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Mike Hodges is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 29 july 1932 at Bristol (United-kingdom)

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges
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Birth name Michael Tommy Hodges
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 29 july 1932 (88 years) at Bristol (United-kingdom)

Mike Hodges (born 29 July 1932) is an English screenwriter, film director, playwright and novelist. His films as writer/director include Get Carter, Pulp, The Terminal Man and Black Rainbow; as director, his films include Flash Gordon, Croupier and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.

His theatre plays include Soft Shoe Shuffle (1985) and Shooting Stars and Other Heavenly Pursuits (2000), which was adapted for BBC radio. Other radio plays include King Trash (2004). His first novel, Watching The Wheels Come Off, was published in 2010.

Biography

Carrière
Comme beaucoup de cinéastes anglais, Mike Hodges a commencé à la télévision, avant de s'imposer grâce à un polar très noir interprété par Michael Caine, La Loi du milieu (1971). C'est d'ailleurs le comédien, qui ayant acheté les droits du roman (Jack’s Return Home) de Ted Lewis avec un autre producteur, Michael Klinger, avait sollicité Mike Hodges pour en faire l'adaptation et le réaliser.
C'est à nouveau Michael Caine qui produira le second film de Mike Hodges, Pulp, hommage au cinéma bis que le cinéaste appréciait..

C'est au sortir de son service militaire que le cinéaste trouve un petit boulot à la télévision. Expérience capitale, car il aura l’occasion de travailler avec toutes sortes de studios, la BBC notamment, et aussi des studios de cinéma : il observe, fait des rencontres, se constitue un petit carnet d'adresses, et comme il a du temps entre deux émissions, commence à écrire. Au fil du temps, il réalisera des documentaires (enquête d'actualités, portraits d'artistes), qui seront : « le tremplin vers la réalisation de téléfilms – Suspect (1969) et Rumour (1970) – qui eux-mêmes serviront de tremplin à la réalisation de mon premier film, La Loi du Milieu».

Après ses deux premiers long métrage, il part pour Hollywood, tourner une adaptation d'un roman de Michael Crichton, le film de science fiction The Terminal Man. Son projet suivant est produit par la Fox, Damien, la malédiction II, (Damien : Omen II, 1978). Mais, bien qu'ayant collaboré au script, un conflit avec le studio le conduit à quitter le tournage. Le film sera terminé par Don Taylor.

En 1980, c'est le producteur Dino De Laurentiis qui vint le chercher pour adapter le comics, Flash Gordon. Durant les années 1980, il alternera des projets pour la télévision et pour le cinéma.
En 1998, il tourne Croupier avec Clive Owen qu’il retrouvera pour son film suivant – et actuel dernier long métrage - : Seule la mort peut m’arrêter.


Hommage
Hommage rendu au cinéaste :


En 2004, au 15e Festival du film britannique de Dinard.
En 2013, à la 33° édition du Festival international du film d'Amiens.

Best films

Flash Gordon (1980)
(Director)

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Filmography of Mike Hodges (12 films)

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Actor

Office Killer, 1h22
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Carol Kane, David Thornton, Molly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Mike Hodges, Barbara Sukowa
Roles Mr. Landau
Rating51% 2.557012.557012.557012.557012.55701
A magazine editor named Dorine, due to budget cuts, is forced to work from home. One night she is called to help fix the computer of a co-worker, Gary Michaels, who is electrocuted while trying to fix the wires. Dorine dials 911, but hangs up when the call is answered. She places the corpse on a cart, rolls it down to her car, loads it in her trunk, and takes it home, placing it in her basement. Then, seemingly without reason, she goes into a murder spree. She begins her spree by murdering another office worker, but later murders two young Girl Scouts who arrive at her door to sell cookies. The young girls join the other corpses in the basement, and Dorine is seen eating the cookies while working on her new laptop. Dorine sends messages from Gary to the remaining office workers, implying he is alive. There are three more murders before the movie ends, all artistically executed. The last murder is the office manager (played by a young Jeanne Tripplehorn), who awakens in the basement, surrounded by dismembered bodies, after being knocked out by Dorine on a lunch date. After dispatching the office manager's boyfriend, who had come searching for her (a young Michael Imperioli) with a kitchen knife, Dorine murders the office manager after taunting her for making her and other employees work from home. The last scene shows Dorine, after her mother's death, setting fire to her basement, then, sporting a blond wig and makeup and with the office manager's head in a bag on the seat beside her, driving away in her car, and circling a newspaper ad with her pencil for an office job.

