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John Irvin is a Actor, Director and Producer British born on 7 may 1940 at Newcastle upon Tyne (United-kingdom)

John Irvin

John Irvin
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 7 may 1940 (84 years) at Newcastle upon Tyne (United-kingdom)

John Irvin (born May 7, 1940) is an English film director. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, he began his career by directing a number of documentaries and television works, including the BBC adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Also, he made several action films in the 1980s including The Dogs of War (1980), Raw Deal (1986), Hamburger Hill (1987) and Next of Kin (1989). In the 1990s and 2000s, Irvin directed films such as Robin Hood (1991), Widows' Peak (1994), When Trumpets Fade (1998), Shiner (2000) and The Moon and the Stars (2007).

Best films

Raw Deal (1986)

Usually with

Peter Honess
Peter Honess
(3 films)
Jack Cardiff
Jack Cardiff
(2 films)
Peter Wight
Peter Wight
(2 films)
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Filmography of John Irvin (25 films)

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Mandela's Gun
Directed by John Irvin
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Desmond Dube
Rating71% 3.5974253.5974253.5974253.5974253.597425
The Moon and the Stars
Directed by John Irvin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Alfred Molina, Jonathan Pryce, Catherine McCormack, Rupert Friend, András Bálint, Joanna Scanlan
Rating59% 2.9974352.9974352.9974352.9974352.997435
A wealthy Jewish homosexual film producer is making a film based on Puccini's opera Tosca and a famous German diva is cast opposite a difficult English actor. As filming gets under way on a sound stage in Rome, World War II in 1939 escalates around them threatening the film's completion.
Dot.Kill (2005)
, 1h27
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Armand Assante, Stanley Townsend, Clare Holman, Craig Cheetham, Michael Culkin
Rating48% 2.4093652.4093652.4093652.4093652.409365
Charlie Daines (Armand Assante) is a morphine-addicted detective on the trail of a sophisticated psychopath who is setting up murders and broadcasting them live on the internet. As he closes in on the killer, he realises that it has become personal and that he is to be the final victim. Will he catch the killer before it is too late, or will his old-school methods mean his death?
The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha, 1h42
Directed by John Irvin
Origin Italie
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Jacqueline Bisset, Hannah Taylor-Gordon, Enrico Lo Verso, Mary Nighy, Natalia Tena, Tomáš Hanák
Rating55% 2.7533652.7533652.7533652.7533652.753365
Thuringia, Germany, in the early 20th century. A group of young girls are brought up in a college within dark forests and gloomy dull lakes. Young Hidalla and her friends Irene, Vera, Blanka, Melusine and Rain are brought up in an isolated world: the girls don't know anything about life outside the college's broad and high walls. They play near a beautiful waterfall and are ordered not to make contact with the servants, categorized as inferior people that wears masks to cover their faces. The girls are taught in the art of dance and music. Years later Irene and Hidalla had begun a love relationship and are caught kissing in the school grounds by the servants. Vera begins thinking that she descends from royalty and unravels her origins but finds that she was wrong. The six girls attempt to escape from the school but are confronted by the guard dogs that attack and kill Melusine.
The Boys & Girl from County Clare, 1h30
Directed by John Irvin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Bernard Hill, Colm Meaney, Eamonn Owens, Shaun Evans, Ian Shaw, Patrick Bergin
Rating64% 3.24553.24553.24553.24553.2455
Set in 1965 Jimmy McMahon (Colm Meaney) is an Irishman living in Liverpool who directs a céilidh band of young men who go to a competition of traditional Celtic music in Ireland in County Clare. A native Irish band directed by John Joe McMahon (Bernard Hill) is also present to compete as well, with animosity between Jimmy and John as they are brothers. The two brothers could not be more different, as they have taken different paths. There are multiple surprises for them as the competition takes place, with a familial twist at the very end.
The Fourth Angel, 1h36
Directed by John Irvin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Jason Priestley, Charlotte Rampling, Briony Glassco, Lois Maxwell
Rating53% 2.650592.650592.650592.650592.65059
Jack Elgin (Jeremy Irons) is the European editor of The Economist, a magazine based in London, England. Jack has a wife named Maria (Briony Glassco) and three kids named Joanne (Anna Maguire), Julia (Holly Boyd), and Andrew (Joel Pitts).
Shiner (2000)
, 1h39
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films
Actors Michael Caine, Martin Landau, Andy Serkis, Claire Rushbrook, Frances Barber, Danny Webb
Rating58% 2.949692.949692.949692.949692.94969
