Alan J. Pakula
Film director, producer, screenwriter
Alan J. Pakula
Alan Jay Pakula was an American film director, writer and producer noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre.
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Zaki's Review: <i>Spotlight</i>
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In our current age of clickbait articles and nonsensical "listicles" passing for news, it feels like the role of traditional journalism is being called into question more and more. As such, it's reassuring to get a movie like Spotlight to help reset our collective compasses. Director Tom McCarthy's riveting dramatization of the real life 2001-2002 Boston Globe story that exposed widespread criminal sexual misconduct within the Boston Archdiocese is riveting and ceaselessly compelling, while also illustrating the inherent nobility of reporters hitting the streets and chasing down leads and finding sources. The "Spotlight" of the title refers to the investigative wing of Globe, led by Walter "Robby" Robertson (Michael Keaton). When they're prodded by new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) to look into accusations of potential sexual abuse within the Catholic church, the team, which also includes Mike Resendiz (Mark Ruffalo) and Sasha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams, who played a similar role ...
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies, Part II
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise... 1. Devil's Advocate (1997) Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can't refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton (Al Pacino). Soon Kevin's wife (Charlize Theron) is plagued by demonic visions and he realizes he's literally so ...
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Rex Reed: Message To 'Orphans': Bring Back Albert Finney
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Overwrought and odd, the Broadway revival of Orphans, a 1985 off-Broadway play by Lyle Kessler that was overrated by a lot of otherwise intelligent people, including director Alan J. Pakula, who turned it into a 1987 movie with Albert Finney, has gained nothing from time passed. If anything, it is odder and more inconsequential than ever. But it still attracts actors, including the trio at center stage of the current production, led by the inexhaustible Alec Baldwin. This is the one about male bonding between two feral brothers, living alone since childhood in an abandoned house in North Philadelphia, and a derelict they tie up as a potential kidnap victim who turns the tables by taking over their lives, their home and their wacko values by assuming the role of a fairy godfather/surrogate patriarch. Treat (Ben Foster) is the aggressive older sibling, a petty thief who grifts, robs and knifes innocent strangers to provide for his younger brother Phillip (Tom Sturridge), an i ...
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'Argo' Reviews From Telluride Film Festival Praise Ben Affleck; Oscar Next?
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
The idea that Ben Affleck's "Argo" could be one of the biggest Oscar contenders of the year should come as little surprise -- and not just because of that gangbusters trailer or Affleck's growing pedigree as a director. Just look at how Warner Bros. handled the release of the thriller, a true story about how the CIA smuggled six Americans out of Iran under the cover of a Hollywood film production during the hostage crisis. First, the studio moved "Argo" from its Sept. 14 release date to the more awards-friendly Oct. 12 calendar slot. Then, Warner Bros. moved its two other potential Oscar-contending dramas, "Gangster Squad" and "The Great Gatsby," into next year. Both shifts were done because of extenuating circumstances -- reshoots stemming from the Aurora murders for "Gangster Squad"; additional effects work and soundtrack production for "The Great Gatsby" -- but if Warner Bros. wasn't so high on "Argo," would either have happened so easily? At this point, it's academic: "Argo" p ...
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Kim Morgan: Four Men, Forty Years, Unforgettable: Deliverance
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Because they're building a dam across the Cahulawassee River. They're gonna flood a whole valley, Bobby, that's why. Dammit, they're drownin' the river...Just about the last wild, untamed, unpolluted, unfucked up river in the South. Don't you understand what I'm saying?...They're gonna stop the river up. There ain't gonna be no more river. There's just gonna be a big, dead lake...You just push a little more power into Atlanta, a little more air-conditioners for your smug little suburb, and you know what's gonna happen? Were gonna rape this whole god-damned landscape. Were gonna rape it." -- Lewis (Burt Reynolds) John Boorman's Deliverance is a seminal picture from that plays just as jolting, powerful and oddly beautiful today. Released in 1972, the movie was a shocker, not solely for the infamous rape scene that's haunted men and women for decades, but for its bold choice of layering its story with such darkness and soul wrenching detail. With a screenplay adapt ...
