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Stephen Herek is a Director, Scriptwriter and Executive producer American born on 10 november 1958 at San Antonio (USA)

Stephen Herek

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Birth name Stephen Robert Herek
Nationality USA
Birth 10 november 1958 (61 years) at San Antonio (USA)

Stephen Robert Herek (born November 10, 1958) is an American film director.

Herek was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin. His career as a film director took off in 1986 with the cult horror classic Critters followed by the hit comedy Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure where he worked with a then-unknown Keanu Reeves in 1989. He then directed Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead in 1991, followed by The Mighty Ducks in 1992 (which subsequently spun off into a franchise), whereafter he became a regular director for Disney throughout the decade, helming The Three Musketeers in 1993, the highly successful live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians starring Glenn Close and the Eddie Murphy comedy Holy Man in 1998, as well as the critically acclaimed drama Mr. Holland's Opus in 1995.

Moving into the 2000s, Herek directed the 2001 movie Rock Star, a film about a rockstar wannabe and the evolution of a fictional rock group Steel Dragon mimicking that of Judas Priest, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston, as well as produced by George Clooney. After the underwhelming performance of Life or Something Like It in 2002 and Man of the House in 2005, Herek stayed mainly in the television and direct to DVD market, helming films like Picture This, Into the Blue 2: The Reef and, most recently, The Chaperone from WWE Films.

Best films

101 Dalmatians (1996)
(Director)
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
(Director)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
(Director)
Man of the House (2005)
(Director)

Usually with

David Newman
David Newman
(7 films)
Ed Solomon
Ed Solomon
(2 films)
Tim Suhrstedt
Tim Suhrstedt
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Stephen Herek (20 films)

