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John Milius is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 11 april 1944 at St. Louis (USA)

John Milius

John Milius
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Birth name John Frederick Milius
Nationality USA
Birth 11 april 1944 (80 years) at St. Louis (USA)

John Frederick Milius (born April 11, 1944) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He co-wrote the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as screenwriter of Apocalypse Now, and wrote and directed The Wind and the Lion, Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn.

Biography

Au milieu des années 1960, il tente de s'engager dans l'armée mais est réformé pour des problèmes de santé. Il commence sa carrière dans le cinéma lors d'un concours de films d'étudiants en 1967, au cours duquel il gagne le premier prix pour I'm So Bored. Par la suite, il travaille sur des films à petits budgets et finalement sur des productions plus importantes. Tout d'abord uniquement scénariste, il décide de devenir également réalisateur car il n'est pas satisfait des modifications apportées à ses scénarios pour Juge et Hors-la-loi et Jeremiah Johnson (1972). Fasciné par la guerre du Viêt Nam, il coécrit avec Francis Ford Coppola le scénario d'Apocalypse Now (1979), pour lequel il est nommé à l'Oscar du meilleur scénario adapté. Son film le plus connu comme réalisateur, Conan le Barbare (1982), est considéré comme une illustration nietzschéenne des idées personnelles de son auteur. Il travaille également en tant que script doctor sur plusieurs films, tels que Les Dents de la mer et À la poursuite d'Octobre rouge, sans être crédité au générique pour ce travail.

En 2005, il crée avec William J. MacDonald, pour les chaines anglaise BBC et américaine HBO, la série télévisée péplum Rome. En 2009, il participe à l'écriture du scénario du jeu vidéo Homefront de Kaos Studio. En 2010, il participe en tant que scénariste et producteur au développement d'un projet de série télévisée, Pharaoh, ayant pour cadre l'Égypte antique.

Personnage complexe, surfeur, fasciné par les armes à feu, à la fois « défenseur des valeurs traditionnelles et romantique révolutionnaire », admirateur de figures conquérantes (Gengis Khan), impérialistes (Theodore Roosevelt) et révolutionnaires (Mao Zedong), il se définit comme un anarchiste zen et est devenu une figure légendaire du cinéma américain. Sa personnalité a servi de source d'inspiration aux frères Coen pour le personnage de Walter Sobchak dans The Big Lebowski (1998). Les réalisateurs qu'il cite comme ses principales références sont John Ford et Akira Kurosawa tandis que son livre préféré est Moby Dick.

Best films

Clear and Present Danger (1994)
(Scriptwriter)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
(Scriptwriter)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
(Writer)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
(Director)
Red Dawn (1984)
(Director)

Usually with

Frank McRae
Frank McRae
(6 films)
Steve Kanaly
Steve Kanaly
(5 films)
Roy Jenson
Roy Jenson
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Milius (33 films)

