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Boaz Yakin is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 20 june 1966 at New York City (USA)

Boaz Yakin

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Nationality USA
Birth 20 june 1966 (53 years) at New York City (USA)

Boaz Yakin (born June 20, 1966) is an American screenwriter and film director based in New York City. He has written such screenplays as Fresh and A Price Above Rubies, and he directed the feature film Remember the Titans, among others.

Biography

Boaz Yakin nait à New York et grandit dans l'Upper West Side. Né de parents israéliens, il y fréquente une école juive orthodoxe.

Il étudie ensuite au City College of New York et à l'Université de New York. C'est alors qu'il écrit et vend son premier script intitulé Cold fire. Pour vraiment lancer sa carrière cinématographique, il quitte la côte est et emménage à Los Angeles. Boaz travaille ensuite sur plusieurs scénarios notamment pour le compte de Warner Bros. et United Artists.

En 1989, il se fait réellement connaître à Hollywood en écrivant le scénario de Punisher, film à moyen budget avec Dolph Lundgren dans le rôle-titre, adapté du comic de Marvel. Il enchaine l'année suivante avec un autre film d'action, La Relève, de et avec Clint Eastwood. En 1994, il fait ses débuts de réalisateur avec Fresh, un drame sur un garçon de 12 ans transportant de la drogue. Samuel L. Jackson joue le père du jeune garçon. Ce premier film est saluée par la critique et remporte un prix au Festival du film de Sundance.

En 1998, il met en scène son second film, Sonia Horowitz, l'insoumise. Il replonge ici dans ses racines : dans le film Renée Zellweger essaye de s'intégrer dans une communauté hassidique. En 2000, il réalise Le Plus Beau des combats avec Denzel Washington, mais ne participe pas à l'écriture du scénario. Ce film sur le racisme sur fond de football américain lui vaut son plus grand succès public à ce jour : près de 137 millions de dollars de recettes dans le monde.

En 2003, il dirige la comédie Filles de bonne famille, avec Brittany Murphy et Dakota Fanning. Il attendra 5 ans pour réaliser un nouveau film : Death in Love (2008), film dramatique sur une histoire d'amour entre une femme juive et un ancien nazi. En parallèle, il continue d'écrire des scripts (Dirty Dancing 2, Prince of Persia : Les Sables du temps). Il produit également les films 2001 Maniacs, Hostel et Hostel, chapitre II, via la société Raw Nerve, créée avec les réalisateurs Eli Roth et Scott Spiegel.

En 2012, il est de retour à la réalisation et au film d'action Safe, avec Jason Statham.

Best films

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
(Scriptwriter)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
(Characters)
Remember the Titans (2000)
(Director)
Now You See Me (2013)
(Story)
Hostel (2006)
(Executive Producer)

Usually with

Eli Roth
Eli Roth
(3 films)
Scott Spiegel
Scott Spiegel
(5 films)
Alma Har'el
Alma Har'el
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Boaz Yakin (18 films)

