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Peter Yates is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Assistant Director and Thanks British born on 24 july 1929 at Aldershot (United-kingdom)

Peter Yates

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Birth name Peter James Yates
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 24 july 1929 at Aldershot (United-kingdom)
Death 9 january 2011 (at 81 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Peter James Yates (24 July 1929 – 9 January 2011) was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.


Il a débuté à la télévision anglaise en dirigeant certains épisodes de la série Le Saint ou de Destination Danger, Il est aussi assistant réalisateur, notamment de Tony Richardson pour le film Un Goût de miel et de Jack Lee Thompson pour Les Canons de Navarone. En 1963, Peter Yates dirige son premier long métrage Summer Holiday , une comédie musicale mettant en vedette le chanteur britannique Cliff Richard, qui est alors au sommet de sa popularité.

En 1967, il réalise Trois milliards d'un coup, un film policier fortement inspiré du vol du train postal Glasgow-Londres. L'œuvre, qui contient des scènes d'action spectaculaires, attire l'attention de l'acteur Steve McQueen, qui l'engage pour réaliser le film Bullitt, qui sera le premier film que Yates tourne aux États-Unis. C'est à Peter Yates que l'on doit la célèbre poursuite en voitures dans les rues de San Francisco. À sa sortie, en 1968, Bullitt rencontre un grand succès et aura une influence certaine.

Au cours de sa carrière, Peter Yates a beaucoup œuvré dans le film policier : outre Trois milliards d'un coup et Bullitt, Yates réalise aussi Les Quatre Malfrats, une autre histoire de cambriolage, cette fois-ci tirée d'un roman de Donald Westlake et mettant en vedette Robert Redford, L'Œil du témoin avec Sigourney Weaver dans le rôle d'une reporter de télévision, Suspect dangereux avec Cher, Une femme en péril avec Kelly McGillis et Jeff Daniels.

Mais Yates aura également abordé le film d'aventures avec La Guerre de Murphy et Les Grands Fonds ainsi que le drame sentimental avec John et Mary, un film avec Dustin Hoffman et Mia Farrow qu'il réalise tout de suite après Bullitt. Peter Yates a même touché à l'heroic fantasy avec Krull. En 1979, il produit et dirige La Bande des quatre, une comédie dramatique à petit budget centrée sur un adolescent féru de vélo. Le film récolte cinq nominations aux Oscars, dont celles du meilleur film et du meilleur réalisateur. Quatre ans plus tard, Yates réalise le film L'habilleur, adaptation de la célèbre pièce de Ronald Harwood mettant en vedette Tom Courtenay et Albert Finney. À nouveau, le film est en lice pour cinq Oscars dont, une fois encore, ceux du meilleur film et du meilleur réalisateur.

Best films

Good Will Hunting (1998)
Bullitt (1968)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Breaking Away (1979)
Roommates (1995)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

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Filmography of Peter Yates (36 films)

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Curtain Call, 1h3
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Barbara Read, Michael Caine, Alan Mowbray, James Spader, Donald MacBride, Maggie Smith
Rating60% 3.0101653.0101653.0101653.0101653.010165
Two theatrical producers plan to get even with a demanding actress by tricking her into starring in the worst play they can find. The producer and director conspire of giving the actress a dreadful role to play from the script of "The End of Everything". The plot to mislead the actress, however, backfires when she loves the role and gives a stellar performance, which turns the play into a hit.


