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James Bridges is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 3 february 1936 at Paris (USA)

James Bridges

James Bridges
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Nationality USA
Birth 3 february 1936 at Paris (USA)
Death 6 june 1993 (at 57 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

James Bridges (February 3, 1936 — June 6, 1993) was an American screenwriter and film director.

Bridges was born in Paris, Arkansas. He got his start as a writer for Alfred Hitchcock Presents after catching the attention of Norman Lloyd, a producer for the series. One of his episodes, An Unlocked Window, earned him a 1966 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Episode in a TV Series.

Bridges went on to write and direct a number of notable films, including The Baby Maker, The Paper Chase, September 30, 1955, The China Syndrome, Urban Cowboy, Perfect, and Bright Lights, Big City. Bridges was a mentor to actress Debra Winger.

From 1958 to 1993, his life partner was actor Jack Larson, best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Adventures of Superman.

Bridges died in Los Angeles, California of cancer. The James Bridges Theater at University of California, Los Angeles was named in his honor in November 1999. Bridges was a faculty member there early in his career.

Best films

Urban Cowboy (1980)
(Director)
The China Syndrome (1979)
(Director)
The Paper Chase (1973)
(Director)

Usually with

Jack Larson
Jack Larson
(5 films)
Gordon Willis
Gordon Willis
(4 films)
Debra Winger
Debra Winger
(2 films)
Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of James Bridges (17 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Invasion of the Saucer-Men, 1h9
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Horror
Themes Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Lyn Osborn, Ed Nelson, James Bridges
Roles Bobby
Rating55% 2.752212.752212.752212.752212.75221
A flying saucer lands in the woods. A teenage couple, Johnny Carter (Terrell) and Joan Haydon (Castillo), while driving to their local lover's lane without the headlights on, accidentally run down one of the saucer's large-headed occupants.
Johnny Trouble, 1h20
Directed by John H. Auer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Ethel Barrymore, Cecil Kellaway, Stuart Whitman, Carolyn Jones, Jesse White, Edd Byrnes
Roles Ike
Rating60% 3.01193.01193.01193.01193.0119
For 27 years, invalid Katherine Chandler has been waiting for her missing son John to return to her. A nearby college buys her apartment building and intends to evict her and construct a men's dormitory, but Katherine has a lease that stipulates she cannot be moved without her consent.

Director

Bright Lights, Big City, 1h47
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Frances Sternhagen, Swoosie Kurtz, Tracy Pollan
Rating57% 2.8509952.8509952.8509952.8509952.850995
Originally from Pennsylvania, Jamie Conway (Michael J. Fox) works as a fact-checker for a major New York magazine, but because he spends his nights partying with his glib best friend (Kiefer Sutherland) and his frequent cocaine abuse, he's on the verge of getting fired by his boss, Clara Tillinghast (Frances Sternhagen). His wife Amanda, a fast-rising model (Phoebe Cates), just left him; he's still reeling from the death of his mother (Dianne Wiest) a year earlier; and he's obsessed with a tabloid story about a pregnant woman in a coma. The movie captures some of the glossy chaos and decadence of the New York nightlife during the 1980s and also its look at a man desperately trying to escape the pain in his life.
Perfect
Perfect (1985)
, 1h55
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marilu Henner, Laraine Newman, Murphy Dunne, Kenneth Welsh
Rating43% 2.157212.157212.157212.157212.15721
Rolling Stone reporter Adam Lawrence (John Travolta) is sent from New York to Los Angeles to write an article about a businessman arrested for a drug dealing. During his stay in L.A., Adam sees a chance to collect material for another story about how "Fitness clubs are the singles bars of the '80s".
Mike's Murder, 1h49
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Debra Winger, Paul Winfield, Darrell Larson, Dan Shor
Rating58% 2.904892.904892.904892.904892.90489
In Los Angeles, bank teller Betty Parrish (Debra Winger) has a one-night stand with a young tennis instructor named Mike (Mark Keyloun), but then has only random contact with him over the course of the next two years.
Urban Cowboy, 2h12
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance, Western
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Barry Corbin, Madolyn Smith, Cooper Huckabee
Rating62% 3.148863.148863.148863.148863.14886
Bud Davis (John Travolta) moves to Houston for a job in the city's oil refinery industry. He hopes to save enough money to move back to his hometown of Spur, Texas and buy some land. Bud stays with his Uncle Bob (Barry Corbin) and his family, to whom Bud is close. Bob takes Bud to the local honky tonk, Gilley's (at the time, an actual bar in Pasadena, co-owned by singer Mickey Gilley and his record producer Sherwood Cryer). Bud quickly embraces the local nightlife there.
The China Syndrome, 2h2
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about writers, La fin du monde, Films about journalists, Films about television, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Richard Herd, Scott Brady, Wilford Brimley
Rating73% 3.698833.698833.698833.698833.69883
While visiting the (fictional) Ventana nuclear power plant outside Los Angeles, television news reporter Kimberly Wells (Fonda), her cameraman Richard Adams (Douglas) and their soundman Hector Salas witness the plant going through an emergency shutdown (SCRAM). Shift Supervisor Jack Godell (Lemmon) notices an unusual vibration while grabbing his cup of coffee which he had set down. He then finds that a gauge is misreading and that the coolant is dangerously low (he thought it was overflowing). The crew manages to bring the reactor under control and can be seen celebrating and expressing relief.
September 30, 1955, 1h41
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Richard Thomas, Susan Tyrrell, Lisa Blount, Tom Hulce, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Christopher
Rating65% 3.293683.293683.293683.293683.29368
Set in Conway, Arkansas, the film portrays the reaction of the citizens of the town when they hear that James Dean has died in a car crash. Jimmy J. (Richard Thomas), a young man who idolizes Dean, is particularly affected.
The Paper Chase, 1h51
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about education
Actors Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman, James Naughton, Graham Beckel, Edward Herrmann
Rating71% 3.5978753.5978753.5978753.5978753.597875
James Hart (Timothy Bottoms) starts his first year at Harvard Law School in a very bad way. In his contract law course with Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. (John Houseman), he assumes the first class will be an outline of the course. When Kingsfield immediately delves into the material using the Socratic method and asks Hart the first question, he is totally unprepared and feels so utterly humiliated that, after class, he throws up in the bathroom.
The Baby Maker, 1h49
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Pregnancy films
Actors Barbara Hershey, Scott Glenn, Collin Wilcox, Jeannie Berlin, Helena Kallianiotes, Brenda Sykes
Rating61% 3.0536353.0536353.0536353.0536353.053635
Barbara Hershey portrays a flower child who is hired to have the baby of a middle-class couple (Collin Wilcox-Horne and Sam Groom).

