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Jim Abrahams is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 10 may 1944 at Shorewood (USA)

Jim Abrahams

Jim Abrahams
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Nationality USA
Birth 10 may 1944 (76 years) at Shorewood (USA)
Awards Writers Guild of America Award

James S. "Jim" Abrahams (born May 10, 1944) is an American movie director and writer.

Best films

Hot Shots! (1991)
(Director)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
(Scriptwriter)
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
(Director)
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
(Writer)
Airplane! (1980)
(Director)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
(Writer)

Usually with

David Zucker
David Zucker
(8 films)
Jerry Zucker
Jerry Zucker
(7 films)
Pat Proft
Pat Proft
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jim Abrahams (17 films)

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Actor

Oscar
Oscar (1991)
, 1h49
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Marisa Tomei, Ornella Muti, Tim Curry, Chazz Palminteri, Peter Riegert
Roles Postman (uncredited)
Rating65% 3.2983653.2983653.2983653.2983653.298365
In the prologue, gangster Angelo "Snaps" Provolone promises his dying father (Kirk Douglas) that he will give up a life of crime, and instead "go straight".
Coming to America, 1h56
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Monde imaginaire
Actors Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, John Amos
Roles Face on Cutting Room Floor
Rating69% 3.497663.497663.497663.497663.49766
Akeem Joffer, the crown prince to the throne of the wealthy African nation of Zamunda, lives a pampered lifestyle with every daily facet performed by servants. Akeem has become fed up with this and wishes to do more for himself. The final straw comes when his parents, King Jaffe and Queen Aeoleon, present him with an arranged bride-to-be named Imani Izzi, whom he has never met and who has been trained to obey Akeem's every command. Akeem concocts a plan to travel to the United States to find an intelligent, independent-minded woman he can both love and respect, and who will love Akeem for who he is and not for his wealth and social status as a prince. Akeem and his best friend/personal aide, Semmi, flip a coin to decide between going to either Los Angeles or New York City, and end up going to New York City. They end up in the borough of Queens and rent a run-down apartment in the neighborhood of Long Island City, passing themselves off as poor foreign students. They begin working at a local fast food restaurant called McDowell's—an obvious ripoff of McDonald's—owned by widower Cleo McDowell and his two daughters, Lisa and Patrice.
Top Secret!, 1h30
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Films about music and musicians, Politique, Political films
Actors Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Jeremy Kemp
Rating71% 3.59933.59933.59933.59933.5993
Nick Rivers (Kilmer), a United States rock star, has the number one song in America ("Skeet Surfing"). He travels to East Germany to perform at a cultural festival, and at a dinner, he sees the beautiful Hillary Flammond (Gutteridge), a member of the resistance movement, attempting to avoid the authorities. He pretends to be her date to get to know her, and performs an impromptu song and dance ("Tutti-Frutti") mistakenly thinking that he was asked to do so, to the delight of Hillary and the crowd but to the annoyance of the emcee who intended to introduce someone else. He later sees Hillary at a ballet, where she is trying to meet with a resistance contact, but is met by the police instead. Nick saves her and they try to escape, but Nick turns himself in so that Hillary can get away. He is taken to a prison where he is questioned and tortured, but he knows nothing and does not break. In an escape attempt, he ends up in the secret lab of Dr. Paul Flammond (Gough), a brilliant scientist developing the "Polaris naval mine", a device that can destroy the entire NATO submarine fleet; the Germans force him to work by threatening to kill his daughter Hillary. Nick is recaptured and scheduled for execution.
Airplane!
Airplane! (1980)
, 1h25
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Aviation films, Musical films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves
Roles Religious zealot #6
Rating76% 3.8473353.8473353.8473353.8473353.847335
Ex-fighter pilot and taxi driver Ted Striker (Robert Hays) became traumatized during an unnamed war, leading to a pathological fear of flying. As a result, he is unable to hold a responsible job. His wartime girlfriend, Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty), now a flight attendant, leaves him. Striker nervously boards a Boeing 707 (Trans American Flight 209) from Los Angeles to Chicago on which she is serving, hoping to win her back, but she rebuffs him.
The Kentucky Fried Movie, 1h30
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Sports films, Films about television, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, Martial arts films
Actors Marilyn Joi, Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Tony Dow, Donald Sutherland, Branscombe Richmond
Rating64% 3.2489053.2489053.2489053.2489053.248905
Un film de sketches totalement satirique et délirant, où tous les genres se mêlent (films de pub, films de Kung Fu, films catastrophe, films de guerre, films d'espionnage, films de mafia, films pornos...), HAMBURGER FILM SANDWICH est truffé de participation amicales insolites (un ex-James Bond, Bill Bixby en Hulk, Donald Sutherland, Henry Ibsen - le nazi des BLUES BROTHERS, etc...). Les références aux films cultes des années 70, sont innombrables (Dirty Harry, Opération Dragon, La tour infernale, etc.) Irracontable, même en se forçant... Un concentré de mauvais goût, politiquement incorrect et parfaitement irrespectueux.