Director

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, 1h42
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Rape and revenge films
Actors Clive Owen, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Malcolm McDowell, Charlotte Rampling, Jamie Foreman, Ken Stott
Rating57% 2.8993552.8993552.8993552.8993552.899355
Davey Graham (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) arrives at an upper class party to sell drugs to a woman named Stella. As he leaves, Stella's date watches him and makes a call on his cell phone. Outside the party, three men are waiting for Davey in a black Range Rover, including a car dealer named Boad (Malcolm McDowell). The men follow Davey around London, finally attacking him just as he's headed home. Two of the men drag Davey off the street and into a garage, where they hold him down as Boad rapes him.
Croupier
Croupier (1998)
, 1h34
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Jeu
Actors Clive Owen, Alex Kingston, Gina McKee, Kate Hardie, Nicholas Ball, Barnaby Kay
Rating70% 3.5482653.5482653.5482653.5482653.548265
Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is an aspiring writer going nowhere fast. To make ends meet and against his better judgment, he takes a job as a croupier. The interview was set up by his father, a small-time hustler back home in South Africa.
Black Rainbow, 1h43
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Rosanna Arquette, Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Olek Krupa, Ed Grady
Rating59% 2.954512.954512.954512.954512.95451
Rosanna Arquette stars as Martha Travis, a medium who hosts a touring clairvoyant show with her alcoholic father Walter (Jason Robards) where she helps members of the audience make contact with deceased relatives. At one meeting, she foretells the violent death of a local factory employee (Olek Krupa), a whistleblower who was set to reveal corporate malpractice at the plant, and soon becomes the target of the killer herself. At a subsequent meeting in the town, she appears to identify several other individuals who are set to die or be killed. A sceptical local journalist investigating the death, Gary Wallace (Tom Hulce), begins following the couple and the story. The story is told in flashback, with the opening scenes showing Wallace searching for the reclusive Martha many years after the events depicted in the main body of the film.
A Prayer for the Dying, 1h47
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Political films, Conflit nord-irlandais
Actors Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis, Christopher Fulford
Rating62% 3.147963.147963.147963.147963.14796
The film begins with a small IRA team, including Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) and Liam Docherty (Liam Neeson), watching as two British Army Land Rovers approach the roadside bomb they have set for them. At the last minute, a school bus overtakes the army vehicles and detonates the bomb as it passes, killing the children. After most of the team escape the scene pursued by the soldiers, Fallon travels to London in a bid to escape the past. In London, he is approached by a contact who asks him to take on one last job on behalf of local gangster Jack Meehan (Alan Bates) and his brother Billy Meehan (Christopher Fulford). They offer Fallon money, a passport and passage to the US if he kills a rival gangster. Initially reluctant, he nonetheless takes on the job. However, as he is carrying out the hit in a graveyard, he is seen and confronted by the local Catholic priest, Father Michael Da Costa (Bob Hoskins). The confrontation is watched from a distance by Billy Meehan, who tells his brother there is a witness to the killing.
Morons from Outer Space, 1h31
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films
Actors Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Jimmy Nail, James Sikking, Mark Lewis Jones, André Maranne
Rating45% 2.260612.260612.260612.260612.26061
The story begins on a small spaceship docking with a refueling station. On board are a group of four aliens, Bernard, Sandra, Desmond, and Julian. During a particularly tedious period of their stay at the station, the other three begin playing with the ship’s controls while Bernard is outside playing spaceball. They accidentally disconnect his part of the ship, leaving him stranded while they crash into a large blue planet close by (Earth).
Flash Gordon, 1h48
Directed by Mike Hodges, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Superhero films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Chaim Topol, Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti
Rating64% 3.247723.247723.247723.247723.24772
Emperor Ming the Merciless declares that he will first play with and then destroy the Earth using natural disasters. On Earth, New York Jets football star "Flash" Gordon boards a small plane, where he meets travel journalist Dale Arden. Mid-flight, the cockpit is hit by a meteorite and the pilots are lost. Flash takes control and manages to crash land into a greenhouse owned by Dr. Hans Zarkov. Zarkov, who believes the disasters are being caused because an unknown source is pushing the Moon towards Earth, has secretly constructed a spacecraft which he plans to use to investigate. Zarkov's assistant refuses to go, so he lures Flash and Dale aboard. The rocket launches, taking them to the planet Mongo, where they are captured by Ming's troops.
Damien: Omen II, 1h47
Directed by Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney
Rating63% 3.1506553.1506553.1506553.1506553.150655
A week after the burial of Robert and Katherine Thorn, archeologist Carl Bugenhagen (Leo McKern) learns of the survival of their adopted son Damien. Confiding to his friend Michael Morgan (Ian Hendry) that Damien is the Antichrist, Bugenhagen attempts to convince him to give Damien's guardian a box containing the means to kill Damien. As Morgan is unconvinced, Bugenhagen takes him to some local ruins to see the mural of Yigael's Wall, which was said to have been drawn by one who saw the Devil and had visions of the Antichrist as he would appear from birth to death. Though Morgan believes him upon seeing an ancient depiction of the Antichrist with Damien's face, both he and Bugenhagen are buried alive as the tunnel collapses on them.
The Terminal Man, 1h47
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Actors George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard A. Dysart, Donald Moffat, Michael C. Gwynne, William Hansen
Rating57% 2.850312.850312.850312.850312.85031
Harry Benson, an extremely intelligent (IQ 144) computer programmer in his 30s, suffers from epilepsy. He often has seizures which induce a blackout, after which he awakens to unfamiliar surroundings with no knowledge of what he has done. He also suffers from delusions that computers will rise up against humans.
Pulp
Pulp (1972)
, 1h35
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about writers
Actors Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott, Dennis Price, Nadia Cassini
Rating59% 2.999882.999882.999882.999882.99988
King lives in Rome churning out a string of violent, sexually charged noir novels with titles like My Gun Is Long under an array of pen names like "S. Odomy".
Get Carter
Get Carter (1971)
, 1h52
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Noir, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, John Osborne, Britt Ekland, Bryan Mosley, Wolfgang Suschitzky
Rating73% 3.6982753.6982753.6982753.6982753.698275
Newcastle-born gangster Jack Carter has lived in London for years in the employ of organised crime bosses Gerald and Sid Fletcher. Jack is sleeping with Gerald's girlfriend Anna and plans to escape with her to South America. But first he must return to Newcastle and Gateshead to attend the funeral of his brother Frank, who died in a purported drunk-driving accident. Unsatisfied with the official explanation, Jack investigates for himself. At the funeral Jack meets with his teenage niece Doreen and Frank's evasive mistress Margaret. It is later implied that Doreen might actually be Jack's daughter.