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Director

The Great Gilly Hopkins, 1h39
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Sophie Nélisse, Julia Stiles, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs
Rating64% 3.2493953.2493953.2493953.2493953.249395
Gilly Hopkins is the meanest girl in town: she has a birth mother she has never seen and has moved from one foster home to another. Learning that she will be sent to a new home, she wastes no time stirring up trouble. Then she meets a woman named Trotter, who wants to be the mother Gilly needs. With Gilly posing a challenge, Trotter must prove a good relationship will benefit both of them.
Jinxed
Jinxed (2013)
, 1h15
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Ciara Bravo, Jack Griffo, Keegan Connor Tracy, Jacob Bertrand, Burkely Duffield, Elena Kampouris
Rating64% 3.2477753.2477753.2477753.2477753.247775
In 1914, Tommy Murphy (Burkely Duffield) is overjoyed when Caitlin O'Leary (Andrea Brooks) agrees to dance with him in the town festival despite all rumors that she is a witch. The event is ruined when Violet (Jessa Danielson) surprises him by showing her feelings for Tommy by kissing him in front of his date. Tommy tries to keep Caitlin from running off, only for him to accidentally tear her dress and humiliate her by revealing her underwear. This proves to be too much for Caitlin to take, and being a witch, she curses Tommy and all of his descendants with incredibly bad luck.
The Chaperone, 1h39
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Yeardley Smith, Triple H, Ariel Winter, Kevin Corrigan, Kevin Rankin, José Zúñiga
Rating50% 2.50232.50232.50232.50232.5023
Ray Bradstone (Triple H) is the best wheel man in the business, but he is determined to go straight and be the best parent he can be to his daughter, Sally (Winter), and make amends with his ex-wife, Lynne (Gish). As Ray struggles to find honest work, his old bank-robbing crew, led by Phillip Larue (Corrigan), offers him one last job. He agrees at first, but changes his mind at the last second leaving the crew without a driver. Ray decides instead to serve as a chaperone for Sally's school field trip. When the robbery goes awry, Larue blames Ray and chases the school bus all the way to New Orleans. Ray must deal with Larue, while supervising Sally's class on what becomes one of the craziest school trips ever.
The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice, 1h55
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Dance films, Sports films
Actors Francia Raisa, Brendan Fehr, Stephen Amell, Dan Jeannotte, Cristina Rosato, Anthony Lemke
Rating61% 3.0648653.0648653.0648653.0648653.064865
Alejandra "Alex" Delgado's figure skating career came to an abrupt halt after her partner (on and off the ice) became injured. As their love affair cooled, a heart-broken Alex stopped competing and turned to teaching. Enter James McKinsey, the smoldering bad boy of speed skating, who has had fiery Alex in his sights as a skating partner ever since he was banned from speed skating. There aren't many girls who say no to James, and Alex may well be the first. However, James pushes her buttons, challenging her like no one else and her fighting spirit returns. She agrees to be his partner and they begin a grueling practice regimen fueled (and occasionally derailed) by their own tempestuous relationship which heats up as they get closer to competition.
Into the Blue 2: The Reef, 1h32
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films
Actors Chris Carmack, Laura Vandervoort, Michael Graziadei, David Anders, Mircea Monroe, Marsha Thomason
Rating47% 2.354242.354242.354242.354242.35424
The film begins in Honolulu, Hawaii, with someone dumping large containers into the ocean and then going to meet with a few guys in suits expecting to get paid. But because he dumped the containers and altered the schedule of those container shipments to the customer, he is killed.
Dead Like Me: Life After Death, 1h27
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Actors Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Sarah Winter, Jasmine Guy, Britt McKillip, Cynthia Stevenson
Rating60% 3.0496353.0496353.0496353.0496353.049635
A crew of Reapers, whose job is to extract souls of people who are about to die, find themselves confronted by change as their habitual meeting place (Der Waffle Haus) burns down on the same day that their boss and head reaper (Rube) disappears (having "gotten his lights"). They soon meet their new boss, Cameron Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), a slick businessman who died falling from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He outfits them with color-coordinated smartphones and treats them to luxurious accommodations, teaching them as Roxy (Jasmine Guy) puts it later, "nothing we do here matters". This tutelage leads the Reapers to perform such misdeeds as saving those they were to Reap (Roxy), abusing immortality for financial gain (Mason, played by Callum Blue), letting a soul wander, instead of showing him "his lights" (Daisy, now played by Sarah Wynter), and otherwise selfishly focusing on their wants.
Picture This, 1h32
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Pollak, Robbie Amell, Lauren Collins, Shenae Grimes-Beech, Cindy Busby
Rating53% 2.654352.654352.654352.654352.65435
L’histoire tourne autour de Mandy Gilbert, une jeune fille pas très populaire au lycée qui obtient un rendez-vous pour aller à une méga fête avec le mec le plus populaire du lycée, Drew Patersson. Cela ne fera pas l’affaire de l’ex-petite amie de Drew, qui fera tout pour l’en empêcher. Et comme le père de Mandy est très protecteur ce ne sera pas évident. Mandy demandera donc l’aide de ses amies qui l’aideront à surmonter tout ça…
Man of the House, 1h40
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Dance films, Sports films
Actors Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian, Cedric the Entertainer, Paula Garcés, Monica Keena, Vanessa Ferlito
Rating54% 2.7009352.7009352.7009352.7009352.700935
At the beginning of the film, two lonesome Texas Rangers, Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones) and Maggie Swanson (Liz Vassey), are going to a church in order to question Percy Stevens (Cedric the Entertainer) about the whereabouts of his former prison roommate, Morgan Ball, who they want to testify against organized crime boss John Cortland. Percy is indignant, telling Sharp and Swanson that he is a "man of God" and hasn't spoken with Ball in years. However, Percy's cellphone rings, displaying Ball's name. Sharp and Swanson track down Ball to the warehouse, where Ball gives Sharp a key in an attempt to buy him off. Instead, Sharp takes the key and forces Ball outside, where FBI agent Eddie Zane (Brian Van Holt) is waiting. As they talk, a sniper begins shooting, wounding Swanson and giving Ball a chance to escape. It is revealed the sniper is after Ball, and a group of cheerleaders from the University of Texas at Austin witness his murder. Agent Zane is found shot in the arm next to Ball's body and claims he didn't see the sniper.
