Michael WINNER

* 30.10.1935, Hampstead / London, England, GB † 21.01.2013, Kensington / London, England

Regisseur, Produzent * Sohn jüdischer Immigranten (aus Osteuropa) * mit 14 Jahren schreibt erste Filmkritiken (für die Kensington Post) * studiert Jura und Wirtschaft [law and economics] an der Cambridge University * beginnt seine Karriere als Journalist and Filmkritiker * ab 1956 arbeitet als Autor und Cutter für Motion Pictures Limited * ab 1956 inszeniert ein paar Kurzfilme * 1960 Regiedebüt mit Shoot to Kill * 1964 erntet Kritikerlob für die Komödie The System * Mitte der 60er Jahre etabliert sich als erfolgreicher Regisseur und gründet die Produktionsfirma Scimitar Films * ab 1967 auch als (Spielfilm)produzent tätig (I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name) * seit 1970 dreht abwechselnd britische und amerikanische Produktionen und entwickelt sich zum kontroversen Actionspezialisten ("Michael Winner has been one of the most controversial British directors of recent times, consistently critical of an indigenous cinema culture that he regards as failing to support film-makers who see film as popular entertainment." BFI Screenonline | "His real metier turned out to be primitive violence." The Guardian, 2013) * 1971 Beginn einer langjährigen Zusammenarbeit mit Charles Bronson (Chato's Land, 1971; Death Wish-Reihe, 1974-85 > "When I die, it's going to be 'Death Wish director dies'. ... I don't mind though - Death Wish was an epoch-making film. The first film in the history of cinema where the hero kills other civilians. ... It had never been done before. Since then it has been the most copied film ever. Tarantino put it in his top 10 films ever made.") * 1997 beendet seine Laufbahn als Filmregisseur (dreht ausschließlich Kinofilme) * in folgenden Jahren ist als Restaurantkritiker für die Sunday Times (Winner's Dinners, bis 2012) tätig * 2006 veröffentlicht seine Autobiografie Winner Takes All: A Life of Sorts


"If you want art, don't mess about with movies. Buy a Picasso."

"The hardest part of directing is staying awake for nine weeks at a stretch."

FILMS

Shoot to Kill (1960-GB; R+B: Michael Winner, K: Adolph Burger, M: Cy Payne, D: Dermot Walsh: Mike Roberts, Joy Webster: Lee Fisher, John M. East: Boris Altovitch, Frank Hawkins: Neale Patterson) 63m (6011-BBFC)

Some Like It Cool (Manche lieben's kühl, 1960-GB; R+B: Michael Winner, K: Alec Sheridan, M: Jackie Brown, Cy Payne, D: Julie Wilson: Nancy, Wendy Smith: Joy, Thalia Vickers: Jill Clark, Brian Jackson: Mike Hall, Mark Roland: Roger) 61m-Komödie (6105)

Out of the Shadow (Was geschah im College, 1961-GB; R+B: Michael Winner, K: Richard Bayley, M: Jackie Brown, Cy Payne, D: Terence Longdon: Mark Kingston, Donald Gray: Inspector Wills, Dermot Walsh: Prof. Taylor, Robertson Hare: Ronald Fortescue, Diane Clare: Mary Johnson) 61m-Thriller (6106)

Play It Cool (1962-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Jack Henry, K: Reginald Wyer, M: Norrie Paramor, D: Billy Fury: Billy Universe * Michael Anderson, Jr.: Alvin) 82m-Musikdrama (6203)

The Cool Mikado (1962-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Michael Winner; Maurice Browning; Lew Schwarz, K: Martin Curtis, ML: Martin Slavin, D: Frankie Howerd: Ko-Ko * Tommy Cooper: Pooh-Bah * Dennis Price: Ronald Fortescue * Jacqueline Jones: Katie Shaw * Mike Winters: Mike * Bernie Winters: Bernie * Lionel Blair: Nanki * Kevin Scott: Hank Mikado & Stubby Kaye: Richter Herbert Mikado/Charlie) 81m-Musikkomödie (Oper von Gilbert & Sullivan, 1885) (6301)

West 11 (1963-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall, K: Otto Heller, M: Stanley Black, D: Alfred Lynch: Joe Beckett * Kathleen Breck: Ilsa Barnes * Eric Portman: Richard Dyce * Diana Dors: Georgia) 93m-Krimidrama (Roman The Furnished Room von Laura Del-Rivo, 1961) (6310)