Director

Jane Austen's Mafia!, 1h23
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about immigration, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Lloyd Bridges, Olympia Dukakis, Christina Applegate, Louis Mandylor, Jay Mohr, Jason Fuchs
Rating56% 2.8490352.8490352.8490352.8490352.849035
Like The Godfather Part II, the narrative of Mafia! consists of a series of flashbacks interwoven with the main plot. Tony is the son of a prominent Mafia don, Vincenzo Armani Windbreaker Cortino. As the film opens, Tony introduces the main thread when he exits a Vegas casino and walks to his car, accompanied by a voiceover explaining his philosophy of life. When he starts the car, it explodes.
...First Do No Harm, 1h30
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Meryl Streep, Fred Ward, Seth Adkins, Allison Janney, Margo Martindale, Leo Burmester
Rating68% 3.4494053.4494053.4494053.4494053.449405
The film tells a story in the life of a Midwestern family, the Reimullers. Lori (played by Meryl Streep) is the mother of three children and the wife of Dave (Fred Ward), a truck driver. The family are presented as happy, normal and comfortable financially: they have just bought a horse and are planning a holiday to Hawaii. Then the youngest son, Robbie (Seth Adkins), has a sudden unexplained fall at school. A short while later, he has another unprovoked fall while playing with his brother, and is seen having a convulsive seizure. Robbie is taken to the hospital where a number of procedures are performed: a CT scan, a lumbar puncture, an electroencephalogram (EEG) and blood tests. No cause is found but the two falls are regarded as epileptic seizures and the child diagnosed with epilepsy.
Hot Shots! Part Deux, 1h26
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Military humor in film, Politique, Children's films
Actors Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino, Richard Crenna, Brenda Bakke, Miguel Ferrer
Rating65% 3.2992753.2992753.2992753.2992753.299275
One night, an American special forces team invades Saddam Hussein's (Haleva) palace and a nearby prison camp to rescue captured soldiers from Operation Desert Storm and to eliminate Saddam, but they find the Iraqis prepared for them, and the entire rescue team is captured. This failed operation turns out to be the latest in a series of rescue attempts which were foiled by the Iraqis, and consequently the advisors of President Benson (Admiral Benson in the previous film, played by Bridges) suspect sabotage in their own ranks. Colonel Denton Walters (Crenna) suggests to gain the aid of war hero Topper Harley (Sheen) for the next mission, but Topper has retired from the Navy and become a Buddhist in a small Thai village. Walters and Michelle Huddleston (Bakke), CIA, arrive and try to persuade him to come out of retirement in order to rescue the imprisoned soldiers and the previous rescue parties.
Hot Shots!
Hot Shots! (1991)
, 1h24
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Military humor in film, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Children's films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Jon Cryer, Kevin Dunn
Rating67% 3.397953.397953.397953.397953.39795
The film begins at Flemner Air Base 20 years prior. A pilot named Leland "Buzz" Harley (Bill Irwin) loses control of his plane and ejects, leaving his co-pilot Dominic "Mailman" Farnum (Ryan Stiles) to crash alone; although Mailman survives, he's mistaken for a deer owing to the branches stuck to his helmet and is shot by a hunter. Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) wakes up from a nightmare he's having about the event when Lt. Commander Block (Kevin Dunn) asks him to return to active duty as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, to help on a new top secret mission: Operation Sleepy Weasel.
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, 1h35
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins, Graham Beckel, Thomas Wilson Brown, Frances Fisher
Rating59% 2.9532952.9532952.9532952.9532952.953295
The film's main character is a 15-year-old girl named Dinky Bossetti (Ryder). Dinky was adopted as a baby. She appears to have little acceptance in her social circle, although it is not obvious which came first - her antisocial attitude or her being rejected by her peers. Her adoptive mother is disappointed that the daughter she chose has no interest in "feminine" things, such as makeup and nice clothing. Her classmates ostracize, taunt, and throw things at her regularly. Dinky finds solace in her "Ark", a small cabin-boat beached on a lake shore. In and around the boat, Dinky has collected a menagerie of abandoned animals.
