne made a good living as a screenwriter and troubleshooting script doctor. Towne's output ranged from the salty profanities of The Last Detail (1967) to the insightful glances at Nixon-era mores in Shampoo (1968) to the misty mysticism of The Natural (1984) to the dewy-eyed romanticism of Warren Beatty's 1994 remake of Love Affair. In 1974, Towne won a Best Screenplay Academy Award for director Roman Polanski's Chinatown. This film contained one of the few totally unhappy endings in the Towne canon -- for the most part, he prefers upbeat denouements, to the extent of overhauling the endings for the screen versions of Bernard Malamud's The Natural and John Grisham's The Firm. In 1981, Robert Towne made his directorial debut with Personal Best; more successful was the second Towne-directed effort, 1988's Tequila Sunrise.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
36% Salinger
  • Actor
$0.6M 2013
80% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The 39 Steps
  • Director
2011
65% The Outsider
  • Actor
2006
35% Ask the Dust
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.7M 2006
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
2003
57% Mission: Impossible 2
  • Screenwriter
2000
79% Without Limits
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1998
63% Mission: Impossible
  • Screenwriter
1996
31% Love Affair
  • Screenwriter
1994
75% The Firm
  • Screenwriter
1993
38% Days of Thunder
  • Screenwriter
1990
68% The Two Jakes
  • Screenwriter
1990
42% Tequila Sunrise
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
55% The Pick-Up Artist
  • Stan
1987
86% The Bedroom Window
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1987
69% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  • Screenwriter
1984
77% Personal Best
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1982
45% The Yakuza
  • Screenwriter
1975
63% Shampoo
  • Screenwriter
1975
98% Chinatown
  • Screenwriter
1974
93% The Last Detail
  • Screenwriter
1973
67% Drive, He Said
  • Richard
1971
No Score Yet Villa Rides
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1968
78% The Tomb of Ligeia
  • Screenwriter
1965
No Score Yet Creature from the Haunted Sea
  • Sparks Moran
1961
No Score Yet The Last Woman on Earth
  • Screenwriter
  • Martin
1960

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Actor
  • 2006

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