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Alan Rudolph is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Assistant Director American born on 18 december 1943 at Los Angeles (USA)

Alan Rudolph

Alan Rudolph
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Nationality USA
Birth 18 december 1943 (80 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Alan Steven Rudolph (born 18 December 1943) is an American film director and screenwriter.


Personal life
Rudolph was born in Los Angeles, the son of Oscar Rudolph (1911–1991), a television director and actor. He was a protégé of Robert Altman and worked as an assistant director on his adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and later Nashville.

Rudolph's films focus upon isolated and eccentric characters and their relationships, and frequently are ensemble pieces featuring prominent romanticism and fantasy. He has written almost all of his films, and repeatedly has worked with actors Keith Carradine and Geneviève Bujold, and composer Mark Isham (see List of noted film director and composer collaborations).

Director Rudolph came to prominence with Choose Me (1984), the story of the sexual relationships among a handful of lonely, but charming, people – an ex-prostitute bar owner (Lesley Ann Warren), an emotionally repressed radio talk show hostess (Bujold), and a disarmingly honest madman (Carradine). Trouble in Mind (1985) featured Kris Kristofferson as well as Bujold, Carradine and John Waters icon Divine. The film was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival.

The Moderns (1988) was a love story, set in 1926 Paris, about an expatriate American artist (Carradine) re-igniting his love for his wife (Linda Fiorentino), despite her marriage with a sinister, philistine art collector played by John Lone. In 1990, Rudolph wrote and directed the quirky private eye love story "Love at Large" which was filmed in Portland, Oregon.

After the thriller Mortal Thoughts (1991) starring Demi Moore, Equinox (1992) starred Matthew Modine as a pair of separated twins, and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) was a loving recreation of the Algonquin Round Table and a sympathetic biopic of Dorothy Parker, with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the title role. Breakfast of Champions (1999) was an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's metafictional novel, with Albert Finney as the wildly prolific but terminally under-appreciated science fiction writer Kilgore Trout. The film was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.

In April 2008, Rudolph presented a solo show of paintings at Gallery Fraga, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Best films

Nashville (1975)
Songwriter (1984)

Usually with

Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(10 films)
Gailard Sartain
Gailard Sartain
(10 films)
Mark Isham
Mark Isham
(9 films)
Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alan Rudolph (32 films)

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The Player
The Player (1992)
, 2h4
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about films, Musical films
Actors Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James
Roles Alan Rudolph
Rating74% 3.7480953.7480953.7480953.7480953.748095
Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is a Hollywood studio executive dating story editor Bonnie Sherow (Cynthia Stevenson). He hears story pitches from screenwriters and decides which have the potential to be made into films, green-lighting only 12 out of 50,000 submissions every year. His job is threatened when up-and-coming story executive Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) begins working at the studio. Mill has also been receiving death threat postcards, assumed to be from a screenwriter whose pitch he rejected.


