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Samuel Fuller

Highest Rated:   100% The Crimson Kimono (1959)
Lowest Rated:   29% The End of Violence (1997)
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Birthplace:   Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Too often dismissed as little more than a genre filmmaker, Samuel Fuller was instead one of the earliest and most uncompromising forces in American independent cinema. Noted for his tabloid-influenced storytelling style, breathless camera work, and extreme close-ups, Fuller was a pugnacious, tough-as-nails man whose movies reflect a uniquely personal vision; obsessed with themes of falsehood and deception, his films illuminated the cultural divisions at the heart of American society, depicting a grim, immoral world far removed from the placid surface typically on display in more mainstream fare. Celebrated as a genius by his fans -- and denounced as a sensationalist by his detractors -- Fuller was a deeply patriotic man quick to criticize his country's flaws, as well as a raw, anarchic filmmaker capable of moments of inexpressible beauty; such contradictions fueled and ultimately defined both him and his body of work, which continues to exert tremendous influence over such prominent filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch. Samuel Michael Fuller was born August 12, 1911, in Worcester, MA, and raised in New York City; at the age of 13 he quit school to work as a copy boy for the New York Journal and within two years was working as the personal copy boy of the tabloid's crusading editor, Arthur Brisbane. When Brisbane quit after an explosive quarrel with his boss, the infamous William Randolph Hearst, Fuller exited as well, briefly joining the staff of the New York Evening Graphic before moving west to accept a position with the San Diego Sun, where he became one of the youngest crime reporters in the country. While honing a brash, no-nonsense style of journalism, his job led him back and forth across the United States, interviewing notorious murderers and the like; he finally quit the position to pursue his wanderlust full-time, spending much of the Depression era riding the rails throughout the American South. In 1935 Fuller finally settled down long enough to write a pulp novel, Burn Baby Burn; other titles like Test Tube Baby and Kiss and Make Up followed in the years to come, many of them published under pseudonyms.Lured to Los Angeles in 1936 by a former editor, Gene Fowler, Fuller began his film career by ghostwriting the script to the Boris Petroff picture Hats Off; a year later he collaborated on Harry Lachman's It Happened in Hollywood before earning his first screen credit for 1938's Gangs of New York. Several other projects followed, but Fuller did not receive another credit prior to 1941's war drama Confirm or Deny; the following year he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a corporal in the First Infantry Division, more commonly known as "the Big Red One" on account of their distinctive shoulder patches. He was also assigned to write a series of combat reports, and was twice wounded in battle, receiving a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for his bravery. Fuller's wartime experiences proved to be a major turning point, shaping and influencing his art for the remainder of his life; upon his discharge he returned to Hollywood, where his novel The Dark Page -- published in 1944 -- had been purchased by Howard Hawks. A film adaptation was not produced until 1952, when it was released under the title Scandal Sheet and directed by Phil Karlson.Despite steady work as a script writer, Fuller became increasingly frustrated with his lack of success in Hollywood; hired as a staffer at Warner Bros., he looked on helplessly as not one of his screenplays ever reached the production stage. When Lippert Productions approached him to author a number of low-budget Westerns, Fuller offered to work for scale in order to write and direct his own material; Lippert executives agreed, and in 1949 he delivered I Shot Jesse James, introducing his distinctive, close-up intensive cinematic style. Neither the picture nor its 1950 follow-up, the Vincent Price vehicle The Baron of Ar

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% A Fuller Life
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Tatort - Nie wieder frei sein
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2011
40% Carmel
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Helsinki Napoli
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Real Glory: Reconstructing 'The Big Red One'
  • Director
  • Actor
2005
29% The End of Violence
  • Louis Bering
1997
No Score Yet Somebody to Love
  • Sam Silverman
1996
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera
  • Actor
1996
56% Imaginary Crimes
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Girls in Prison
  • Screenwriter
1994
No Score Yet Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made
  • Director
  • Himself
1994
No Score Yet La Vie de Bohème (Bohemian Life)
  • Gassot
1993
No Score Yet Golem: The Petrified Garden
  • Sam
1993
No Score Yet Golem, l'esprit de l'exil (Golem: The Spirit of Exile) (Golem, the Ghost of Exile)
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Street of No Return
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (Helsinki-Naples All Night Long)
  • Boss
1987
No Score Yet A Return to Salem's Lot
  • Van Meer
1987
No Score Yet Let's Get Harry
  • Screenwriter
1986
No Score Yet The Blood of Others
  • Old Man in Small Cafe
1984
No Score Yet Les voleurs de la nuit (Thieves After Dark)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Zoltan
1983
No Score Yet The State of Things
  • Joe Cameraman
1982
92% White Dog
  • Director
  • Charlie Felton
  • Screenwriter
1982
80% Hammett
  • Old Man in Pool Hall
1982
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind
  • Col. Sharp
1982
91% The Big Red One
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1980
33% 1941
  • Interceptor Commander
1979
89% Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
  • The American
1977
No Score Yet Scott Joplin
  • Theater Impresario
1977
No Score Yet The Klansman
  • Screenwriter
1974
No Score Yet The Young Nurses
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
  • Director
1973
43% The Last Movie
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Caine (Man Eater)(Shark)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1970
85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete)
  • Himself
1969
No Score Yet The Cape Town Affair
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1966
92% The Naked Kiss
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1964
94% Shock Corridor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1963
No Score Yet Merril's Marauders
  • Director
1962
No Score Yet Underworld, U.S.A.
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1961
100% The Crimson Kimono
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1959
No Score Yet Verboten!
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1959
100% Forty Guns
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet China Gate
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet Run of the Arrow
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1957
87% House of Bamboo
  • Policeman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet The Command
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet Hell and High Water
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1954
90% Pickup on South Street
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1953
100% Park Row
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Fixed Bayonets!
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1951
100% The Steel Helmet
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1951
86% The Baron of Arizona
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1950
78% I Shot Jesse James
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1949
88% Shockproof
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Power of the Press
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet It Happened in Hollywood
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet Hats Off
  • Screenwriter
1936

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