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Roger Spottiswoode is a Director, Scriptwriter, Associate Producer and Editor British born on 5 january 1945 at Ottawa (Canada)

Roger Spottiswoode

Roger Spottiswoode
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Birth 5 january 1945 (79 years) at Ottawa (Canada)

Roger Spottiswoode (born 5 January 1945) is a British film director, editor and writer born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada though he was raised in Britain. His father Raymond Spottiswoode was a British film theoretician who worked at the National Film Board of Canada during the 1940s.

In the 1960s, Roger entered the British film industry as a trainee editor where he apprenticed under editor John Bloom. In the early 70s Spottiswoode edited several films for Sam Peckinpah.

Spottiswoode turned to directing in the early 1980s and has since directed a number of notable films and television productions, including Under Fire (1983) and the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan. Spottiswoode was one of the writing team responsible for 48 Hrs. starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. In 2000, he directed the science fiction action thriller The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Roger Spottiswoode a commencé sa carrière au cinéma en tant que monteur pour les films de Sam Peckinpah, avec Les Chiens de paille en 1971 et Pat Garrett et Billy le Kid en 1973.
Il travaille également avec Walter Hill, d'abord comme monteur sur le film Le Bagarreur, puis comme scénariste sur le film 48 heures.

Il fait ses premières armes en qualité de metteur en scène en 1980 avec un petit film d'horreur, Le Monstre du train avec Jamie Lee Curtis, qui surfe clairement sur le succès de la série des Halloween, puis en 1981 avec le film d'aventures 200 000 dollars en cavale.

Mais Spottiswoode n'accède véritablement à la reconnaissance critique qu'avec le film Under Fire en 1983, qui traite de l'histoire de trois journalistes pris dans la révolution au Nicaragua.

Il enchaîne par la suite plusieurs films d'action, dont un James Bond en 1997 avec Demain ne meurt jamais et À l'aube du sixième jour avec Arnold Schwarzenegger en 2000.

Il s'intéresse également à des sujets d'actualité, comme le téléfilm Les Soldats de l'espérance, qui traite de l'apparition du SIDA ou le film J'ai serré la main du diable sur le génocide au Rwanda.

Best films

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
48 Hrs. (1982)
Turner & Hooch (1989)
Under Fire (1983)

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Filmography of Roger Spottiswoode (33 films)

