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Wolfgang Petersen is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Allemand born on 14 march 1941 at Emden (German)

Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen
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Nationality German
Birth 14 march 1941 (78 years) at Emden (German)
Awards Bavarian Order of Merit

Wolfgang Petersen (born 14 March 1941) is a German film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for the 1981 World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot (1981). His other films include The NeverEnding Story (1984), Enemy Mine (1985), In the Line of Fire (1993), Outbreak (1995), Air Force One (1997), The Perfect Storm (2000), Troy (2004), and Poseidon (2006).

Biography

Le film qui le fait connaître du grand public international est Das Boot (Le Bateau). Ce film de trois heures, raconte les aventures d'un sous-marin allemand et de son équipage pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Le film se déroule presque intégralement à l'intérieur du sous-marin. Auparavant, il avait réalisé un film sur le jeu d'échecs, L'Échiquier de la passion avec Bruno Ganz. Celui-ci joue le rôle d'un informaticien qui veut créer un programme capable de battre le champion du monde d'échecs. À la suite de ses succès initiaux en Allemagne (Das Boot, L'Histoire sans fin) et de sa participation au Nouveau cinéma allemand des années 1960-70, il exerce sa carrière principalement à Hollywood.

Après 10 années passées loin des plateaux de tournage, Wolfgang Petersen fait son grand retour au cinéma avec Vier gegen die Bank, un remake de son propre téléfilm tourné en 1976. Le film est prévu pour Noël 2016 et marquera le grand retour du réalisateur aux commandes d'un film allemand, plus de 30 ans après L'histoire sans fin.

Sa société de production cinématographique est Radiant Productions.

Best films

Troy (2004)
(Director)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
(Director)
Air Force One (1997)
(Director)
Outbreak (1995)
(Director)
Poseidon (2006)
(Director)
In the Line of Fire (1993)
(Director)

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Filmography of Wolfgang Petersen (18 films)