The Secret Lives of Dentists, 1h44
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality
Actors Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney, Lydia Jordan, Susie Essman
Rating63% 3.1981553.1981553.1981553.1981553.198155
David (Campbell Scott) and Dana Hurst (Hope Davis) are dentists who are married with three daughters and share a dental practice in Westchester County, New York. Dana is in the chorus of a community opera production, and when David goes backstage to give her a good luck charm, he sees her in the arms of another man. As he contemplates how to handle this, he begins having imaginary conversations with a difficult former patient (Denis Leary). When the whole family gets the flu, everything is brought to a head.
Intimate Affairs, 1h48
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Neve Campbell, Til Schweiger, Nick Nolte, Julie Delpy, Robin Tunney, Jeremy Davies
Rating46% 2.307342.307342.307342.307342.30734
Set in the year 1929 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Edgar Faldo is a young professor who decides to assemble a group of friends at his family mansion to discuss the topic of sex and its advantages. Edgar hires two young women to work as stenographers to record the daily debates that his friends discuss to scientifically study sex. The two women, the sexually active Zoe and the frigid-plain Alice, have mixed feelings being around as Edgar brings over three of his friends whom include, oddball English artist Sevy, German writer and novelist Monty, and fellow professor Peter. Edgar's father, Mr. Faldo, shows up with his new trophy wife, Sasha, to oversee the events as others whom are Lorenz, Oscar, Sevy's wife Janet, and Edgar's disapproving French girlfriend, Chloe, all turn up during different meeting sessions to talk and interact with everyone on the taboos spoken for the "experiment" as Edgar puts it.
Trixie (2000)
, 1h56
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Emily Watson, Nick Nolte, Brittany Murphy, Dermot Mulroney, Lesley Ann Warren, Nathan Lane
Rating49% 2.4563452.4563452.4563452.4563452.456345
Trixie Zurbo is an eccentric woman who longs to quit her job as a security guard in a department store and become a private detective. She finally gets her wish when she takes a job in security at a casino. She accidentally becomes involved in a murderous plot and Trixie takes her first case; however, her unschooled command of the English language and comedy intervenes and the mess begins.
Breakfast of Champions, 1h50
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Bruce Willis, Albert Finney, Nick Nolte, Barbara Hershey, Glenne Headly, Lukas Haas
Rating45% 2.2553152.2553152.2553152.2553152.255315
The film is a portrait of a fictional town in the Midwest that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy car dealership owner who is on the brink of suicide and is losing touch with reality.
Afterglow (1997)
, 1h59
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Jay Underwood, Domini Blythe
Rating59% 2.999912.999912.999912.999912.99991
Young, ambitious businessman Jeffrey Byron and his sexually frustrated wife Marianne, and older repair contractor "Lucky" Mann and his former B-movie actress wife Phyllis, are unhappily married and living in Montreal, Canada. After 15 years of marriage, Phyllis tells her husband that he is not the father of their daughter and that she conceived the child via relations with attractive co-actor Jack when he was away on Navy duty. Lucky is deeply shocked by this, leaving the house to reflect upon their relationship, ultimately going to the bar and drinking in excess. After coming home, Lucky rails at his wife for being unfaithful, and throws household items at her. Upon hearing his tirade, their teenage daughter Daisy leaves the house the very same night. Her absence intensifies their negative relations and Lucky and Phyllis decide to stay together on certain terms, namely sleeping in different rooms and not with one another or others. They receive a letter from Daisy in which she writes that they are not fit to be her parents and she never wants to see them again. Consequently, Lucky and Phyllis sell their house and travel to Montreal, Canada, where the letter was post-marked in order to find her (though the viewer only comes to know this later in the film).
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, 2h6
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Sam Robards, Jennifer Beals
Rating63% 3.198183.198183.198183.198183.19818
La vie de la poétesse Dorothy Parker dans le New York des années 1920 dans le cercle littéraire de la table ronde de l'Algonquin.
Equinox (1992)
, 1h50
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about adoption, Films about children, Films about families
Actors Matthew Modine, Lara Flynn Boyle, Fred Ward, Tyra Ferrell, Marisa Tomei, Lori Singer
Rating56% 2.802772.802772.802772.802772.80277
Henry Petosa and Freddy Ace are identical twins living in the fictional city of Empire with no knowledge of each other, separated at birth and given up for adoption.
Mortal Thoughts, 1h39
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about domestic violence
Actors Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis, John Pankow, Harvey Keitel, Frank Vincent
Rating57% 2.8986252.8986252.8986252.8986252.898625
The film revolves mainly around a scene in which Cynthia Kellogg (Demi Moore) is interrogated by two investigators at the police station. The deposition given by Cynthia is supported by detailed flashbacks throughout the film. The interrogation arouses particular suspicion about whether Cynthia's own husband could have informed the police about the incident and anything which his wife could have confided in him.
Love at Large, 1h37
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Crime, Romance
Actors Tom Berenger, Dirk Blocker, Elizabeth Perkins, Anne Archer, Kate Capshaw, Annette O'Toole
Rating56% 2.847352.847352.847352.847352.84735
Set in a present that feels more like the past, Harry Dobbs is a private detective surrounded by mysterious and dangerous dames. Among them is his angry girlfriend, Doris, and the suspicious women he encounters on his latest case.
The Moderns, 2h6
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, John Lone, Wallace Shawn, Geneviève Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin
Rating65% 3.294093.294093.294093.294093.29409
Nick Hart (Keith Carradine) is an expatriate American artist living in Paris among some of the great artists and writers of the time, including Ernest Hemingway (Kevin J. O'Connor), Gertrude Stein (Elsa Raven), and Alice B. Toklas (Ali Giron).
Made in Heaven, 1h42
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about religion
Actors Timothy Hutton, Kelly McGillis, Maureen Stapleton, Ann Wedgeworth, Mare Winningham, Don Murray
Rating63% 3.15273.15273.15273.15273.1527
In a small Pennsylvania town in 1957, Mike Shea (Hutton) dreams of escaping small town life and moving to California with his girlfriend Brenda Carlucci. But Brenda leaves him with his motor running and Mike takes off alone. Along the way, he rescues a woman and her children from a river but perishes himself. He finds himself in Heaven, where his Aunt Lisa greets him, and explains the rules and regulations. Once in the ethereal realm, Mike falls in love with a heavenly guide named Annie Packert (McGillis).
Trouble in Mind, 1h51
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Lori Singer, Geneviève Bujold, Joe Morton, Divine
Rating63% 3.194013.194013.194013.194013.19401
In the mysterious metropolis of Rain City, a former policeman, Hawk, is out of prison after serving eight years on a murder rap. He returns to his former hangout, Wanda's Cafe, run by his former love, Wanda.
Choose Me
Choose Me (1984)
, 1h46
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Geneviève Bujold, Keith Carradine, Lesley Ann Warren, Patrick Bauchau, Rae Dawn Chong, John Larroquette
Rating66% 3.346533.346533.346533.346533.34653
After Mickey is released from a mental hospital, where his stories are perceived as lies, he goes back to Los Angeles in search of a woman named Eve. When he arrives at the bar that bears her name, he is immediately attracted to the new owner, a former call girl also named Eve. She tells Mickey she bought the bar after the old owner killed herself, "over some guy". Although Eve is also attracted to Mickey, she refuses to commit to any one man, confessing to radio talk show host Dr. Nancy Love that she ruined too many marriages to have one of her own. That night Eve rebuffs Mickey's advances and sleeps with the bartender who has a crush on her, while avoiding the married man she's been having an affair with.