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Ernest Tidyman is a Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 1 january 1928 at Cleveland (USA)

Ernest Tidyman

Ernest Tidyman
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Nationality USA
Birth 1 january 1928 at Cleveland (USA)
Death 14 july 1984 (at 56 years)
Awards Writers Guild of America Award

Ernest Tidyman (January 1, 1928 - July 14, 1984) was a Cleveland-born American author and screenwriter, best known for his novels featuring the African-American detective John Shaft. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of Shaft with John D.F. Black in 1971.

His screenplay for The French Connection garnered him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, and an Edgar Award.

He also wrote the screenplay for the 1973 film High Plains Drifter, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Tidyman also wrote the sequel to Shaft, Shaft's Big Score, which appeared in theaters in 1972.

In 1974, he published Dummy, a non-fiction account of the story of Donald Lang, an accused deaf-mute murderer. It was nominated for an Edgar in the Fact Crime category.

He co-wrote A Force of One in 1979, one of Chuck Norris's earlier films.

In 1980, he wrote the teleplay for the TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, which he also had a hand in producing), which got him an Emmy nomination. For creating the Shaft books, he became one of the few white individuals to win an NAACP Image Award.

Biography

Après des études à Cleveland, il devient journaliste pendant près de vingt ans puis directeur de magazine, scénariste et producteur pour la télévision et le cinéma.

Après avoir écrit le scénario du film Les Nuits rouges de Harlem (Shaft), il en publie la novélisation.

Il reçoit l'oscar du meilleur scénario adapté 1972 et le prix Edgar-Allan-Poe 1972 pour le film French Connection.

Best films

Shaft (2000)
(Novel)
The French Connection (1971)
(Scriptwriter)
Shaft (1971)
(Novel)

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Filmography of Ernest Tidyman (13 films)

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Scriptwriter

Shaft
Shaft (2019)

