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James A. Contner is a Actor, Director, Director of Photography and Cinematography American born on 12 june 1947

James A. Contner

James A. Contner
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Nationality USA
Birth 12 june 1947 (72 years)

James Atwater Contner is an American film, television director and cinematographer. His work includes episodes of such television series as Miami Vice, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Star Trek: Enterprise. He has also directed several films, including One Hot Summer Night (1998), and Shark Swarm (2008).

Best films

Jaws 3-D (1983)
(Director of Photography)
On Golden Pond (1981)
(Camera Operator)

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Tom Savini
Tom Savini
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Jeff Kanew
Jeff Kanew
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Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
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Filmography of James A. Contner (15 films)

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Actor

Ladies of the House, 2h
Directed by James A. Contner
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Florence Henderson, Michael Ensign, Judith Baldwin, Donna Mills, Pam Grier, Lance Henriksen
Rating60% 3.008023.008023.008023.008023.00802
A house owned by a church to be sold to fund the day care center's need of major remodeling. The pastor enlists three women to take on the project: Birdie, Rose, and Elizabeth. Initially they want to hire someone to do it all, but as their budget is limited, they realize they must to do it themselves. As they remodel the decrepit house, Elizabeth (Donna Mills) discovers her marriage is over, Birdie (Pam Grier) deals with her husband's retirement, and Rose (Florence Henderson) copes with the news that her husband (Lance Henriksen), has been diagnosed with cancer. They also make unlikely friendships with men at the local hardware store, and their intimidating neighbor, Junior.

Director

Shark Swarm, 2h47
Directed by James A. Contner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about sharks, Natural horror films
Actors Daryl Hannah, John Schneider, Armand Assante, F. Murray Abraham, Roark Critchlow, Heather McComb
Rating36% 1.816021.816021.816021.816021.81602
Corporate real estate tycoon Hamilton Lux (Armand Assante) sets his sights on developing the quaint seaside town of Full Moon Bay into a prime getaway for the wealthy, but runs into some unexpected problems. Lifelong fisherman Daniel Wilder (John Schneider) and wife Brooke (Daryl Hannah) own property exactly where Lux wants to build high-priced condos, and isn't planning to sell. Lux secretly laces the local waters with a toxin deadly to marine life, decimating the fishing industry in an attempt to starve Daniel out. Alas, the chemical react differently on the area's sharks, drastically increasing their aggressive tendencies and transforming them into engines of pure destruction moving in coordinated swarms. Without fish to feed on, shark attacks on humans rapidly increase. Lux uses media contacts to paint the attacks as random incidents. Daniel, his marine biologist brother and a concerned E.P.A. agent must expose Lux's plan and rid the area of the chemically-altered sharks before the town's entire population is devoured by hungry sharks.
Ladies of the House, 2h
Directed by James A. Contner
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Florence Henderson, Michael Ensign, Judith Baldwin, Donna Mills, Pam Grier, Lance Henriksen
Rating60% 3.008023.008023.008023.008023.00802
A house owned by a church to be sold to fund the day care center's need of major remodeling. The pastor enlists three women to take on the project: Birdie, Rose, and Elizabeth. Initially they want to hire someone to do it all, but as their budget is limited, they realize they must to do it themselves. As they remodel the decrepit house, Elizabeth (Donna Mills) discovers her marriage is over, Birdie (Pam Grier) deals with her husband's retirement, and Rose (Florence Henderson) copes with the news that her husband (Lance Henriksen), has been diagnosed with cancer. They also make unlikely friendships with men at the local hardware store, and their intimidating neighbor, Junior.
Touched By Evil, 1h36
Directed by James A. Contner
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Paula Abdul, Adrian Pasdar, Susan Ruttan, Charlayne Woodard, Tracy Nelson, Gillian Barber
Rating51% 2.577382.577382.577382.577382.57738
Ellen Collier (Paula Abdul), a well-put-together businesswoman finds comfort and security in her relationship with her loving and supporting new boyfriend, car salesman Jerry Braskin (Adrian Pasdar), after being savagely attacked by a serial rapist. But other rapes occur just when Ellen thought it was safe for her slowly break free from her self-imposed shell, which eventually causes her to believe that Jerry is hiding a very dark secret. Eventually Ellen is confronted with rock-solid evidence that her boyfriend Jerry is the very same man who raped her, and she has to save herself before it's too late.
When Friendship Kills, 1h36
Directed by James A. Contner
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Lynda Carter, Katie Wright, Marley Shelton, Josh Taylor, Kevin McNulty, Ryan Reynolds
Rating65% 3.2952853.2952853.2952853.2952853.295285
Lexi Archer is a teenager who, after the divorce of her parents, moves with her mother Kathryn and younger sister Jill from Chicago to Seattle. At her new school, she befriends Jennifer Harnsberger, a popular straight A student whom she meets during volleyball tryouts. After her volleyball coach suggests that Lexi should lose a few pounds in order to enhance her athletic performance, she starts to look for ways to diet. When Jennifer admits to being bulimic, they decide to diet and work out together.
She Woke Up Pregnant, 1h31
Directed by James A. Contner
Origin USA
Actors Michele Greene, William R. Moses, Lynda Carter, Theresa Saldana, Rachel Hayward, Joe Penny
Rating61% 3.0526753.0526753.0526753.0526753.052675
Connie connaît le bonheur avec son mari Tom et leurs deux filles, jusqu'à ce que d'affreux cauchemars viennent la hanter : nuit après nuit, elle se voit victime de viol. À la suite d'un malaise, elle consulte un médecin qui lui apprend qu'elle est enceinte de deux mois. Connie est d'autant plus étonnée que Tom a subi une vasectomie. Elle essaye donc de comprendre et finit par se persuader qu'elle a été violée. Elle se souvient alors avoir été soignée chez le dentiste Roger Nolton, sous anesthésie générale. Interrogé par la police, il avoue avoir eu une liaison avec Connie et donne une conférence de presse au cours de laquelle il affirme avoir rompu avec elle en raison de son instabilité. Tom ne comprend pas le refus de Connie d'avorter, aussi prend-il du recul. Mais une ancienne actrice de films pornos lui avoue avoir été violée deux ans auparavant par Nolton[.

