Samuel Fuller

Samuel Fuller

Highest Rated: 100% Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Lowest Rated: 22% The Klansman (1974)

Birthday: Aug 12, 1912

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

A towering figure in the history of independent film, director Samuel Fuller unleashed his deeply personal, highly stylized vision of society teetering between greatness and disaster in such polarizing films as "The Steel Helmet" (1951), "Pickup on South Street" (1953), "Shock Corridor" (1963), "The Naked Kiss" (1964) and "The Big Red One" (1980). A former crime reporter who later endured some of the most brutal combat during World War II, Fuller served as a screenwriter before emerging as a director in 1950. His films challenged accepted notions of liberty, honor and patriotism through furiously paced, visually assaultive genre pictures informed by his experiences in the newsroom and on the battlefield. Fuller's heroes were flawed but clung to a code of ethics that clashed with political and social organizations, a status that Fuller himself embodied in his frequent battles with producers to deliver his films as he saw them to the screen. He fell out of fashion after "Shock Corridor" and "The Naked Kiss," a pair of savage indictments of the hypocrisy he felt was at the core of American society, and spent the next three decades fighting to complete films while funding his efforts through acting roles. In the years preceding his death in 1997, Fuller was transformed from industry pariah to patron saint of the independent film movement. A host of likeminded directors, including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, would acknowledge the debt he paid throughout his career to allow their unique perspectives to take root on screen.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
29% 44% The End of Violence Louis Bering (Character) $283K 1997
100% 95% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Himself (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 12% Somebody to Love Sam Silverman (Character) $10.3K 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Golem, the Spirit of the Exile Unknown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 83% Sons Father (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 71% Street of No Return Director,
Screenwriter
- 1989
No Score Yet 23% A Return to Salem's Lot Van Meer (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 9% Slapstick of Another Kind Colonel Sharp (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves After Dark Director - 1984
75% 62% Hammett Old Man in Pool Hall (Character) - 1982
92% 73% White Dog Director - 1982
40% 84% The State of Things Joe (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Der Stand Der Dinge Joe (Character) - 1982
90% 78% The Big Red One Director,
Screenwriter
- 1980
91% 80% The American Friend Der Amerikaner (Character) - 1977
22% 26% The Klansman Screenwriter - 1974
No Score Yet 50% Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Director,
Writer
- 1972
No Score Yet 29% Shark! Director - 1969
89% 81% Targets Writer - 1968
No Score Yet 27% The Cape Town Affair Writer - 1967
No Score Yet 29% The Meanest Men in the West Director,
Screenwriter
- 1966
93% 81% The Naked Kiss Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1964
95% 82% Shock Corridor Director,
Writer,
Producer,
Cinematographer
- 1963
No Score Yet 69% Merrill's Marauders Director - 1962
No Score Yet 83% Underworld U.S.A. Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1961
No Score Yet 55% Verboten! Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1959
83% 71% The Crimson Kimono Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1959
94% 65% Forty Guns Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1957
No Score Yet 48% China Gate Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1957
No Score Yet 60% Run of the Arrow Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1957
84% 59% House of Bamboo Director,
Writer
- 1955
No Score Yet 38% Hell and High Water Director,
Screenwriter
- 1954
No Score Yet 0% The Command Screenwriter - 1954
92% 89% Pickup on South Street Director,
Writer
- 1953
100% 85% Scandal Sheet Writer - 1952
100% 85% Park Row Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1952
100% 70% Fixed Bayonets! Director - 1951
100% 86% The Steel Helmet Director,
Producer
- 1951
86% 70% The Baron of Arizona Director,
Screenwriter
- 1950
78% 66% I Shot Jesse James Director,
Writer
- 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gangs of New York Writer (Screenplay) - 1938
No Score Yet 20% It Happened in Hollywood Writer - 1937

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chillers Director,
Writer
1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Director,
Writer
1966-1967

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