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Michael Winner is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Editor British born on 30 october 1935 at Hampstead (United-kingdom)

Michael Winner

Michael Winner
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Birth name Michael Robert Winner
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 30 october 1935 at Hampstead (United-kingdom)
Death 21 january 2013 (at 77 years) at Woodland House (United-kingdom)

Robert Michael Winner (30 October 1935 – 21 January 2013) was an English film director and producer, and a restaurant critic for The Sunday Times.


Michael Winner est né à Londres en 1935. Après des études de droit et d'économie, il décide de se consacrer au cinéma. Il commence sa carrière en Angleterre au début de la décennie 1960 en dirigeant des films surtout axés sur l’humour, comme Scotland Yard au parfum, qui sera en nomination pour un Golden Globe, ou L’extraordinaire évasion. Après avoir réalisé le drame sportif The Games, portant sur l'entrainement d'athlètes olympiques, Winner se rend aux Etats-Unis. Là, il tourne des westerns comme L'Homme de la loi avec Burt Lancaster ou Les Collines de la terreur avec Charles Bronson. Toujours avec Bronson, Winner réalise les drames policiers Le Flingueur, Le Cercle noir puis Un justicier dans la ville (Death wish), apologie de l’auto-justice qui deviendra le film le plus célèbre de Winner.

Le reste de la carrière de Winner est plus inégal. Ses deux films suivants, la comédie Won Ton Ton, le chien qui sauva Hollywood et le film d'horreur La Sentinelle des maudits, sont des échecs notoires. Il retourne en Angleterre oú il réalise notamment une nouvelle adaptation du roman Le Grand Sommeil qui sera tièdement reçu.

Au cours des années 1980, Winner travaille essentiellement pour le compte de la firme Cannon Group pour laquelle il dirige notamment deux suites de Un Justicier dans la ville ainsi qu’une aventure d’Hercule Poirot mettant en vedette Peter Ustinov : Rendez-vous avec la mort. Après une longue absence, il signe son dernier film, Parting Shots, en 1998. Bénéficiant d'un casting appréciable (Chris Rea, John Cleese, Bob Hoskins, Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley, ...), le long-métrage se présente comme une quasi-parodie de Un Justicier dans la ville.

Winner est mort le 21 janvier 2013 à l'âge de 77 ans des suites d'une longue maladie.

Best films

Death Wish II (1982)
Death Wish (1974)
Scorpio (1973)
The Stone Killer (1973)
Chato's Land (1972)

Usually with

Robert Paynter
Robert Paynter
(11 films)
Menahem Golan
Menahem Golan
(5 films)
Mark Burns
Mark Burns
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Michael Winner (37 films)

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Burke & Hare, 1h31
Directed by John Landis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Historical, Black comedy
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Christopher Lee, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry
Roles Gentleman Passenger
Rating60% 3.049993.049993.049993.049993.04999
The film opens in Edinburgh. Narration by Angus the Hangman explains how the corpses of the hanged are transported to Dr. Robert Knox for dissection. Knox's rival, Dr. Alexander Monro, wants the steady supply of cadavers but is forced to rely on severed limbs for dissection. Monro's assistant Charles Darwin arrives with a forged letter directing that all corpses thenceforth must be sent to Monro. Angus tells Knox's assistant, Patterson, the news. Patterson delivers the message to Knox.


