Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Edward Zwick is a Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Thanks American born on 8 october 1952 at Chicago (USA)

Edward Zwick

Edward Zwick
If you like this person, let us know!
Birth name Edward M. Zwick
Nationality USA
Birth 8 october 1952 (66 years) at Chicago (USA)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award, Writers Guild of America Award

Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker and film producer noted for his films about social and racial issues. He has been described as a "throwback to an earlier era, an extremely cerebral director whose movies consistently feature fully rounded characters, difficult moral issues, and plots that thrive on the ambiguity of authority."

Biography

Edward Ewick est né dans une famille juive à Chicago (Illinois) ; il est le fils de Ruth Ellen (née Reich) et Allen Zwick. Il a étudié à New Trier High School et obtenu un Bachelor of Arts à Harvard en 1974.

Après une formation théâtrale, Edward Zwick rejoint l'American Film Institute dès 1975 puis commence à se faire remarquer par ses courts-métrages et son travail à la télévision comme producteur et réalisateur sur la série Family. Au début des années 80, il rencontre Marshall Herskovitz : ce dernier devient rapidement son premier collaborateur, sur petit écran tout d'abord avec la série Génération Pub, puis au cinéma via leur société The Bedford Falls Company (à travers laquelle ils développent également certains programmes télévisés).

En 1986, Edward Zwick fait ses grands débuts derrière la caméra avec la comédie À propos d'hier soir, dans lequel il dirige de tous jeunes Rob Lowe et Demi Moore. Cinéaste rare, il ne retrouve le chemin des plateaux qu'en 1989 avec le drame militaire et historique Glory, sur le premier bataillon d'Américains de couleur durant la Guerre de Sécession. Récompensé par trois Oscars, le film révèle Denzel Washington, lauréat de la statuette du Meilleur second rôle.

Après le road-movie au féminin Leaving normal (1992), qui subit la concurrence de Thelma et Louise, il retrouve le genre historique et épique en 1994 avec Légendes d'automne, porté par Brad Pitt et Anthony Hopkins. Deux ans plus tard, il plonge Meg Ryan au cœur de la guerre du Golfe avec A l'épreuve du feu, et retrouve à cette occasion Denzel Washington. Il collaborera une troisième fois avec l'acteur en 1998 sur le thriller politique Couvre-feu.

Parallèlement à sa carrière de réalisateur, Edward Zwick n'oublie pas de coiffer sa casquette de producteur et produit notamment Shakespeare in Love, Traffic, Sam je suis Sam et Abandon. Absent derrière l'objectif durant cinq ans, il revient sur le devant de la scène en 2003 avec une nouvelle production d'envergure, Le Dernier Samouraï, qui plonge Tom Cruise dans le Japon de la fin du XIX siècle. En 2006, il dirige Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou et Jennifer Connelly dans l'engagé Blood Diamond, thriller sur fond de contrebande de diamants. CMT dévoile mi-2016 que Edward Zwick sera le scénariste de la saison 5 de la série Nashville (CMT) avec son collaborateur de toujours : Marshall Herzkovitz.

Best films

The Last Samurai (2003)
(Director)
The Great Wall (2016)
(Story)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
(Producer)
Good Will Hunting (1998)
(Thanks)
Traffic (2000)
(Producer)
Blood Diamond (2006)
(Director)

Usually with

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Edward Zwick (26 films)