Scriptwriter

White Hunter, Black Heart, 1h52
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about films, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong, Marisa Berenson, Charlotte Cornwell
Rating65% 3.2992253.2992253.2992253.2992253.299225
In the early 1950s, world-renowned film maker John Wilson (Eastwood), travels to Africa for his next film bringing with him a young writer chum named Pete Verrill (Jeff Fahey). While there, he becomes obsessed with hunting elephants while neglecting the preparations for the film. This leads to a conflict between the men on several levels, most notably over the idea of killing for sport such a grand animal. Even Wilson concedes that it is so wrong that it is not just a crime against nature, but a "sin." Yet he cannot overcome his desire to bring down a giant bull, a "tusker" with massive ivory tusks. Wilson's final realization that his is a petty, ignoble pursuit comes at a late point and with a tragic price, as the local expert guide Kivu (Boy Mathias Chuma) is killed protecting him from an elephant Wilson decides not to shoot.
Beg for Love, 2h6
Directed by Eddie García
Origin Philippines
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Edu Manzano, Dina Bonnevie, Evangeline Rose Eigenmann y Gil, Laurice Guillen
Roles Story

On the outside, married couple Fina (Santos) and Rodel (Manzano) Alcaraz appear to be a match made in heaven, but behind the thick walls of their home, their relationship is on the verge of crumbling. Despite being relatively affluent, the couple is empty as they are childless, for any attempt to conceive might prove fatal to Fina due to her condition. In an act of desperation, Rodel takes matters into his own hands and seeks the services of a surrogate, Ditas (Bonnevie).
Perfect
Perfect (1985)
, 1h55
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marilu Henner, Laraine Newman, Murphy Dunne, Kenneth Welsh
Rating43% 2.157212.157212.157212.157212.15721
Rolling Stone reporter Adam Lawrence (John Travolta) is sent from New York to Los Angeles to write an article about a businessman arrested for a drug dealing. During his stay in L.A., Adam sees a chance to collect material for another story about how "Fitness clubs are the singles bars of the '80s".
Mike's Murder, 1h49
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Debra Winger, Paul Winfield, Darrell Larson, Dan Shor
Roles Writer
Rating58% 2.904892.904892.904892.904892.90489
In Los Angeles, bank teller Betty Parrish (Debra Winger) has a one-night stand with a young tennis instructor named Mike (Mark Keyloun), but then has only random contact with him over the course of the next two years.
Urban Cowboy, 2h12
Directed by James Bridges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance, Western
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Barry Corbin, Madolyn Smith, Cooper Huckabee
Rating62% 3.148863.148863.148863.148863.14886
Bud Davis (John Travolta) moves to Houston for a job in the city's oil refinery industry. He hopes to save enough money to move back to his hometown of Spur, Texas and buy some land. Bud stays with his Uncle Bob (Barry Corbin) and his family, to whom Bud is close. Bob takes Bud to the local honky tonk, Gilley's (at the time, an actual bar in Pasadena, co-owned by singer Mickey Gilley and his record producer Sherwood Cryer). Bud quickly embraces the local nightlife there.