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Brian Levant is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 6 august 1952 at Highland Park (USA)

Brian Levant

Brian Levant
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Nationality USA
Birth 6 august 1952 (71 years) at Highland Park (USA)

Brian Michael Levant (born August 6, 1952) is an American television and film director, writer and producer.

Levant was born in Highland Park, Illinois. He started his career in 1977 as a writer for the TV series "The Jeffersons". He also wrote for, among other TV shows, Mork & Mindy, Still the Beaver, and Happy Days.

He is best known for directing the films Beethoven, The Flintstones, Jingle All the Way and Are We There Yet?.

Best films

The Flintstones (1994)
(Director)
Beethoven (1992)
(Director)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
(Director)
Are We There Yet? (2005)
(Director)

Usually with

William Hanna
William Hanna
(4 films)
David Newman
David Newman
(8 films)
Garry Chalk
Garry Chalk
(3 films)
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Filmography of Brian Levant (16 films)

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Director

A Christmas Story 2, 1h25
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Christmas films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Braeden Lemasters, Daniel Stern, Stacey Travis, Valin Shinyei, Tiera Skovbye, Garry Chalk
Rating33% 1.683771.683771.683771.683771.68377
The movie takes place in 1946, six years after the events in the first movie which took place in 1940, showing Ralphie as a teenager, almost 16, who only wants a used 1939 Mercury convertible for Christmas. He accidentally causes the car to roll back out of the used car lot and gently tap a light pole causing a plastic reindeer on the pole to loosen and fall through the convertible top, so he bands together with Flick and Schwartz to raise enough money to fix it before Christmas so that the car dealer won't have Ralphie thrown in jail.
The Spy Next Door, 1h31
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Billy Ray Cyrus, Magnús Scheving, Will Shadley, Madeline Carroll
Rating54% 2.7060252.7060252.7060252.7060252.706025
Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) is a CIA undercover agent who decides to retire after moving next to the beautiful Gillian (Amber Valletta) who has three children from previous relationships. Bob and Gillian then start dating but Bob feels he should tell Gillian about his job. Gillian then goes to visit her father in the hospital and leaves Bob to take care of her kids (Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley and Alina Foley). Bob takes the children shopping for clothes for Halloween. The problems start when one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a file for a top-secret formula on his computer. They are then threatened by a Russian terrorist and Bob's archenemy Anton Poldark (Magnús Scheving). This forces Bob to combine the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the biggest challenge that he has faced in his career.
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, 1h22
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Ghost films, Comedy horror films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Robbie Amell, Kate Melton, Hayley Kiyoko, Nick Palatas, Frank Welker, Michael Berryman
Rating49% 2.4575752.4575752.4575752.4575752.457575
School has just ended for the summer. Velma (Hayley Kiyoko), Shaggy (Nick Palatas), and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) meet up with Fred (Robbie Amell) and Daphne (Kate Melton) so they can go to meet Daphne's uncle, Thornton "Thorny" Blake V, who has given them summer jobs at his country club in Erie Point.
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, 1h22
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Ghost films, Comedy horror films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Frank Welker, Nick Palatas, Kate Melton, Robbie Amell, Hayley Kiyoko, Garry Chalk
Rating53% 2.6963252.6963252.6963252.6963252.696325
In Coolsville, Ohio, four teenagers are involved in a fight on the school bus and are sent to detention. Norville "Shaggy" Rogers is a clumsy, geeky outcast, who tried to smuggle his dog Scooby-Doo onto the bus; Fred Jones is quarterback of the football team; Velma Dinkley is a science nerd; and Daphne Blake is in the drama club. They bond somewhat over a shared interest in mysteries, but quickly get on each other's nerves. While in the library for detention, two ghosts appear and chase them to the gym where a pep rally is going on. A third ghost, The Specter appears, causing the lights in the building to flicker. He starts telling everyone to leave. The stamp-collecting Principal Deedle decides to close the school, but Vice Principal Grimes deems it a prank and suspends the quartet.
Are We There Yet?, 1h35
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Christmas films, Transport films, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Nia Long, Jay Mohr, Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Aleisha Allen, Philip Daniel Bolden
