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      Robert Wise

      Robert Wise

      Highest Rated: 100% Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)

      Lowest Rated: 10% Rooftops (1989)

      Birthday: Sep 10, 1914

      Birthplace: Winchester, Indiana, USA

      Veteran Hollywood director Robert Wise was credited with helming 39 feature films from 1944 to 1989, establishing an admirable reputation in such a wide variety of genres as to prompt some critics to unfairly posit that there was no "Wise style." At the beginning of his career, he worked with equal facility in horror ("The Curse of the Cat People") (1944), film noir ("Born to Kill") (1947), Westerns ("Blood on the Moon") (1948), sports ("The Set-Up") (1949) and sci-fi ("The Day the Earth Stood Still") (1951), demonstrating a visual and narrative dexterity that other filmmakers could only marvel at. After earning his stripes in the 1950s, Wise went on to become one of the most successful and revered directors of the following decade, winning four Oscars for his work on the musical extravaganzas "West Side Story" (1961) and "The Sound of Music" (1965). As film budgets - and studio expectations - skyrocketed, more personal projects, such as the uncompromising Steve McQueen war drama "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), became increasingly difficult for Wise to mount. And although one of his final directorial efforts, the big-budget spectacular "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), may not have been greeted with the unqualified praise the studio had hoped for, it nonetheless demonstrated the work of a master craftsman, still in full possession of his artistic powers. When responding to the charges of some that Wise never left a personal, artistic imprint on his films, the director replied that it was not the director's job to tailor the film to themselves, but rather, to tailor themselves to the film.

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      No Score Yet 57% A Storm in Summer Director - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All Is Brazil Unknown (Character) - 1998
      10% 35% Rooftops Director $1.1M 1989
      53% 42% Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director - 1979
      55% 43% Audrey Rose Director - 1977
      36% 38% The Hindenburg Director,
      Producer
      - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two People Director - 1973
      67% 72% The Andromeda Strain Director - 1971
      No Score Yet 50% The Baby Maker Producer - 1970
      No Score Yet 74% Star! Director - 1968
      89% 88% The Sand Pebbles Director,
      Producer
      - 1966
      84% 91% The Sound of Music Director,
      Producer
      $109.0K 1965
      87% 82% The Haunting Director,
      Producer
      - 1963
      43% 57% Two for the Seesaw Director - 1962
      92% 84% West Side Story Director,
      Producer
      - 1961
      83% 84% Odds Against Tomorrow Director,
      Producer
      - 1959
      100% 79% Run Silent, Run Deep Director - 1958
      94% 83% I Want to Live! Director - 1958
      67% 64% Until They Sail Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 50% This Could Be the Night Director - 1957
      86% 86% Somebody Up There Likes Me Director - 1956
      No Score Yet 43% Tribute to a Bad Man Director - 1956
      No Score Yet 59% Helen of Troy Director - 1955
      100% 74% Executive Suite Director - 1954
      No Score Yet 0% Return to Paradise Producer - 1953
      100% 71% The Desert Rats Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 36% Destination Gobi Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 67% So Big Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something for the Birds Director - 1952
      70% 67% The Captive City Director - 1952
      No Score Yet 61% The House on Telegraph Hill Director - 1951
      95% 87% The Day the Earth Stood Still Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 12% Two Flags West Director - 1950
      85% 89% The Set-Up Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 71% Three Secrets Director - 1949
      83% 62% Blood on the Moon Director - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery in Mexico Director - 1948
      83% 74% Born to Kill Director - 1947
      No Score Yet 40% Criminal Court Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Game of Death Director - 1945
      86% 75% The Body Snatcher Director - 1945
      88% 65% The Curse of the Cat People Director - 1944
      67% 43% Mademoiselle Fifi Director - 1944
      89% 84% The Magnificent Ambersons Film Editing - 1942
      100% 84% The Devil and Daniel Webster Film Editing - 1941
      99% 90% Citizen Kane Film Editing $977.3K 1941
      86% 82% My Favorite Wife Film Editing - 1940
      83% 64% Dance, Girl, Dance Film Editing - 1940
      No Score Yet 61% Fifth Avenue Girl Film Editing - 1939
      100% 88% Bachelor Mother Film Editing - 1939