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On demand picks - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
6) TY BURR SOPHIE&#39;S CHOICE (Showtime on Comcast) Meryl Streep&#39;s compelling performance as the guilt-ridden heroine of Alan Pakula&#39;s adaptation of William Styron&#39;s novel vitalizes this “faithful&#39;&#39; film. Despite a weak performance from Peter MacNicol as
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Five Great Whistleblower Movies, From Comedy to Doc - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Alan Pakula&#39;s film may be history now – typewriters in the newsroom ! – but it&#39;s so brilliantly paced that it never seems tired or old. Alex Gibney&#39;s documentary is pretty smart itself, as whistleblowers take center stage in this dynamic analysis of
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I Found It At the Movies: 1971--The French Connection (William Friedkin) - MovieMaker Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I love Alan Pakula&#39;s Klute. And my closest runner-up (and one of my other favorite films of all time) is Robert Altman&#39;s McCabe &amp; Mrs. Miller. After living in Los Angeles for seven years, Jeffrey Goodman returned to his hometown of Shreveport,
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Andrea Baillie, The Canadian Press - CTV.ca
Google News - over 5 years
She was thinking of Sidney Lumet&#39;s corrupt cop flick &quot;Serpico,&quot; the Alan Pakula political thriller &quot;All the President&#39;s Men&quot; and Mike Nichols&#39; acclaimed drama &quot;Silkwood.&quot; &quot;What (those films) all did so well was they really put a character front and
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Photos: Harrison Fords top 10 films - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Presumed Innocent (1990) 94 percent: Thanks to an outstanding script, focused direction by Alan Pakula, and a riveting performance from Harrison Ford, “Presumed Innocent” is the kind of effective courtroom thriller most others aspire to be
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Sudski triler bez odvažnosti - Pobjeda Online
Google News - over 5 years
Po Grišamovim knjigama snimljeni su „Vrijeme za ubistvo“, „Firma“, „Afera Pelikan“, „Klijent“, a ta djela režirali su odlični Džoel Šumaher, Sidni Polak i Alan Pakula. Poređenje Konelija i Grišama, koje možete naći i na poleđini Konelijevih knjiga,
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The News of the World is the Lehman Brothers of Fleet Street - Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Alan Pakula&#39;s 1976 film All The President&#39;s Men, the dramatisation of the Watergate scandal, depicts journalists as truth-seeking heroes: that&#39;s the one that dreamy-eyed school-leavers have in mind when they first apply to study journalism
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'New Moon' Director To Speak at Writers Conference - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The Pakula Prize, named for late director Alan Pakula, who had a home in East Hampton, is a scholarship given to two students enrolled in the screenwriting conference. Pakula is remembered for his films All the President&#39;s Men and Sophie&#39;s Choice,
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Beporoszkál A torinói ló - Új Szó Online
Google News - over 5 years
Ott látta annak idején Alan Pakula is e remekművet, s ez alapján választotta ki a szlovák színésznőt Sophie választása című filmje főszerepére, amelyet végül aztán mégis Meryl Streep sírt ki magának. A ma kezdődő fesztivál nyitófilmje Charlotte Bronte
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Lincoln Center Celebrates Sidney Lumet - Deadline.com
Google News - over 5 years
Having covered Hollywood from a New York base for over 20 years, I watched Gotham hold its own because of filmmakers that included Jonathan Demme, Alan Pakula, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet. So let&#39;s see where that leaves us
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"The Conspirator" - ParmaDaily.it
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Redford, che è stato sullo schermo il giornalista irriducibile di Alan Pakula, condannato a urtare contro gli ostacoli frapposti alla rivelazione dello scandalo Watergate, si presta perfettamente a diventare il testimone della corruzione del
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Meryl Streep, 62 ma non li dimostra - DoppioSchermo
Google News - over 5 years
Sarà, però, il ruolo di Sophie ne &#39;La Scelta di Sophie&#39; di Alan Pakula che, nel 1982, la consacrerà con l&#39;Oscar come miglior attrice protagonista. Altre nomination dell&#39;Academy Award le ha conquistate poi per &#39;La donna del tenente francese&#39; (1981) di
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Theatre Directing and Digital Filmmaking Added to Southampton Writers Conference - Newswise (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Once again, the evening of the Alan Pakula Prize will be devoted to a renowned director and screening of compelling representative clips. The playwriting conference, now in its third year, will be offered in two sessions this summer, July 6-10 and July
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Thelema wines for Fugard Bioscope Film Festival - Artslink.co.za News (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Directed by Alan Pakula (1976). Saturday 2 July: “Network” Oscar Winner (Multi-Award Nominee. Recipient of Academy Awards for: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Recipient of Golden Globe Awards for: Best Director,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alan J. Pakula
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 69
    Pakula died on November 19, 1998 in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Melville, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He was 70 years old. A driver in front of him struck a metal pipe, which went through Pakula's windshield, struck him in the head, and caused him to swerve off the road and into a fence. He was killed instantly.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 53
    Pakula scored another hit in 1982 with Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 47
    Finally, in 1976, Pakula rounded out the "trilogy" with All the President's Men, based on the bestselling account of the Watergate scandal written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were played in the movie by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details It was another commercial hit, considered by many critics and fans to be one of the best thrillers of the 1970s.
  • 1974
    Age 45
    This was followed in 1974 by The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty, a labyrinthine post-Watergate thriller involving political assassinations.
    More Details Hide Details The film has been noted for its experimental use of hypnotic imagery in a celebrated film-within-a-film sequence in which the protagonist is inducted into the Parallax Corporation, whose main, albeit non-ostensible, enterprise is domestic terrorism.
  • 1971
    Age 42
    In 1971, Pakula released the first installment of what would informally come to be known as his "paranoia trilogy".
    More Details Hide Details Klute, the story of a relationship between a private eye (played by Donald Sutherland) and a call girl (played by Jane Fonda, who won an Oscar for her performance), was a commercial and critical success.
  • 1969
    Age 40
    In 1969, he directed his first feature, The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minnelli.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 34
    From October 19, 1963 until 1971, Pakula was married to actress Hope Lange.
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  • 1962
    Age 33
    In 1962, he produced To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 28
    Pakula had a successful professional relationship as the producer of movies directed by Robert Mulligan from 1957 to 1968.
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    Pakula started his Hollywood career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers. In 1957, he undertook his first production role for Paramount Pictures.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on April 7, 1928.
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