Rating48% 2.4107352.4107352.4107352.4107352.410735
The film opens up on Christmas night in Portland, Oregon, where a man appears outside of a decorated house with flowers. On his way to the door, however, he falls into several traps and is left a mess. The culprit of these traps are revealed to be a girl and boy named Lindsey and Kevin Kingston (Aleisha Allen and Philip Daniel Bolden), whose mother has divorced their father. The two are determined to keep her single until the two reconcile.
Snow Dogs
Snow Dogs (2002)
, 1h39
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Medical-themed films, Sports films, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Nichelle Nichols, Sisqó, Joanna Bacalso, Christopher Judge
Rating52% 2.6050252.6050252.6050252.6050252.605025
Dr. Theodore "Ted" Brooks (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is a dentist from Miami, Florida whose picture appears on every city bus in advertisements to promote his dental practice at the beginning of the film. When Brooks receives his letter from Alaska one day naming him as the only heir of a Lucy Watkins, his mother, Amelia (Nichelle Nichols), reveals that he is adopted. Brooks travels to the village of Tolketna to claim his inheritance left by his biological mother: seven Siberian Huskies and a Border Collie named Nana, and discovers his roots. Totally out of his element, Brooks has to experience challenges he has never dreamed of: blizzards, thin ice, foxes, skunks, bears, an intimidating, crusty old mountain man named James "Thunder Jack" Johnson (James Coburn), and the aggressive, defiant lead dog, Demon. All of this happens with the buzzing excitement of the Arctic Challenge Sled Dog Race--the winner of which is the last musher to finish--which is only two weeks away. During his stay in Tolketna, Brooks attempt to find the reason why he was given up for adoption, and including any information about his biological father. He meets a bar owner named Barb (Joanna Bacalso), who was a close friend of his biological mother. Eventually, Barb helps Brooks to deal with the dogs and teaches him how to drive a sled, and falls in love with him throughout the film. Brooks continues to encounter Thunder Jack, who wants all of his biological mother's sled dogs, and especially Demon. Barb tells Brooks that Thunder Jack is Brooks' real father. Brooks feels that the truth is worth the dogs themselves, and trades them to Thunder Jack. However, Jack tells Brooks that he and Lucy stayed in a cave during one of the Arctic Challenges. It is there that Brooks was conceived. The next morning, when Thunder Jack woke up, Lucy was gone. He says that he was looking for Lucy, but never found her. Lucy then gave Brooks up for adoption. With Demon, Thunder Jack takes part in the Arctic Challenge Race, but is unable to finish it when he attempts to gain time by continuing through a huge snowstorm. Meanwhile, Brooks, who just returned to Miami, learns that his personal journey to Alaska is unfinished. Infuriated by evidence found proving that Thunder Jack was at the hospital when he was born, Brooks returns to Alaska to look for answers. When Brooks learns of the missing musher and his team, he feels that this may be the opportunity to save a man, and perhaps find out the whole truth once and for all. Brooks sets out to rescue Thunder Jack, with Nana as the lead dog. He eventually finds Thunder Jack in the old cave, who confirms that he had been there when Brooks was born. Thunder Jack reveals that he and Lucy agreed then that neither one of them could raise a baby, and confessed his love for Lucy. Brooks also finds out the reason for Demon's bad temper is the pain caused by his bad tooth. He pulls it out and Demon now becomes a friendly dog (despite keeping his name). During the journey back to Tolketna, the sled nearly goes over a cliff into a river, but the dogs manage to pull themselves back up. Brooks finally brings Thunder Jack across the finish line. After Brooks introduces Thunder Jack to his adopted mother, Brooks and Thunder Jack decide to share their trophy together. Sometime later, Brooks and Barb are married and Nana and Demon have four puppies. Now having grown to love Tolketna, Brooks moves his dentistry practice there. Barb is shown to be pregnant and working as his receptionist. The film ends when back in Miami, Brooks' adoptive cousin, Rupert (Sisqó), becomes the new famous Miami dentist with his face on every city bus (possibly due to Brooks' absence).
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, 1h31
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire, Alternate history films, Children's films
Actors Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston, Jane Krakowski, Joan Collins, Thomas Gibson
Rating37% 1.86591.86591.86591.86591.8659
