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Joseph Ruben is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 10 may 1950 at Briarcliff Manor (USA)

Joseph Ruben

Joseph Ruben
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Nationality USA
Birth 10 may 1950 (69 years) at Briarcliff Manor (USA)

Joseph Paul Ruben (born May 10, 1950 in Briarcliff Manor, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Best films

Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
(Director)
The Forgotten (2004)
(Director)
The Good Son (1993)
(Director)
The Pom Pom Girls (1976)
(Director)

Usually with

George Bowers
George Bowers
(7 films)
John Savage
John Savage
(1 films)
Mark Mancina
Mark Mancina
(3 films)
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Filmography of Joseph Ruben (15 films)

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Director

The Ottoman Lieutenant, 1h36
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Romance
Actors Michiel Huisman, Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Haluk Bilginer, Affif Ben Badra
Rating65% 3.2982153.2982153.2982153.2982153.298215
Une histoire d'amour entre une infirmière américaine et un lieutenant turc dans le contexte de la Première Guerre mondiale.
Penthouse North, 1h30
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Michelle Monaghan, Michael Keaton, Kaniehtiio Horn, Barry Sloane, Andrew Walker
Rating56% 2.8012752.8012752.8012752.8012752.801275
Sara Taylor is a photojournalist stationed in Iraq. She enters a building, in which she espies a woman crying for help. She raises her camera to take a photo of the woman before realizing that the baby the woman is carrying is actually a bomb. The bomb explodes, leaving Sara permanently blind.
The Forgotten, 1h31
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Anthony Edwards, Lee Tergesen, Tim Kang
Rating57% 2.89962.89962.89962.89962.8996
Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) believes that her son, Sam (Christopher Kovaleski), died fourteen months ago in a plane crash, but her husband Jim (Anthony Edwards) tells her that she's delusional and that they have never had a son, and Eliot (Jessica Hecht) doesn't appear to believe in Sam's existence despite her closeness to him. Dr. Munce (Gary Sinise) tells her that Sam was merely a figment of her imagination and is just imagining a life that might have been. He recommends that she be sent to a hospital, but she runs away and meets with a man named Ash (Dominic West) who she thinks is the father of a girl (Kathryn Faughnan) who was friends with her son and died in the same crash. At first he dismisses her, claiming he never had a daughter, and calls the police. After she is taken into custody, however, he remembers his daughter and rescues Telly. Together they escape and go into hiding, pursued by National Security agents.
Return to Paradise, 1h51
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad, Vera Farmiga, Joel de la Fuente
Rating68% 3.448623.448623.448623.448623.44862
Three friends, Lewis McBride (Joaquin Phoenix), Sheriff (Vince Vaughn) and Tony (David Conrad), are seen having a fun vacation in a Malaysian paradise. Their adventures include being almost run over by a car while riding a bicycle, and being pressured into buying some rhinoceros horn from Malaysian locals. The three men wind up at their beach front house on the ocean pondering their future in the island paradise.
Money Train, 1h50
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Buddy films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Robert Blake, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Cooper, Joe Grifasi
Rating56% 2.849652.849652.849652.849652.84965
On Christmas, we meet foster brothers John and Charlie. They work as transit cops patrolling the New York City subway. When a mugging occurs, John and Charlie chase the mugger into a subway tunnel, and all trains traveling in their direction are halted. But their harsh transit captain Donald Patterson, allows the money train to continue. John and Charlie avoid getting hit by the train; however, when transit police at the next station witness the mugger running toward the money train, they shoot him dead. The mugger is revealed to be a young teenage boy, which triggers a brawl between John, Charlie, and the other transit officers. Patterson blames the two for causing his money train to arrive late.
The Good Son, 1h27
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about children, La fin du monde, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson, David Morse, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Jacqueline Brookes
Rating63% 3.199953.199953.199953.199953.19995
12-year-old Mark Evans (Elijah Wood) has recently experienced the death of his mother, Janice (Ashley Crow). Having been assigned for a business trip out of the country, Mark is taken by his father, Jack (David Morse), to stay with his uncle Wallace (Daniel Hugh Kelly) and aunt Susan (Wendy Crewson) in Maine. Mark is re-introduced to his extended family, including his cousins Connie (Quinn Culkin) and Henry (Macaulay Culkin). Mark and Henry get along at first, and Henry seems to be nice and well-mannered. In discussing the death of Mark's mother and that of Henry's baby brother Richard, however, Henry expresses an abnormal fascination with death, making Mark uneasy.
Sleeping with the Enemy, 1h37
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about families, Feminist films, Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about domestic violence, Films about psychiatry, Erotic thriller films
Actors Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Kyle Secor, Claudette Nevins, Marita Geraghty
Rating62% 3.1010053.1010053.1010053.1010053.101005
Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) lives in a beautiful home by the beach on Cape Cod with her husband, Martin Burney (Patrick Bergin), a charming, handsome and wealthy investment counselor who is also possessive, abusive, and controlling. It becomes apparent that he has obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Laura tries to abide his rules, but suffers under the strain of doing so. One day, Martin believes Laura has been flirting with an attractive neighbor, and he physically assaults her in a jealous rage. The abuse has been ongoing, and started immediately after their wedding. In an effort to escape Martin, Laura plans and fakes her own death at sea in a storm while the couple are boating. Because Laura had deliberately led Martin to believe that she could not swim, he believed she had died once she was lost overboard. However, Laura was able to swim safely to shore, because she had recently taken swimming lessons at the YWCA. Laura secretly returns home, retrieves some clothing and cash she had hidden away in preparation, disguises herself, and leaves home after flushing her wedding ring down the toilet.