Big Business, 1h37
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about families, Feminist films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Buddy films
Actors Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Barry Primus, Michele Placido, Seth Green
Rating64% 3.2482353.2482353.2482353.2482353.248235
Sometime in the late 1940s, wealthy businessman Hunt Shelton and his heavily pregnant wife get lost in the middle of West Virginia looking for some friends' summer house when Mrs. Shelton goes into labor. They end up going to the Jupiter Hollow Hospital but the doctor will not check them in because it is exclusively for employees of Hollowmade, the local furniture maker. Mr. Shelton buys the company on the spot. The Ratliffs, an impoverished couple, arrive moments later with Mrs. Ratliff also in labor. Both women give birth to twin girls. The doctor tends both births at the same time, and the elderly nurse gets confused and mixes the babies. Mr. Ratliff overhears the Sheltons deciding to name their daughters Rose and Sadie, and suggests the same names to his wife.
Ruthless People, 1h33
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Bill Pullman, Anita Morris
Rating68% 3.448913.448913.448913.448913.44891
Millionaire Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) intends to murder his hated wife Barbara (Bette Midler) to gain control of her $15 million family fortune and run off with his mistress Carol (Anita Morris). However, he is pre-empted by a phone call from an anonymous man announcing that Barbara has been kidnapped and that Sam must pay a ransom of $500,000 or she will be killed.
Top Secret!, 1h30
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Films about music and musicians, Politique, Political films
Actors Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Jeremy Kemp
Rating71% 3.59933.59933.59933.59933.5993
Nick Rivers (Kilmer), a United States rock star, has the number one song in America ("Skeet Surfing"). He travels to East Germany to perform at a cultural festival, and at a dinner, he sees the beautiful Hillary Flammond (Gutteridge), a member of the resistance movement, attempting to avoid the authorities. He pretends to be her date to get to know her, and performs an impromptu song and dance ("Tutti-Frutti") mistakenly thinking that he was asked to do so, to the delight of Hillary and the crowd but to the annoyance of the emcee who intended to introduce someone else. He later sees Hillary at a ballet, where she is trying to meet with a resistance contact, but is met by the police instead. Nick saves her and they try to escape, but Nick turns himself in so that Hillary can get away. He is taken to a prison where he is questioned and tortured, but he knows nothing and does not break. In an escape attempt, he ends up in the secret lab of Dr. Paul Flammond (Gough), a brilliant scientist developing the "Polaris naval mine", a device that can destroy the entire NATO submarine fleet; the Germans force him to work by threatening to kill his daughter Hillary. Nick is recaptured and scheduled for execution.
Airplane!
Airplane! (1980)
, 1h25
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Aviation films, Musical films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves
Rating76% 3.8473353.8473353.8473353.8473353.847335
Ex-fighter pilot and taxi driver Ted Striker (Robert Hays) became traumatized during an unnamed war, leading to a pathological fear of flying. As a result, he is unable to hold a responsible job. His wartime girlfriend, Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty), now a flight attendant, leaves him. Striker nervously boards a Boeing 707 (Trans American Flight 209) from Los Angeles to Chicago on which she is serving, hoping to win her back, but she rebuffs him.

Scriptwriter

Scary Movie 4, 1h23
Directed by David Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Serial killer films, Comedy horror films
Actors Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko, Bill Pullman, Anthony Anderson, Carmen Electra
Rating51% 2.553872.553872.553872.553872.55387
Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Phil awaken to find themselves chained to pipes in a spoof of Saw. Their host, Billy the Puppet, reveals the room is filling with nerve gas. The only way to get the saws was to make a basket. Shaq misses twice, injuring Phil, but still managed to get the saws. Phil realizes they have to cut through their own feet. Shaq tricks Phil into doing so, but accidentally saws off the wrong foot, inadvertently leaving both men to die.