The System (1963-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Peter Draper, K: Nicolas Roeg, M: Stanley Black, D: Oliver Reed: Tinker ° Jane Merrow: Nicola ° Barbara Ferris: Suzy ° Harry Andrews: Larsey ° Julia Foster: Lorna) 90m-Komödie (6409)

You Must Be Joking! (1965-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Alan Hackney, K: Geoffrey Unsworth, M: Laurie Johnson, D: Michael Callan: Lieutenant Tim Morton ° Lionel Jeffries: Sergeant Major Sidney McGregor ° Denholm Elliott: Captain Fitzroy Tabasco ° Wilfrid Hyde-White: General Lockwood ° Bernard Cribbins: Sergeant Clegg) 100m-Komödie (6508)

The Jokers (Minirock und Kronjuwelen, 1966-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, K: Ken Hodges, M: Johnny Pearson, D: Michael Crawford: Michael Tremayne * Oliver Reed: David Tremayne * Harry Andrews: Superintendent Marryatt) 94m-Komödie (6706)

I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name (Was kommt danach...?, 1967-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Peter Draper, K: Otto Heller, M: Francis Lai, D: Orson Welles: Jonathan Lute * Oliver Reed: Andrew Quint * Carol White: Georgina * Harry Andrews: Gerald Sater) 97m-Tragikomödie (6712)

Hannibal Brooks (Hannibal Brooks, 1968-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, K: Robert Paynter, M: Francis Lai, D: Oliver Reed: "Hannibal" Brooks * Michael J. Pollard: Packy) 102m-Tragikomödie (05-07; 6903)

The Games (1969-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Erich Segal, K: Bob/Robert Paynter, M: Francis Lai, D: Michael Crawford: Harry Hayes * Ryan O'Neal: Scott Reynolds * Charles Aznavour: Pavel Vendek * Jeremy Kemp: Jim Harcourt * Elaine Taylor: Christine & Stanley Baker: Bill Oliver) 97m-Sportdrama (Roman von Hugh Atkinson, 1967) (02-?; 7007)

Lawman (Lawman, 1970-USA) (04-06; 7108)

The Nightcomers (Das Loch in der Tür, 1971-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Michael Hastings, K: Robert Paynter, M: Jerry Fielding, D: Marlon Brando: Peter Quint, Stephanie Beacham: Margaret Jessel, Thora Hird: Mrs. Grose & Harry Andrews: Master of the House) 96m-Thriller (01-03; 7207)

Chato's Land (Chatos Land, 1971-GB) (05-07; 7205-USA/BBFC)

The Mechanic (Kalter Hauch, 1971/72-USA) (7211)

Scorpio (Scorpio, der Killer, 1972-USA) (05-07; 7304)

The Stone Killer / L'assassino di pietra (Ein Mann geht über Leichen, 1973-I/USA; R: Michael Winner, B: Gerald Wilson, K: Richard Moore, M: Roy Budd, D: Charles Bronson: Lou Torrey, Martin Balsam: Al/berto Vescari) 95m-Thriller (Buch=Roman A Complete State of Death von John Gardner, 1969) (03-05; 7308)

Death Wish (Ein Mann sieht rot, 1974-USA; R: Michael Winner, B: Wendell Mayes, K: Arthur J. Ornitz, M: Herbie Hancock, D: Charles Bronson: Paul Kersey, Vincent Gardenia: Frank Ochoa, William Redfield: Sam Kreutzer & Hope Lange: Joanna Kersey) 93m-Thriller (Roman von Brian Garfield, 1972) (01-04; 7407)

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (Won Ton Ton... der Hund, der Hollywood rettete, 1975-USA; R: Michael Winner, B: Arnold Schulman, Cy Howard, K: Richard H. Kline, M: Neal Hefti, D: Bruce Dern: Grayson Potchuck * Madeline Kahn: Estie Del Ruth * Art Carney: J.J. Fromberg * Phil Silvers: Murray Fromberg * Teri Garr: Fluffy Peters & Ron Leibman: Rudy Montague) 92m-Komödie (08-11; 7605)

