Ted Kotcheff

Highest Rated: 100% Wake in Fright (2012)
Lowest Rated: 0% Folks! (1992)
Birthday: Apr 7, 1931
Birthplace: Not Available
Canadian director Ted Kotcheff cut his teeth on live television in his native country, then moved on to British TV in 1957. While a resident of England, Kotcheff directed his first film, Tiara Tahiti (1962), using his full name William T. Kotcheff. Despite an engaging premise about rival hotel owners in Tahiti and a cast including James Mason and John Mills, Tiara Tahiti wasn't a major success. Kotcheff made up for this setback with his next British film, Life at the Top (1963), the cynical sequel to 1959's Room at the Top. For Outback (1971), Kotcheff took cast and crew to Australia for the fascinating tale of a schoolteacher's experience with a primitive Australian tribe. Back in Canada in 1974, Kotcheff all but single-handedly turned that country's film industry around with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, the freewheeling tale of a Jewish lad (played by a pre-star Richard Dreyfuss) aggressively climbing up the social ladder in mid-'40s Montreal. Though based on a Mordecai Richler novel, it was the most autobiographical of Kotcheff's works, and his best to date; Duddy Kravitz also represented the first true box-office hit to emanate from Canada since the silent era. Between this film and Kotcheff's next adaptation of Richler, 1985's Joshua Then and Now, the director bided his time in less personal, purely commercial-minded efforts like Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), and the mother of all Rambo epics, First Blood (1982). Since Joshua Then and Now, Ted Kotcheff's career has boomed, but his "signature" as a director has been barely recognizable in such factory efforts as Switching Channels (1988) (the most recent remake of The Front Page) and the two puerile Weekend at Bernie's comedies.

Highest Rated Movies



70% Erase and Forget Actor 2017
100% Wake in Fright Director $28.1K 2012
79% Barney's Version Train Conductor $7.6M 2011
95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Actor 2008
91% Shattered Glass Marty Peretz $2.2M 2003
No Score Yet Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly Director 1999
No Score Yet Borrowed Hearts: A Holiday Romance Director 1997
No Score Yet Hidden Assassin (The Shooter) Director 1996
No Score Yet Une autre façon d'aimer Director 1996
No Score Yet A Family of Cops Director 1995
No Score Yet Love on the Run Director 1994
0% Folks! Director 1992
54% Weekend at Bernie's Jack Parker Director 1989
13% Winter People Director 1989
55% Switching Channels Director 1988
No Score Yet The Check Is in the Mail... Director 1986
No Score Yet Joshua Then and Now Director 1985
56% Uncommon Valor Executive Producer Director Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Split Image Producer Director 1982
88% First Blood Director 1982
87% North Dallas Forty Screenwriter Director 1979
70% Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (Too Many Chefs) Director 1978
55% Fun with Dick and Jane Director 1977
No Score Yet Billy Two Hats (The Lady and the Outlaw) Director 1974
100% The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Director 1974
No Score Yet The Human Voice Director 1967
No Score Yet Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn Director 1967
No Score Yet Life at the Top Director 1965
No Score Yet Tiara Tahiti Director 1962


No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
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No Score Yet Red Shoe Diaries
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