John Boorman Biography (1933-)

Born January 18, 1933, in Shepperton (some sources cite London), Middlesex, England; son of George and Ivy (maiden name, Chapman) Boorman; married Christel Kruse (a costume designer), 1957; children: Charley (an actor), three daughters, including Telsche (a screenwriter) and Katrine (an actress). Addresses: Office: Merlin Films International Ltd., 16 Pembroke St., Dublin 2, Ireland.; Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, writer
Birth Details
January 18, 1933
Shepperton, Middlesex, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director, We're Having a Wild Weekend (also known as Catch Us If You Can), Warner Bros., 1965
  • Director, Point Blank, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Director, Hell in the Pacific, Cinerama, 1968
  • Director, Leo the Last, United Artists, 1970
  • Producer and director, Deliverance, Warner Bros., 1972
  • Producer and director, Zardoz, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Producer and director, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Producer and director, Excalibur, Orion, 1981
  • Executive producer, Angel (also known as Danny Boy), 1982
  • Producer (with Claude Nedjar), Nemo (also known as Dream One), Columbia, 1984
  • Producer and director, The Emerald Forest, Embassy, 1985
  • Producer (with Michael Dryhurst) and director, Hope and Glory, Columbia, 1987
  • Producer and director, Where the Heart Is, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Director, Lumiere et compagnie (also known as Lumiere and Company and Lumiere y compania), Alta Films/Pierre Grise Distribution,1995
  • Producer and director, Beyond Rangoon, Columbia, 1995
  • Producer and director, The General (also known as Once I Had aLife), Sony Pictures Classics, 1998
  • Producer and director, The Tailor of Panama, Columbia, 2001
  • Producer and director, Knight's Castle, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • The Rock, 1967
  • Zardoz, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • The director, Long Shot (also known as Target of an Assassination), 1980
  • Narrator, Hope and Glory, Columbia, 1987
  • Television Director
  • Series
  • Citizen '63, BBC (England), 1963
  • The Newcomers, BBC, 1964
  • Specials
  • The Great Director, BBC (England), 1966
  • Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Director, "I Dreamt I Woke Up," The Director's Place, BBC Scotland, 1991
  • Television Work
  • Other
  • Executive producer, The Hard Way, 1979
  • Producer and director, "Two Nudes Bathing," Picture Windows (miniseries; also known as Picture Windows: Language of the Heart), Showtime, 1995
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lifetime, 2000
  • Episodic
  • "I Dreamt I Woke Up," The Director's Place, BBC Scotland, 1991
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • (In archive footage) The Perfect Fit (also known as A Conversation with Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush), Columbia TriStar Home Video/New Wave Entertainment, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Alex Jacobs) Point Blank, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • (With William Stair) Leo the Last (based on George Tabori's play The Prince), United Artists, 1970
  • Deliverance, Warner Bros., 1972
  • Zardoz, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic, Warner Bros., 1977
  • (With Rospo Pallenberg) Excalibur, Orion, 1981
  • Hope and Glory, Columbia, 1987, published by Faber & Faber (London), 1987
  • (With Telsche Boorman) Where the Heart Is, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Beyond Rangoon, Columbia, 1995
  • The General (also known as Once I Had a Life), Sony Pictures Classics, 1998, published by Faber & Faber, 1998
  • The Tailor of Panama, Columbia, 2001
  • Television Miniseries
  • "Two Nudes Bathing," Picture Windows (also known as Picture Windows: Language of the Heart), Showtime, 1995
  • Television Episodes
  • "I Dreamt I Woke Up," The Director's Place, BBC Scotland, 1991
  • Other
  • (With Bill Stair) The Legend of Zardoz (novelization of his screenplay), New American Library (New York City), 1974
  • Money into Light: The Emerald Forest; A Diary, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York City), 1985
  • (Coeditor) A Year in Film, 1993
  • (Editor, with Walter Donohue) Film-makers on Film-making, Faber & Faber (London), 1995
  • Contributor of film criticism to the Manchester Guardian and to other magazines and newspapers, 1950-54. Coeditor of an annual, Projections, beginning c. 1990.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • DGA, January, 1999, pp. 88-91
    • Film Comment, July/August, 1995, p. 44
    • New Statesman, May 22, 1998, p. 46

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