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Poseidon
Poseidon (2006)
, 1h34
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Transport films, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum, Jacinda Barrett, Mike Vogel
Rating56% 2.800652.800652.800652.800652.80065
On the MS Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner, former New York City Mayor and fireman, Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell), is traveling with his daughter Jennifer (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel), soon to be engaged. Also on board is professional gambler Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas), architect Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss), Maggie James (Jacinda Barrett) and her son, Conor (Jimmy Bennett), stowaway Elena (Mía Maestro), and waiter Valentin (Freddy Rodriguez).
Troy
Troy (2004)
, 2h43
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical, Peplum
Themes Films based on mythology, Poésie, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Political films, Adaptation d'un poème, Dans la Grèce mythologique, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Peter O'Toole, Rose Byrne
Rating71% 3.598723.598723.598723.598723.59872
The opening scene shows the troops of Agamemnon of Mycenae ready to fight against the troops of Triopas of Thessaly. Afterwards, Prince Hector of Troy and his younger brother Paris negotiate a peace treaty with Menelaus, king of Sparta, and celebrate the end of a long and bloody war. Paris, however, is having a secret love affair with Menelaus' wife, Queen Helen, and smuggles her aboard their homebound vessel, much to Hector's fury, as this could lead to war between Troy and Greece. Upon learning of this, Menelaus meets with his elder brother, King Agamemnon of Greece, and asks his help in taking Troy. Agamemnon, who has wanted to conquer Troy for a long time, agrees, since it will give him control of the Aegean Sea. On King Nestor's advice, Agamemnon has Odysseus, King of Ithaca, persuade Achilles to join them. Achilles, who strongly dislikes Agamemnon and his ways, initially refuses, but eventually decides to go after his mother, Thetis, tells him that though he will die, he will be forever remembered.
The Perfect Storm, 2h10
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Météorologie, Transport films, Films about the labor movement, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C. Reilly, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, William Fichtner
Rating63% 3.19963.19963.19963.19963.1996
In October 1991, the commercial fishing boat Andrea Gail returns to port in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with a poor catch. Desperate for money, Captain Billy Tyne (Clooney), convinces the Andrea Gail crew to join him for one more late season fishing expedition. The crew heads out past their usual fishing grounds in the Grand Banks, leaving a developing thunderstorm behind them. Initially unsuccessful, they head to the Flemish Cap, where their luck improves. At the height of their fishing the ice machine breaks; the only way to sell their catch before it spoils is to hurry back to shore. After debating whether to sail through the building storm or to wait it out, the crew decides to risk the storm. However, between the Andrea Gail and Gloucester is a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane, which the Andrea Gail crew underestimates.
Air Force One, 2h4
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Politique, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Dans un avion, United States Armed Forces in films, White House in fiction, Films about hijackings
Actors Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell, Xander Berkeley, William H. Macy
Rating64% 3.2491053.2491053.2491053.2491053.249105
A joint operation between American and Russian Special Forces leads to the capture of General Ivan Radek (Jürgen Prochnow), the dictator of a rogue terrorist regime in Kazakhstan that had possession of stolen Soviet nuclear weapons. Three weeks later, President of the United States James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is invited to Moscow for a diplomatic dinner, during which he praises the capture and insists the United States will never negotiate with terrorists. Marshall and his entourage, including his wife Grace (Wendy Crewson) and daughter Alice (Liesel Matthews), and several of his Cabinet and advisers, prepare to return to the United States on Air Force One. In addition, a number of press corps have been invited aboard.
Outbreak
Outbreak (1995)
, 2h7
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, Duncan Henderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, La fin du monde, Medical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks, Catastrophe épidémiologique, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Donald Sutherland
Rating65% 3.2990353.2990353.2990353.2990353.299035
Motaba, a fictional virus which causes a deadly fever, is discovered in the African jungle in 1967. To keep the virus a secret, U.S. Army officers Donald McClintock (Donald Sutherland) and William Ford (Morgan Freeman) destroy the camp where it was found.
In the Line of Fire, 2h8
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Films about families, Political films
Actors Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, John Mahoney, Gary Cole
Rating71% 3.598653.598653.598653.598653.59865
United States Secret Service Agents Frank Horrigan and Al D'Andrea meet with members of a counterfeiting group at a marina. The group's leader, Mendoza, tells Horrigan that he has identified D'Andrea as an undercover agent, and forces him to prove his loyalty by putting a gun to D'Andrea's head and pulling the trigger. Horrigan shoots Mendoza's men, identifies himself as an agent, and arrests the counterfeiter.
Shattered
Shattered (1991)
, 1h38
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Assassinat, Medical-themed films, L'usurpation d'identité, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Escroquerie
Actors Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins, Greta Scacchi, Joanne Whalley, Corbin Bernsen, Theodore Bikel
Rating64% 3.249313.249313.249313.249313.24931
While driving at night along the northern California coast, architect Dan Merrick (Tom Berenger) and wife Judith (Greta Scacchi) are involved in a violent car wreck. Dan suffers major injuries and significant brain trauma, resulting in psychogenic amnesia. After extensive plastic surgery, Dan returns home in Judith's care.
Enemy Mine
Enemy Mine (1985)
, 1h48
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Space adventure films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films based on Robinson Crusoe, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Political films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Bumper Robinson, Richard Marcus, Scott Kraft
Rating68% 3.4493253.4493253.4493253.4493253.449325