Young bachelors and best friends Fred Flintstone (Mark Addy) and Barney Rubble (Stephen Baldwin) have recently qualified as crane operators at Slate & Company. Soon to be employed, now they want dates, and little green alien The Great Gazoo (Alan Cumming), exiled to Earth by his species, offers to help, although only they can see him. Meanwhile, Wilma Slaghoople (Kristen Johnston) wants a normal life and activities, like bowling, despite her controlling mother Pearl (Joan Collins) who wants her to marry smooth casino-owner Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson). Wilma angrily runs away to Bronto King in Bedrock. Waitress Betty O'Shale (Jane Krakowski) mistakes her as "caveless", and offers to share her apartment, and gets her a job.
Jingle All the Way, 1h26
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about families, Jeu, Christmas films, Films about toys, Children's films
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Phil Hartman, Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad, Jake Lloyd
Rating57% 2.853592.853592.853592.853592.85359
Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a workaholic mattress salesman, who does not find time for his wife, Liz (Rita Wilson), and his 9-year-old son, Jamie (Jake Lloyd) — especially when compared to next door "superdad" divorcee, Ted Maltin (Phil Hartman), who continually puts Howard in a bad light. After missing Jamie's karate class graduation, Howard resolves to redeem himself by fulfilling Jamie's ultimate Christmas wish: getting an action figure of Turbo-Man, a popular children's TV superhero toy that everyone is looking for. Along the way, Howard meets Myron Larabee (Sinbad), a postal worker dad with a rival ambition, and the two soon become bitter competitors in their race for the action figure. During his search, Howard repeatedly runs into Officer Alexander Hummell (Robert Conrad), a police officer who had earlier pulled him over for a traffic violation. After several failed attempts to find the toy in a store, Howard attempts to buy a Turbo-Man from a Mall of America Santa (James Belushi) who is actually the leader of a band of counterfeit toy makers. When he accuses the Santa of undermining the values of Christmas, Howard ends up in a brawl with the gang. He narrowly escapes when the police raid their warehouse and gets out by posing as an undercover detective.
The Flintstones, 1h31
Directed by Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire, Alternate history films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O'Donnell, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry
Rating50% 2.5045052.5045052.5045052.5045052.504505
Slate and Co. Senior Executive Cliff Vandercave (Kyle MacLachlan) and secretary Miss Sharon Stone (Halle Berry) look at the company workers in the gravel pits while discussing their plan to swindle the company of its vast fortune and flee, but decided that they need someone to take responsibility for it. Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) loans his best friend and neighbor Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis) money so that he and his wife Betty (Rosie O'Donnell) can adopt a child named Bamm-Bamm, who can only pronounce his own name. Although the child is initially difficult to control due to being raised by Mastadons, as well as being superstrong, he eventually warms up to his new family. Barney vows to repay his friend, but Fred is visited by his mother-in-law, Pearl Slaghoople (Elizabeth Taylor), who objects to his decision. However, Fred's wife Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) remains supportive of his decision.
Beethoven
Beethoven (1992)
, 1h27
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about animals, Films about education, Films about children, Films about families, Films about dogs, L'enfance marginalisée, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Films about school violence
Actors Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Dean Jones, Christopher Castile, Oliver Platt
Rating57% 2.851152.851152.851152.851152.85115
When the film opens, a St. Bernard puppy and a large group of others are stolen from a pet store by two thieves, Harvey (Oliver Platt) and Vernon (Stanley Tucci). After meeting a dog during his escape from the thieves, the St. Bernard sneaks into the home of the Newton family. The workaholic father, George Newton (Charles Grodin), doesn't want the responsibility of owning a dog, but his wife, Alice (Bonnie Hunt), and their children, Ryce, Ted and Emily, convince him otherwise. While trying to name him, Emily (Sarah Rose Karr), plays a portion of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and he barks along: thus they name him "Beethoven."
Problem Child 2, 1h26
Directed by Dennis Dugan, Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Jack Warden, Laraine Newman, Amy Yasbeck, Ivyann Schwan
Rating49% 2.461522.461522.461522.461522.46152
Ben Healy and his son, Junior, move from Cold River to Mortville, Oregon, a quiet, peaceful community, apparently as a way to start their lives all over again. Ben is initially sad to be leaving Cold River until Junior reminds him that everyone there has been horrible to him his whole life, including his father, friends, and former wife. They then leave, knocking over the "Now Leaving Cold River" sign with his car. Before they arrive at their new house, Junior sees a girl roller skating on the sidewalk with a balloon. He pops it with his sling shot and laughs at her as he goes by.

