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.
, 1h54 Directed byRoger Spottiswoode GenresDrama, War, Documentary, Adventure ThemesPolitical films ActorsJonathan Rhys-Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Li Guangyu, David Wenham Rating69% 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.
, 1h53 Directed byRoger Spottiswoode OriginCanada GenresDrama, Historical ThemesFilms set in Africa, Politique, Political films ActorsRoy Dupuis, Deborah Kara Unger, James Gallanders, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Michel Mongeau, Tom McCamus Rating75% 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.
, 1h26 Directed byRoger Spottiswoode OriginCanada GenresDrama, Adventure ActorsSusan Sarandon, Aidan Devine, Carl Marotte, Lorne Cardinal, Kenneth Welsh, Linlyn Lue Rating61% 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.
, 2h3 Directed byRoger Spottiswoode OriginUSA GenresDrama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action ThemesClonage, Films set in the future ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, Sarah Winter, Robert Duvall Rating59% 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.
, 1h47 Directed byRoger Spottiswoode OriginUnited-kingdom GenresDrama, Biography ActorsAlan Rickman, Donal Donnelly, Anna Thalbach, Amanda Ooms, David Burke, Simon McBurney Rating59% 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.