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Rick Rosenthal is a Actor, Director and Producer American born on 15 june 1949 at New York City (USA)

Rick Rosenthal

Rick Rosenthal
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Birth name Richard L. Rosenthal, Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 15 june 1949 (74 years) at New York City (USA)

Richard L. "Rick" Rosenthal, Jr. (born June 15, 1949) is an American film and television director, known for directing episodes of many popular TV series (including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville), as well as the films Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection. He is also a producer, actor, and writer.

Biography

Rosenthal was born in New York City, New York, the son of Hinda (née Gould) and entrepreneur Richard L. Rosenthal, Sr. He is a graduate of The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall), Harvard College 1971 cum laude and the American Film Institute.

Rosenthal helped launch Sean Penn's career when he cast the then-unknown actor in the title role of the 1983 film Bad Boys. Rosenthal worked on the Emmy-winning ABC series Life Goes On as well as such series as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Providence, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Smallville. He is a winner of the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award.

In recent years, Rosenthal has turned to the independent film world, continuing to direct ("Nearing Grace"), but also producing as well, giving opportunities to first time directors. The first production under the Whitewater Films banner was the Sundance Film Festival hit Mean Creek, winner of two Independent Spirit Awards as well as a Humanitas Prize. The film was invited to the Directors Fortnight at Cannes and launched the filmmaking career of writer-director Jacob Estes.

Mean Creek was followed by writer-director Scott Prendergast's first feature, Kabluey, starring Lisa Kudrow.

The fall of 2007 saw Ocean Grove, New Jersey become the site of Whitewater Films' Greta, video director Nancy Bardawil's feature debut, starring Hilary Duff and Ellen Burstyn.

Rosenthal started his career by directing Halloween II and returned to the genre 20 years later helming Halloween: Resurrection. In between he has directed films such as American Dreamer (1984), Russkies (1987), Distant Thunder (1988), Just A Little Harmless Sex (1999), and Nearing Grace (2005).

Rosenthal also directed The Birds II: Land's End, which he tried to disown by using the name Alan Smithee.

He met his wife, actress Nancy Stephens, while filming Halloween II. They have worked together on some films including American Dreamer (1984), Russkies (1987), and Mean Creek (2004).

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Bruce Surtees
Bruce Surtees
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Brad Loree
Brad Loree
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Filmography of Rick Rosenthal (31 films)

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Actor

Halloween: Resurrection, 1h30
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about television, Serial killer films, La téléréalité
Actors Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Brad Loree, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Sean Patrick Thomas
Roles Professor
Rating39% 1.958661.958661.958661.958661.95866
Three years after the events of the previous film, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) had been sent to a psychiatric hospital after it is revealed that she had beheaded a paramedic instead of her brother Michael Myers (Brad Loree); the paramedic had located the body of Myers in the dining hall of Laurie's school, Hillcrest Academy, after the paramedic tried to grab his mask, Myers attacked him, and crushed his larynx so he wouldn't cry out and forcefully switched clothing and his mask. As Laurie drives the coroner's van out of the school, Myers in the paramedic's clothing walks out of the school grounds and goes into hiding for the next three years.
Better Off Dead..., 1h37
Directed by Savage Steve Holland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Sports films
Actors John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Diane Franklin, Curtis Armstrong, Amanda Wyss, Kim Darby
Roles Smity
Rating70% 3.547443.547443.547443.547443.54744
The story takes place in the fictional town of Greendale in "the state of Northern California" and centers on high schooler Lane Myer (John Cusack), whose two main interests are skiing and his girlfriend of six months, Beth (Amanda Wyss). At the start of the film, Beth dumps Lane for the captain of the ski team, Roy Stalin (Aaron Dozier). Roy is handsome, popular, and has skied the dangerous K-12 slope, but is also an arrogant bully who publicly mocks Lane and unfairly rejects him at ski team tryouts. Beth also criticizes Lane's car, an old station wagon. Although Lane also owns a disabled 1967 Camaro, he has not been able to get it running.
Johnny Dangerously, 1h27
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Children's films, Gangster films
Actors Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne
Rating64% 3.2482253.2482253.2482253.2482253.248225
1935. A pet shop owner catches a young boy shoplifting a puppy. To discourage the kid from a life of crime, the owner tells a story.
Bad Boys
Bad Boys (1983)
, 2h3
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction
Actors Sean Penn, Esai Morales, Alan Ruck, Reni Santoni, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown
Roles Judge
Rating71% 3.5979553.5979553.5979553.5979553.597955
Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) is a 16-year-old Irish-American hoodlum from Chicago. While most of Mick's crimes involve snatching purses, vandalism, and getting into brawls, he aspires for bigger and meaner things, which leads him to attempt ripping off a rival, Paco Moreno (Esai Morales). Everything goes wrong: Mick's partner and best friend Carl (Alan Ruck) is killed, and Mick, while trying to escape the police, accidentally runs over and kills an eight-year-old boy who happens to be Paco's brother. Mick is sent to the Rainford Juvenile Correctional Facility rather than a state prison for adults. Most of the wardens and counselors seem to have lowered themselves to the role of zookeepers. The only exception of Ramon Herrera (Reni Santoni), a former gang member who talks tough to the inmates, but holds out hope for some of them, especially Mick.

