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Jeff Kanew is a Director, Scriptwriter, Co-Producer and Editor American born on 16 december 1944

Jeff Kanew

Jeff Kanew
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Nationality USA
Birth 16 december 1944 (79 years)

Jeffrey Roger Kanew (born December 16, 1944) is an American film director, writer and editor who early in his career made trailers for many films of the 1970s and is probably best known for directing the film Revenge of the Nerds (1984).and for editing "Ordinary People"

Kanew directed Gotcha! (1985) and Tough Guys (1986), the final film pairing actors Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. He also directed Douglas in 1983's Eddie Macon's Run, Troop Beverly Hills starring Shelley Long, V.I. Warshawski starring Kathleen Turner, Natural Enemies starring Hal Holbrook and Louise Fletcher, Babij Jar a holocaust drama, National Lampoon's Adam and Eve, several TV episodes, and the stage and video versions of the Kirk Douglas one man show "Before I Forget".

Kanew also directed the documentary Black Rodeo (1972) capturing the events surrounding the first ever performance of an all-black rodeo in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City.

Kanew's son, Justin Kanew, is a reality show contestant from season 15 and season 18 of The Amazing Race.

Best films

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
(Director)
Ordinary People (1980)
(Editor)

Usually with

Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(1 films)
Artur Brauner
Artur Brauner
(1 films)
Woody Strode
Woody Strode
(1 films)
Will Sasso
Will Sasso
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jeff Kanew (13 films)