Scriptwriter

The Game of Love, 1h30
Directed by Farhad Mann
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Heather Locklear, Lochlyn Munro, Emily Tennant, Garry Chalk, Michael Kopsa, C. Ernst Harth
Roles Writer
Rating42% 2.1345152.1345152.1345152.1345152.134515
Jake Cornell est propriétaire du club de basket des Cougars. Alexandria et Barton, ses enfants, souhaitent le vendre afin de voler de leurs propres ailes. Pour les en empêcher, Jake essaie de convaincre Frankie, son ex-femme, de ralier son camp. Mais il se montre si maladroit, qu'elle décide de soutenir ses enfants.
Beethoven's Big Break, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jonathan Silverman, Rhea Perlman, Jennifer Finnigan, Stephen Tobolowsky, Oscar Nuñez, Moisés Arias
Roles Writer
Rating45% 2.278352.278352.278352.278352.27835
Eddie Bob, a struggling animal trainer and widower dad, is an assistant animal trainer to Sal DeMarco, an untalented, egocentric animal show host. Both men have been hired to train the animals for a film called Frizzy, The Bichon Frise: Sal as the dog handler, and Eddie is given only the responsibility of training the lizard. When Frizzy is kidnapped, Sal quickly claims that Eddie was responsible for the dog handling. Eddie is promptly fired. The director refuses to pay the ransom and decides to instead hold auditions for the new Frizzy.
Leave It to Beaver, 1h24
Directed by Andy Cadiff
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Actors Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, Cameron Finley, Erik von Detten, Erika Christensen, Adam Zolotin
Roles Writer
Rating51% 2.553562.553562.553562.553562.55356
Beaver (Cameron Finley) gets his heart set on a bicycle in a store window, but does not think his parents will shell out that money for it. Eddie Haskell (Adam Zolotin) tells him that if he sucks up to his father (Christopher McDonald), by signing up for football, he will be sure to get it on his upcoming birthday. He enrolls on the football team and doggedly endures the practices, despite his disadvantage of being smaller than most his teammates. As Eddie predicted, Ward is glad Beaver signed up for football, as evidenced by a brief fantasy Ward has of Beaver making a touchdown while several professional football players all fail to tackle him. However, the first game of the season ends poorly when he passes the ball to a kid on the opposing team when he mistakingly remembered him as a friend from summer camp. On the first day of school five days later, Ward and June (Janine Turner) tell Wally to drop Beaver off and pick him up for a few days because he has never ridden his bike there before. At school he sits beside a very pretty girl named Susan Akatsu (Brenda Song) and has a kind teacher named Miss Landers (Grace Phillips). After school Eddie asks Wally to come to the soda shop to see him flirt with Karen (Erika Christensen). Eddie does not want Beaver to follow them, so Wally leaves him alone at the bike rack telling him he will be back in a second.
The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Space opera
Actors Ron Perlman, Nichelle Nichols, Duane Davis, Liz Vassey, Gregory Smith, Gia Carides
Rating55% 2.7614052.7614052.7614052.7614052.761405
On the distant planet Pangea, a transmission of the show is seen by the child genius brother of native forces leader Tyra, who has been captured by the tyrannical Lord Vox of Vestron whose people, subsequent to some global catastrophe, migrated to the stars from Pangea thousands of years ago and now seek to recover the lost ancient knowledge of their people. Lord Vox intends to do this by conquering Pangea, their old home-world, and with the knowledge rebuild it as the seat of his empire.