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Monkey Shines, 1h53
Directed by George A. Romero
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Medical-themed films, Natural horror films, Films about apes, Films about disabilities, Comedy horror films
Actors Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci
Roles Director of Photography
Rating62% 3.1000353.1000353.1000353.1000353.100035
Monkey Shines tells the story of an athlete, Allan Mann (Jason Beghe), who is rendered quadriplegic when struck by a truck. Mann fails to adjust to his condition, becoming suicidal and despondent. When Geoffrey, a scientist friend of his (John Pankow), who has been experimenting with the injection of human brain tissue into monkeys, learns this, he is prompted to supply one of the experimental monkeys, named "Ella" (played by Boo, whose vocal effects are provided by Frank Welker), to Allan as a helper.
The Flamingo Kid, 1h40
Directed by Garry Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Matt Dillon, Héctor Elizondo, Janet Jones, Richard Crenna, Jessica Walter, Brian McNamara
Roles Director of Photography
Rating62% 3.1005853.1005853.1005853.1005853.100585
In the summer of 1963, Jeffrey Willis (Matt Dillon) joins some friends for a day of Gin rummy at the El Flamingo Club, a private beach resort. There, he meets the girl of his dreams Carla Sampson (Janet Jones). After the Gin game and being told of the club's strict policy regarding guests, Jeffrey is upset, but not for long, since he immediately landed a job as a car valet and eventually, cabana steward. Jeffrey is a kid from a middle class Brooklyn family and his father (Elizondo) does not approve of him working at the private club.
Eddie Macon's Run, 1h25
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Lee Purcell, Leah Ayres, Tom Noonan, J. C. Quinn
Roles Director of Photography
Rating56% 2.8069352.8069352.8069352.8069352.806935
Eddie Macon (Schneider) was wrongly convicted of a crime. While performing at a prison rodeo in Huntsville, Texas, he escapes and heads for the border, hoping to join his family in Mexico. Marzack (Douglas) is a cop in hot pursuit of Eddie, determined to put him back in jail. Eddie has no transportation, so he takes the journey on foot. He ends up in the woods, where he is nearly killed. He meets Jilly Buck, a bored rich girl who agrees to help him because it's "just a slow Wednesday."
Jaws 3-D
Jaws 3-D (1983)
, 1h39
Directed by Joe Alves
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about sharks, Natural horror films, Mise en scène d'un poisson
Actors Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett Jr., John Putch, Simon MacCorkindale
Roles Director of Photography
Rating36% 1.8059951.8059951.8059951.8059951.805995
A great white shark follows a team of water skiers. The driver stalls the ski boat but manages to restart it before the shark can approach. The shark follows the water skiers into the SeaWorld park and throws the gate off its rails while it is closing. Meanwhile, Florida announces the opening of SeaWorld's new glass covered underwater tunnels that allow close up views of the park's animals.
So Fine
So Fine (1981)
, 1h30
Directed by Andrew Bergman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Ryan O'Neal, Jack Warden, Mariangela Melato, Richard Kiel, Fred Gwynne, Mike Kellin
Roles Director of Photography
Rating49% 2.46232.46232.46232.46232.4623
NYC dress manufacturer Jack (Warden) is in debt to loan shark "Mr Eddie" (Kiel), who tells him that Jack's son Bobby (O'Neal) must join the firm as "new blood", despite Bobby's complete lack of knowledge of the dress business, and current career as a Professor of American Literature at a small liberal arts college. Kidnapped by two of Eddie's goons, Bobby is forced to come back to the city and join his father's business. Bobby complicates matters by falling in love with Mr Eddie's neglected wife, the cultured Lira (Melato). After a late-night tryst at the home of Eddie and Lira, Bobby accidentally invents the solution to his father's problem: see-through denim blue jeans with strategically placed holes in the rear that expose one's backside. The fickle public goes crazy over the "sexy" new style. "Fine Fashions" repays its debt to Eddie, and Bobby goes back to his college. However, Lira follows him, and Eddie finds out about them and heads to the school in a murderous rage. Jack follows anxiously, and the last quarter of the film involves Lira stepping in for an ill singer to perform the role of Desdemona in the school's version of the opera Otello. Eddie knocks out the male lead and himself takes the role of Othello. Jack and Bobby then do their best to stay alive while trying to protect Lira from her jealous husband.
