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Rod Lurie

Highest Rated:   91% Straw Dogs (1971)
Lowest Rated:   13% Louder Than Words (2014)
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Joining the ranks of movie critics-turned-directors, Rod Lurie earned his Hollywood stripes by guiding Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges to Oscar nominations in only his second feature, The Contender (2000).Lurie seemed to be destined for an entirely different profession when he opted to attend college at the prestigious West Point military academy. After graduating in 1984, Lurie served as a Combat Arms officer in the Army for four years. Finished with the military by the late '80s, Lurie turned to the movies, working as an entertainment reporter for the New York Daily News and a freelance magazine writer. Relocating to Los Angeles, Lurie wrote for Los Angeles magazine, published a book, and became the film critic for KABC radio in 1995. During his four years at KABC, Lurie met Joan Allen at an awards show and declared that he was going to write a screenplay tailored to her talents. While still a critic, Lurie made a foray into filmmaking with the low-budget feature Deterrence (2000). A chamber thriller involving the first Jewish president and a possible nuclear strike on Iraq, Deterrence got little attention but it presaged Lurie's interest in political stories. Lurie then made good on his promise to Allen with The Contender, about a Democratic senator's embattled appointment to be the first female Vice President. Stepping down from his KABC post in 1999, Lurie rounded up a stellar cast to support Allen, including Bridges as the sly, shark-eating President and Gary Oldman as Allen's nefarious Republican nemesis. Distributed by Dreamworks after it was independently produced, The Contender attracted praise for the performances and criticism for the facile, potboiler sex-and-politics plot; the conservative Oldman publicly kicked up a fuss over the film's apparent "liberalization" at the hands of Dreamworks. Regardless, Allen earned a nomination for Best Actress, while Bridges (not Oldman) got a Supporting Actor nod. Lurie subsequently got to use his West Point experience when Dreamworks hired him to direct the military prison drama The Last Castle (2001), starring Robert Redford as a jailed general (and West Point grad). Though Lurie convinced James Gandolfini to play the corrupt warden with the promise that Gandolfini would be an Oscar-friendly Salieri to Redford's Mozart, The Last Castle proved to be no Amadeus (1984) on its unimpressive release.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% Black Butterfly
  • Producer
2017
63% Killing Reagan
  • Director
2016
13% Louder Than Words
  • Executive Producer
2014
40% Straw Dogs
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Logger #1
$10.4M 2011
64% What Doesn't Kill You
  • Producer
2008
60% Heckler
  • Actor
2008
81% Nothing But the Truth
  • Screenwriter
  • Larry
2008
60% Resurrecting the Champ
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$3M 2007
50% Scenes of the Crime
  • Producer
2003
No Score Yet The Nazi
  • Director
2002
89% The Search for John Gissing
  • Executive Producer
2001
52% The Last Castle
  • Director
$18M 2001
76% The Contender
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$16.2M 2000
46% Deterrence
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2000
91% Straw Dogs
  • Screenwriter
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
52% American Odyssey
2015
  • Director
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hell on Wheels
2011-2016
  • Bystander Two
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2012

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