In the late 21st century, an interstellar war between humans (associated as the Bilateral Terran Alliance, or BTA) and Dracs (a Hermaphroditic humanoid race) is fought. Battles are periodically fought between fighter spacecraft, and no human pilot hates the Dracs more than Willis E. Davidge (Dennis Quaid). During one such battle, Davidge and Drac pilot Jeriba Shigan (Louis Gossett, Jr.) engage in a dogfight which results in both crash-landing on Fyrine IV, an alien world uninhabited by intelligent life, with two moons, a breathable atmosphere, water, native fauna, and a hostile environment.
The NeverEnding Story, 1h34
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin German
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes L'adolescence, Films about animals, Inspiré de l'univers des contes et légendes, Films about education, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dragons, L'enfance marginalisée, Children's films, Films about school violence
Actors Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Thomas Hill, Alan Oppenheimer
Rating73% 3.697343.697343.697343.697343.69734
Bastian Balthazar Bux (Barret Oliver), a shy and friendless bibliophile child, hides in a bookstore, interrupting the grumpy bookseller, Mr. Coreander (Thomas Hill). Bastian asks about one of the books he sees, but Mr. Coreander advises against it; despite which, Bastian seizes the book, leaving a note promising to return it, and hides in the school's attic to read. The book describes the world of Fantasia threatened by a force called "The Nothing"; where the Childlike Empress (Tami Stronach) who rules over Fantasia has fallen ill, and has summoned Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) to discover the cure. Atreyu is therefore given the AURYN. As Atreyu sets out, the Nothing summons Gmork (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer), a werewolf, to kill Atreyu.
Das Boot
Das Boot (1981)
, 2h29
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin German
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, La bataille de l'Atlantique, Underwater action films, Submarine films, Political films
Actors Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Martin Semmelrogge, Otto Sander, Sky du Mont, Uwe Ochsenknecht
Rating82% 4.149424.149424.149424.149424.14942
The story is told from the viewpoint of Lt. Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer), who has been assigned as a war correspondent on the German submarine U-96 in October 1941. He meets its captain (Jürgen Prochnow), chief engineer (Klaus Wennemann), and the crew in a French nightclub. Thomsen (Otto Sander), another captain, gives a crude drunken speech to celebrate his Ritterkreuz award, in which he openly mocks not only Winston Churchill but implicitly Adolf Hitler as well.
Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte, 1h43
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Genres Drama
Themes Jeu, Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Bruno Ganz, Ljuba Tadić
Rating70% 3.5337253.5337253.5337253.5337253.533725
A scientist, who swore off playing chess after a nervous breakdown as a boy wunderkind, creates an undefeated chess program. But the Russian world champ beats Tommy Rosemund's masterwork in a televised match. So the West German mathematician becomes a top chess pro himself, which the West German media boast will prove the superiority of Germany and democracy. The jowly, white-faced Rosemund believes that the entire Red Communist bloc is out to stop him from vanquishing their atheist pretty boy, Stefan Koruga, to become the next Bobby Fischer and a symbol that ruthless capitalism is preferable to socialism.
The Consequence, 1h40
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Genres Drama, Erotic
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jürgen Prochnow, Edith Volkmann
Rating71% 3.5852753.5852753.5852753.5852753.585275
Gay actor Martin Kurath (Prochnow) who is in prison develops a friendship with Thomas Manzoni (Hannawald), the 15-year-old son of the prison warden (Lüönd). The two fall in love and they both yearn for Kurath's release. This triggers intense indignation in their surroundings. After Kurath is released a year later, Thomas accompanied by Kurath, tells his parents he is a homosexual. His father tells him to leave and never return. Kurath and Thomas move in together and Thomas enrolls in school. Thomas' father, however, then has him arrested and condemned to a brutal reformatory. Kurath obtains a fake passport and poses as a psychology doctoral candidate and helps Thomas escape with him to Germany. They are betrayed by a German homosexual friend of Kurath's who insists, in Kurath's absence, that Thomas become his lover in order to obtain a German residency permit. Thomas does so, but then refuses to sleep with the betrayer, is kicked out and prostitutes himself. Broken by these experiences, he voluntarily returns to the reformatory. When he reaches 21 and is released, he is so psychologically damaged that, despite reunion with Kurath, he attempts suicide and is committed to a psychiatric hospital. He escapes and the film ends with a TV announcement that the police are looking for him and that the public should, if approaching him, treat him gently, as he is very depressed and confused.
Vier gegen die Bank
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Til Schweiger, Walter Kohut, Alexandra Maria Lara Claudia Paolina, Michael Herbig, Jan Josef Liefers, Ingrid van Bergen
Rating58% 2.9009852.9009852.9009852.9009852.900985
Dupés par le banquier qu'ils ont en commun, quatre hommes décident de s'unir et de se venger.
One or the Other of Us, 1h45
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin German
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors Jürgen Prochnow, Elke Sommer, Ulla Jacobsson, Claus Theo Gärtner, Berta Drews, Otto Sander
Rating68% 3.4288653.4288653.4288653.4288653.428865
Ziegenthals (Jürgen Prochnow), a failed student, makes ends meet as an academic ghost writer. By accident he discovers that the respected professor of sociology, Rüdiger Kolczyk (Klaus Schwarzkopf), has plagiarized his doctoral dissertation by translating the work of an American scholar. He decides to blackmail Kolczyk and to ask for 10,000 DM and additional monthly payments of 1,500 DM. Kolczyk initially agrees, but vows to Ziegenhals that "only one of us will survive". Looking for a way to fight back, Kolczyk tries to gather information about Ziegenhals from Miezi (Elke Sommer), a prostitute and a housemate and friend of Ziegenhals. As Miezi has saved enough money she is thinking of leaving her profession. At the same time her violent ex-boyfriend and former pimp, Kalle Prötzel (Claus Theo Gärtner), has been released from prison; he murders her and steals her savings. During the investigations the police finds out that Miezi had an appointment with Kolczyk and discovers the payments Kolczyk makes to Ziegenhals. Being the main suspects in the murder investigation only increases the hatred between Kolczyk and Ziegenhals, who fight with all means available. Kolczyk, learning that Ziegenhals thinks that Kolczyk wants to kill him, starts playing with Ziegenhals' mind. For example, he sends him a package with an alarm clock, making Ziegenhals think that he has received a mail bomb. Ziegenhals meanwhile befriends Kolczyk's daughter Ginny (Kristina Nel) and makes her his lover. Although this forces the both to have to pretend in public that they are friends, the final disaster cannot be averted.