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A Street Cat Named Bob, 1h43
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about writers, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head, Caroline Goodall, Beth Goddard
Rating73% 3.6613053.6613053.6613053.6613053.661305
Réfugié dans la drogue depuis l'adolescence, James Bowen est un jeune sans-abri anglais en manque de repères. Un jour, il trouve un chat abandonné qu'il appelle Bob et les deux deviennent inséparables. Un duo improbable et une amitié hors du commun qui vont aider James à sortir de l'enfer. Il rencontre l'amour et renoue avec sa famille, tout en devenant un livreur de journaux en compagnie de son nouvel animal de compagnie.
Midnight Sun
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Genres Adventure
Actors Dakota Goyo, Goran Višnjić, Bridget Moynahan, Linda Kash, Kendra Timmins
Rating60% 3.0437653.0437653.0437653.0437653.043765
Set amongst the ice fields of Northern Canada a young boy (Dakota Goyo) defies nature to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother.
The Children of Huang Shi, 1h54
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Genres Drama, War, Documentary, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Li Guangyu, David Wenham
Rating69% 3.4974553.4974553.4974553.4974553.497455
George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is a young British journalist from Hertfordshire in England. In 1938, during the early days of the Japanese occupation of China, he sneaks into Nanjing, China, by pretending to be a Red Cross aid worker. Arriving in Nanjing, Hogg witnesses and photographs the poverty, ruins, and corpses on the streets. He proceeds to write a daily journal about his findings when he is interrupted by the sounds from outside. Upon peering outside the window, Hogg witnesses Japanese soldiers round up Chinese refugees and proceed to massacre the group. He anxiously takes photos of this event by the window. Later at night, Hogg is captured by the Japanese while photographing them committing atrocities. He is about to be executed when Chen Hansheng (Chow Yun-fat), a Chinese communist resistance fighter, saves him. While hiding in the rubble with Hansheng, Hogg witnesses the execution of two of his colleagues by the Japanese. Overwhelmed by shock, he inadvertently reveals their presence. A firefight ensues, and Hogg is wounded. He wakes up to Lee Pearson, (Radha Mitchell), checking on his wounds and discovers he has been brought to a rebel camp. With nowhere to go for now, Hansheng tells Hogg, on Lee's suggestion, to rest at an orphanage housing 56 young boys and only an aged grandmother to take care of them. However, on the night of his arrival, Hogg is called out by one of the boys to a strange location, and he is savagely attacked with sticks by the orphans. Thankfully, Lee arrives just in time and threatens to abandon the boys, leaving them without medical supplies or food. Lee explains to Hogg that she runs the orphanage and drops by from time to time with supplies.
Shake Hands with the Devil, 1h53
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Politique, Political films
Actors Roy Dupuis, Deborah Kara Unger, James Gallanders, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Michel Mongeau, Tom McCamus
Rating75% 3.793623.793623.793623.793623.79362
Le général Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) est envoyé en octobre 1993 comme commandant de la Force de maintien de la paix des Nations unies des l'Organisation des nations unies au Rwanda (MINUAR) afin, entre autres, d’aider ce pays à maintenir la fragile paix entre les forces du Front patriotique rwandais (FPR) et les Forces armées rwandaises (FAR). Cette force internationale ne comporte que quelques centaines d'hommes, principalement canadiens, belges, ghanéens et bangladais. À la suite de la mort du président du Rwanda, Juvénal Habyarimana, dont l'avion s'écrase dans la nuit du 6 au 7 avril 1994, les branches extrémistes gouvernementales Hutu procèdent, à l’aide notamment du groupuscule Interahamwe (« Ceux qui attaquent ensemble »), à l’élimination systématique des Tutsi et des Hutu modérés du Rwanda.
Ripley Under Ground, 1h41
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Peinture, Films about psychiatry
Actors Barry Pepper, Jacinda Barrett, Tom Wilkinson, Willem Dafoe, Alan Cumming, Claire Forlani
Rating59% 2.9980752.9980752.9980752.9980752.998075
After his friend, a successful young artist, is killed in a car accident, Tom Ripley (Pepper) and his friends hide his body and concoct a scheme in which they forge his paintings, eventually making a great deal of money. When an art collector (Dafoe) complains that a painting he bought from the gallery is a fake, Ripley must use his inimitable talents to defuse the problem by whatever means necessary.
Ice Bound
Ice Bound (2003)
, 1h26
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Adventure
Actors Susan Sarandon, Aidan Devine, Carl Marotte, Lorne Cardinal, Kenneth Welsh, Linlyn Lue
Rating61% 3.0969153.0969153.0969153.0969153.096915
