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Alan J. Pakula is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 7 april 1928 at New York City (USA)

Alan J. Pakula

Alan J. Pakula
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Birth name Alan Jay Pakula
Nationality USA
Birth 7 april 1928 at New York City (USA)
Death 19 november 1998 (at 70 years) at Melville (USA)

Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 – November 19, 1998) was an American film director, writer and producer.


Fils d'imprimeurs immigrés Polonais ; après des études à l'université Yale, il devient metteur en scène de théâtre. Il arrive à Hollywood en 1949 et devient producteur des films de Robert Mulligan entre 1957 et 1969, parmi lesquels Du silence et des ombres et Une certaine rencontre.

Pakula fait ses débuts comme réalisateur avec Pookie et se fait connaître avec Klute, film policier dont la photographie est signée Gordon Willis et où Jane Fonda joue une call-girl aux prises avec un dangereux assassin.

Deux thrillers politiques l'imposent : À cause d'un assassinat sur l'assassinat de Kennedy et Les Hommes du président sur le scandale du Watergate. Pakula y gagne la réputation d'un cinéaste engagé.

Mais lorsqu'il aborde le western, c'est l'échec. Le Souffle de la tempête, avec James Caan et Jane Fonda, est un film que la critique juge manqué. Toujours sous la coupe de cette dernière, il tourne Une femme d'affaires. À Wall Street un homme et une femme liés par l'amour et l'ambition tentent une spéculation qui prend un tour inattendu. Oscillant entre plusieurs genres, desservi par ses acteurs, Jane Fonda et Kris Kristofferson, le film est un nouvel échec.

Il renoue avec le succès public et critique en réalisant Le Choix de Sophie en 1982, qui est récompensé par l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice pour Meryl Streep.

La fin de sa carrière est marquée par un retour vers son genre de prédilection, le thriller, en réalisant Présumé innocent en 1990 et L'Affaire Pélican en 1993.

Son dernier film, Ennemis rapprochés date de 1997, opposant dans la fiction, comme lors du tournage plutôt houleux, Harrison Ford et Brad Pitt.

Best films

Presumed Innocent (1990)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
The Devil's Own (1997)
All the President's Men (1976)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Usually with

Michael Small
Michael Small
(9 films)
Carol Joffe
Carol Joffe
(5 films)
Gordon Willis
Gordon Willis
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alan J. Pakula (23 films)