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Actor

Riding Giants, 1h41
Directed by Stacy Peralta
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Surfing films, Documentary films about sports
Actors John Milius
Roles John Milius
Rating77% 3.89593.89593.89593.89593.8959
The film begins with a historical overview, starting at its Hawaiian beginnings, then moves on to focus on the dangerous lure of big wave surfing (surfing waves that can reach up to 70 feet). The documentary chronicles the evolution of riding at Hawaii's Waimea Bay in the 1950s, the revolution of lighter boards, and tow-in surfing to allow for "riding giants". Three surfers who are part of this multi-generational evolution are spotlighted: Greg Noll is shown as a fearless big wave rider during the 1950s and 60s; Jeff Clark who discovered Mavericks in Northern California and surfed there alone for years; and Laird Hamilton, the contemporary surfer who brings tow-in riding to the limelight.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, 1h36
Directed by Eleanor Coppola, George Hickenlooper
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Political films, Documentary films about films
Actors Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, John Milius, Eleanor Coppola, Orson Welles, Sofia Coppola
Roles Self
Rating80% 4.047734.047734.047734.047734.04773
The title is derived from the source material for Apocalypse Now, the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness. Using behind-the-scenes footage, and narrated by Eleanor Coppola, it chronicles how production problems including bad weather, actors' health and other issues delayed the film, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola. In 1990, Eleanor Coppola turned her material over to two young filmmakers, George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr (co-creator of MADtv), who then shot new interviews with the original cast and crew and intercut them with her existing material. After a year of editing, Hickenlooper, Bahr, and Coppola debuted their film at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival to universal critical acclaim.
Conan the Barbarian, 2h5
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about slavery, Films about magic and magicians
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Cassandra Gava, Mako Iwamatsu, Valérie Quennessen
Roles Foodseller in Old City (uncredited)
Rating68% 3.4492353.4492353.4492353.4492353.449235
Wizard of the Mounds Conan the Barbarian is a film about a young barbarian's quest to avenge his parents' deaths. The story is set in the fictional Hyborian Age, thousands of years before the rise of modern civilization. The film opens with the title card, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger", a paraphrasing of Friedrich Nietzsche, followed by a voice-over that establishes the film as the story of Conan's origin.
Crazy Mama
Crazy Mama (1975)
, 1h23
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Actors Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Sothern, Linda Purl, Jim Backus, Don Most
Roles Cop (uncredited)
Rating55% 2.755032.755032.755032.755032.75503
In 1958, a Long Beach, California beauty parlor run by Melba Stokes (Leachman), her mother Sheba (Ann Sothern) and daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl), is repossessed. They flee when landlord Mr. Albertson comes to demand the back rent.
The Wind and the Lion, 1h59
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Politique, Political films, Le désert
Actors Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith, John Huston, Geoffrey Lewis, Steve Kanaly
Rating67% 3.397753.397753.397753.397753.39775
During 1904, Morocco is the source of conflict among the powers of Germany, France, and the British Empire, each of which is trying to establish a sphere of influence in that country. Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli is the commander of a band of Berber insurrectionists opposed to the young Sultan Abdelaziz and his uncle, the Bashaw (Pasha) of Tangier, whom Raisuli considers corrupt and beholden to the Europeans. He kidnaps Eden Pedecaris and her children, William and Jennifer, in a raid on their home, during which Sir Joshua Smith, a British friend of Eden's, is killed. Raisuli then issues an outrageous ransom demand, deliberately attempting to provoke an international incident in order to embarrass the Sultan and start a civil war.