Director

Drones
Drones (2013)
, 1h22
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Robot films
Actors Matt O'Leary, Eloise Mumford, Whip Hubley, William Russell, William Russ
Rating45% 2.2683652.2683652.2683652.2683652.268365
Two Airmen are tasked with deciding the fate of a terrorist with a single push of a button. As the action plays out in real time, their window to use a deadly military drone on the target slowly closes. With time running out, the Airmen begin to question what the real motives are behind the ordered lethal attack.
Nearing Grace, 1h45
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Gregory Smith, David Morse, Jordana Brewster, David Moscow, Chad Faust, Ashley Johnson
Rating56% 2.848772.848772.848772.848772.84877
High school senior Henry Nearing (Gregory Smith) has to cope with the death of his mother and is also forced to come to terms with evolving from a self-absorbed and confused adolescent to accepting the responsibilities of early adulthood. Unfortunately his father, Shep (David Morse) and his older brother, Blair (David Moscow), don’t offer any kind of guidance and find themselves detaching at the seams. His father quits his teaching job, buys a motorcycle, as well as becomes a perpetual drunk, while his brother takes off to live as a transient doper. To make things even more complicated, Henry has two young women on his mind: the sexy, wealthy, as well as very popular Grace (Jordana Brewster) and childhood friend Merna (Ashley Johnson)—one drives him crazy, the other keeps him sane.
Halloween: Resurrection, 1h30
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about television, Serial killer films, La téléréalité
Actors Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Brad Loree, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Sean Patrick Thomas
Rating39% 1.958661.958661.958661.958661.95866
Three years after the events of the previous film, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) had been sent to a psychiatric hospital after it is revealed that she had beheaded a paramedic instead of her brother Michael Myers (Brad Loree); the paramedic had located the body of Myers in the dining hall of Laurie's school, Hillcrest Academy, after the paramedic tried to grab his mask, Myers attacked him, and crushed his larynx so he wouldn't cry out and forcefully switched clothing and his mask. As Laurie drives the coroner's van out of the school, Myers in the paramedic's clothing walks out of the school grounds and goes into hiding for the next three years.
The Birds II: Land's End, 1h27
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Films about birds
Actors Brad Johnson, Tippi Hedren, Chelsea Field, James Naughton, Jan Rubes, Megan Gallacher
Rating32% 1.614181.614181.614181.614181.61418
Ted and Mary Hocken (Brad Johnson and Chelsea Field) move to a remote, windswept, tiny East Coast island with their two young daughters; the Hockens are determined to forget their painful past of losing their son and spend a quiet, uneventful summer.
Nasty Boys
Nasty Boys (1989)
, 1h40
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Nia Peeples, Thomas Mikal Ford, Don Franklin, Jeff Kaake, Benjamin Bratt, Whip Hubley
Rating63% 3.1900053.1900053.1900053.1900053.190005
The film was about a North Las Vegas narcotic unit of six undercover police officers who fought crimes against drugs and illegal automatic weapons. It became a TV series the following year.
Distant Thunder, 1h54
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Political films
Actors John Lithgow, Ralph Macchio, Kerrie Keane, Reb Brown, Janet Margolin, Denis Arndt
Rating57% 2.853032.853032.853032.853032.85303
The film tells the story of troubled Vietnam war veteran Mark Lambert (John Lithgow), who, upon returning home from the war, alienates his wife and child by deserting them and moving away into the remote wilderness of Washington state.
Russkies
Russkies (1987)
, 1h39
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Whip Hubley, Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Billingsley, Benjamin Hendrickson, Susan Walters, Patrick Kilpatrick
Rating55% 2.751872.751872.751872.751872.75187
A few nights before July 4, three government/military brats (Danny, Adam, and Jason) are gathered in a Key West bedroom reading their favorite comic book Sgt. Slammer. A Soviet warship is anchored just off the coast, and despite the violent storm, gung-ho intelligence officer Sulock ignores the captain and drags radioman Mischa Pushkin and his comrade Boris into a raft to row ashore and accept a prototype surveillance device from an American traitor. The raft capsizes and Mischa washes ashore.
American Dreamer, 1h45
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance
Actors JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, Coral Browne, Giancarlo Giannini, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jean Rougerie
Rating64% 3.246773.246773.246773.246773.24677
A voice over says, "No, that's not right." The scenario is repeated with adjustments until the voice is eventually satisfied. The screen fades to Cathy Palmer (JoBeth Williams) sitting at a typewriter, finishing up the story. She seals it in an envelope and sends it off. Later, her husband, Kevin (James Staley), comes home and she tells him about entering a contest to write a short story following the "Rebecca Ryan" series of novels. Kevin is patronizing, telling her, "The important thing, kid, is that you're doing something you like to do".
Bad Boys
Bad Boys (1983)
, 2h3
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction
Actors Sean Penn, Esai Morales, Alan Ruck, Reni Santoni, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown
Rating71% 3.5979553.5979553.5979553.5979553.597955
Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) is a 16-year-old Irish-American hoodlum from Chicago. While most of Mick's crimes involve snatching purses, vandalism, and getting into brawls, he aspires for bigger and meaner things, which leads him to attempt ripping off a rival, Paco Moreno (Esai Morales). Everything goes wrong: Mick's partner and best friend Carl (Alan Ruck) is killed, and Mick, while trying to escape the police, accidentally runs over and kills an eight-year-old boy who happens to be Paco's brother. Mick is sent to the Rainford Juvenile Correctional Facility rather than a state prison for adults. Most of the wardens and counselors seem to have lowered themselves to the role of zookeepers. The only exception of Ramon Herrera (Reni Santoni), a former gang member who talks tough to the inmates, but holds out hope for some of them, especially Mick.