Don Quixote, 2h18
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Buddy films
Actors John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, James Purefoy, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams, Lambert Wilson
Rating60% 3.0025853.0025853.0025853.0025853.002585
Accompagné de son valet Sancho Panza, Don Quichotte, vieil homme idéaliste et farfelu, se lance dans une croisade contre les brigands de tout poil.
Curtain Call, 1h34
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Ghost films
Actors James Spader, Polly Walker, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Julianne Nicholson, Buck Henry
Rating57% 2.853372.853372.853372.853372.85337
Stevenson Lowe (James Spader) has a publishing business that's in trouble and a girlfriend (Polly Walker), who is also being pursued by a U.S. Senator (Sam Shepard).
Roommates (1995)
, 1h48
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Peter Falk, D. B. Sweeney, Julianne Moore, Jan Rubes, Frankie Faison, Ellen Burstyn
Rating63% 3.1992153.1992153.1992153.1992153.199215
In 1963 Pittsburgh, Rocky Holzcek is a cantankerous 77-year-old Polish-American baker who insists, despite relatives' protests, upon adopting his young grandson Michael when the boy's parents pass away. Twenty years later, Michael is a medical student in Columbus who's forced to take his still-spry grandfather when the old man is evicted from his apartment building. Although the crusty, outspoken Rocky gets along with his Chinese college roommates, he is less enthused about his grandson's girlfriend, Beth. Eventually, Michael and Beth marry and head to Pittsburgh where Michael begins his medical residency, while Rocky continues working as a baker. An illness forces Rocky to move back to Pittsburgh with his grandson and his wife, and Rocky warms up to Beth. Seven years pass, and Rocky lives with Michael and Beth and their two children, as Michael has built himself a prominent medical career. However, when Beth is killed in an automobile accident, the old man once again comes to support his grandson in his time of need. At the end of the film, Rocky dies at the age of 107, knowing that his grandson is well, and that he has provided all the care that he could for him.
Year of the Comet, 1h31
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes La provence
Actors Timothy Daly, Penelope Ann Miller, Louis Jourdan, Ian William Richardson, Art Malik, Ian McNeice
Rating58% 2.903062.903062.903062.903062.90306
Margaret Harwood (Miller), the mousy daughter of esteemed wine merchant Sir Mason Harwood (Richardson), discovers a magnum of wine, vintage 1811, bearing Napoleon's seal. Sir Mason instantly offers it to his best customer, T.T. Kelleher (Rimmer), who sends his friend, Oliver Plexico (Daly) to retrieve it. Three other interested parties converge on the valuable rarity: a Greek billionaire, to whom Margaret's unscrupulous brother has independently sold the bottle; an amoral French scientist (Jourdan), who believes it contains the secret to a rejuvenation formula that he will kill to obtain; and a murderous thug (Brimble), who wants to sell it himself.
An Innocent Man, 1h49
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Prison films
Actors Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, David Rasche, Richard Young, Badja Djola
Rating64% 3.2488853.2488853.2488853.2488853.248885
James "Jimmie" Rainwood (Tom Selleck) is an ordinary and model citizen: happily married to his beautiful wife Kate (Laila Robins), has a modest home in Long Beach, California, works as an American Airlines engineer, drives a classic Pontiac Trans Am and pays his bills.
The House on Carroll Street, 1h41
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Political films
Actors Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin, Jessica Tandy, James Rebhorn, Jonathan Hogan
Rating60% 3.0497853.0497853.0497853.0497853.049785
Emily Crane (Kelly McGillis), a picture editor for Life Magazine, is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted in a neighbouring house. She eavesdrops through an open window, seeing that one of those involved is her main senator prosecutor, Ray Salwen (Mandy Patinkin). His opponent is an elderly man who speaks only German; a younger man named Stefan (Christopher Buchholz), whom Emily had earlier asked for directions, is interpreting their confrontation.
Suspect (1987)
, 1h57
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney, Fred Melamed, Joe Mantegna
Rating66% 3.3001453.3001453.3001453.3001453.300145
Around Christmas, a United States Supreme Court Justice commits suicide, for which no explanation or context is given. We only see the Justice making a tape recording and then shooting himself. Shortly after the suicide, the body of Elizabeth Quinn, a file clerk at the Justice Department, is found floating in the Potomac River, and Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless, deaf-mute Vietnam veteran, is arrested for the crime, based almost entirely on the fact that he was seen sleeping in Quinn's car the night of her murder. Kathleen Riley (Cher) is the beleaguered D.C. public defender assigned to represent Anderson.