Director

Rough Riders
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson, Illeana Douglas, Chris Noth
Rating73% 3.664533.664533.664533.664533.66453
In 1898 the US government decided to intervene on the side of the Cuban rebels in their struggle against Spanish rule. Assistant Navy Secretary Theodore Roosevelt decides to experience the war first hand by promoting and joining a volunteer cavalry regiment. The regiment, later known as the Rough Riders, brings together volunteers from all corners of the nation and all walks of life. When Roosevelt and his men finally land on Cuba, they face ambush, intense enemy fire, and a desperate, outnumbered charge up a defended hill.
Motorcycle Gang, 1h24
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Gerald McRaney, Carla Gugino, Jake Busey, John Cassini, Marshall R. Teague, Richard Edson
Rating49% 2.467062.467062.467062.467062.46706
Army veteran Cal Morris (Gerald McRaney) and his family are driving to their new home in California and are terrorized by a motorcycle gang consisting of Jake (Jake Busey), Crab, Volker, and Kincaid. Their target is Cal's beautiful daughter, Leann (Carla Gugino), whom they kidnap and take to Mexico. Cal and his wife pursue them.
Flight of the Intruder, 1h55
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Politique, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames
Rating57% 2.8990152.8990152.8990152.8990152.899015
Lieutenant Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton (Brad Johnson) and his bombardier/navigator and best friend Lieutenant Morgan "Morg" McPhearson (Christopher Rich) are flying a Grumman A-6 Intruder over the Gulf of Tonkin towards North Vietnam. They hit their target, a suspected truck park which actually turns out to be trees. Morg is fatally shot in the neck by a Vietnamese peasant. Landing on the USS Independence with Morg dead, a disturbed Jake, covered in blood, walks into a debriefing with Commander Frank Camparelli (Danny Glover) and Executive Officer, Commander "Cowboy" Parker (J. Kenneth Campbell). Camparelli tells Jake to put Morgan's death behind him and to write a letter to Sharon, Morg's wife. New pilot Jack Barlow (Jared Chandler), nicknamed "Razor" because of his youthful appearance, is then introduced.
Farewell to the King, 1h52
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Fantastic, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, Frank McRae, Aki Aleong, James Fox, Marius Weyers
Rating61% 3.0970353.0970353.0970353.0970353.097035
During World War II, American deserter Learoyd escapes a Japanese firing squad. Hiding himself in the wilds of Borneo, Learoyd is adopted by a head-hunting tribe of Dayaks, who consider him "divine" because of his blue eyes. Before long, Learoyd is the reigning king of the Dayaks. When British soldiers approach him to rejoin the war against the Japanese, Learoyd resists. When his own tribe is threatened by the invaders, the "king" deigns to fight for their rights.
Red Dawn
Red Dawn (1984)
, 1h54
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, War, Thriller, Action
Themes Politique, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Dystopian films, Alternate history films, Arme nucléaire, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton
Rating62% 3.149913.149913.149913.149913.14991
An introductory text explains how the United States has gradually become strategically isolated after several European nations (except the United Kingdom) withdraw from NATO. At the same time, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact partners aggressively expand their sphere of influence. In addition, the Ukrainian wheat harvest fails while a Communist coup d'etat occurs in Mexico.
Conan the Barbarian, 2h5
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about slavery, Films about magic and magicians
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Cassandra Gava, Mako Iwamatsu, Valérie Quennessen
Rating68% 3.4492353.4492353.4492353.4492353.449235
Wizard of the Mounds Conan the Barbarian is a film about a young barbarian's quest to avenge his parents' deaths. The story is set in the fictional Hyborian Age, thousands of years before the rise of modern civilization. The film opens with the title card, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger", a paraphrasing of Friedrich Nietzsche, followed by a voice-over that establishes the film as the story of Conan's origin.
Big Wednesday, 2h
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Surfing films, Political films
Actors Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, Lee Purcell, Darrell Fetty, Patti D'Arbanville
Rating70% 3.5465353.5465353.5465353.5465353.546535
The film tells the story of three young friends whose passion in life is surfing. The friends include: Matt Johnson (Jan-Michael Vincent), a self-destructive type who has a devil-may-care attitude; Jack Barlowe (William Katt), the calm and responsible one of the bunch; and Leroy "The Masochist" Smith (Gary Busey), whose nickname tells a lot about his personality.
The Wind and the Lion, 1h59
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Politique, Political films, Le désert
Actors Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith, John Huston, Geoffrey Lewis, Steve Kanaly
Rating67% 3.397753.397753.397753.397753.39775
During 1904, Morocco is the source of conflict among the powers of Germany, France, and the British Empire, each of which is trying to establish a sphere of influence in that country. Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli is the commander of a band of Berber insurrectionists opposed to the young Sultan Abdelaziz and his uncle, the Bashaw (Pasha) of Tangier, whom Raisuli considers corrupt and beholden to the Europeans. He kidnaps Eden Pedecaris and her children, William and Jennifer, in a raid on their home, during which Sir Joshua Smith, a British friend of Eden's, is killed. Raisuli then issues an outrageous ransom demand, deliberately attempting to provoke an international incident in order to embarrass the Sultan and start a civil war.
Dillinger
Dillinger (1973)
, 1h47
Directed by John Milius
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Heist films, Gangster films
Actors Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, Cloris Leachman, Michelle Phillips, Geoffrey Lewis
Rating68% 3.4463.4463.4463.4463.446
Le film raconte les dernières années de la vie du gangster John Dillinger et de l'agent du FBI Melvin Purvis lancé à sa poursuite, dans le contexte de la Grande Dépression des années 1930.