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Ted Kotcheff

Highest Rated:   100% Wake in Fright (2012)
Lowest Rated:   0% Folks! (1992)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Erase and Forget
  • Actor
2017
100% Wake in Fright
  • Director
$28.1k 2012
80% Barney's Version
  • Train Conductor
$7.6M 2011
94% 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
52% Weekend at Bernie's
  • Jack Parker
  • Director
1989
13% Winter People
  • Director
1989
56% 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1983
No Score Yet Split Image
  • Producer
  • Director
1982
87% First Blood
  • Director
1982
87% North Dallas Forty
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
67% Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (Too Many Chefs)
  • Director
1978
60% 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 Tiara Tahiti
  • Director
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Producer
  • 2010
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001

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