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John Boorman (born January 18, 1933 in Shepperton, Surrey, United Kingdom), is a British filmmaker, currently based in Ireland, best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, and The General. January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Shepperton is a small town in Surrey in the borough of Spelthorne, in England. ... This is about Surrey, England. ... Point Blank is a 1967 crime film directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin, adapted from the pulp classic The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. ... Deliverance Deliverance is a 1970 novel by American author James Dickey that was made by Warner Bros. ... This movie poster for Excalibur showed a striking image of Arthurs son and nemesis, Mordred, clad in his armor and helmet. ... The General is a name which has been applied to several things: The General (novel): a novel by CS Forester which tells the tale of an English army officer and the Great War The General series: a series of science fiction novels by S.M. Stirling The General (magazine): a...


Educated by the Salesians although his family was not Roman Catholic, Boorman first began by working as a dry-cleaner and journalist in the late 1950s and then he moved into TV documentary filmmaking, eventually becoming the head of the BBC's Bristol-based Documentary Unit in 1962. Capturing the interest of producer David Deutsch, he was offered to direct a film aimed a repeating the success of A Hard Day's Night (directed by Richard Lester in 1964): Catch Us If You Can (1965) is about competing pop group Dave Clark Five. While not as successful commercially as Lester's film, it smoothed Boorman's way into the film industry. Boorman was drawn to Hollywood for the opportunity to make larger-scale cinema and in Point Blank (1967), a powerful interpretation of a Richard Stark novel, brought a stranger's vision to the decaying fortress of Alcatraz and the proto-hippy world of San Francisco. Lee Marvin gave the then-unknown director his full support, telling MGM he deferred all his approvals on the project to Boorman. Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... Deutsch David Deutsch (born 1953) is a physicist at Oxford University. ... // The British release A Hard Days Night was The Beatles third album, released in 1964 as the soundtrack to their first film of the same name. ... Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a UK based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. ... Catch Us If You Can is the 10th episode of season one of the television sitcom Grounded for Life. ... The Dave Clark Five were a British rock and roll group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present a commercial threat to the Beatles, the dominant group of the period. ... ... Point-blank range is the distance between a gun and a target such that it requires minimal effort in aiming it, in particular no allowance needs to be made for the effects of gravity, target movement or wind in aiming the projectile. ... Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Lee Marvin, (February 19, 1924 - August 29, 1987) was an American film actor. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ...


After Point Blank, Boorman re-teamed with Marvin (and Toshiro Mifune) for the robinsonade of Hell in the Pacific (1968), which tells a fable story of two representative soldiers stranded together on an island and forced to put aside war to survive. Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎 Mifune Toshirō) (April 1, 1920 - December 24, 1997) was a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. ...


Returning to the UK, he made Leo The Last (US/UK, 1970), which, with the presence of Marcello Mastroianni importing a Fellinian influence, won him a Best Director award at Cannes. Marcello Mastroianni in 1958 Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni (September 28, 1924 – December 19, 1996) was an Italian film actor. ... The Palais des Festivals in which the festival takes place. ...


Boorman achieved much greater resonance with Deliverance (US, 1972, adapted from a novel by James Dickey). The odyssey of city people played by Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty as they trespass into Appalachian backwoods and discover their inner savagery, captured the imagination of audiences and became Boorman's first true box office success. Deliverance Deliverance is a 1970 novel by American author James Dickey that was made by Warner Bros. ... Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight Jonathan Voight (born December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York) is an American actor. ... Jump to: navigation, search Burt Reynolds in a promotional photo from Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. ... Ronny Cox as Former Vice-President Robert Kinsey in Stargate SG-1 Daniel Ronald Cox (born Saturday, July 23, 1938 in Cloudcroft, New Mexico) is an American actor, singer/songwriter, guitarist. ... Ned Thomas Beatty (born Louisville, Kentucky July 6, 1937) is an American character actor, who has appeared in over 100 films. ... A rainy day in the Great Smoky Mountains, Western North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains are a system of North American mountains running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to Alabama in the United States, although the northernmost mainland portion ends at the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. ...


At the beginning of the 1970s Boorman was planning to film The Lord of the Rings and corresponded about his plans with the late author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Wikicities has a wiki about The Lord of the Rings: The Lord of the Rings Wiki Lord of the Ring tour reviews Council of Elrond - news and scholarship The Encyclopedia of Arda - Mark Fishers tribute site to the works of Tolkien Tolkien Herr der Ringe - Portal (ger. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1972, in his study at Merton Street (from by H. Carpenter) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ...


A wide genre variety of films followed: Zardoz (1973) starred Sean Connery in a bizarre take on post-apocalyptic science fiction. Excalibur (UK, 1981) is well-remembered as a mythical film (and one of the very few "true" retellings of the Arthurian legend and tragedy. Boorman cast actors Nicol Williamson and {now Dame) Helen Mirren against their protests as the two disliked each other intensely, but Boorman felt their mutual antagonism would enhance their characterizations of the characters they were playing. Zardoz is a 1974 science fiction film directed by John Boorman and starring Sean Connery in one of his first post-Bond roles. ... Sean Connery Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland) better known simply as Sean Connery, is a Scottish actor who has starred in many films and is best known as the original cinematic James Bond. ... The Matter of Britain is a name given collectively to the legends that concern the Celtic and legendary history of the British Isles, centering around King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. ...


Hope and Glory (1985, UK) is his most autobiographical movie to date, a re-telling of his childhood in London during The Blitz. German bomber over the Surrey Docks, London The Blitz (also called the London Blitz), a popular English contraction of the German word Blitzkrieg, meaning Lightning War, was the sustained and intensive bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during 1940-1941. ...