Directed by Tim Story
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie Usher, Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall, Avan Jogia
Roles Characters
Rating64% 3.2010253.2010253.2010253.2010253.201025
John Shaft III est un expert en informatique du FBI, spécialiste en cybercrime. Il ne voit que très rarement son père, John Shaft II, lui-même neveu du célèbre John Shaft. Père et fils vont cependant devoir faire équipe pour une enquête après le meurtre d'un amis d'enfance de Shaft Jr. nommé J.J..
Shaft
Shaft (2000)
, 1h40
Directed by John Singleton
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about racism
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Richard Roundtree, Pat Hingle
Roles Novel
Rating58% 2.949612.949612.949612.949612.94961
NYPD Detective John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) is called in to investigate the racially motivated murder of Trey Howard (Mekhi Phifer), committed by Walter Wade, Jr. (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy real estate tycoon. Shaft briefly meets a potential eyewitness to the murder, Diane Palmieri (Toni Collette), but she disappears soon after and cannot be found for the trial. Wade is released on bail and flees to Switzerland.
Last Plane Out, 1h32
Directed by David Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Action
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Political films
Actors Jan-Michael Vincent, William Windom, Julie Carmen, David Huffman, Mary Crosby
Roles Writer
Rating47% 2.371892.371892.371892.371892.37189
American journalist Jack Cox covers the civil war in Nicaragua and falls in love with a pretty Sandinista rebel.
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, 3h12
Directed by William A. Graham
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about religion
Actors Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Brad Dourif, LeVar Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Irene Cara
Roles Teleplay
Rating75% 3.7909053.7909053.7909053.7909053.790905
The film draws on Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account and reports from The Washington Post at the time, to describe the life of Jim Jones from a 1960s idealist to the November 1978 mass murder/suicide of members of Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. In the beginning of the film, Jim Jones is seen helping minorities and working against racism. Later, after a move to San Francisco and increased power and attention, Jones becomes focused on his belief in nuclear holocaust, and moves hundreds of his followers to Guyana. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is notified that some individuals are being held against their will, and after going to investigate, the Guyana tragedy itself is depicted.
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story, 3h15
Directed by Paul Krasny
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime, Politic
Actors Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras, Telly Savalas, Will Sampson, Ronny Cox
Roles Teleplay
Rating71% 3.5802553.5802553.5802553.5802553.580255
L'Île d'Alcatraz est une prison à sécurité maximum construite à l'épreuve des évasions. Clarence Carnes est le détenu qui a passé le plus grand nombre d'années à l'Île d'Alcatraz. Au cours de 18 ans en prison Clarence a fait partie de deux tentatives d'évasions audacieuses: une fusillade sanglante en 1946 et une évasion en 1953 qui a causé la fermeture de la prison. Mis en liberté conditionnelle en 1973, Carnes a raconté la véritable histoire de sa vie en prison, dans un livre puis, il a servi de conseiller technique pour ce film choc.
A Force of One, 1h27
Directed by Paul Aaron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Chuck Norris, Jennifer O'Neill, Clu Gulager, Ron O'Neal, Eric Laneuville, James Withmore Jr.
Roles Story
Rating51% 2.551382.551382.551382.551382.55138
When a team of undercover narcotics officers is targeted by a serial killer, the police recruit karate champion Matt Logan (Chuck Norris) to bring the murders to an end. Narcotics Officer Amanda "Mandy" Rust (Jennifer O'Neill) discovers that a traitor within the police ranks is behind the killings.
Street People
Directed by Maurizio Lucidi
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Roger Moore, Stacy Keach, Fausto Tozzi, Ivo Garrani, Ennio Balbo, Peter Martell
Roles Dialogue
Rating52% 2.61312.61312.61312.61312.6131
Un chef de la mafia est enragé quand il est soupçonné de faire passer une cargaison d'héroïne à San Francisco. Il dépêche son neveu, un avocat anglo-sicilien hotshot, pour identifier le vrai coupable. L'avocat recrute également l'aide de son meilleur ami, un pilote de grand prix avec une série d'aventures.
Report to the Commissioner, 1h52
Directed by Paul Baxley, Milton George Katselas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Michael Moriarty, Yaphet Kotto, Susan Blakely, Héctor Elizondo, Dana Elcar, Bob Balaban
Rating63% 3.1985853.1985853.1985853.1985853.198585
Patty Butler (Susan Blakely), an attractive young female police officer, is pretending to be a runaway girl with the nickname of "Chicklet." She has been given permission by the Department to be the live-in girlfriend of Thomas "Stick" Henderson (Tony King), a suspected drug dealer, so that they can gather evidence against him. To back up her cover story, Detective Bo Lockley (Michael Moriarty) has been given an almost impossible assignment: without being told she is actually an undercover officer, he is instructed to spend a few weeks trying to find this young runaway "Chicklet," who is believed to be somewhere in New York City. By Bo's actions of openly looking around and trying to find her, this will end up being reported back to Stick, which should convince him that his girlfriend really is a runaway.
High Plains Drifter, 1h45
Directed by Clint Eastwood, James Fargo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror, Western
Actors Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Geoffrey Lewis, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging
Rating74% 3.749733.749733.749733.749733.74973
A stranger on horseback rides into the isolated mining town of Lago. Three gun-toting men follow him into the saloon, taunting him to fight. When they follow him to the barbershop and begin threatening him, the Stranger quickly dispatches the three with little effort. Impressed with this performance, a dwarf named Mordecai, who works in the barbershop, befriends the Stranger. A woman named Callie Travers arranges to bump into the Stranger in the street, claiming loudly it was his fault. When she slaps the cigar from his mouth while insulting him, he drags her into the livery stable and has sexual relations with her in a very rough and aggressive manner (the scene is initially depicted as a rape, but by its end, the woman has clearly given her consent, as she is portrayed as an active, and seemingly enthusiastic participant in the act). Next, the Stranger rents a room at the hotel but declines to give a name to the hotelier. That night, he dreams about a man being brutally whipped. In the morning he returns to the barbershop for a bath. Callie Travers shoots at him after he is in the tub; inexplicably, he remains uninjured.
Shaft in Africa, 1h52
Directed by John Guillermin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about immigration, Films about terrorism, La précarité
Actors Richard Roundtree, Frank Finlay, Neda Arnerić, Vonetta McGee, Frank McRae, Spiros Focás
Roles Author
Rating59% 2.9515352.9515352.9515352.9515352.951535
At home in his New York City apartment, John Shaft is drugged with a tranquilizer dart, then kidnapped and persuaded by threats of physical force, the promise of money, and the lure of a pretty tutor to travel to Africa (much of the movie was filmed in Ethiopia), assuming the identity of a native-speaking itinerant worker. His job is to help break a criminal ring that is smuggling immigrants into Europe then exploiting them. But the villains have heard that he is on his way.
Shaft's Big Score!, 1h44
Directed by Gordon Parks
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo, Julius Harris, Joe Santos
Roles Author
Rating61% 3.0515653.0515653.0515653.0515653.051565
While New York is never at a loss for criminal activity, things take a turn for the worse when the corrupt co-owner of a funeral parlor and insurance agency kills his partner, a personal friend of John Shaft, only to discover that the money he was planning to steal to pay his gambling debts is missing. He makes a deal with the mobster he owes (Joseph Mascolo) to split the business but also makes the same deal with crime lord Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn). The bullets start flying when the hoods find they've been played against each other, and Shaft is forced to clean up the mess.
The French Connection, 1h44
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Medical-themed films, La provence, Films about drugs, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Rail transport films, Road movies, Chase films, Gangster films
Actors Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frédéric de Pasquale
Rating76% 3.8494553.8494553.8494553.8494553.849455
In Marseille, an undercover detective is following Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), a wealthy French criminal who runs the largest heroin-smuggling syndicate in the world. The policeman is assassinated by Charnier's hitman, Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi). Charnier plans to smuggle $32 million worth of heroin into the United States by hiding it in the car of his unsuspecting friend, French television personality Henri Devereaux (Frédéric de Pasquale).
Shaft
Shaft (1971)
, 1h40
Directed by Gordon Parks
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Christopher St. John, Charles Cioffi, Antonio Fargas, Lawrence Pressman
Roles Novel
Rating65% 3.299773.299773.299773.299773.29977
John Shaft, a private detective, is informed that some gangsters are looking for him. Police Lt. Vic Androzzi meets Shaft and unsuccessfully tries to get information from him on the two gangsters. After Androzzi leaves, Shaft spots one of the men waiting for him in his office building. He commandeers the first gangster, forcing him into his office where the second gangster is waiting. After a quick fight, Shaft dodges one of them who goes out the window, while the other surrenders and reveals to him that Bumpy Jonas, the leader of a Harlem-based organized crime family, wanted Shaft brought uptown to Harlem for a meeting.

