Roger Spottiswoode

Roger Spottiswoode

Highest Rated: 100% And the Band Played On (1993)

Lowest Rated: 8% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)

Birthday: Jan 5, 1945

Birthplace: Not Available

Filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode is a highly competent director of mainstream films. The Canadian-born son of Raymond Spottiswoode, an ex-producer and technical planning officer with the National Film Board of Canada, young Spottiswoode was raised in Britain where he worked as a TV and documentary editor until he edited three Sam Peckinpah films Straw Dogs (1971), The Getaway (1972), and Pat Garrett (1973). He continued editing other features and did television work until 1980 when he made his directorial debut with Terror Train, a typical slasher movie featuring Jamie Lee Curtis. In 1981, he was one of three directors to work on The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, and in 1982 he co-wrote 48 Hrs. As a director, Spottiswoode came into his own with the 1983 political thriller Under Fire, which is one of the few films he was involved with from start to finish. The film earned him international recognition. Since then his career has been rather spotty with films ranging from good (Shoot to Kill [1988]) to awful (Stop or My Mom Will Shoot [1992]). Much of the problem seems to be that Spottiswoode has become a hired gun for the studios who often have him take over productions already begun, as in Air America (1990), or make him work with weak scripts, as in Turner and Hooch (1989).

Highest Rated Movies



77% A Street Cat Named Bob Director $35.6K 2016
No Score Yet The Beach House Director 2016
No Score Yet Midnight Sun Director 2014
No Score Yet Beyond Right And Wrong: Stories Of Justice And Forgiveness Producer Director 2012
55% Shake Hands with the Devil Director $594 2010
31% The Children of Huang Shi Director $0.7M 2008
25% Jack and Jill vs. the World Producer 2008
No Score Yet J'ai serre la main du diable Director 2007
69% Brothers of the Head Concert Vox Pops 2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground Director 2005
No Score Yet Spinning Boris Director 2004
No Score Yet Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole Director 2003
No Score Yet The Matthew Shepard Story Director 2002
41% The 6th Day Director $33.9M 2000
50% Noriega: God's Favorite Executive Producer Director 2000
57% Tomorrow Never Dies Director 1997
No Score Yet Murder Live! Director 1997
No Score Yet Hiroshima Director 1995
No Score Yet Mesmer Director 1994
100% And the Band Played On Director 1993
8% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Director 1992
13% Air America Director 1990
No Score Yet Time Flies When You're Alive Director 1990
52% Turner and Hooch Director 1989
No Score Yet Third Degree Burn Director 1989
100% Shoot to Kill (Deadly Pursuit) Director 1988
No Score Yet El Último Inocente Director 1987
31% The Best of Times Director 1986
13% Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend Executive Producer 1985
90% Under Fire Director 1983
93% 48 HRS Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Director 1981
33% Terror Train Director 1980


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