Eleni (1985)
, 1h54
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors John Malkovich, Kate Nelligan, Linda Hunt, Oliver Cotton, Ronald Pickup, Rosalie Crutchley
Rating68% 3.445773.445773.445773.445773.44577
The film is told in a flashback format with Gage, now living in the United States, returning to his native Greece to solve the mystery of his mother's death when he was a child. The film looks back to the effect of the 1940s Greek Civil War on the remote Greek village of his upbringing, and he investigates what happened to his mother after Communist guerrillas invade the village.
The Dresser, 1h58
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about television, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gough, Edward Fox, John Sharp
Rating76% 3.84463.84463.84463.84463.8446
The Dresser opens with a performance of King Lear at a regional theatre in England during the last days of World War II. In the title role is an ageing, once-famous Shakespearean actor identified to us only as "Sir" (Albert Finney). He is of the old, bombastic school of British acting, full of grand gestures and fine oratory. As the curtain comes down on the last act, and as the actors line up for their curtain call, Sir lectures them on the mistakes they've made during the performance, showing us that he is the leader of this travelling band of actors bringing Shakespeare to the provinces during wartime.
Krull (1983)
, 2h1
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Films about magic and magicians, Space opera
Actors Kenneth Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong, David John Battley
Rating60% 3.049623.049623.049623.049623.04962
A narrator describes a prophecy regarding "a girl of ancient name that shall become queen, that she shall choose a king, and that together they shall rule their world, and that their son shall rule the galaxy".
Eyewitness (1981)
, 1h43
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer, James Woods, Morgan Freeman, Steven Hill
Rating60% 3.000093.000093.000093.000093.00009
New York janitor Daryll Deever (Hurt) is an avid fan of television news reporter Tony Sokolow (Weaver). A wealthy man suspected of criminal connections is murdered in Daryll's office building and Tony suspects Deever knows something about it.
Breaking Away, 1h41
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Sports films, Cycling films, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley
Rating76% 3.8481253.8481253.8481253.8481253.848125
Dave, Mike, Cyril, and Moocher are four working-class friends, living in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana. Now turning 19 years old, they all graduated from high school the year before and are not sure what to do with their lives. They spend much of their time together swimming in an old abandoned water-filled quarry, but also often clash with the more affluent Indiana University students in their hometown, who habitually refer to them as "cutters", a derogatory term for locals stemming from the local Indiana Limestone industry and the stonecutters who worked the quarries. Dave is obsessed with competitive bicycle racing, and Italian racers in particular, because he recently won a Masi bicycle. His down-to-earth father, a former stonecutter who now operates his own used car business (sometimes unethically), is puzzled and exasperated by his son's love of Italian music and culture, which Dave associates with cycling. However, his mother Evelyn is more understanding.
The Deep
The Deep (1977)
, 2h4
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films
Actors Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett Jr., Eli Wallach, Robert Tessier
Rating62% 3.100033.100033.100033.100033.10003
While scuba-diving near shipwrecks off Bermuda, vacationing couple David Sanders (Nick Nolte) and Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) recover a number of artifacts, including an ampoule of amber-colored liquid and a medallion bearing the image of a woman and the letters "S.C.O.P.N." (meaning "Santa Clara, ora pro nobis" or "Saint Clara, pray for us") and a date, 1714. Sanders and Berke seek the advice of lighthouse-keeper and treasure-hunter Romer Treece (Robert Shaw) on the origin of the medallion, who identifies the item as Spanish and takes an interest in the young couple. The ampoule is noticed by the man who had rented diving equipment to Sanders and Berke, which in turn attracts the attention of Henri Cloche (Louis Gossett, Jr.), a local drug kingpin for whom the shop owner works, who unsuccessfully tries to buy the ampoule and then begins to terrorize the couple with Haitian black magic. The ampoule contains medicinal morphine from the Goliath, a ship that sank during World War II with a cargo of munitions and medical supplies. The wreck of the Goliath is considered dangerous and is posted as off-limits to divers due to the danger of explosions. Treece concludes that a recent storm has exposed her cargo of morphine and unearthed a much older wreck containing Spanish treasure.