Life or Something Like It, 1h43
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Stockard Channing, Christian Kane, Tony Shalhoub, Lisa Thornhill
Rating57% 2.898892.898892.898892.898892.89889
Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie), a successful reporter for a Seattle television station interviews a self-proclaimed prophet, Jack (Tony Shalhoub), to find out if he really can predict football scores. Instead, Prophet Jack not only predicts the football score, and that it would hail the next day, but also that she would die in seven days, meaning the following Thursday. When his first two prophecies turn out to be correct, Kerrigan panics and again meets with Jack, asking him for another prophecy so that she can prove it wrong, which would imply uncertainty of her death. Jack tells her that there will be a relatively significant earthquake in San Francisco at 9:06 am; she hopes that it will be wrong but again it also becomes reality. Now Lanie becomes sure of her upcoming death and is forced to reevaluate her life.
Rock Star
Rock Star (2001)
, 1h45
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Timothy Spall, Timothy Olyphant, Blas Elias
Rating63% 3.1510553.1510553.1510553.1510553.151055
Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) is a Pittsburgh fanatical admirer of a 1980s heavy metal band called Steel Dragon. By day, Chris is a photocopier technician and by night, he is the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called Blood Pollution (the name is taken from a Steel Dragon song).
Holy Man
Holy Man (1998)
, 1h54
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Films about television
Actors Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, Kelly Preston, Eric McCormack, Robert Loggia, Kim Alexis
Rating49% 2.4513052.4513052.4513052.4513052.451305
Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum) and Kate Newell (Kelly Preston) work at the (fictional) Good Buy Shopping Network, a home shopping channel run by John McBainbridge (Robert Loggia). Sales have been down over the last two years under Ricky's management, and Kate was brought in to come up with new ideas. Ricky views Kate as a threat and she expresses her dislike for him as well. However, John has given Ricky an ultimatum to increase sales, or lose his job.
101 Dalmatians, 1h38
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright, Mark Williams, Hugh Laurie
Rating57% 2.8511552.8511552.8511552.8511552.851155
American video game designer Roger Dearly (Jeff Daniels) lives with his pet dalmatian, Pongo, in London. One day, he takes Pongo for a walk in St. James's Park, and he sets his eyes on a beautiful female dalmatian named Perdita. After a frantic chase through the streets of London, Roger and Pongo discover that Perdita likes Pongo; and her owner, Anita Campbell-Green (Joely Richardson), falls in love with Roger when they meet. After they both end up falling into the lake as a result of their dogs, they return to Roger's home, and Anita accepts his proposal to wed. They get married along with Perdita and Pongo.
Mr. Holland's Opus, 2h23
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about education, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Films about disabilities, Sign-language films, American Sign Language films, Films about language and translation
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Olympia Dukakis, Jay Thomas, William H. Macy, Alicia Witt
Rating72% 3.648733.648733.648733.648733.64873
In 1965, Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) is a professional musician and composer who has been relatively successful in the exhausting life of a musician. However, in an attempt to enjoy more free time with his young wife, Iris (Glenne Headly), and to enable him to compose a piece of orchestral music, the 30-year-old Holland accepts a high school teaching position.
The Three Musketeers, 1h45
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin Austria
Genres Comedy, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry, Rebecca De Mornay
Rating63% 3.1994353.1994353.1994353.1994353.199435
In 1625 France, following in his late father's footsteps, D'Artagnan (Chris O'Donnell) sets off to Paris in hopes of becoming a member of the Musketeers, a band of men sworn to serve and protect the King of France. D'Artagnan is pursued by Gérard and his brothers, who accuse him of blemishing their sister's honor. Gérard saw his sister kissing d'Artagnan goodbye or as d'Artagnan put it "she wanted to give me something to remember her by!" At Musketeer Headquarters, Captain Rochefort (Michael Wincott) and the cardinal's guards have disbanded the musketeers as per the orders of Cardinal Richelieu (Tim Curry), the King's minister, ostensibly to help fight in an impending war with England. Rochefort confides to the Cardinal that there are three musketeers that have refused to relinquish their duties: Athos (Kiefer Sutherland), Porthos (Oliver Platt), and Aramis (Charlie Sheen).
The Mighty Ducks, 1h40
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action
Themes Sports films, Ice hockey films, Children's films, Sports d'hiver
Actors Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith, Josef Sommer, Heidi Kling, Joshua Jackson
Rating64% 3.249953.249953.249953.249953.24995
Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is a successful Minneapolis defense attorney of the Ducksworth, Saver & Gross firm, who never loses a case but whose truculent courtroom antics have earned him no respect among his peers. After successfully defending a client resulting in his 30th win, Bombay is called into his boss's office to be congratulated, but also chastised for embarrassing the judge. Regardless, he celebrates by going out drinking and is subsequently arrested for drunken driving. Bombay is sentenced to community service by coaching the local "District 5" PeeWee hockey team. Bombay has a history with the sport, although his memories are far from pleasant: Years ago, Bombay was the star player on the Hawks, but he missed a penalty shot in the championship game, costing his team the title for the first time and disappointing his hyper-competitive coach, Jack Reilly (Lane Smith).