Display filmography as list

Director

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, 1h58
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Cobie Smulders, Tom Cruise, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Jessica Stroup
Rating60% 3.0443353.0443353.0443353.0443353.044335
Jack Reacher revient dans sa base militaire en Virginie pour y diner avec une collègue, Susan Turner. Toutefois rendu sur place, il apprend que cette dernière a été arrêtée pour espionnage et que lui-même est accusé de plusieurs meurtres.
Pawn Sacrifice, 1h54
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography
Themes Jeu, Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Lily Rabe, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Tobey Maguire, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sophie Nélisse
Rating69% 3.49793.49793.49793.49793.4979
American grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Union and its greatest player, Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), for the 1972 World Chess Championship.
Love & Other Drugs, 1h52
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht
Rating67% 3.351463.351463.351463.351463.35146
In 1996, Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is fired from a Pittsburgh electronics store for having sex with his manager's girlfriend. His wealthy brother Josh (Josh Gad) announces at the dinner table at their parents' (George Segal and Jill Clayburgh) house that he has found Jamie a job as a pharmaceutical sales representative. After attending a Pfizer training program where he has sex with the instructor (Kate Jennings Grant), Jamie goes to work for the company and tries to get doctors to prescribe Zoloft and Zithromax. He is rebuffed, much to the dismay of his regional manager, Bruce (Oliver Platt), who sees Jamie as his ticket to the "big leagues" of Chicago. Bruce says if Jamie can get Dr. Knight (Hank Azaria) to prescribe Zoloft instead of Prozac, other doctors will follow his lead. Jamie tries to get access to Dr. Knight by hitting on his female employees until, exasperated, Dr. Knight unethically permits him to observe him at work, during which time he accidentally sees a disrobing patient, Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), who suffers from early onset Parkinson's disease.
Defiance
Defiance (2008)
, 2h17
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical
Themes Politique, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, George MacKay, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner
Rating71% 3.5985053.5985053.5985053.5985053.598505
The film opens with on-screen text stating: "A true story". It is August 1941, and Nazi Einsatzgruppen are sweeping through Eastern Europe, systematically killing Jews. Among the survivors not killed or restricted to ghettoes are the Polish Jewish Bielski brothers: Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell), and Aron (George MacKay). Their parents are dead, slain by the local police under orders from the occupying Germans. The brothers flee to the Naliboki forest, vowing to avenge their parents.
Blood Diamond, 2h22
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about writers, Films about journalists, Political films
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Arnold Vosloo, David Harewood, Michael Sheen
Rating79% 3.997843.997843.997843.997843.99784
It is 1999 and Sierra Leone is ravaged by major political unrest. Rebel factions such as the Revolutionary United Front frequently terrorize the countryside, intimidating Mende locals and enslaving many to harvest diamonds, which fund their increasingly successful war effort. One such unfortunate is fisherman Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) from Shenge, who has been assigned to a workforce overseen by Captain Poison (David Harewood), a ruthless warlord.
The Last Samurai, 2h34
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin Nouvelle zelande
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Chad Lindberg, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada
Rating76% 3.849033.849033.849033.849033.84903
In 1876, U.S. Army captain Civil War veteran Nathan Algren is traumatized by his participation in atrocities during the Indian Wars, and has become an embittered alcoholic. Algren is approached by his former commanding officer, Colonel Bagley, on behalf of Japanese businessman Omura, who wishes to hire distinguished U.S. soldiers to train the Imperial Japanese Army to suppress a samurai rebellion, led by Katsumoto Moritsugu. In exchange, Japan would ratify a lucrative trade agreement that would grant the U.S. exclusive rights to supply arms to the Japanese government. Although Algren despises Bagley for having ordered atrocities during the Indian wars, he accepts the job for the money and sails to Japan. Most of the soldiers being trained are little more than inexperienced peasants and farmers.The training is interrupted when the samurai rebels attack a railroad owned by Omura; Bagley orders the regiment to mobilize, overruling Algren's objection that the soldiers are not ready. Algren is proved correct: during a battle in a foggy forest in Yoshino Province, the undisciplined and intimidated soldiers panic and are quickly routed by the samurai horsemen. Algren kills several samurai with his revolver and saber but is eventually knocked from his horse. Algren desperately fights using a spear tipped flagstaff with a flag of a white tiger until he collapses from complete exhaustion. As he is about to be vanquished, he kills his would-be executioner with the staff's spear tip. His ferocity and refusal to surrender, as well as the image of the white tiger on the flag he is fighting with, reminds Katsumoto of a recurring dream. As a result, Algren is spared and taken captive to the rebels' village in the mountains.
The Siege
The Siege (1998)
, 1h56
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub, David Proval, Aasif Mandvi
Rating62% 3.1495253.1495253.1495253.1495253.149525
Following the bombing of an American military installation in the Middle East (the film shows footage from the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing), the U.S. government orchestrates the capture of the mastermind believed to be behind the attack, Sheikh Ahmed bin Talal. In New York City FBI Special Agent Anthony Hubbard (Washington) and his Lebanese-American partner Frank Haddad (Shalhoub) are told of a hijacked bus, fully loaded with passengers and containing an explosive device. The bomb turns out to be a paint bomb and the terrorists manage to escape. The FBI receives demands to release the sheikh.
