Roger Donaldson

Roger Donaldson

Highest Rated: 100% Smash Palace (1981)

Lowest Rated: 5% Cocktail (1988)

Birthday: Nov 15, 1945

Birthplace: Not Available

Director Roger Donaldson is an important figure in the development of modern New Zealand cinema. When he emigrated to New Zealand from Australia in 1965 to set up a still photography business, the Kiwi film industry was all but non-existent. He was interested in filmmaking, but had to make do with creating television commercials and documentaries; he went on to do seven short dramas titled Winners and Losers. By 1977, he was finally able to scrape up enough cash to make his film debut with the futuristic political drama Sleeping Dogs; the first feature made in New Zealand in 15 years, it was also the first to be shown in American theaters. Later Donaldson became a co-founder of the country's Film Commission. He did not direct again until 1982. In 1984 his version of the famous mutiny Bounty was released to critical acclaim; unfortunately, the powerful all-star drama sank at the box office as did his next few attempts at filmmaking. It was not until 1987 that Donaldson hit his mark with the Kevin Costner vehicle No Way Out, which became an instant hit. He scored again with Tom Cruise in the vacuous comedy Cocktail (1988), which became a box office smash. Since then Donaldson has had moderate box office success, with so-so fare such as Cadillac Man (1990) and The Getaway (1994).

Highest Rated Movies



79% McLaren Director 2016
35% The November Man Director 2014
28% Seeking Justice Director $0.5M 2012
79% The Bank Job Director $30.1M 2008
82% The World's Fastest Indian Producer Director Screenwriter $5.2M 2005
43% The Recruit Screenwriter Director $52.8M 2003
83% Thirteen Days Director 2000
26% Dante's Peak Director Screenwriter 1997
43% Species Screenwriter Director 1995
33% The Getaway Director Screenwriter 1994
44% White Sands Director 1992
55% Cadillac Man Producer Director 1990
5% Cocktail Director 1988
91% No Way Out Director 1987
No Score Yet Marie Director 1985
No Score Yet Marie - A True Story Director 1985
78% The Bounty Director Screenwriter 1984
100% Smash Palace Producer Director 1981
No Score Yet Sleeping dogs Producer Director 1977


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