The story centers on Billy "Shiner" Simpson (Caine) a boxing promoter banned from legitimate fights until he finds a promising start in his son Eddie. The night of the fight sees Eddie killed, and Simpson suspects rival Frank Spedding (Landau). Billy seeks revenge, only to grow mad as his suspicions draw closer to home.
Noah's Ark (miniseries), 2h58
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, Disaster films
Actors Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, F. Murray Abraham, Jonathan Cake, Carol Kane, Alexis Denisof
Rating37% 1.8733151.8733151.8733151.8733151.873315
The film portrays Noah as a resident of Sodom and Gomorrah. The two towns are fighting each other simply for the amusement of their residents. During the fight, Lot, Noah's friend, is injured in the fight, and comes to Noah for help. At the end of the fight, the leader of Gomorrah is killed with his head chopped off and put on a stake, as Sodom claims victory. The next day, Noah's sons excitedly ask their father if he took part in the deadly fight. God then asks Noah to go to Mount Tubac, where God reveals that the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah has provoked God to destroy the cites. After Noah fails to find ten righteous people other than Lot and his wife, Noah and his family flee the city with Lot and his wife, who looks back at Sodom as it is being destroyed by fire and brimstone and turns into a pillar of salt. The next day, they encounter a man selling household goods including pots, pans, hats, etc., which is believed to be God in disguise.
When Trumpets Fade, 1h32
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors Ron Eldard, Frank Whaley, Zak Orth, Dylan Bruno, Devon Gummersall, Dan Futterman
Rating69% 3.4960953.4960953.4960953.4960953.496095
Private Manning is a soldier in the 28th Infantry Division who, in order to survive, does just enough to stay out of trouble, but not enough to actually make a difference. Through the sheer bloodiness of the Hurtgen battles, Manning is left as the sole survivor of his platoon and is subsequently promoted to sergeant. He tries to get out of it, saying he is unqualified for the position, but his company commander, Captain Roy Pritchett, thinks otherwise. Manning then tries to back out of responsibility by asking to be filed on a Section 8 (mentally unfit due to combat stress), but is refused.
City of Industry, 1h37
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Heist films, Chase films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton, Lucy Liu, Famke Janssen, Michael Jai White
Rating60% 3.0470753.0470753.0470753.0470753.047075
Retired thief, Roy Egan (Harvey Keitel), comes out of retirement to help his youngest brother, Lee (Timothy Hutton), with a jewelry heist in Palm Springs. Along for the job are hired muscle, Jorge Montana (Wade Dominguez), and wheelman, Skip Kovich (Stephen Dorff), but Skip is running late. While they wait for Skip, the three men prepare for the heist by surveying the jewelry store they're planning to rob. Elsewhere, Skip is doing business with gunrunner, Odell Williams (Michael Jai White), who offers Skip his services, in case he needs anything. Once Skip finally arrives to the rendezvous spot, a trailer park, he joins the crew and the heist happens, the next day. Everything went down without a hitch, thanks to Jorge's scrambling of the police monitors and traffic signals.
Crazy Horse
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Western
Actors Michael Greyeyes, Ned Beatty, John Finn, Irene Bedard, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi
Rating64% 3.2025053.2025053.2025053.2025053.202505
Le légendaire chef amérindien refuse de se rendre paisiblement avec son peuple dans la réserve et déclenche une rébellion.
A Month by the Lake, 1h32
Directed by John Irvin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, Uma Thurman, Alida Valli, Alessandro Gassmann
Rating61% 3.098093.098093.098093.098093.09809
In 1913, spinster Miss Bentley (Vanessa Redgrave) enjoyed spending her summer holiday in Lake Como, Italy, with her father before World War I. The year is now 1937, and her father has recently died. To clear the air, she returns to Lake Como on her own to spend a month's summer holiday.
Freefall (1994)
, 1h36
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Actors Eric Roberts, Jeff Fahey, Pamela Gidley
Rating46% 2.308432.308432.308432.308432.30843
Widows' Peak, 1h41
Directed by John Irvin
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Mia Farrow, Joan Plowright, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, John Kavanagh
Rating66% 3.3466453.3466453.3466453.3466453.346645
Le village irlandais de Kilshannon, au début des années 1920, est régenté par un comité de veuves que dirige Madame Doyle-Counihan ; leur "royaume" est le cimetière installé sur une colline dominant la localité. Bientôt, arrive une nouvelle venue, Madame Edwina Broome, une jeune anglaise, riche et veuve de guerre. Elle s'attire rapidement les faveurs d'un célibataire en vue, le fils Doyle-Counihan, Godfrey (lequel vit sous la coupe de sa mère) ; en revanche, Mademoiselle Katherine O'Hare — une vieille fille pauvre, courtisée par le dentiste Con Clancy, et bénéficiant de la "protection" de la veuve Doyle-Counihan — devient une ennemie déclarée, pour des raisons obscures...