Producer

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, 3h12
Directed by William A. Graham
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about religion
Actors Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Brad Dourif, LeVar Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Irene Cara
Roles Producer
Rating75% 3.7909053.7909053.7909053.7909053.790905
The film draws on Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account and reports from The Washington Post at the time, to describe the life of Jim Jones from a 1960s idealist to the November 1978 mass murder/suicide of members of Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. In the beginning of the film, Jim Jones is seen helping minorities and working against racism. Later, after a move to San Francisco and increased power and attention, Jones becomes focused on his belief in nuclear holocaust, and moves hundreds of his followers to Guyana. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is notified that some individuals are being held against their will, and after going to investigate, the Guyana tragedy itself is depicted.
Shaft's Big Score!, 1h44
Directed by Gordon Parks
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo, Julius Harris, Joe Santos
Roles Producer
Rating61% 3.0515653.0515653.0515653.0515653.051565
While New York is never at a loss for criminal activity, things take a turn for the worse when the corrupt co-owner of a funeral parlor and insurance agency kills his partner, a personal friend of John Shaft, only to discover that the money he was planning to steal to pay his gambling debts is missing. He makes a deal with the mobster he owes (Joseph Mascolo) to split the business but also makes the same deal with crime lord Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn). The bullets start flying when the hoods find they've been played against each other, and Shaft is forced to clean up the mess.