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William Friedkin. William Friedkin ( / ˈfriːdkɪn /; born August 29, 1935) is an American film and television director, producer and screenwriter closely identified with the " New Hollywood " movement of the 1970s. Beginning his career in documentaries in the early 1960s, he is perhaps best known for directing the action thriller film The ...
- Director, producer, screenwriter
- August 29, 1935 (age 85), Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
William Friedkin, Director: The French Connection. Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane (1941 ...
Mini Bio (1) Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen ...
- August 29, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Hurricane Billy
- 6' (1.83 m)
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William Friedkin, American film director best known for The French Connection (1971), which won several Oscars, including that for best director, and The Exorcist (1973). Although his later movies were never as successful, Friedkin continued to make films in subsequent decades. Learn more about his life and work.
May 01, 2014 · In William Friedkin’s memoir, The Friedkin Connection, he describes the pivotal moments as a young man when he recognized the potential of the movies and the performing arts: seeing Citizen Kane at a repertory theater; attending a performance of The Rite Of Spring; watching Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party; immersing himself in the exciting foreign cinema of the 1950s.
With such seminal movies as The Exorcist and The French Connection, Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin secured his place as a great filmmaker.A maverick from the start, Friedkin joined other young directors who ushered in Hollywood’s second Golden Age during the 1970s.
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- Rules of Engagement (2000) Notoriously described as being “probably the most racist film ever made against Arabs by Hollywood” by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, it’s no wonder that 2000’s Rules of Engagement is a very problematic and misunderstood war picture.
- Rampage (1987) This dark crime drama stars Michael Biehn as Anthony Fraser, an assistant district attorney at odds with public defender Albert Morse (Nicholas Campbell), who’s pleading insanity for killer Charlie Reece (Alex McArthur).
- The Guardian (1990) A return to the horror genre with ample amounts of hokum, and no shortage of splatter, The Guardian is a somewhat silly, enjoyably indulgent thriller that has, in the years since its rather drab release––critics and audiences seemed to hate it––morphed into something of a cult classic.
- Blue Chips (1994) A predictable sports picture focussing on college athletics in the basketball court, Blue Chips is burdened with much of the stock characters and platitudes that overrun the genre.
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- Worst: C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf (1988) – 4.3. How Friedkin managed to go from The Exorcist to the made-for-TV C.A.T. Squad movies in just over a decade is anyone’s guess.
- Best: The Exorcist (1973) – 8.0. Undeniably the movie most widely associated with the famed director, The Exorcist is William Friedkin’s magnum opus. Based on William Peter Blatty’s classic novel of the same name, The Exorcist tells the disturbing story of Regan MacNeil, a young girl who finds herself possessed by a malevolent demonic entity.
- Worst: Good Times (1967) – 4.6. Serving as the feature film debut of William Friedkin, Good Times is one of the most bizarre directorial debuts of all time, especially considering the tremendous reputation he’d later earn for himself.
- Best: 12 Angry Men (1997) – 7.9. More often than not, critical reaction to remakes – particularly those of Hollywood classics – go one of two ways. Most commonly, the resulting movie is lambasted for its inferior quality and pointlessness.