The Sentinel (Hexensabbat, 1976-USA; R: Michael Winner, B: Michael Winner, Jeffrey Konvitz, K: Dick/Richard Kratina, M: Gil Melle, D: Chris Sarandon: Michael Lerman * Cristina Raines: Alison Parker * Martin Balsam: Professor Ruzinsky * John Carradine: Pater Halliran * Jose Ferrer: Priester der Bruderschaft * Ava Gardner: Miss Logan * Arthur Kennedy: Monsignor Franchino * Burgess Meredith: Charles Chazen * Sylvia Miles: Gerde * Deborah Raffin: Jennifer * Eli Wallach: Gatz) 93m-Horrorthriller (Roman von Jeffrey Konvitz, 1974) (05-07; 7702)

The Big Sleep (Tote schlafen besser, 1977-GB) (08-?; 7804)

Firepower (Firepower, 1978-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Gerald Wilson, K: [Karibik] Robert Paynter; [USA] Dick/Richard Kratina, M: Gato Barbieri, D: Sophia Loren: Adele Tasca * James Coburn: Jerry Fanon * O.J. Simpson: Catlett) 104m-Actionthriller (05-07; 7904-USA | 7903-BBFC)

Death Wish II (Der Mann ohne Gnade, 1981-USA; R: Michael Winner, B: David Engelbach, K: Richard H. Kline, Tom/Thomas Del Ruth, M: Jimmy Page, D: Charles Bronson: Paul Kersey, Jill Ireland: Geri Nichols, Vincent Gardenia: Frank Ochoa, J.D. Cannon: Bezirksstaatsanwalt von New York & Anthony Franciosa: Commissioner von LA) 88m-Action (05-07; 8202)

The Wicked Lady (Die verruchte Lady, 1982-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Leslie Arliss, Michael Winner, K: Jack Cardiff, M: Tony Banks, D: Faye Dunaway: Barbara Skelton * Alan Bates: Jerry Jackson * John Gielgud: Hogarth) 99m-Abenteuer (Roman Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton von Magdalen King-Hall, 1945) (?-11; 8304)

Scream for Help (Spur in den Tod, 1983-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Tom Holland, K: Robert Paynter, M: John Paul Jones, D: Rachael Kelly: Christie Cromwell, David Brooks: Paul Fox, Marie Masters: Karen Cromwell Fox, Rocco Sisto: Lacey Bohle, Lolita Lorre: Brenda Bohle, Corey Parker: Josh Dealey, Sandra Clark: Janey Ralston) 90m-Psychothriller (8407-USA | 8504-D)

Death Wish 3 (Death Wish III - Der Rächer von New York, 1985-USA; R: Michael Winner, B: Michael Edmonds [= Don Jakoby], K: John Stanier, M: Jimmy Page, D: Charles Bronson: Paul Kersey, Deborah Raffin: Kathryn Davis, Ed Lauter: Richard S. Shriker & Martin Balsam: Bennett) 92m-Action (04-06; 8511)

Appointment with Death (Rendezvous mit einer Leiche, 1987-USA) (Roman von Agatha Christie) (05-07; 8804)

A Chorus of Disapproval (Alles nur Theater, 1988-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Winner, K: Alan Jones, M: John Du Prez, D: Jeremy Irons: Guy Jones * Anthony Hopkins: Dafydd Ap Llewellyn) 100m-Komödie (Bühnenstück von Alan Ayckbourn, 1984) (05-08; 8911)

Bullseye! (Bullseye, 1989-USA; R: Michael Winner, B: Leslie Bricusse, Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran, K: Alan Jones, M: John Du Prez, D: Michael Caine: Sidney/Daniel * Roger Moore: Gerald Bradley-Smith/John Bevistock, Sally Kirkland: Willie) 89m-Komödie (10-12; 9011-GB)

Dirty Weekend (Dirty Weekend, 1992-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Michael Winner, Helen Zahavi, K: Alan Jones, M: David Fanshawe, D: Lia Williams: Bella, David McCallum: Reggie, Rufus Sewell: Tim, Sylvia Syms: Mrs. Crosby & Ian Richardson: Nimrod) 102m-Thrillerdrama (Buch von Helen Zahavi, 1991) (05-06; 9310)

Parting Shots (Parting Shots, 1997-GB; R: Michael Winner, B: Michael Winner, Nick Mead, K: Ousama Rawi, M: Les Reed, main themes & songs: Chris Rea, D: Chris Rea: Harry Sterndale * Felicity Kendal: Jill Saunders * Bob Hoskins: Gerd Layton * Ben Kingsley: Renzo Locatelli * Joanna Lumley: Freda * Oliver Reed: Jamie * Diana Rigg: Lisa) 98m-Komödie (08-10; 9905)

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