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Sam Pillsbury

Highest Rated: 71% The Quiet Earth (1985)

Lowest Rated: 33% Zandalee (1991)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Filmmaker Sam Pillsbury was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, but at age 14, he moved to New Zealand. In his early 20s, Pillsbury joined the country's National Film Unit, working among a group of progressive-minded young filmmakers. During the late '70s, he specialized in documentary features, including his acclaimed '78 film, "Birth with R.D. Laing," which examined the often controversial practices of R.F. Laing, a psychiatrist from Scotland. In 1982, Pillsbury transitioned over to traditional features, debuting with "The Scarecrow," a mysterious horror film adapted from a novel by Kiwi author Ronald Hugh Morrieson--notably, it was the first New Zealand-produced film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Pillsbury's career throughout the '80s and beyond followed a strange, eclectic trajectory: In 1988, he directed the Depression-era drama "Starlight Hotel," which starred a young Greer Robson; and in the '90s, Pillsbury helmed a variety of projects, none of which seem to be the work of the same director. In 1991, he directed a goatee-sporting Nicolas Cage in the poorly received romantic thriller "Zandalee," and in 1997, he turned toward family-oriented fare, directing the adventure sequel "Free Willy 3: The Rescue." Pillsbury worked on several projects early in the 2000s, including "Where the Red Fern Grows," a sweet-natured Disney re-make of the classic Wilson Rawls novel. After a five-year absence from the film industry, he returned in 2009 to helm the largely ignored comedy "Endless Bummer."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 14% National Lampoon Presents: Surf Party Director,
Screenwriter
- 2013
No Score Yet 8% Endless Bummer Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raising Waylon Director - 2004
No Score Yet 32% Audrey's Rain Director - 2003
No Score Yet 61% The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay Director - 2003
No Score Yet 68% Where the Red Fern Grows Director - 2003
No Score Yet 50% Taking Back Our Town Director - 2001
No Score Yet 66% Crooked Earth Director - 2001
No Score Yet 52% Morgan's Ferry Director - 1999
No Score Yet 70% Secret of Giving Director - 1999
No Score Yet 63% Fifteen and Pregnant Director - 1998
44% 44% Free Willy 3: The Rescue Director $3.5M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thrill Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mother's Instinct Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of Silence Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between Love and Honor Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadows of Desire Director - 1994
No Score Yet 33% Knight Rider 2010 Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Search for Grace Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Visions of Terror Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The President's Child Director - 1992
No Score Yet 59% Into the Badlands Director - 1991
33% 29% Zandalee Director - 1991
No Score Yet 88% Starlight Hotel Director $3K 1987
71% 69% The Quiet Earth Producer - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Klynham Summer Director,
Writer
- 1982

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