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Elie Samaha is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Libanais born on 10 may 1955 at Zahlé (Liban)

Elie Samaha

Elie Samaha
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Birth name Elie Kheir Samaha
Nationality Liban
Birth 10 may 1955 (64 years) at Zahlé (Liban)

Elie Samaha (Arabic: إيلي سماحة) (born 10 May 1955, Zahlé, Lebanon) is a nightclub owner, real estate entrepreneur, and film producer in Los Angeles, with production credits beginning with The Immortals in 1995. Samaha has produced over 83 works, primarily films along with some video games. The only award he has won was a Worst Picture Razzie, which he shared with John Travolta and Jonathan D. Krane, for Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000.

From 1998 to 2004, Samaha produced films under the Franchise Pictures studio title, which included films such as Battlefield Earth.

Samaha specialized in rescuing stars' pet projects. Franchise sought out stars whose projects were stalled at the major studios, bringing them aboard at reduced salaries. Samaha's approach made waves in Hollywood, earning him a reputation of being able to produce star vehicles more cheaply than the larger studios. His unorthodox deals raised eyebrows and the entertainment industry magazine Variety commented that they were "often so complex and variable as to leave outsiders scratching their heads". As Samaha put it, "I said, 'If John [Travolta] wants to make this movie, what does he want to get paid?' ... Because I do not pay anybody what they make. That is not my business plan.

Best films

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
(Executive Producer)
Driven (2001)
(Producer)

Usually with

Andrew Stevens
Andrew Stevens
(31 films)
Don Carmody
Don Carmody
(11 films)
Tia Carrere
Tia Carrere
(4 films)
Boaz Davidson
Boaz Davidson
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Elie Samaha (54 films)

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Actor

20 Dates
20 Dates (1999)
, 1h27
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Tia Carrere, Robert McKee, Elie Samaha
Roles Voice of the Producer (voice)
Rating54% 2.7024352.7024352.7024352.7024352.702435

Director

Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes (2001)
, 1h42
Directed by Mark Canton, Elie Samaha, Luis Mandoki
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Sisto, Terrence Howard, Sônia Braga, Victor Argo
Rating56% 2.801112.801112.801112.801112.80111
On a wet rainy night in Chicago, police officer Sharon Pogue (Jennifer Lopez) is at the scene of a serious traffic accident holding the hand of one of the victims, pleading that he hold on and not give up. One year later, Sharon is frustrated with the men she dates, and has become estranged from her family for having her father arrested for beating her mother Josephine (Sonia Braga). Her father and brother, Larry (Jeremy Sisto), have never forgiven her, and her anger is affecting her police work.

Scriptwriter

The Immortals, 1h38
Directed by Richard Donner, Brian Grant
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films, HIV/AIDS in film
Actors Eric Roberts, Joe Pantoliano, Tia Carrere, Tony Curtis, Clarence Williams III, William Forsythe
Rating58% 2.904342.904342.904342.904342.90434
A crafty nightclub owner (Jack) brings together a group of small time hoods and teams them up in unusual pairs (black man and white racist, Ivy Leaguer and simpleton) for a set of multiple heists which turn out to be an elaborate double cross against a notorious gangster (Dominic). During an extended standoff in a nightclub between Jack and his band of thieves and Dominic's henchman, the hoods discover why Jack brought them all together for what amounts to a suicidal mission.