Display filmography as list

Director

Max
Max (2015)
, 1h51
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez
Rating67% 3.350643.350643.350643.350643.35064
Max, a Belgian Malinois used to help U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, is handled by Kyle Wincott. Kyle is questioned when weapons seized by his squad go missing. Realizing his friend Tyler Harne is among those involved with the shady dealings, he warns Tyler that he cannot cover for him. The two then go into the battlefield with their squad, with Max on point. While advancing on a suicide bomber, Max is injured by an explosion. In the ensuing gunfight, Kyle is shot and killed.
Safe
Safe (2012)
, 1h34
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke, James Hong, Anson Mount, Igor Vitaliévitch Jijikine
Rating64% 3.248653.248653.248653.248653.24865
Ex-cop and cage fighter Luke Wright (Jason Statham) unintentionally wins a fixed fight, angering Emile Docheski (Sándor Técsy), head of the Russian mafia. As punishment, Docheski's son Vassily (Joseph Sikora) and his men kill Wright's pregnant wife, then promise to kill anyone to whom he speaks regularly. Luke leaves his life behind, becoming a homeless tramp. At the same time, in China, Mei (Catherine Chan), a young math genius, is kidnapped by men working for Triad boss Han Jiao (James Hong). Han wishes to use Mei as a human computer to eliminate his criminal enterprise's traceable digital footprint. He sends her to New York City, in the care of brutal gangster Quan Chang (Reggie Lee).
Death in Love, 1h40
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Erotic thriller films
Actors Jacqueline Bisset, Adam Brody, Josh Lucas, Lukas Haas, Morena Baccarin, Emma Bell
Rating48% 2.4146452.4146452.4146452.4146452.414645
In 1940s Nazi Germany, a young Jewish woman in a Nazi concentration camp saves her own life by seducing the young doctor who performs medical experiments on prisoners. Decades later in the year 1993, that same woman (Jacqueline Bisset) is living in New York City and married with two grown sons.
Uptown Girls, 1h32
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton, Donald Faison, Jesse Spencer, Heather Locklear
Rating61% 3.051163.051163.051163.051163.05116
Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is a carefree and fun-spirited girl, living off the ample trust fund of her late rock legend father, Tommy Gunn. Molly falls for singer Neal Fox (Jesse Spencer) when he plays at her birthday party thrown by her best friends, Huey (Donald Faison) and Ingrid (Marley Shelton). They have a night of passion but he leaves in the morning, saying that he can't stay in Molly's carefree life. Adding to Molly's misfortune, she finds out that her father's accountant embezzled her money, so she is left penniless and homeless. She moves in with her best friend, Ingrid who tells her that in order to stay with her, she must find a job.
Remember the Titans, 1h53
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about racism, Sports films, American football films, Children's films
Actors Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Donald Faison, Ryan Hurst, Nicole Ari Parker
Rating77% 3.899183.899183.899183.899183.89918
In 1971, at the desegregated T. C. Williams High School, a black head coach Herman Boone (Washington) is hired to lead the school's football team. Boone takes over from the current coach Bill Yoast (Patton), nominated for the Virginia High School Hall of Fame. As a show of respect, Boone offers an assistant coordinator coaching position to Yoast. Yoast at first refuses Boone's offer, but reconsiders after the white players pledge to boycott the team if he does not participate. Dismayed at the prospect of the students losing their chances at scholarships, Yoast changes his mind and takes up the position of defensive coordinator.
A Price Above Rubies, 1h57
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Renée Zellweger, Julianna Margulies, Christopher Eccleston, Allen Payne, Glenn Fitzgerald, Kim Hunter
Rating65% 3.2969553.2969553.2969553.2969553.296955
The film tells the story of Sonia (Zellweger), a young Brooklyn woman who has just given birth to her first child. She is married, through an arranged marriage, to Mendel (Glenn Fitzgerald), a devout Hasidic Jew who is too immersed in his studies to give his wife the attention she craves. As a result, Sonia develops a relationship with Mendel's brother, the jeweler Sender (Eccleston), who brings her into the business. Sender is the only release for Sonia's repressed sexuality, and he takes full advantage of that fact as often as he can, but she is repelled by his utter lack of morals as she finds balance between what she feels and what she has been taught is "sinful". The jewelery business brings her into close contact with the young Puerto Rican artist and jewelery designer Ramon (Payne), but when Sender finds out about their connection he reveals it to the family, and Sonia is divorced and ostracized. The film ends on a more tolerance-friendly note, with Sonia balancing desire and every day life, and Mendel accepting her differences with a blessing and the promise to restore custody of their son.
Fresh
Fresh (1994)
, 1h54
Directed by Boaz Yakin, J. Miller Tobin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Hip hop films, Films about chess, Gangster films
Actors Giancarlo Esposito, Sean Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright, Jean-Claude La Marre, José Zúñiga
Rating75% 3.798873.798873.798873.798873.79887
12-year-old Michael a.k.a. "Fresh" stops at a latina woman's apartment to pick up dime bags of heroin before he goes to school. Fresh notices that she has given him the wrong amount and Fresh tries to warn her that his boss Esteban will be angry with the incorrect amount. He sees the track marks on her arm, indicating that she is a drug addict trying to swindle him out of his delivery. He leaves, disgusted.

