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Renny Harlin is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 15 march 1959 at Riihimäki (Finlande)

Renny Harlin

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Birth name Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola
Nationality USA
Birth 15 march 1959 (60 years) at Riihimäki (Finlande)

Renny Harlin (born Lauri Mauritz Harjola, 15 March 1959) is a Finnish film director and producer. His films include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Deep Blue Sea.

Harlin's movies have earned $506,543,064 in the United States as of January 2013, making him the 87th highest-grossing director in the American market. His film Cutthroat Island held the Guinness world record for "Biggest Box-Office Flop of All Time".

Biography

C'est à l'Université d'Helsinki, en Finlande, que Renny Harlin fait ses études de cinéma et réalise ses premiers courts métrages et documentaires. Conscient de ne pouvoir s'imposer sur le devant de la scène internationale par le biais de l'industrie cinématographique de son pays, l'apprenti-metteur en scène émigre aux États-Unis au milieu des années 80 et fait ses armes à Hollywood en signant Le Cauchemar de Freddy en 1988, quatrième volet de la terrifiante saga. Mais la consécration, il la décroche grâce à une autre série, celle de Die Hard, en réalisant en 1990 58 minutes pour vivre avec Bruce Willis dans son rôle du flic tenace John McClane.

Considéré comme l'un des nouveaux spécialistes du film d'action, il se paye le luxe de refuser la mise en scène d'Alien 3 pour confirmer sa réputation avec Cliffhanger : Traque au sommet (Cliffhanger), un long métrage qui permet à Sylvester Stallone de retrouver les sommets du box-office en 1993. La même année, il épouse l'athlétique Geena Davis, avec qui il fonde la société de production Forge. Les collaborations sur grand écran du célèbre couple (L'Île aux pirates en 1995 et Au revoir à jamais en 1996) se solderont malheureusement par de cuisants échecs commerciaux. Cette association prendra fin en 1998 avec un divorce retentissant.

Et si le succès est à nouveau au rendez-vous en 1999 grâce aux requins sournois de Peur bleue, les retrouvailles avec Sylvester Stallone pour Driven en 2001 se révèlent quant à elles décevantes. Renny Harlin n'a alors d'autre choix que de se consacrer à la réalisation de thrillers beaucoup moins onéreux comme Profession profiler en 2004 ou Cleaner en 2007. En 2003 il est appelé à la rescousse par les studios Warner Bros. pour remplacer Paul Schrader à la mise en scène de L'Exorciste, au commencement, il décide de retourner presque entièrement le film faisant ainsi exploser le budget initial pour un succès modeste à son arrivée en salles en 2004. En 2006, Le Pacte du sang est son dernier grand succès en salles, ce thriller remporte un succès honorable dans les salles américaines.

Ses autres réalisations seront des échecs cuisants : 12 Rounds (2008), et La Légende d'Hercule (2014), ponctués entre deux de eux autres films : Etat de guerre (2010), Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013) sortis directement en vidéo.

Best films

Cliffhanger (1993)
(Director)
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
(Director)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
(Director)
Driven (2001)
(Director)
The Covenant (2006)
(Director)

Usually with

Geena Davis
Geena Davis
(4 films)
Rex Linn
Rex Linn
(4 films)
Trevor Rabin
Trevor Rabin
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Renny Harlin (26 films)