Parting Shots
Directed by Michael Winner
Genres Comedy, Crime, Romance
Actors Felicity Ann Kendal, John Cleese, Bob Hoskins, Ben Kingsley, Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley
Rating50% 2.509632.509632.509632.509632.50963
The film concerns Harry Sterndale (Rea), a wedding photographer who is mistakenly told by his doctor that he has six weeks to live and begins to kill people who have wronged him in his life, only to find that the diagnosis was incorrect. Also he paid an assassin named Jamie (Reed) to kill him instead of living out his last days in custody and nearly leaves it too late to call off the hit. Jamie takes after the two and after being arrested for assassinating the dictator of a fictional country he takes the blame for all of the murders that occurred during the film. It ends with Harry and Jill visiting Jamie in prison as newlyweds.
Dirty Weekend, 1h42
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Lia Williams, Rufus Sewell, Ian William Richardson, David McCallum, Sylvia Syms, Christopher Ryan
Rating51% 2.561682.561682.561682.561682.56168
Set in the coastal town of Brighton, England, Dirty Weekend follows the story of Bella (Lia Williams), a mild-mannered secretary who works from home in a basement flat. Soon, she finds herself the victim of Tim (Rufus Sewell), a voyeur who watches her through her windows and plagues her with obscene phone calls in which he threatens to assault and rape her. After the police refuse to offer any assistance, Bella visits Nimrod (Ian Richardson), an Iranian clairvoyant who suggests that she take matters into her own hands.
Bullseye! (1990)
, 1h35
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Escroquerie
Actors Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Sally Kirkland, Lee Patterson, Deborah Moore, Mark Burns
Rating45% 2.2599552.2599552.2599552.2599552.259955
Moore and Caine play dual roles—a pair of small time con-men and a pair of inept nuclear physicists who believe they have invented a limitless supply of energy. The con men use their resemblance to the scientists to con their way into the scientists' safe deposit boxes and steal the formula, but in so doing, they become entangled in a shady world of spies and international intrigue. The film includes a number of cameo appearances, including Jenny Seagrove (Winner's partner at the time) playing two different roles, John Cleese, Patsy Kensit, Alexandra Pigg and Nicholas Courtney. The film also features Roger Moore's daughter, Deborah Moore, in a supporting role.
Appointment with Death, 1h42
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Piper Laurie, David Soul, John Gielgud, Carrie Fisher
Rating60% 3.049423.049423.049423.049423.04942
Emily Boynton, stepmother to the three Boynton children – Lennox, Raymond and Carol – and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband that would have freed the children from her dominating influence.
Death Wish 3, 1h32
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Gavan O'Herlihy, Alex Winter
Rating58% 2.904512.904512.904512.904512.90451
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) has come back to Brooklyn after being banned since the events of the first film to visit his Korean War buddy Charley, who is attacked by a gang in his apartment. The neighbors hear commotion and call the police. Paul arrives as Charley collapses dead in his arms. The police mistakenly arrest Paul for the murder. At the police station, Inspector Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) recognizes Paul as "Mr. Vigilante". Shriker lays down the law before Paul is taken to a holding cell. In the same cell is Manny Fraker (Gavan O'Herlihy), leader of the gang who attacked and killed Charley. He and Paul fight. When he is released, Manny threatens Paul. Manny arrives on his “gang turf” and slashes fellow gang member Hector (David Crean), possibly for betrayal. The police receive daily reports about the increased rate of crime. Shriker offers a deal to Paul—to kill all the punks he wants, as long as he informs Shriker of any gang activity he hears about so the police can get a bust and make news.
Scream for Help, 1h29
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Marie Masters, David Allen Brooks, Corey Parker, Bruce Boa, Clare Burt
Rating57% 2.8992252.8992252.8992252.8992252.899225
A teenage girl discovers that her stepfather is trying to murder her and her mother, but when she tries to tell other people about it, no one will believe her.
The Wicked Lady, 1h38
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors Faye Dunaway, Alan Bates, John Gielgud, Denholm Elliott, Hugh Millais, Prunella Scales
Rating48% 2.4075952.4075952.4075952.4075952.407595
Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph, and marries him herself, but, despite her new wealthy situation, she gets bored and turns to highway robbery for thrills.
Death Wish II, 1h28
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Rape and revenge films, Auto-justice
Actors Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Vincent Gardenia, Anthony Franciosa, J. D. Cannon, Laurence Fishburne
Rating60% 3.003543.003543.003543.003543.00354
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) seems to have picked up the pieces of his life and moved on, and is now dating L.A. radio reporter Geri Nichols (played by Bronson's real-life wife Jill Ireland). They go to pick up Kersey's daughter Carol (Robin Sherwood) from the hospital, where her doctor says that despite traumatic catatonia, Carol has begun to speak again. Paul, Geri, and Carol spend the afternoon at a carnival. While waiting in line for ice cream, Paul gets pick-pocketed by five gang members (named Nirvana, PunkCut, Stomper, Cutter and Jiver). He catches up with Jiver, after a brief struggle, denies taking Paul's wallet. Paul lets him go.
Firepower (1979)
, 1h44
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Heist films
Actors Sophia Loren, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Victor Mature, Anthony Franciosa, Vincent Gardenia
Rating50% 2.507792.507792.507792.507792.50779
The FBI hires a former mafia hit man (James Coburn) to track down and bring in a powerful reclusive billionaire suspected of criminal acts for his own benefit. The man also comes into a conflict with a woman (Sophia Loren) tracking down the same crook for revenge reasons.
The Big Sleep, 1h39
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Actors Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark, Joan Collins, Edward Fox
Rating57% 2.851322.851322.851322.851322.85132
In 1970s England, private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) is asked to the stately home of General Sternwood (James Stewart), who hires Marlowe to learn who is blackmailing him. While at the mansion, he meets the General's spoiled and inquisitive daughter Charlotte (Sarah Miles) and wild younger daughter Camilla (Candy Clark).
The Sentinel, 1h32
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, Christopher Walken, Beverly D'Angelo
Rating62% 3.148263.148263.148263.148263.14826
Alison Parker, a beautiful but severely neurotic fashion model (Raines) moves into a gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone house that has been divided into apartments. The house is inhabited on the top floor by Father Halliran (John Carradine), a reclusive blind priest who spends all of his time sitting at his open window. Alison begins having strange physical problems, including insomnia, and has some terrifying flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbors, only to be told that the house is occupied only by the priest and herself. The behavior of her "non-existent" neighbors becomes increasingly surreal and disturbing.
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, 1h32
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Rintintin (acteur canin), Teri Garr, Art Carney, Phil Silvers
Rating48% 2.409012.409012.409012.409012.40901
En 1924, Estie Del Ruth se rend à Hollywood dans l'espoir de devenir une grande actrice. Sur son chemin, elle rencontre un chien du nom de Won Ton Ton (Rintintin) qui se met à la suivre. Une fois à destination, Won Ton Ton séduit tout le monde et devient une star à la place d'Estie.