Scriptwriter

Now You See Me 2, 2h9
Directed by Jon Chu
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Roles Characters
Rating65% 3.254673.254673.254673.254673.25467
Three years after the events of the first film, Arthur Tressler's son, Walter (Daniel Radcliffe), seeks to bring "The Four Horsemen" to justice, after his father's imprisonment.
Max
Max (2015)
, 1h51
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez
Roles Writer
Rating67% 3.350643.350643.350643.350643.35064
Max, a Belgian Malinois used to help U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, is handled by Kyle Wincott. Kyle is questioned when weapons seized by his squad go missing. Realizing his friend Tyler Harne is among those involved with the shady dealings, he warns Tyler that he cannot cover for him. The two then go into the battlefield with their squad, with Max on point. While advancing on a suicide bomber, Max is injured by an explosion. In the ensuing gunfight, Kyle is shot and killed.
Now You See Me, 1h55
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco
Roles Story
Rating73% 3.650893.650893.650893.650893.65089
Four gifted street magicians—J. Daniel "Danny" Atlas, Merritt McKinney, Henley Reeves, and Jack Wilder—are brought together by an unknown benefactor and, one year later, are performing in Las Vegas as "The Four Horsemen," sponsored by insurance magnate Arthur Tressler. For the finale of their first show, they declare they will rob a bank, and invite audience member Étienne Forcier, an account holder at the Crédit Républicain de Paris, to do it. Forcier is apparently teleported to his bank in France, where he activates an air duct that vacuums up the money and showers it onto the Las Vegas crowd. Upon the discovery that the money really is missing from the bank vault, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes is called to investigate the theft and is partnered with Interpol agent Alma Dray. They arrest the Horsemen, but are forced to release them due to lack of evidence.
Safe
Safe (2012)
, 1h34
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke, James Hong, Anson Mount, Igor Vitaliévitch Jijikine
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.248653.248653.248653.248653.24865
Ex-cop and cage fighter Luke Wright (Jason Statham) unintentionally wins a fixed fight, angering Emile Docheski (Sándor Técsy), head of the Russian mafia. As punishment, Docheski's son Vassily (Joseph Sikora) and his men kill Wright's pregnant wife, then promise to kill anyone to whom he speaks regularly. Luke leaves his life behind, becoming a homeless tramp. At the same time, in China, Mei (Catherine Chan), a young math genius, is kidnapped by men working for Triad boss Han Jiao (James Hong). Han wishes to use Mei as a human computer to eliminate his criminal enterprise's traceable digital footprint. He sends her to New York City, in the care of brutal gangster Quan Chang (Reggie Lee).
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, 1h56
Directed by Mike Newell
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Sports films, Time travel films, Films about video games, Films based on video games, Children's films
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell, Richard Coyle
Rating65% 3.296743.296743.296743.296743.29674
In the royal city of Nasaf, the king Sharaman rules the nation of Persia with the help of his brother Nizam. The king goes on to have two sons named Tus and Garsiv. One day in the marketplace, an orphan boy named Dastan protects his friend, Bis, from being executed by Persian soldiers. The king sees Dastan's bravery and adopts him, making him a prince of Persia. Years later, Dastan is a grown man and is still up to his rebellious ways. However, he remains faithful to the empire. When Nizam receives proof that the city of Alamut is supplying weapons to Persian enemies, he and Tus plan to attack with Garsiv leading the siege. Ignoring Tus’ command, Dastan and Bis breech Alamut on their own, and destroy most of the city. Meanwhile, the princess of Alamut, Tamina, orders her servant Asoka to take a special dagger out of the city and protect it at all costs. During the battle, Dastan and Asoka cross paths and fight; Dastan ultimately wins. He then finds the dagger and keeps it.
Death in Love, 1h40
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Erotic thriller films
Actors Jacqueline Bisset, Adam Brody, Josh Lucas, Lukas Haas, Morena Baccarin, Emma Bell
Roles Writer
Rating48% 2.4146452.4146452.4146452.4146452.414645
In 1940s Nazi Germany, a young Jewish woman in a Nazi concentration camp saves her own life by seducing the young doctor who performs medical experiments on prisoners. Decades later in the year 1993, that same woman (Jacqueline Bisset) is living in New York City and married with two grown sons.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, 1h26
Directed by Guy Ferland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Musical films
Actors Romola Garai, Diego Luna, Sela Ward, John Slattery, Mika Sue Boorem, Jonathan Jackson
Rating60% 3.0013853.0013853.0013853.0013853.001385
In 1958, Katey Miller (Romola Garai), her parents (Sela Ward and John Slattery), and her younger sister Susie (Mika Boorem) arrive in Cuba during the Cuban revolution. A self-described bookworm, Katey is not very happy about having to move to a different country during her senior year of high school, as she had been planning to attend Radcliffe College, although the rest of her family seem extremely pleased to be in Cuba. Meeting several other rich American teenagers down by the pool, including James Phelps (Jonathan Jackson), the son of her father's boss, Katey becomes disgusted when one of the teenagers insults a local waiter when he accidentally knocks over some of their drinks. Katey attempts to talk to the waiter—Javier (Diego Luna), who works at the hotel to support his family—because she feels awful about what had occurred but he is not interested.
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, 1h30
Directed by Scott Spiegel
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film, Comedy horror films
Actors Robert Patrick, Bo Hopkins, Duane Whitaker, Muse Watson, Danny Trejo, Raymond Cruz
Roles Story
Rating41% 2.0551252.0551252.0551252.0551252.055125
Une ancienne bande de braqueurs se reforme après plusieurs années pour braquer la banque de la frontière Sud des États-Unis. Mais ils vont rencontrer des vampires assoiffés de sang qui vont les contrarier…