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Penelope Spheeris is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Thanks American born on 2 december 1945 at New Orleans (USA)

Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris
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Nationality USA
Birth 2 december 1945 (78 years) at New Orleans (USA)

Penelope Spheeris (born December 2, 1945) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is best known as a documentary film director whose works include the trilogy titled The Decline of Western Civilization. She has also directed feature films, including Wayne's World, her highest grossing film.

Best films

Wayne's World (1992)
(Director)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
(Director)
Black Sheep (1996)
(Director)

Usually with

Tom Arnold
Tom Arnold
(1 films)
Lee Ving
Lee Ving
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Penelope Spheeris (27 films)

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Actress

The Kid & I, 1h33
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Eric Gores, Linda Hamilton, Henry Winkler, Richard Edson, Brenda Strong, Arielle Kebbel
Roles Penelope Spheeris
Rating52% 2.6057852.6057852.6057852.6057852.605785
Former actor Bill Williams (Tom Arnold) is about to commit suicide over his ruined career. He throws out all his stuff and gives his clothes to a poor alcoholic. The man drinks Bill's vodka and takes half of his pills messing up his suicide plan and takes off. Bill drinks his alcohol and then takes the pills not knowing he won't die. He then lies down in the bathtub and closes his eyes. Three days later a demented film agent named Johnny Bernstein (Henry Winkler) shows up at the apartment with a business offer for him. He says a billionaire, Davis Roman (Joe Mantegna) will hire Bill to write and co-star in a movie exactly like True Lies so that his son, Aaron Roman (Eric Gores), whose favorite film is True Lies, can live out his dream of being an actor and star of an action movie. Not knowing much about the boy or the billionaire, Bill agrees to do the project since he would make thousands by the end of the movie.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, 2h2
Directed by Alexandra Cassavetes
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical
Themes Films about films, Films about television, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Documentary films about films
Actors Robert Altman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jim Jarmusch, Theresa Russell, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Verhoeven
Roles Self
Rating75% 3.7883153.7883153.7883153.7883153.788315
Un documentaire sur Z Channel, l'une des premières chaînes câblées payantes des États-Unis, et son responsable de la programmation, Jerry Harvey. Lancée en 1974, cette chaîne basée à Los Angeles a proposé une programmation éclectique de films qui est devenue un exemple parfait de la puissance inexploitée de la télévision par câble.
Black Sheep, 1h27
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Political films, Buddy films
Actors Chris Farley, David Spade, Gary Busey, Kevin P. Farley, Tim Matheson, Timothy Carhart
Rating61% 3.0990353.0990353.0990353.0990353.099035
Mike Donnelly (Chris Farley) is driving an advertisement truck to support his brother Al Donnelly's (Tim Matheson) campaign for Governor of Washington. His competition is incumbent Evelyn Tracy (Christine Ebersole). Mike is chased by dogs while driving the truck and crashes into a local movie theatre. Al's campaign manager, Roger Kovary (Timothy Carhart), advises Al to get rid of Mike, but Al decides to have Mike campaign for him in town with the assistance of campaign aide Steve Dodds (David Spade), who accepts the job in return for a spot on Al's staff following the election. As Steve goes to pick up Mike, he hits crazed Vietnam veteran Sgt. Drake Sabitch (Gary Busey), who ends up stealing his rental car.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, 1h33
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about cities, Musical films
Actors Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, David White, Mary LaRoche
Roles Self
Rating71% 3.5948753.5948753.5948753.5948753.594875
The documentary follows the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on the glam metal subgenre. Spheeris explores the more famous musicians, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine and Paul Stanley. She then explores unknown bands, such as London, Odin and Seduce. The film also features interviews with members of Poison, Tuff, Vixen, Faster Pussycat, W.A.S.P. and more. Serious issues such as drug usage, alcohol abuse, and censorship are tackled, as well as vanity issues like celebrity and sales.
The Decline of Western Civilization, 1h40
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about cities, Musical films
Actors John Doe, Lee Ving, Penelope Spheeris
Roles Self
Rating74% 3.744073.744073.744073.744073.74407
Featuring concert footage of Los Angeles punk bands and interviews both with band members, the publishers of Slash fanzine, and with the punks who made up their audience, the film offers a look into a subculture that was largely ignored by the rock music press of the time.

Director

Balls to the Wall, 1h37
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Joe Hursley, Jenna Dewan, Melissa Molinaro, Colleen Camp, Mimi Rogers, Christopher McDonald
Rating38% 1.943451.943451.943451.943451.94345
An engaged guy is forced by his future father-in-law to take a side job moonlighting as an exotic dancer in order to pay for an extravagant wedding neither of them can afford.
Five
Five (2011)
, 1h27
Directed by Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Penelope Spheeris, Alicia Keys, Patty Jenkins
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Isabella Acres
Rating68% 3.4450853.4450853.4450853.4450853.445085
An anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.
The Real St. Nick, 1h25
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Christmas films
Actors Torrey DeVitto, Kenneth Choi, Bruno Amato, Roma Maffia, Tanner Buchanan
Rating57% 2.861022.861022.861022.861022.86102
Kate Bryant, un médecin très doué, se fait sauver par un homme nommé Nick qui se prend pour le père Noël. Elle va apprendre à le connaître et il va se faire de nouveaux amis un peu spéciaux...
The Kid & I, 1h33
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Genres Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Eric Gores, Linda Hamilton, Henry Winkler, Richard Edson, Brenda Strong, Arielle Kebbel
Rating52% 2.6057852.6057852.6057852.6057852.605785
Former actor Bill Williams (Tom Arnold) is about to commit suicide over his ruined career. He throws out all his stuff and gives his clothes to a poor alcoholic. The man drinks Bill's vodka and takes half of his pills messing up his suicide plan and takes off. Bill drinks his alcohol and then takes the pills not knowing he won't die. He then lies down in the bathtub and closes his eyes. Three days later a demented film agent named Johnny Bernstein (Henry Winkler) shows up at the apartment with a business offer for him. He says a billionaire, Davis Roman (Joe Mantegna) will hire Bill to write and co-star in a movie exactly like True Lies so that his son, Aaron Roman (Eric Gores), whose favorite film is True Lies, can live out his dream of being an actor and star of an action movie. Not knowing much about the boy or the billionaire, Bill agrees to do the project since he would make thousands by the end of the movie.
The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron, 1h40
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Brian Dennehy, Christian Kane, Mike Farrell, Shannon Elizabeth, Cameron Bancroft, Natalie Brown
Rating59% 2.9985952.9985952.9985952.9985952.998595
Based on the first-person book by Brian Cruver, Anatomy of Greed, The Crooked E television movie chronicles the rise and fall of the Houston-based Enron Corporation. The film offers the perspective of Cruver, played by Christian Kane, depicted as a brilliant but naïve young salesman who was seduced by the company's "get rich quick" mantra. The extravagant company culture is shown through scenes of extreme office parties, over-the-top expense accounts, and sexy female employees. When the company inevitably crashes in the fall of 2001, the film shows how shareholders and employees suffered the most. Real-life executives are portrayed in the film, including Enron Chairman Ken Lay played by Mike Farrell, CEO Jeff Skilling played by Jon Ted Wynne, and whistleblower Sherron Watkins played by Jan Skene, while other characters are renamed (presumably to protect the innocent) such as senior executive Mr. Blue played by Brian Dennehy.
Hollywierd
Hollywierd (1999)

Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors Charles Band
Rating63% 3.1582953.1582953.1582953.1582953.158295