Robert Wise

Robert Wise

Highest Rated: 100% Citizen Kane (1941)

Lowest Rated: 0% 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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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 54% A Storm in Summer Director - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet All Is Brazil Unknown (Character) - 1998
0% 36% Rooftops Director $1.1M 1989
41% 42% Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director - 1979
50% 43% Audrey Rose Director - 1977
36% 37% 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 55% The Baby Maker Producer - 1970
No Score Yet 74% Star! Director - 1968
89% 88% The Sand Pebbles Director,
Producer
- 1966
83% 91% The Sound of Music Director,
Producer
$109K 1965
88% 82% The Haunting Director,
Producer
- 1963
43% 57% Two for the Seesaw Director - 1962
92% 84% West Side Story Director,
Producer
- 1961
88% 84% Odds Against Tomorrow Director,
Producer
- 1959
93% 83% I Want to Live! Director - 1958
100% 79% Run Silent, Run Deep Director - 1958
No Score Yet 50% This Could Be the Night Director - 1957
67% 64% Until They Sail Director - 1957
No Score Yet 43% Tribute to a Bad Man Director - 1956
83% 86% Somebody Up There Likes Me Director - 1956
No Score Yet 59% Helen of Troy Director - 1955
100% 72% Executive Suite Director - 1954
No Score Yet 33% Destination: Gobi Director - 1953
No Score Yet 67% So Big Director - 1953
No Score Yet 0% Return to Paradise Producer - 1953
83% 70% The Desert Rats Director - 1953
78% 65% The Captive City Director - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something for the Birds Director - 1952
95% 87% The Day the Earth Stood Still Director - 1951
No Score Yet 61% The House on Telegraph Hill Director - 1951
No Score Yet 12% Two Flags West Director - 1950
78% 89% The Set-Up Director - 1949
No Score Yet 71% Three Secrets Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery in Mexico Director - 1948
100% 65% Blood on the Moon Director - 1948
83% 75% Born to Kill Director - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Court Director - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Game of Death Director - 1945
84% 75% The Body Snatcher Director - 1945
67% 43% Mademoiselle Fifi Director - 1944
87% 66% The Curse of the Cat People Director - 1944
89% 85% The Magnificent Ambersons Film Editor - 1942
100% 90% Citizen Kane Film Editor $977.3K 1941
100% 83% The Devil and Daniel Webster Film Editor - 1941
83% 65% Dance, Girl, Dance Film Editor - 1940
85% 82% My Favorite Wife Film Editor - 1940
100% 88% Bachelor Mother Film Editor - 1939

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