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The Devil's Own, 1h51
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Political films, Conflit nord-irlandais, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Treat Williams, Rubén Blades, George Hearn
Rating61% 3.099633.099633.099633.099633.09963
In 1972, eight-year-old Francis "Frankie" McGuire sees his father gunned down due to his Irish republican sympathies. In September 1992, the grown-up Frankie (Brad Pitt) and three other I.R.A. gunmen are involved in a shootout in Belfast when Special Air Service commandos attempt to capture him. 18 British military personnel are killed or wounded. One gunman is killed and another, Desmond, is wounded as Frankie and the last gunman, Sean Phelan (Paul Ronan), escape. An SAS agent asks the wounded man where Frankie is. Desmond is fatally shot by the agent after he says "up your arse". Hiding in the countryside, Frankie and his friend Martin MacDuf (David O'Hara) see a British Army helicopter circling overhead and decide they need Stinger missiles.
The Pelican Brief, 2h21
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Political films
Actors Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, Hume Cronyn, Stanley Tucci, John Heard
Rating65% 3.2998953.2998953.2998953.2998953.299895
Two Supreme Court justices are assassinated by the professional assassin "Sam" Khamel (Stanley Tucci).
Consenting Adults, 1h35
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Actors Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller, Lady Day-Lewis, E. G. Marshall, Forest Whitaker
Rating56% 2.847562.847562.847562.847562.84756
Composer Richard Parker and his wife Priscilla live an ordinary suburban life until they meet their new neighbors Eddy and Kay Otis. The two couples became friends. Kay's talent for blues singing gets Richard's attention, and Eddy is attracted to Priscilla. It becomes clear that Eddy is a scam artist who fakes a neck injury after an auto accident for the insurance proceeds, the majority of which he offers to the Parkers as a gift. Eddy chastises Richard for not living dangerously, and suggests they swap mates for an evening.
Presumed Innocent, 2h7
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi
Rating68% 3.4489753.4489753.4489753.4489753.448975
Rozat "Rusty" Sabich (Ford) is a prosecutor and the right-hand man of District Attorney Raymond Horgan (Dennehy). When his colleague, Carolyn Polhemus (Scacchi), is found raped and murdered in her apartment, Raymond insists that Rusty take charge of the investigation. The election for District Attorney is approaching and Tommy Molto (Joe Grifasi), the acting head of the homicide division, has left to join the rival campaign of Nico Della Guardia (Tom Mardirosian).
See You in the Morning, 1h59
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Jeff Bridges, Alice Krige, Farrah Fawcett, Drew Barrymore, Lukas Haas, David Dukes
Rating58% 2.9018252.9018252.9018252.9018252.901825
While Beth Goodwin (Alice Krige) is a happily married mother of two children, living with a pianist (David Dukes), psychiatrist Larry Livingstone (Jeff Bridges) is living in New York with wife Jo (Farrah Fawcett) and their two young children. Three years later, Beth’s husband Peter suddenly becomes paralyzed in his hands and commits suicide, leaving Beth and the children heartbroken. Larry is abandoned by his wife and two children, who have moved to London since the split.
Orphans (1987)
, 1h55
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about children, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Albert Finney, Matthew Modine, Kevin Anderson, John Kellogg, Novella Nelson, Anthony Heald
Rating64% 3.244883.244883.244883.244883.24488
Brothers Treat (Matthew Modine) and Philip (Kevin Anderson) have lived alone since they were kids when a small-time criminal enters their lives. Living without a father, the orphaned brothers subsist off the proceeds of petty theft in a run-down North Philadelphia row house. One night he kidnaps an enigmatic rich man, played by Finney, who becomes the kind of father figure the boys have always longed for.
Dream Lover, 1h44
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror, Crime
Actors Kristy McNichol, Ben Masters, Paul Shenar, Justin Deas, John McMartin, Gayle Hunnicutt
Rating48% 2.412482.412482.412482.412482.41248
Kathy, flûtiste, vit seule. Une nuit, alors qu'elle est endormie, un intrus pénètre dans son domicile et tente d'abuser d'elle. Terrorisée, elle l'ébouillante, puis le poignarde. Le calvaire semble bel et bien fini pour la jeune femme. Cependant, elle cauchemarde et revoit la scène de meurtre sous différents angles. Cela devient vite une obsession. Elle fait alors appel à un spécialiste du sommeil qui tente d'analyser son comportement à différents stades du sommeil. Il va découvrir que ses cauchemars deviennent trop dangereux pour elle et pour son entourage s'il ne trouve pas très rapidement une solution à son problème.
Sophie's Choice, 2h30
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about suicide, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin, Josh Mostel, Robin Bartlett
Rating74% 3.748523.748523.748523.748523.74852
In 1947, Stingo relocates to Brooklyn in order to write a novel and is befriended by Sophie Zawistowski, a Polish immigrant, and her emotionally unstable lover, Nathan Landau.
Rollover (1981)
, 1h56
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Jane Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Hume Cronyn, Josef Sommer, Bob Gunton, Martha Plimpton
Rating54% 2.7029252.7029252.7029252.7029252.702925
Lee Winters is the widow of the Chairman and primary stockholder of Winterchem Enterprises, a chemical company, who is attempting to obtain financing of the purchase of a processing plant in Spain, while trying to determine why her husband was murdered.
Starting Over, 1h45
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen, Austin Pendleton
Rating63% 3.1989953.1989953.1989953.1989953.198995
Phil Potter (Reynolds) splits with his wife, Jessica (Bergen). She wants to begin a singing and songwriting career and she also has been having an affair.
Comes a Horseman, 1h58
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Actors Jane Fonda, James Caan, Jason Robards, Richard Farnsworth, George Grizzard, Jim Davis
Rating62% 3.1473453.1473453.1473453.1473453.147345
Ella Connors est une rancher qui a un troupeau de vaches et quelques chevaux, avec son homme de main le vieux Dodger.
All the President's Men, 2h18
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Politique, Political films
Actors Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Hal Holbrook, Jane Alexander
Rating78% 3.948313.948313.948313.948313.94831
In June 1972, a security guard (Frank Wills, playing himself) at the Watergate complex finds a door kept unlocked with tape. He calls the police, who find and arrest five burglars in the Democratic National Committee headquarters within the complex. The next morning, The Washington Post assigns new reporter Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) to the local courthouse to cover the story, which is thought to be of minor importance.
The Parallax View, 1h42
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Films about writers, Films about journalists, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Paula Prentiss, Jim Davis, Earl Hindman
Rating70% 3.5477253.5477253.5477253.5477253.547725
TV newswoman Lee Carter (Paula Prentiss) is one of many witnesses to the public assassination of presidential candidate Senator Charles Carroll (Bill Joyce) atop the Seattle Space Needle. A waiter armed with a revolver is chased but falls to his death. Meanwhile, a second waiter, also armed, leaves the crime scene unnoticed. A Congressional special committee determines that the assassination was the work of a lone gunman.
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing, 1h50
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Maggie Smith, Timothy Bottoms, Emiliano Redondo, Elmer Modlin
Rating65% 3.2959653.2959653.2959653.2959653.295965
Walter Elbertson (Timothy Bottoms) is a young, shy asthmatic who lacks direction in his life and the confidence to tackle his future. His father, in an effort to instill some spirit into his son, sends him on a biking holiday in Spain. Walter goes to Spain but finds the bike riding torturous due to his asthma and lags behind the rest of the group.
Klute (1971)
, 1h54
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider, Rita Gam, Nathan George
Rating70% 3.547663.547663.547663.547663.54766
The film begins with the disappearance of Pennsylvania executive Tom Gruneman (played by Robert Milli). The police reveal that an obscene letter was found in Gruneman's office, addressed to a prostitute in New York City named Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda), who had received several similar letters from him. After six months of fruitless police work, Peter Cable (Charles Cioffi), an executive at Gruneman's company, hires family friend and detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) to investigate Gruneman's disappearance.