Scriptwriter

Black Rainbow, 1h43
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Rosanna Arquette, Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Olek Krupa, Ed Grady
Roles Writer
Rating59% 2.954512.954512.954512.954512.95451
Rosanna Arquette stars as Martha Travis, a medium who hosts a touring clairvoyant show with her alcoholic father Walter (Jason Robards) where she helps members of the audience make contact with deceased relatives. At one meeting, she foretells the violent death of a local factory employee (Olek Krupa), a whistleblower who was set to reveal corporate malpractice at the plant, and soon becomes the target of the killer herself. At a subsequent meeting in the town, she appears to identify several other individuals who are set to die or be killed. A sceptical local journalist investigating the death, Gary Wallace (Tom Hulce), begins following the couple and the story. The story is told in flashback, with the opening scenes showing Wallace searching for the reclusive Martha many years after the events depicted in the main body of the film.
Damien: Omen II, 1h47
Directed by Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney
Rating63% 3.1506553.1506553.1506553.1506553.150655
A week after the burial of Robert and Katherine Thorn, archeologist Carl Bugenhagen (Leo McKern) learns of the survival of their adopted son Damien. Confiding to his friend Michael Morgan (Ian Hendry) that Damien is the Antichrist, Bugenhagen attempts to convince him to give Damien's guardian a box containing the means to kill Damien. As Morgan is unconvinced, Bugenhagen takes him to some local ruins to see the mural of Yigael's Wall, which was said to have been drawn by one who saw the Devil and had visions of the Antichrist as he would appear from birth to death. Though Morgan believes him upon seeing an ancient depiction of the Antichrist with Damien's face, both he and Bugenhagen are buried alive as the tunnel collapses on them.
The Terminal Man, 1h47
Directed by Mike Hodges
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Actors George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard A. Dysart, Donald Moffat, Michael C. Gwynne, William Hansen
Rating57% 2.850312.850312.850312.850312.85031
Harry Benson, an extremely intelligent (IQ 144) computer programmer in his 30s, suffers from epilepsy. He often has seizures which induce a blackout, after which he awakens to unfamiliar surroundings with no knowledge of what he has done. He also suffers from delusions that computers will rise up against humans.