On Golden Pond, 1h49
Directed by Mark Rydell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Seafaring films, Théâtre, Transport films, Films based on plays
Actors Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Troy Garity, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman
Roles Camera Operator
Rating76% 3.8487753.8487753.8487753.8487753.848775
An aging couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer, continue the long tradition of spending each summer at their cottage on a lake in the far reaches of northern New England called Golden Pond. When they first arrive, Ethel notices the loons calling on the lake "welcoming them home". As they resettle into their summer home, Norman's memory problems arise when he is unable to recognize several family photographs, which he copes with by frequently talking about death and growing old. They are visited by their only child, a daughter, Chelsea, who is somewhat estranged from her curmudgeon of a father. She introduces her parents to her fiance Bill and his thirteen-year-old son Billy. Norman tries to play mind games with Bill, an apparent pastime of his, but Bill won't hear of it, saying he can only take so much. In another conversation, Chelsea discusses with Ethel her frustration over her relationship with her overbearing father, feeling that even though she lives thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, she still feels like she's answering to him. Before they depart for a European vacation, Chelsea and Bill ask the Thayers to permit Billy to stay with them while they have some time to themselves. Norman, seeming more senile and cynical than usual due to his 80th birthday and heart palpitations, agrees to Billy's staying. Ethel tells him that he's the sweetest man in the world, but she is the only one who knows it.
Cruising
Cruising (1980)
, 1h42
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Horror, Crime, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, BDSM in films, LGBT-related films, Serial killer films, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino, Jay Acovone
Roles Director of Photography
Rating63% 3.1994553.1994553.1994553.1994553.199455
In New York City during the middle of a hot summer, body parts of men are showing up in the Hudson River. The police suspect it to be the work of a serial killer who is picking up homosexual men at West Village bars like the Eagle's Nest, the Ramrod, and the Cock Pit, then taking them to cheap rooming houses or motels, tying them up and stabbing them to death.
Times Square, 1h51
Directed by Allan Moyle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson, Tim Curry, Steve James, Peter Coffield, Herbert Berghof
Roles Director of Photography
Rating66% 3.3485453.3485453.3485453.3485453.348545
Nicky Marotta (Robin Johnson) and Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado) are two teenage girls who meet in the New York Neurological Hospital, where they are both being examined for mental illness. Pamela feels lonely and misunderstood, and is neglected and exploited by her father, a prominent and wealthy environmental commissioner running a campaign to "clean up" Times Square. Nicky is a tough-talking street kid with musical aspirations, sent to the hospital for an evaluation after an altercation with the police. Sharing a room, the frank Nicky and the shy Pamela become friends; Nicky tells Pamela that she stages seizures to keep out of juvenile detention. Nicky admires Pamela's poetic spirit; Pamela admires Nicky's forthright attitude, and resents the condescending way in which the doctors treat her. Nicky tells Pamela not to take her meds as they "take your fight away." She also reads a poem that Pamela wrote about her: "Your ribs are my ladder, Nicky/I'm so amazed, I'm so amazed." Nicky is released from the hospital, and later returns, ostensibly for an appointment for her social worker, but really to break Pamela out. Both girls escape from the hospital, steal an ambulance, and hide out in an abandoned Chelsea Piers No.56 on the Hudson River. Pamela tells Nicky, "Everything you do, or you say, is poetry. At least, I think so." The girls seal their devotion to each other with a blood oath and make a pact to scream out each other's names in times of trouble.