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Actor

The Legend of Hercules, 1h39
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Dans la Grèce mythologique, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Kellan Lutz, Liam McIntyre, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, Johnathon Schaech, Scott Adkins
Roles Officer Linus (uncredited)
Rating42% 2.1026752.1026752.1026752.1026752.102675
In 1200 BC ancient Greece, King Amphitryon of Tiryns invades Argos. Amphitryon eventually fights rival King Galenus in personal combat, killing Galenus and seizing his kingdom. Queen Alcmene is disgusted by her husband's thirst for power and warmongering. She prays to Hera for guidance and Hera, wife of Zeus, tells her that she will allow Zeus to impregnate Alcemene with the savior of her people, a demi-god son to be named Hercules. The only other witness to this is Chiron, the queen's loyal adviser. Amphitryon names his new "son" Alcides, though Alcmene secretly acknowledges his true name as Hercules.
Driven
Driven (2001)
, 1h56
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies
Actors Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Gina Gershon, Estella Warren
Roles Replacement Driver
Rating46% 2.300822.300822.300822.300822.30082
Halfway through the (Fictionalized) 2001 Champ Car season, rookie driver Jimmy Bly has already won 5 races. His brother/business manager Demille is seems more concerned with working out endorsement deals and press engagements than racing, putting tremendous pressure upon Jimmy. His success has also drawn the ire of the reigning champion and series points leader Beau Brandenburg, who believes he's not doing as well as he should because of his fiancée Sophia becoming "a distraction". He breaks up the engagement and he regains his winning ways.
Deep Blue Sea, 1h45
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films, Films about sharks, Natural horror films, Mise en scène d'un poisson
Actors Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård
Rating58% 2.900042.900042.900042.900042.90004
At Aquatica, a remote former submarine refueling facility converted into a laboratory, a team of scientists is searching for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Fluids from the brain tissue of three Mako sharks are being harvested as a cure for Alzheimer's. Unknown to the other scientists, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) has violated the code of ethics and has genetically engineered the sharks to increase their brain size, but this has the side effect of making the sharks smarter and more dangerous.
Cutthroat Island, 2h4
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin, Patrick Malahide, Stan Shaw
Roles Pirate with rifle
Rating56% 2.8011552.8011552.8011552.8011552.801155
In 1668 Jamaica, Morgan Adams hunts down her uncle and fellow pirate Dawg Brown, who has captured her father, Black Harry. Black Harry has one of three pieces of a map to a huge stash of gold on the remote Cutthroat Island. Dawg has another piece, having stolen it from the corpse of a third brother, Richard, while a fourth brother, Mordechai, has the last piece. Harry refuses to give Dawg his piece and escapes with Morgan's help, but not before being mortally wounded. A dying Harry reveals to his daughter the location of the map piece: on his scalp.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, 1h39
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Freddy, Serial killer films
Actors Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Andras Jones, Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman
Roles Student in Classroom (uncredited)
Rating57% 2.8507052.8507052.8507052.8507052.850705
Some time has passed since the events of the previous film, Kristen, Kincaid and Joey have been released from Westin Hills and are living lives as normal teenagers. When Kristen, believing Freddy is coming back, summons Joey and Kincaid into her dreams, she angers them and they warn her that dreaming of Freddy might actually cause his return. The next day, Kristen picks up her boyfriend, martial arts enthusiast Rick Johnson, and his sister and Kristen's best friend, Alice. Going to school she meets with her other friends: Sheila, a genius and asthmatic; and Debbie, a tough girl who doesn't like bugs. Alice daydreams of her crush Dan Jordan recognizing her, but she snaps out of it when Rick teases he can introduce them.