Producer

The Flock
The Flock (2007)
, 1h45
Directed by Andrew Lau
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Richard Gere, Claire Danes, KaDee Strickland-Behr, Ray Wise, Matt Schulze, Avril Lavigne
Roles Producer
Rating57% 2.850472.850472.850472.850472.85047
A hyper-vigilant agent of the Department of Public Safety Erroll Babbage (Richard Gere) checks on registered sex offenders. Burnt out after a long career, he has become frustrated with the system of sex offender monitoring. With little faith in humanity left he takes on one last job to find a missing girl (Kristina Sisco).
If I Had Known I Was a Genius, 1h42
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Whoopi Goldberg, Keith David, David Denman, Debra Wilson, Sharon Stone, Tara Reid
Roles Executive producer
Rating48% 2.41122.41122.41122.41122.4112
Michael (Markus Redmond) is an African-American boy with a genius I.Q. His family refuses to encourage him and tries to bring him down, and his mother (Whoopi Goldberg) nicknames him "Ugly". Michael enrolls in a high school drama class and finds encouragement from an eccentric teacher.
Game of Life
Directed by Joseph Merhi
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Tom Sizemore, Tom Arnold, Heather Locklear, Jill Hennessy, Richard T. Jones, Orson Bean
Roles Executive producer
Rating55% 2.7724852.7724852.7724852.7724852.772485
The film plot follows a children's soccer team which is the common link for a multi-layered story giving a candid look into the intersecting lives of five families living in Los Angeles. Oranges examines the complexities of racial and class divisions, and reveals that despite the fragile volatility of human relationships, family is what holds us together and unites us all.
American Loser, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about disabilities
Actors Seann William Scott, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Kevin Conway, Gretchen Mol, Denis O'Hare, Jayce Bartok
Roles Producer
Rating55% 2.7514752.7514752.7514752.7514752.751475
American Loser is a comedy-drama based upon the experiences of comedian Jeff Nichols; it follows Jeff as he encounters a remarkable variety of personal and emotional problems.
I Could Never Be Your Woman, 1h37
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Sarah Alexander, Stacey Dash, Jon Lovitz, Fred Willard
Roles Executive producer
Rating59% 2.9995152.9995152.9995152.9995152.999515
Rosie (Michelle Pfeiffer), is a 40-year-old divorced mother who works as a scriptwriter and producer for a TV show You Go Girl. Rosie is insecure about her age, and uses cosmetics to maintain her appearance. She has a very close relationship with her thirteen-year-old daughter, Izzie (Saoirse Ronan), which becomes even closer when she learns that she has fallen for a boy in her class named Dylan (Rory Copus). Despite her ex-husband's urging that she start dating again, she has no man in her life. To the dismay of Rosie and David (David Mitchell), her British co-writer, her boss, Marty (Fred Willard) decides that the show may no longer cover controversial subjects, so Rosie decides to cast a new character for the show. She is taken by Adam (Paul Rudd), a bright and charming young man from one of her auditions, and decides to cast him as a new, nerdy character to fall for the character played by her arrogant and self-centred lead actress, Brianna (Stacey Dash). Adam's character is well received by test audiences, and Rosie persuades Marty to give him a chance.
Tristan & Isolde, 2h5
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Origin German
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Children's films
Actors James Franco, Sophia Myles, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara, Mark Strong
Roles Producer
Rating67% 3.398913.398913.398913.398913.39891
The film is set in Great Britain and Ireland, in the Dark Ages, after the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century. Lord Marke of Cornwall (Rufus Sewell) plans to unify the peoples of Britain – Celts, Angles, Saxons and Jutes – under himself as high king to resist Irish domination.
Rescue Dawn, 2h5
Directed by Werner Herzog
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Documentary, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Politique, Prison films, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Marshall Bell, Toby Huss, Pat Healy
Roles Executive Producer
Rating72% 3.648623.648623.648623.648623.64862
Dieter Dengler, a German-born U.S. Navy pilot in squadron VA-145, is shot down in his A-1 Skyraider over Laos in February 1966, while on a combat mission. He survives the crash only to be pursued, and ultimately captured, by the Pathet Lao. Dengler is given the chance for leniency by the Province Governor if he signs a document condemning America, but he refuses. He is tortured and taken to a prison camp. There he meets fellow American military soldiers and pilots, such as Gene DeBruin and Duane W. Martin, along with Y.C., Procet, and Phisit, some of whom have been captive for years. Dengler begins planning an escape, much to the disbelief of his fellow combatants, who have been downtrodden through physical and psychological torture by the camp guards.
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Kal Penn, Lauren Cohan, Daniel Percival, Glen Barry, Amy Steel, Anthony Cozens
Roles Producer
Rating49% 2.4511652.4511652.4511652.4511652.451165
Taj Badalandabad (Kal Penn), the personal assistant to the legendary Van Wilder, has just graduated Coolidge College and is now on his way to England's Camford University. Taj plans to follow in the footsteps of his father- not only by obtaining a degree, but also to become a member of an exclusive campus Fraternal Guild, the Fox and Hounds, where Taj hopes he will become the next generation of Badalandabads to be deservedly nicknamed the "Sultan of Snatch."
A Sound of Thunder, 1h50
Directed by Peter Hyams
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Post-apocalyptic films, La préhistoire, Films about religion, Time travel films, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Political films, Dystopian films, Alternate history films, Disaster films
Actors Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack, Ben Kingsley, Wilfried Hochholdinger, Heike Makatsch, David Oyelowo
Roles Executive Producer
Rating42% 2.1031152.1031152.1031152.1031152.103115
In 2055 Chicago, the Time Safari company offers the ability for people to hunt dinosaurs in the past via time travel technology. Because of the dangers of interferring with the time line, the company's activities are is vocally attacked by Sonia Rand, the developer of the time machine software TAMI, who feels scorned for not receiving credit and fears they may alter the past through their activities.
Spartan
Spartan (2004)
, 1h46
Directed by David Mamet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Kristen Bell, Tia Texada, Ed O'Neill
Roles Producer
Rating64% 3.2489653.2489653.2489653.2489653.248965
Robert Scott is a former Force Recon Master Gunnery Sergeant, acting as a selection cadre member for Delta Force. While observing an exercise designed to evaluate Delta candidates, Scott meets a recruit, Curtis, as well as Sergeant Jacqueline Black, a knife-fighting instructor.
Laws of Attraction, 1h27
Directed by Peter Howitt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Julianne Moore, Parker Posey, Michael Sheen, Frances Fisher, Nora Dunn, Pierce Brosnan
Roles Executive Producer
Rating58% 2.94912.94912.94912.94912.9491
High-powered divorce attorneys Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) and Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) have seen love go wrong in many scenarios—so, how good could their own chances be? As two of the top divorce lawyers in New York, Audrey and Daniel are a study in opposites. She practises law strictly by the book; he seems to win by the seat of his pants, or by "cheap theatrics," as Audrey says in one scene.
The Whole Ten Yards, 2h10
Directed by Howard Deutch
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Medical-themed films, Gangster films
Actors Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Kevin Pollak, Natasha Henstridge, Frank Collison
Roles Producer
Rating55% 2.750622.750622.750622.750622.75062
Thanks to falsified dental records supplied by his former neighbor Nicholas "Oz" Ozeransky (Matthew Perry), retired hitman Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis) now spends his days compulsively cleaning his house and perfecting his culinary skills with his wife, Jill (Amanda Peet), a purported assassin who has yet to pull off a "clean" hit (everyone she is hired to kill dies in bizarre accidents before she can kill them). Oz, meanwhile, is now married to Jimmy's ex-wife Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge) and has a dental practice in California, now expecting their first child, but the relationship is complicated due to Oz's over-excessive paranoia about security, as well as Cynthia's secret continued contact with Jimmy (Although Oz also talks with Jill on occasion).