True Believer, 1h48
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Prison films
Actors James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Bower
Rating66% 3.347453.347453.347453.347453.34745
Eddie Dodd is a burnt-out attorney who has left behind civil rights work to defend drug dealers. Roger Baron is an idealistic young legal clerk, fresh out of law school, who encourages Dodd to take on the case of Shu Kai Kim, a young Korean man who was imprisoned for a gang-related murder. Kim's mother believes her son was wrongfully accused. Dodd and Baron's investigation leads to a conspiracy among the district attorney, a police informant, and several police officers.
The Stepfather, 1h29
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, Stephen Shellen, Gillian Barber, Blu Mankuma
Rating67% 3.3990153.3990153.3990153.3990153.399015
The film opens with Henry Morrison washing off blood, in a bathroom, before changing his appearance and putting a few of his belongings into a suitcase. After packing his things, Henry leaves through the front door of his house, nonchalantly passing the butchered remains of his family and others. Boarding a ferry, Henry throws the suitcase containing the objects from his former life into the ocean. One year later, Henry — now operating as a real estate agent named Jerry Blake — has married the widow Susan Maine. Jerry's relationship with Susan's 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie, is strained. Her psychiatrist, Dr. Bondurant, advises her to give Jerry a chance.
Dreamscape
Dreamscape (1984)
, 1h39
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Adventure, Horror
Actors Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, Eddie Albert
Rating62% 3.1491353.1491353.1491353.1491353.149135
Psychic Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) was the 19-year-old prime subject of a scientific research project documenting his psychic ability, but in the midst of the study he disappeared and has since been using his talents solely for personal gain, which lately consists mainly of gambling and womanizing. After running afoul of a local gangster/extortionist named Snead (Redmond Gleeson), Gardner evades two of Snead's thugs by allowing himself to be taken by two men, Finch (Peter Jason) and Babcock (Chris Mulkey), who identify themselves as being from an academic institution. At the institution, Alex is reunited with his former mentor Dr. Paul Novotny (Max von Sydow) who is now involved in government-funded psychic research. Novotny, aided by fellow scientist Jane DeVries (Kate Capshaw), has developed a technique that allows psychics to voluntarily link with the minds of others by projecting themselves into the subconscious during REM sleep (i.e., while they are dreaming). Novotny equates the original idea for the dreamscape project to the practice of the Senoi, who believe the dream world is just as real as reality.
Gorp
Gorp (1980)
, 1h30
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Transport films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Road movies
Actors Michael Lembeck, Dennis Quaid, Fran Drescher, Rosanna Arquette, Philip Casnoff, David Huddleston
Rating37% 1.888211.888211.888211.888211.88821
Chaos reigns in the Catskills when Kavell and Bergman, two college students who spend their summers working in the dining hall at Camp Oskemo, an upstate New York summer camp where they're the senior waiters, return. Serving food to bratty children doesn't interest them nearly as much as trying to make it with the female counselors at the camp, among them the pretty but chaste Vicki and the beautiful and sexually liberated Evie. Kavell and Bergman also wage an annual war against the junior waiters with the help of deranged server Mad Grossman, but their real nemesis is Walrus Wallman, the camp owner who makes no secret of his dislike for the waiters. Over the course of one eventful summer, Kavell, Bergman, and their fellow food slingers dose the entire camp with amphetamines, taint the Kosher meals with pork, screen pornographic films during Parent's Weekend, run a tank through the campgrounds, and destroy the waiter's housing and most of what surrounds it.
Our Winning Season, 1h32
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Dennis Quaid, Scott Jacoby, Joanna Cassidy, Joe Penny, Jan Smithers, P. J. Soles
Rating53% 2.680122.680122.680122.680122.68012
A high school senior aspires to become a track star.
Joyride
Joyride (1977)
, 1h32
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Desi Arnaz Jr., Robert Carradine, Melanie Griffith, Anne Lockhart, Ted D'Arms, Richard Riehle
Rating56% 2.816372.816372.816372.816372.81637
Scott (Desi Arnaz, Jr.) and the couple John (Robert Carradine) and Suzie (Melanie Griffith) leave their jobs in California, and take their car on a ferry to Alaska with some saved money and dreams of making an easy fortune salmon fishing. Upon arriving, they enter a bar and the two men start slamming local hooch until they get drunk. Suzie meets an older man working for the oil pipeline who says he can get all three of them a job. The older man gives Suzie his card while Scott and John sleep off their drunkenness. The next morning, they find their car has been broken into and robbed. Desperate for money, the two men land pipeline jobs with the older man's help, Suzy gets a waitressing job. They walk out of a food market with a shopping cart of unpaid-for meat while it is being robbed.
The Pom Pom Girls, 1h29
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Robert Carradine, Cheryl Smith, James Gammon
Rating50% 2.5131952.5131952.5131952.5131952.513195
A football player falls for a girl who is dating another guy, while another cannot figure out which girl he likes.
The Sister in Law, 1h25
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors John Savage, Meridith Baer, Frank Adonis
Rating48% 2.4275252.4275252.4275252.4275252.427525
Robert Strong (John Savage), a singer-songwriter who has been traveling the country, makes a mistake when he goes to visit his brother, Edward (Will MacMillan), and gets involved with his bored sister-in-law, Joanna (Anne Saxon).