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Brian Helgeland is a Director, Scriptwriter and Co-Producer American born on 17 january 1961 at Providence (USA)

Brian Helgeland

Brian Helgeland
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Birth name Brian Thomas Helgeland
Nationality USA
Birth 17 january 1961 (63 years) at Providence (USA)
Awards Writers Guild of America Award

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received an Academy Award), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland wrote and directed 42, the 2013 biopic of Jackie Robinson.

Best films

Robin Hood (2010)
(Story)
Payback (1999)
(Director)
Mystic River (2003)
(Auteur)
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
(Writer)
Man on Fire (2004)
(Scriptwriter)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
(Scriptwriter)

Usually with

Allan Graf
Allan Graf
(3 films)
Jon Johnson
Jon Johnson
(4 films)
Mark Addy
Mark Addy
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Brian Helgeland (24 films)

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Director

Legend
Legend (2015)
, 2h11
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Mob film, Crime
Themes Films about families, Gangster films
Actors Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Aneurin Barnard, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri
Rating69% 3.4508653.4508653.4508653.4508653.450865
The film focuses on the life of Reggie Kray as he seeks to control the psychotic tendencies of his twin, Ronald Kray.
42
42 (2013)
, 2h8
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about racism, Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni, André Holland
Rating74% 3.747173.747173.747173.747173.74717
The film tells the story of Jackie Robinson and, under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey, Robinson's signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player to break the baseball color barrier. The story focuses mostly on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season and somewhat on Robinson's 1946 season with the Montreal Royals, which emphasize his battles with racism.
The Order
The Order (2003)
, 1h42
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about religion
Actors Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Benno Fürmann, Mark Addy, Peter Weller, Mattia Sbragia
Rating51% 2.5562352.5562352.5562352.5562352.556235
The film's premise is that there is another way to heaven than adherence to the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. A secular Sin Eater can remove all taint of sin, no matter how foul, from the soul just before death. The purified soul can then ascend into heaven. The Roman Catholic Church, according to the film, considers this heresy.
A Knight's Tale, 2h12
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany
Rating69% 3.4992453.4992453.4992453.4992453.499245
At a jousting tournament in 14th-century Europe, squires William Thatcher, Roland, and Wat discover that their master, Sir Ector, has died. If he had completed one final pass he would have won the tournament. Destitute, William wears Ector's armour to impersonate him, winning the tournament and taking the prize.
Payback
Payback (1999)
, 1h41
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Mob film, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Sports films, Martial arts films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke, Lucy Liu
Rating70% 3.548183.548183.548183.548183.54818
In a filthy kitchen of an underground abortionist, an unkempt former medical doctor puts on surgical gloves and quickly downs a full glass of cheap whiskey. Face down on the kitchen table is a barely conscious Porter (Mel Gibson), severely wounded with two large bullet wounds in his back. The doctor pours whiskey on Porter's back to sterilize the area and digs out the bullets. Porter spends five months recuperating. Porter narrates that he had $70,000 taken from him and that is what he was going to get back.

