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Roger Spottiswoode



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
75% A Street Cat Named Bob
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet Midnight Sun
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Beyond Right And Wrong: Stories Of Justice And Forgiveness
  • Director
  • Producer
2012
55% Shake Hands with the Devil
  • Director
2010
30% The Children of Huang Shi
  • Director
2008
25% Jack and Jill vs. the World
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet J'ai serre la main du diable
  • Director
2007
68% 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 White on White
  • 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
2000
60% Noriega: God's Favorite
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
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
4% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Director
1992
13% Air America
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Time Flies When You're Alive
  • Director
1990
54% 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 Ăšltimo Inocente
  • Director
1987
33% The Best of Times
  • Director
1986
15% Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
  • Executive Producer
1985
89% Under Fire
  • Director
1983
92% 48 HRS
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
  • Director
1981
36% Terror Train
  • Director
1980

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