Based on the New York Times best-selling book Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole, the movie tells the story of how, in 1999, 46-year-old physician Nielsen decides to leave Ohio and spend a year at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica, one of the most remote and perilous places on Earth. Conditions at the station will be far from manageable, with winter temperatures as low as 100 degrees below zero. Joining a team of researchers, construction workers and support staff, Dr. Nielsen is solely responsible for the mental and physical health of all fellow inhabitants stranded at the station through the winter. During the long Antarctic winter, Dr. Nielsen discovers a lump in her breast and is forced to self-administer a biopsy. Communicating via e-mail with doctors in the United States, she learns that the cancer is aggressive and rapid-growing. In order for her to survive several months until conditions will allow planes to land and rescue her from the continent, the doctors concur that she will need to begin chemotherapy treatments immediately.
The Matthew Shepard Story
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Shane Meier, Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Yani Gellman
Rating72% 3.6381053.6381053.6381053.6381053.638105
In 1998, a young gay man by the name of Matthew Shepard was robbed, viciously beaten and left tied to a fence to die. Although he was soon found by the police and hospitalized, he soon expired. This film recounts the events after the conviction of the two men responsible for this hate motivated murder.
The 6th Day, 2h3
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Clonage, Films set in the future
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, Sarah Winter, Robert Duvall
Rating59% 2.9505052.9505052.9505052.9505052.950505
In the near future, the cloning of animals and human organs has become routine. Cloning entire humans, however, is prohibited by what are known as "Sixth Day" laws. Billionaire Michael Drucker, owner of cloning corporation Replacement Technologies, hires charter pilot Adam Gibson and partner Hank Morgan for a ski trip. Due to Drucker's prominence, the two must first undergo blood and eye tests to verify their aptitude. On the day of Drucker's arrival, Adam finds that his family dog Oliver has died, and Hank offers to fly Drucker instead to allow Adam time to have the pet cloned. After visiting a "RePet" shop, he remains unconvinced.
Tomorrow Never Dies, 1h59
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about writers, Films about children, Spy films, Films about journalists, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Motocyclette, Robot films
Actors Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn
Rating64% 3.2489753.2489753.2489753.2489753.248975
MI6 sends James Bond, agent 007, into the field to spy on a terrorist arms bazaar on the Russian border. Via television, MI6 and the Royal Navy identify several wanted men, including the American "techno-terrorist" Henry Gupta, who is buying a GPS encoder made by the US military. Despite M's insistence to let 007 finish his reconnaissance, British Admiral Roebuck launches a missile attack on the arms bazaar. Bond then discovers two Soviet nuclear torpedoes mounted on an L-39 Albatros, and as the missile is too far along to be aborted, 007 hijacks the L-39 and flies away seconds before the bazaar is struck. Amidst the confusion, Gupta escapes with the encoder.
Murder Live!, 1h30
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Marg Helgenberger, David Morse, Peter Horton, Lauren Tom, Teri Garr, Eloy Casados
Rating62% 3.1450553.1450553.1450553.1450553.145055
A vengeful father takes talk show host Pia Postman, host of The Pia Postman Show on WYBS, and her audience hostage on live TV, when his daughter commits suicide after being humiliated on the show.
Hiroshima (1995)
, 3h10
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Hideo Sekigawa
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Documentary
Themes Environmental films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Documentary films about environmental issues, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about nuclear technology, Documentary films about technology, Political films, Documentary films about World War II
Actors Eiji Okada, Kenneth Welsh, Ken Jenkins, Yumeji Tsukioka, Tatsuo Matsumura, Wesley Addy
Rating77% 3.8892353.8892353.8892353.8892353.889235
The film opens in April 1945 with the death of Franklin Roosevelt and the succession of Harry Truman to the presidency. In Europe, the Germans are close to surrender, but in the Pacific the bloody battle for Okinawa is still underway and an invasion of the Japanese home islands is not foreseen until the autumn. American battle casualties have almost reached 900,000, with Japanese casualties at 1.1 million, and some 8 million Asian civilians have died in the war that began with Japan's invasion of Manchuria in 1931.
Mesmer (1994)
, 1h47
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography
Actors Alan Rickman, Donal Donnelly, Anna Thalbach, Amanda Ooms, David Burke, Simon McBurney
Rating59% 2.9515852.9515852.9515852.9515852.951585
In 18th century Vienna, Franz Anton Mesmer believes he is able to heal patients by drawing out something unique from inside his patients. However, the only ones who seem to have improvements are the young ladies he helps. His controversial methods and their consequences lead him to leave Vienna and head to Paris. However, once there, he takes advantage of his unique methods to provide entertainment, which he is censured for by other doctors.