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Richard Marquand

Richard Marquand
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 22 september 1937
Death 4 september 1987 (at 49 years) at Royal Tunbridge Wells (United-kingdom)

Richard Marquand (22 April 1938 – 4 September 1987) was a Welsh film director best known for directing Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He has also directed the critically acclaimed 1981 drama film Eye of the Needle and the 1985 thriller Jagged Edge.


Richard Marquand est né à Cardiff, frère cadet de l'écrivain politique David Marquand et fils de Rachel E. (née Rees) et Hilary Marquand, qui a été membre du parti travailliste. Richard Marquand a étudié à l'école Emanuel School (Battersea, banlieue de Londres), à l'Université d'Aix-Marseille (Marseille, France) et au King's College (Cambridge).

À la fin des années 1960, Richard Marquand a commencé une carrière de scénariste et réalise des documentaires pour la BBC.

À la suite de son film de 1981 L'Arme à l'œil, il est repéré par George Lucas qui l'embauche pour réaliser en 1983 Star Wars, épisode VI : Le Retour du Jedi.

En 1985 il réalise le thriller À double tranchant, mettant en scène Jeff Bridges et Glenn Close.

Il décède en 1987 d'un accident vasculaire cérébral à l'age de 48 ans. Son dernier film, Hearts of Fire est sorti à titre posthume.

Son fils, James Marquand, est également réalisateur.

Best films

Return of the Jedi (1983)
Nowhere to Run (1993)

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Joe Eszterhas
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard Marquand (8 films)

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Jagged Edge, 1h48
Directed by Richard Marquand
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Actors Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Robert Loggia, Peter Coyote, John Dehner, Karen Austin
Rating64% 3.2497953.2497953.2497953.2497953.249795
An intruder in a black mask and clothing ties up San Francisco socialite Page Forrester at her remote beach house and kills her with a hunting knife with a jagged edge. He writes the word "Bitch" on the wall with her blood. Her husband Jack (Bridges) later recovers in a clinic with a bloody head wound, claiming to have been knocked unconscious and awoken to find Page's body. After her funeral, he is arrested for her murder by DA Thomas Krasny, based on evidence that includes a witness at a club who saw a hunting knife in Jack's locker; medical suggestion that Jack's head wound was self-inflicted; Jack's fingerprints being at the crime scene with Page's; and Jack inheriting all of Page's corporate and personal assets in the event of her death. Forrester tries to hire high-profile lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him after hearing of her high success rate. Barnes, however, used to work for Krasny, and is reluctant to take the case as she stopped working in criminal law after an incident with him.
Until September, 1h35
Directed by Richard Marquand
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Karen Allen, Thierry Lhermitte, Christopher Cazenove, Jean-Claude Montalban, Gérard Caillaud, Patrick Braoudé
Rating59% 2.9541852.9541852.9541852.9541852.954185
Moe Alexander (Allen) is an American tourist in Paris. When she misses her plane home, she ends up being stuck in Paris for a while until her visa gets approved and goes to stay at the apartment of a friend who is away for the summer. There she meets Xavier de la Perouse (Thierry Lhermitte), a wealthy French banker. Xavier is married but his wife and family are away. As he spends time with Moe, their mutual attraction is overwhelming and they fall in love.
Return of the Jedi, 2h14
Directed by Richard Marquand
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse
Rating82% 4.148514.148514.148514.148514.14851
Luke Skywalker initiates a plan to rescue Han Solo from the crime lord Jabba the Hutt with the help of Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2. Leia infiltrates Jabba's palace on Tatooine disguised as a bounty hunter with Chewbacca as her prisoner. Lando is already there disguised as a guard. Leia releases Han from his carbonite prison, but she is captured and enslaved. Luke arrives soon afterward but after a tense standoff, he is captured. After Luke survives his battle with Jabba's Rancor, Jabba sentences him and Han to death by feeding them to the Sarlacc. Luke frees himself and battles Jabba's guards. During the chaos, Boba Fett, who has remained at Jabba's palace since delivering Han, attempts to attack Luke, but Han inadvertently knocks him into the Sarlacc pit. Meanwhile, Leia strangles Jabba to death, and Luke destroys Jabba's sail barge as the group escapes. While the others rendezvous with the Rebel Alliance, Luke returns to Dagobah where he finds that Yoda is dying. Before he dies, Yoda confirms that Darth Vader, once known as Anakin Skywalker, is Luke's father, and there is "another Skywalker". The spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi confirms that this other Skywalker is Luke's twin sister, Leia. Obi-Wan tells Luke that he must fight Vader again to defeat the Empire.
Eye of the Needle, 1h52
Directed by Richard Marquand
Origin German
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Romance
Themes Spy films, Radio, Political films
Actors Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Christopher Cazenove, Ian Bannen, Philip Martin Brown, George Belbin
Rating70% 3.546733.546733.546733.546733.54673
A man calling himself Henry Faber is actually a German spy nicknamed "the Needle" because of his preferred method of assassination, the stiletto. He is a coldly calculating sociopath, emotionlessly focused on the task at hand, whether the task is to signal a U-boat or to gut a witness to avoid exposure.
The Birth Of The Beatles, 1h44
Directed by Richard Marquand
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Nigel Havers, John Altman, Ray Ashcroft, David Nicholas Wilkinson, Gary Olsen, Linal Haft
Rating65% 3.2953653.2953653.2953653.2953653.295365
The film opens with the Beatles driving in a car with their manager Brian Epstein and John's wife Cynthia Lennon. It is 1964 and they are heading to America for the first time after already encountering massive success across Europe. They begin to remember the days before they became famous.
The Legacy
The Legacy (1978)
, 1h36
Directed by Richard Marquand
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey, John Standing, Ian Hogg, Margaret Tyzack
Rating57% 2.850292.850292.850292.850292.85029
Maggie Walsh (Ross) and her boyfriend Pete Danner (Elliott) are interior decorators from California. They are retained by an anonymous British client. Their reluctance to abandon their current client in Los Angeles is alleviated when that client dies suddenly in mysterious circumstances. Taking advantage of their pre-paid airfare, they travel to England and are immediately involved in a traffic collision with a limousine. The passenger reveals himself as their mysterious benefactor, Jason Mountolive (Standing), who invites them to his rambling estate, Ravenhurst.


Nowhere to Run, 1h34
Directed by Peter MacDonald, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rosanna Arquette, Kieran Culkin, Ted Levine, Joss Ackland, Edward Blatchford
Roles Story
Rating57% 2.8508352.8508352.8508352.8508352.850835
Sam Gillen (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a Québécois convict in the United States who escapes from Federal custody with the aid of his bank-robbing partner. In their last heist, Sam's partner killed a bank guard, a crime for which Sam was ultimately convicted. Sam's partner is killed in the break, forcing Sam to continue on alone. He sets up camp on a piece of farmland owned by Clydie Anderson (Rosanna Arquette), the widowed mother of two kids, Mike (nicknamed "Mookie") (Kieran Culkin) and Bree (Tiffany Taubman).