Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen

Highest Rated: 98% Das Boot (1981)

Lowest Rated: 27% Instinct (1999)

Birthday: Mar 14, 1941

Birthplace: Not Available

Breaking into the entertainment business in 1960 as assistant director for Hamburg's Ernest Deutsch Theatre, German filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen went on to Berlin's German Film and Television Academy. He kicked off his film directorial career in television, winning several awards in the process; his 1976 TV movie For Your Love Only served as the debut for actress Nastassja Kinski. Petersen's 1977 theatrical feature The Consequence, a discreetly handled study of male homosexuality which he both wrote and directed, won him praise on the international scene. In 1981, Petersen helmed Das Boot, a vastly popular wartime drama set on a German submarine; the film earned Petersen two Oscar nominations, one for directing, the other for best screenplay. Petersen made his English-language debut with the 1984 children's fantasy The Neverending Story and had his big stateside breakthrough with the blockbuster Clint Eastwood assassination thriller In the Line of Fire (1993). With his status as an A-list Hollywood director well established, Petersen next directed Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo in 1995's Outbreak, a film that successfully played on the public's fear of the unseen threat inherent in communicable diseases like ebola. While Outbreak was only a modest hit, Petersen scored very big just two years later when he helmed the Die Hard-on-the-President's-plane actioner Air Force One. Starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, the film would go on to gross more than 300 million dollars worldwide. Anyone who thought Air Force One may have been a fluke for the filmmaker need look no further than Petersen's next film, the true high-seas adventure The Perfect Storm (2000). After back-to-back films that each passed the 300-million-dollar mark worldwide, Petersen had no problem securing a 185-million-dollar budget for 2004's Troy, a historical epic starring Brad Pitt. Based on Homer's The Illiad, the film opened stateside with an impressive 46-million-dollar weekend.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ich werde dich töten, Wolf (I Will Kill You, Wolf) Director Screenwriter 2012
33% Poseidon Director Producer $60.7M 2006
No Score Yet Avenger Executive Producer 2006
54% Troy Director Screenwriter Producer $132.6M 2004
47% The Perfect Storm Producer Director 2000
36% Bicentennial Man Producer 1999
27% Instinct Executive Producer 1999
30% Red Corner Executive Producer 1997
76% Air Force One Producer Director 1997
No Score Yet The NeverEnding Story III Screenwriter 1996
60% Outbreak Director 1995
96% In the Line of Fire Director Executive Producer 1993
31% Shattered Producer Director Screenwriter 1991
61% Enemy Mine Director 1985
80% The Neverending Story Director Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet Den Oändliga Historien - Klassiker Screenwriter Director 1984
98% Das Boot Screenwriter Director 1981
No Score Yet Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (Black and White Like Day and Night) Director 1981
No Score Yet The Consequence Director 1979
No Score Yet For Your Love Only Director 1976
No Score Yet Einer von uns beiden (One or the Other of Us) Director 1974
No Score Yet Black and White as Day and Night Director 1963


No Score Yet The Agency
Executive Producer 2003


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