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Ronald Neame

Highest Rated:   100% The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Lowest Rated:   5% Meteor (1979)
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Ronald Neame is the son of photographer/director Elwin Neame and the actress Ivy Close. He joined Elstree Studios in 1927 as a messenger and call boy, moved up to stills photographer, and was an assistant cameraman on Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929), the first English sound film. He served as a camera operator in the early '30s, and was elevated to director of photography in 1934. His most important films as cinematographer were Pygmalion (1938), Major Barbara (1939), In Which We Serve (1942), and One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942). In 1943, Neame formed a partnership with editor-turned-director David Lean and producer Anthony Havelock-Allan in Cineguild, an independent production company set up with support from England's Rank Organisation, through which the David Lean movies This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and The Passionate Friends were made. Neame turned to directing in the late '40s with Take My Life (1947), and after a series of entertaining but unexceptional films, including The Card (1952) and The Million Pound Note (1953), was responsible for the classics The Horse's Mouth (1959) and Tunes of Glory (1960), both starring Alec Guinness in two of the best roles of his career. Neame'sEscape from Zahrain (1962) was an underrated action thriller, which was surprisingly effective on a low budget, and his Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) was a major late '60s hit that turned Maggie Smith into a major screen star. But it was in the '70s that Neame established himself -- very unexpectedly -- as a "money director," with The Poseidon Adventure (1972). This all-star adventure thriller, about a group of passengers struggling for survival when their ocean liner turns over in mid-voyage, proved a huge and sudden hit, becoming the top-grossing picture of 1972 and earning its money so fast, by Neame's account, that the studio couldn't hide it, and making him a rich man in the process. Neame's The Odessa File (1974) proved him adept at the thriller format, and his disaster movie Meteor (1979) effectively ended the disaster movie genre that he had begun with The Poseidon Adventure. His subsequent movies, including Hopscotch (1980) and First Monday in October (1981), have proved rather more uneven dramatically as well as at the box office. Neame's career has embraced more phases than almost any other filmmaker still even semi-active in the '90s, from the early days of British talkies, to the Golden Age of British cinema of the '40s to the silver age of the '50s, and the international and American markets of the '60s thru the '80s. He has managed to have hits in each phase of that career, and has proved effective at creating comedy, intimate, serious drama (Tunes of Glory is probably his best picture, with The Horse's Mouth a close second), as well as pulling together the special effects and acting required of the blockbuster all-star production.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films--British Cinema's Legendary Studio
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet I Could Go On Singing
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet The Chalk Garden
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Foreign Body
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet First Monday in October
  • Director
1981
75% Hopscotch
  • Director
1980
5% Meteor
  • British Representative
1979
64% The Odessa File
  • Director
1974
79% The Poseidon Adventure
  • Director
1972
75% Scrooge
  • Director
1970
88% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Prudence and the Pill
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet A Man Could Get Killed (Welcome, Mr. Beddoes)
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Gambit
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Mister Moses
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Escape from Zahrain
  • Producer
  • Director
1962
67% Tunes of Glory
  • Director
1960
93% The Horse's Mouth
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet The Seventh Sin
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Windom's Way
  • Director
1957
100% The Man Who Never Was
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet The Million Pound Note (Man With a Million)
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Card
  • Director
1952
56% Promoter
  • Director
1952
100% Oliver Twist
  • Producer
1951
No Score Yet Golden Salamander
  • Director
1950
78% The Passionate Friends
  • Producer
1948
100% Great Expectations
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1947
89% Brief Encounter
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1945
100% This Happy Breed
  • Screenwriter
1944

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