Director

Skiptrace
Skiptrace (2016)
, 1h30
Directed by Sam Fell, Renny Harlin
Origin Chine
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Jackie Chan, Fàn Bīngbīng (范冰冰), Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Yeon Jung-hoon, Sara Forsberg
Rating56% 2.84942.84942.84942.84942.8494
Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Jackie Chan) has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie's young niece Samantha/bái shū (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong's crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville). Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back to Hong Kong and the unlikely pair embark on an entertaining and perilous adventure from the snowy mountains of Mongolia to the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert.
The Legend of Hercules, 1h39
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Dans la Grèce mythologique, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Kellan Lutz, Liam McIntyre, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, Johnathon Schaech, Scott Adkins
Rating42% 2.1026752.1026752.1026752.1026752.102675
In 1200 BC ancient Greece, King Amphitryon of Tiryns invades Argos. Amphitryon eventually fights rival King Galenus in personal combat, killing Galenus and seizing his kingdom. Queen Alcmene is disgusted by her husband's thirst for power and warmongering. She prays to Hera for guidance and Hera, wife of Zeus, tells her that she will allow Zeus to impregnate Alcemene with the savior of her people, a demi-god son to be named Hercules. The only other witness to this is Chiron, the queen's loyal adviser. Amphitryon names his new "son" Alcides, though Alcmene secretly acknowledges his true name as Hercules.
Devil's Pass, 1h40
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Gemma Atkinson, Matt Stokoe, Ryan Hawley, Richard Reid
Rating57% 2.8503552.8503552.8503552.8503552.850355
Five Oregon college students set off to find out what happened to the nine skiers who mysteriously died in the Dyatlov Pass incident. Holly and Jensen are co-directors, J.P. and Andy are expert climbers, and Denise is the sound engineer. After the film introduces the characters, Russian-language news discusses the students' disappearance. The Russian government recovers video footage but refuses to release it to the public; hackers release the footage, which forms the rest of the film.
5 Days of War, 2h
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Andy García, Val Kilmer, Richard Coyle, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rupert Friend, Johnathon Schaech
Rating56% 2.80082.80082.80082.80082.8008
In 2007, during the Iraq War, a Georgian contingent of the coalition forces saves the life of American reporter Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend), although one of his colleagues (Heather Graham) is killed in the process. One year later, in 2008, he returns to Los Angeles, California but soon goes to Georgia on the advice of some of his friends in Tbilisi, who suspect that a large conflict is brewing. He, along with his cameraman Sebastian Ganz (Richard Coyle), delve deeper into Georgian life as conflict escalates and they get caught in the crossfire when an air raid strikes a local wedding they stumble upon. With members of the wedding party (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and the help of a Georgian soldier (Johnathon Schaech) who had earlier saved them in Iraq, their mission becomes getting their footage of an atrocity by Russian irregulars out of the country. But they find themselves faced with international apathy due to the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games. Their flight leads them to the Battle of Gori.
12 Rounds
12 Rounds (2009)
, 1h48
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors John Cena, Steve Harris, Ashley Scott, Aidan Gillen, Brian J. White, Taylor Cole
Rating56% 2.801582.801582.801582.801582.80158
A sting operation to capture notorious arms dealer Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen) goes awry when the FBI's inside man double crosses them. Miles rendezvouses with his girlfriend Erica Kessen (Taylor Cole) who has a getaway car. Officer Danny Fisher (John Cena) and his partner, Officer Hank Carver (Brian J. White), are dispatched to help the FBI. On their way, they look at Jackson's record and see a surveillance video of him dancing with Kessen. A sudden encounter with them when they spot her at a traffic light leads to her death and Miles being taken away. Miles swears vengeance on Fisher.
Cleaner
Cleaner (2007)
, 1h28
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzmán, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Christa Campbell
Rating60% 3.0491353.0491353.0491353.0491353.049135
Single father and former cop Tom Cutler has an unusual occupation: he owns and operates a crime scene cleanup company, and performs much of the duties himself. When he is called in to sterilize a wealthy suburban residence after a brutal shooting, Cutler is shocked to learn he may have unknowingly erased crucial evidence, and become entangled in a dirty criminal cover-up.
The Covenant, 1h37
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Actors Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey
Rating53% 2.6502052.6502052.6502052.6502052.650205
In the town of Ipswich, four popular teenage boys – Caleb, Pogue, Reid, and Tyler – are descendants of colonial witch families. Collectively, they are known as the “Sons of Ipswich,” and secretly possess magical powers passed down through their respective bloodlines.
Exorcist: The Beginning, 1h56
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Dorota Skorupko, James D'Arcy, Ralph Brown, Julian Wadham, Ben Cross
Rating50% 2.549872.549872.549872.549872.54987
The film opens with a bloodied and terrified priest slowly making his way across the bodies of thousands of dead soldiers. There are many crows and hyenas roving around the bodies. The priest reaches the dead body of another priest and tries take a small demon idol of the head of Pazuzu from his hand, but, suddenly, the dead priest briefly comes back to life and stops the living priest from taking it. The camera pulls back to reveal that the entire valley is littered with dead soldiers, many have been crucified upside down. The movie then cuts to Cairo, Egypt in 1949, where the young Father Lancaster Merrin (played by Skarsgård, who played the same part in Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist) has taken a sabbatical from the Church and devoted himself to history and archaeology as he struggles with his shattered faith. He is haunted especially by an incident in a small village in the occupied Netherlands during World War II, where he served as parish priest: near the end of the war, a sadistic Nazi SS commander, in retaliation for the murder of a German trooper, forces Merrin to participate in arbitrary executions in order to save a full village from slaughter.
Mindhunters, 1h46
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris, Patricia Velásquez, Clifton Collins, Jr., Eion Bailey
Rating64% 3.200463.200463.200463.200463.20046
The titular Mindhunters are a group of young FBI students who are undergoing training as profilers. Their instructor, experienced profiler Jake Harris (Val Kilmer), employs a highly realistic training approach by assigning the group variants of real investigations, including elaborate sets, props, and FBI actors to play out each scenario.