Very eco-conscious, Boorman's foray into Hollywood filmmaking, The Emerald Forest (1985), a rainforest adventure, casts his actor son Charley Boorman as an eco-warrior, mingling commercially-required elements - action and near-nudity - with anthropological detail and the gorgeous threat of a green inferno. Beyond Rangoon (US, 1995) and The Tailor of Panama (US/Ireland, 2000) both explore unique worlds with alien characters stranded and desperate in them. Charley Boorman (born on August 23, 1966 in Wimbledon, London, UK), is an English actor and the son of movie director John Boorman and his wife, the former Christel Kruse. ...


In 1999, Boorman won the "Best Director" award at the Cannes Film Festival for his black-and-white biopic of Martin Cahill (The General), a somewhat glamorous yet mysterious criminal in Ireland who was killed, apparently by the Irish Republican Army. Martin Cahill was a mysterious figure who rose from petty thief to one of Dublins top criminals, especially in the drugs trade. ... Image:Flyingcolumn westcbbffdbork-DB668. ...


He lives in Annamoe, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland, close to the famous Glendalough twin lakes with his wife, the former Christel Kruse and their children, Charley, Daisy, Katrine and Telsche Boorman. Wicklow (Cill Mhantáin in Irish) is a county on the east coast of Ireland, immediately south of Dublin. ... Ancient church at Glendalough monastic site Glendalough is a village located at the site of an ancient monastery located in County Wicklow, Ireland. ...


Filmography

  • 1965 – Catch Us If You Can (WB)
  • 1967 – Point Blank (MGM) Panavision
  • 1967 - Dapenor (CRC) Panavision
  • 1969 – Hell In The Pacific (CRC) Panavision
  • 1970 – Leo The Last (UA)
  • 1972 – Deliverance (WB) Panavision
  • 1974 – Zardoz (Fox) Panavision
  • 1977 – Exorcist II: The Heretic (WB)
  • 1981 – Excalibur (Orion/WB)
  • 1985 – The Emerald Forest (Embassy) Panavision
  • 1987 – Hope and Glory (Columbia)
  • 1990 – Where The Heart Is (Touchstone)
  • 1991 – I Dreamt I Woke Up (Short / Merlin Films/BBC)
  • 1995 – Two Nudes Bathing (Short)
  • 1995 – Beyond Rangoon (Castle Rock/Col.) Panavision
  • 1998 – The General (Sony Classics) Panavision
  • 1998 – Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait (AMC)
  • 2001 – The Tailor of Panama (Columbia) Panavision
  • 2005 – In My Country / Country Of My Skull (Sony Classics)

Point Blank is a 1967 crime film directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin, adapted from the pulp classic The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. ... Deliverance Deliverance is a 1970 novel by American author James Dickey that was made by Warner Bros. ... Zardoz is a 1974 science fiction film directed by John Boorman and starring Sean Connery in one of his first post-Bond roles. ... Exorcist II: The Heretic is a 1977 American horror film and the sequel to The Exorcist. ... This movie poster for Excalibur showed a striking image of Arthurs son and nemesis, Mordred, clad in his armor and helmet. ... Hope and Glory is a 1987 film which tells the story of a boy growing up in the Blitz in London during World War II. The film is a pseudoautobiographical account of writer/director John Boormans early life. ... The Tailor of Panama (2001) is a spy film starring actor Pierce Brosnan and directed by John Boorman. ...

References

  • John Boorman: Adventures of a Suburban Boy (London: Faber and Faber, 2003)
  • Excerpt from autobiography Adventures of a Suburban Boy recounting Boorman's contact with Lee Marvin.
  • Boorman, John: Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest: A Diary (London: Faber and Faber, 1985)
  • Boorman, John, Bright Dreams, Hard Knocks: A Journal for 1991 in John Boorman, Walter Donohue (eds), Projections: A Forum for Film Makers, (London: Faber and Faber, 1992)
  • Ciment, Michel: John Boorman (London: Faber and Faber, 1986)

Lee Marvin, (February 19, 1924 - August 29, 1987) was an American film actor. ...

External links

  • That's all, folks An article in The Guardian by Boorman arguing that the current Hollywood studio system promotes mediocrity and is unsustainable.
  • Boorman's plans for The Lord of the Rings
  • Boorman's attempted trip to Middle Earth

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John Boorman - Biography - Moviefone (809 words)
Boorman is also known as one of the commercial mainstream's more independently-minded directors; his high-risk approach to filmmaking has insured that his films are as economically unpredictable as they are unique.
Boorman himself has been quoted as saying "Filmmaking is the process of turning money into light and then back into money again," an epigram whose simplicity has in many ways defined the ups and downs of his career.
Boorman's next two projects, the Sean Connery vehicle Zardoz (1973) and Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), were unquestionable disappointments that dimmed the director's post-Deliverance glow.
John Boorman at AllExperts (1046 words)
John Boorman (born January 18, 1933 in Shepperton, Surrey, United Kingdom), is a British filmmaker, currently based in Ireland, best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, and The General.
Boorman was drawn to Hollywood for the opportunity to make larger-scale cinema and in Point Blank (1967), a powerful interpretation of a Richard Stark novel, brought a stranger's vision to the decaying fortress of Alcatraz and the proto-hippy world of San Francisco.
Boorman cast actors Nicol Williamson and (now Dame) Helen Mirren against their protests as the two disliked each other intensely, but Boorman felt their mutual antagonism would enhance their characterizations of the characters they were playing.
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