Scriptwriter

Spenser Confidential
Directed by Peter Berg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron, Iliza Shlesinger
Rating62% 3.1032953.1032953.1032953.1032953.103295
Spenser, un ancien voyou tout juste sorti de prison, va très vite replonger dans le milieu de la criminalité des bas-fonds de Boston lorsqu'il découvre un meurtre sensationnel et la conspiration tordue qui se cache derrière.
Gemini Man
Gemini Man (2019)
, 1h57
Directed by Ang Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Actors Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong, Linda Emond, Douglas Hodge
Roles Writer
Rating57% 2.861652.861652.861652.861652.86165
Ancien militaire, Henry Brogen est un tueur à gages avec une solide réputation de sniper. Il travaille pour une mystérieuse agence gouvernementale, la DIA. Après un contrat à Liège en Belgique, il décide de prendre sa retraite dans l'État de Géorgie. Il découvre par ailleurs que la cible de ce dernier contrat n'était pas celle qu'il pensait. Les employeurs de Henry veulent le faire disparaitre. Clay Varris, directeur de GEMINI, envoie alors à ses trousses le seul homme capable de tuer Henry : son clone, plus jeune de trente ans et élevé par Clay lui-même.
Legend
Legend (2015)
, 2h11
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Mob film, Crime
Themes Films about families, Gangster films
Actors Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Aneurin Barnard, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.4508653.4508653.4508653.4508653.450865
The film focuses on the life of Reggie Kray as he seeks to control the psychotic tendencies of his twin, Ronald Kray.
42
42 (2013)
, 2h8
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about racism, Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni, André Holland
Rating74% 3.747173.747173.747173.747173.74717
The film tells the story of Jackie Robinson and, under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey, Robinson's signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player to break the baseball color barrier. The story focuses mostly on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season and somewhat on Robinson's 1946 season with the Montreal Royals, which emphasize his battles with racism.
Green Zone
Green Zone (2010)
, 1h55
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Yigal Naor, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Khalid Abdalla
Roles Writer
Rating67% 3.397573.397573.397573.397573.39757
On March 19, 2003, Iraqi General Mohammed Al-Rawi (Yigal Naor) meets with his officers and aides in Baghdad to discuss the invasion of Iraq. Al-Rawi decides to wait for the Americans to arrive and offer him a deal.
Robin Hood
Robin Hood (2010)
, 2h20
Directed by Ridley Scott
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Historical
Actors Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Kevin Durand
Roles Story
Rating65% 3.2984353.2984353.2984353.2984353.298435
In 1199 A.D., Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is a common archer in the army of King Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston). A veteran of Richard's crusade, he now takes part in the siege of Chalus Castle. Disillusioned and war-weary, he believes the King when invited to give an honest view of the war; after Robin gives a frank but unflattering appraisal of the King's conduct, Robin and his comrades – archers Allan A'Dayle (Alan Doyle) and Will Scarlett (Scott Grimes) and soldier Little John (Kevin Durand) – find themselves in the stocks.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, 1h45
Directed by Tony Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, Films about hijackings
Actors Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, John Turturro, Victor Gojcaj, Michael Rispoli
Rating63% 3.199633.199633.199633.199633.19963
A man calling himself Ryder hijacks Pelham 123, a New York City Subway 6 train that departed from Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23 p.m. Ryder is accompanied by three other heavily armed men; Bashkim, Emri, and former train operator Phil Ramos. They uncouple the front car from the rest of the train and take the passengers hostage. MTA employee Walter Garber is working the Rail Control Center as a train dispatcher and receives a ransom call from Ryder, who demands $10 million in cash be paid within 60 minutes. Ryder warns that every minute past the deadline they force him to wait, he will execute a hostage.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, 1h49
Directed by Paul Weitz
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Films about magic and magicians, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson, Patrick Fugit
Rating58% 2.9000552.9000552.9000552.9000552.900055
Darren Shan and his best friend Steve Leonard visit a traveling freak show. Steve believes a performer, Larten Crepsley, is a vampire. Steve talks to Crepsley after the show and asks to become a vampire. Crepsley initially refuses but is talked into testing Steve's blood, that he spits out telling Steve he has bad blood. Steve furiously swears revenge and leaves. Darren overhears everything because he has been hiding in a cupboard after stealing Crepsley's spider, Madam Octa.
Man on Fire, 2h20
Directed by Tony Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Giannini, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony
Rating76% 3.8487053.8487053.8487053.8487053.848705
In 2003, burnt-out ex-CIA officer and former U.S. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance officer John Creasy (Denzel Washington) looks for work and reunites with old friend and comrade Paul Rayburn (Christopher Walken), who runs a security firm in Mexico. Because of the extremely high rate of kidnappings in Mexico City for ransom money, businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony) hires Creasy through Rayburn to guard his nine-year-old daughter "Pita" (Dakota Fanning), intending to keep him on for only a short period in order to renew his kidnap and ransom insurance on Pita. Creasy suffers from alcoholism, depression and severe guilt as a result of his past work as a counterinsurgency fighter and assassin, and so works for Samuel at a rate far below what his experience would command. At first Creasy distances himself socially from Pita, but the two soon develop a friendship, which allows Creasy to overcome his demons and to act as a mentor and surrogate father-figure to the girl.
Mystic River, 2h17
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Films about children, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Films about pedophilia
Actors Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney
Roles Auteur
Rating78% 3.9489353.9489353.9489353.9489353.948935
In 1975, three children, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave, are playing on the streets of Boston when a stranger approaches them. Since the stranger has a badge and is wearing a suit, the children assume that he is a police officer. The stranger orders Dave to enter his car, and Dave obeys, but this leads to him being sexually abused and locked inside a basement for four days, after which he manages to escape.