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Director

National Lampoon's The Legend of Awesomest Maximus, 1h30
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Will Sasso, Rip Torn, Kristanna Loken, Sophie Monk, Russell Peters, Khary Payton
Rating42% 2.102012.102012.102012.102012.10201
Dans la Sparte antique, Awesomest Maximus est un général totalement incapable. Bien que promis à un destin hors du commun, Awesomest ne fait que briller par son incompétence. Ses ennemis profitent de la situation pour tenter de s'emparer du pouvoir de ce général insupportable de médiocrité...
Adam and Eve, 1h31
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Cameron Douglas, Emmanuelle Chriqui, George Dzundza, Chad Lindberg, Lisa Wilhoit, Jake Hoffman
Rating43% 2.1539952.1539952.1539952.1539952.153995
Adam is a college senior, and an aspiring singer/songwriter. He meets Eve, a beautiful, bright student and talented sports still photographer. They begin dating, and is incredulous to learn that Eve is still a virgin, as she does not wish to have sex until it feels right for her.
V.I. Warshawski, 1h29
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Kathleen Turner, Jay O. Sanders, Charles Durning, Angela Goethals, Frederick Coffin, Stephen Root
Rating49% 2.45072.45072.45072.45072.4507
Victoria "V.I" Warshawski is a Chicago-based freelance private investigator who lives the part of the hard-boiled detective. But in her heart of hearts, she is a softy. One night, while she is drinking at her favorite bar, she meets an ex-Blackhawks hockey player named Boom-Boom Grafalk (Stephen Meadows). The two connect and a romance appears to be in the making. But Warshawski is nevertheless surprised when Boom-Boom appears at her doorstep later that night with his 13-year-old daughter, Kat (Angela Goethals) in tow.
Troop Beverly Hills, 1h43
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Actors Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Jenny Lewis, Stephanie Beacham
Rating58% 2.9488452.9488452.9488452.9488452.948845
On the last day of school in 1988, Phyllis Nefler (Shelley Long) is a Beverly Hills wife recently separated from her husband, Freddy (Craig T. Nelson), a wealthy owner of an auto shop chain. Freddy feels Phyllis has become a self-absorbed "shopaholic" who never follows through on her commitments, and that she has drifted from the caring, imaginative personality that made him marry her. To prove him wrong, Phyllis decides to become the new den mother of their daughter, Hannah's (Jenny Lewis) unruly, leaderless local girl scout troop of Wilderness Girls. While Phyllis is boutique-hopping along Rodeo Drive, the council is overlooking her application, then approving it as they believe Phyllis has the makings of an excellent den leader. Although Phyllis severely lacks the skills found in most troop leaders, she resolves to teach the girls how to survive in "the wilds of Beverly Hills," even customizing new merit badges for her troop. One campout results in the troop getting hit by a rain squall, which Phyllis and the girls flee to the Beverly Hills Hotel. Despite her unorthodox ways, Phyllis demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the girls' well-being and acts as a surrogate mother/friend to the girls, who are often neglected by their own wealthy and distracted parents. However, during an award ceremony on a yacht, a woman gets knocked overboard and asks for a life saver and Phyllis responds which flavor. Fred remarks he was hoping to see Hannah learn a few outdoors and civil defense skills, such as first aid, and he is unsure about that under Phyllis' mentorship. Her unorthodox methods also run afoul of another scout leader, Velda Plendor (Betty Thomas), a mean-spirited, retired army nurse who runs her troop, the Culver City "Red Feathers" (of which her own daughter, Cleo (Dinah Lacey) is a member), like a military unit. Because Velda has considerable pull at the regional council level, she declares Phyllis' customized merit badges ineligible and sends her assistant troop leader, Annie Herman (Mary Gross), to infiltrate Troop Beverly Hills.
Tough Guys
Tough Guys (1986)
, 1h44
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning, Eli Wallach, Darlanne Fluegel, Dana Carvey
Rating61% 3.0975653.0975653.0975653.0975653.097565
Harry Doyle (Lancaster) and Archie Long (Douglas) are gangsters who've served a 30-year prison sentence for hijacking a Southern Pacific train called The Gold Coast Flyer, ready to collect Social Security.
Gotcha!
Gotcha! (1985)
, 1h37
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films, Politique, Political films
Actors Anthony Edwards, Linda Fiorentino, Jsu Garcia, Alex Rocco, Marla Adams, Klaus Löwitsch
Rating61% 3.0971253.0971253.0971253.0971253.097125
UCLA college student Jonathan Moore (Anthony Edwards) is playing a game called "Gotcha" (popular on mid-1980s college campuses as "Assassin" or "Tag"), wherein the players are all assigned a mock "hit" on another player by use of a harmless paintball gun. Moore and his apartment roommate Manolo go on a vacation to Paris, France. After touring some of Paris, in a cafe Moore meets Sasha Banicek (Linda Fiorentino), a Czechoslovakian girl. Eventually, Jonathan has intercourse with Sasha, losing his virginity.
Revenge of the Nerds, 1h27
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Children's films, Teen movie
Actors Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Curtis Armstrong, Andrew Cassese, Michelle Meyrink
Rating65% 3.298933.298933.298933.298933.29893
Best friends and nerds Lewis Skolnick and Gilbert Lowe enroll in Adams College to study computer science. They are kicked out of the freshmen dorms by the Alpha Betas, a fraternity composed primarily of football team members, after the Alpha's carelessly burn down their frat house. Dean Ulich sets up the freshmen in temporary quarters in the school's gymnasium, but allows them to rush the fraternities to alleviate their housing situation. Lewis, Gilbert, and other nerds fail to gain fraternity membership, but are able to rent and completely renovate a rundown two-story campus house.
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
Rating56% 2.8046952.8046952.8046952.8046952.804695
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."
Natural Enemies, 1h40
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Hal Holbrook, Louise Fletcher, Elizabeth Berridge, Viveca Lindfors, José Ferrer, Patricia Mauceri
Rating68% 3.421443.421443.421443.421443.42144
Un homme complote pour tuer sa femme et ses enfants, déguisant son plan en une histoire fictive pour son entreprise.

Scriptwriter

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
Rating56% 2.8046952.8046952.8046952.8046952.804695
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."
Natural Enemies, 1h40
Directed by Jeff Kanew
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Hal Holbrook, Louise Fletcher, Elizabeth Berridge, Viveca Lindfors, José Ferrer, Patricia Mauceri
Rating68% 3.421443.421443.421443.421443.42144
Un homme complote pour tuer sa femme et ses enfants, déguisant son plan en une histoire fictive pour son entreprise.

Producer

Yippee: A Journey to Jewish Joy, 1h14
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about religion, Documentary films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Paul Mazursky
Roles Co-Producer
Rating69% 3.4797953.4797953.4797953.4797953.479795
The documentary film follows filmmaker Mazursky as he goes to Ukraine for a festival for Hasidic Jews.