Dangerous Beauty, 1h51
Directed by Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Arnon Milchan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward, Naomi Watts, Jake Weber
Rating72% 3.6490453.6490453.6490453.6490453.649045
Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) is an adventurous, curious, slightly tomboyish young woman in Venice. Her lover Marco (Rufus Sewell) cannot marry her because her family is not wealthy enough to provide a good dowry. Marco, a future Senator, marries a foreign noblewoman instead. Veronica's mother (Jacqueline Bisset) must think of the future and her family's financial security, as she still requires dowries for her younger daughters and money for her son's commission. Rather than go to a convent, Veronica's mother suggests she become a courtesan, a highly paid, cultured prostitute like her mother and grandmother before her. At first Veronica is repelled by the idea, but once she discovers that courtesans are allowed access to libraries and education, she tentatively embraces the idea.
Courage Under Fire, 1h57
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Matt Damon, Scott Glenn, Michael Moriarty
Rating65% 3.298713.298713.298713.298713.29871
While serving in the Gulf War, Lt Col Serling (Denzel Washington) accidentally destroys one of his own tanks during a confusing night-time battle, killing his friend Cpt Boylar. The US Army covers up the details and transfers Serling to a desk job.
Legends of the Fall, 2h13
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Adventure, Romance, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, Henry Thomas, Gordon Tootoosis
Rating74% 3.7494853.7494853.7494853.7494853.749485
Sick of the betrayals the United States government has perpetrated on the Native Americans, Colonel William Ludlow retires with his family to a remote part of Montana with One Stab, a Cree friend, where they build a ranch. Accompanying them are hired hand Decker, who's an outlaw; Decker's Cree wife, Pet; and their daughter, Isabel Two. Ludlow's wife Isabel, who does not adapt to the harsh winters, at first leaves for the winter to come back during the summer. One spring she doesn't return and moves to the East Coast. As much as her sons love her, it's Tristan that is most affected by her abandonment and he vows never to speak of her again.
Leaving Normal, 1h50
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Meg Tilly, Christine Lahti, Patrika Darbo, Lenny Von Dohlen, Maury Chaykin, Brett Cullen
Rating66% 3.346853.346853.346853.346853.34685
Darly Peters (Christine Lahti) is a brassy waitress and former stripper who used to use the stage name Pillow Talk. Darly is on her way to Alaska to claim a home being built for her and return to the family she abandoned eighteen years earlier. She meets Marianne Johnson (Meg Tilly), a quiet waif who just walked out on her abusive husband. Darly allows Marianne to tag along as they journey across country to Alaska.
Glory
Glory (1989)
, 2h2
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Western
Themes Films about slavery, Films about racism, Political films
Actors Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, Cliff De Young
Rating78% 3.948733.948733.948733.948733.94873
During the American Civil War, Captain Robert Shaw is injured in the Battle of Antietam and sent home to Boston on medical leave. He visits his family there, where he meets the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a former slave. Shaw is offered a promotion to the rank of Colonel to command the first all-black regiment in the Union Army, the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He accepts and asks his childhood friend, 2nd Lieutenant Cabot Forbes, to serve as his second in command, with the rank of major. Their first volunteer is another friend, Thomas Searles, a bookish free African American. Other recruits soon follow, including gravedigger John Rawlins, timid freeman Jupiter Sharts and Silas Trip, an escaped slave who does not trust Shaw. Trip instantly clashes with Searles and Rawlins must keep the peace.
About Last Night..., 1h49
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins, George DiCenzo, Michael Alldredge
Rating61% 3.0988753.0988753.0988753.0988753.098875
Danny and Bernie are two single men who live in Chicago. When Danny meets Debbie at Mother Malone's ("Mother's"), a bar in the Chicago Gold Coast, the two start a relationship from a one-night stand. The film follows the couple for the first year of their relationship: their meeting after a softball game, her moving in with him, mutual friction at Thanksgiving, their breakup on New Year's Eve, his apology and declaration of love on St. Patrick's Day, and their reconciliation at a softball game.
Special Bulletin, 1h45
Directed by Edward Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction
Themes Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Ed Flanders, Kathryn Walker, Roxanne Hart, David Clennon, David Rasche, Rosalind Cash
Rating76% 3.836693.836693.836693.836693.83669
An ominous "Special Bulletin" slide appears on the TV screen. A TV crew covering a dockworkers' strike are caught in the middle of a firefight between the U.S. Coast Guard and the crew of a tugboat sitting at a dock in Charleston, South Carolina. The coast guardsmen surrender and are taken hostage, as are the reporter and cameraman.

Scriptwriter

American Assassin, 1h45
Directed by Michael Cuesta
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Films about terrorism
Actors Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, Scott Adkins, Sanaa Lathan, David Suchet
Rating62% 3.1013653.1013653.1013653.1013653.101365
Mitch Rapp est une nouvelle recrue de la CIA. Dévasté par la mort de sa petite amie lors d'un attentat, il est pris sous l'aile d'un vétéran de la Guerre froide qui lui fait subir un rude entraînement pour contrecarrer les attaques terroristes et traquer les criminels. Les deux hommes vont devoir collaborer avec un agent turc afin d'arrêter un dangereux terroriste qui souhaite déclencher une guerre au Moyen-Orient.