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      George Roy Hill

      George Roy Hill

      Highest Rated: 93% The Sting (1973)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Toys in the Attic (1963)

      Birthday: Dec 20, 1921

      Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

      Having emerged from the theater world as an actor and director, George Roy Hill made a smooth transition to motion pictures by directing both Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the actors' most recognizable roles. Hill garnered a decent amount of acclaim and success before directing the pair in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), a revisionist Western that became a smash hit while establishing the then-unknown Redford as a bona fide star. The director reunited with the two actors for the Oscar-winning caper comedy "The Sting" (1973), which lived on as Hill's finest achievement. Hill moved on to work with both Redford and Newman on separate films; the former starred in his grand barnstorming adventure, "The Great Waldo Pepper" (1975), while the latter starred in his dark sports comedy "Slap Shot" (1977), neither of which became big box office hits, but nonetheless remained in high regard by critics and audiences. Following the minor success "A Little Romance" (1979), Hill divided critics with "The World According to Garp" (1982), which seemed to garner a more enthusiastic response from audiences. He later unofficially retired from Hollywood and returned to academia. Despite his rather sudden abandonment of filmmaking, Hill nonetheless remained one of the giant directing talents who contributed to Hollywood's second Golden Age of the late 1960s and early 1970s.


      THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER, director George Roy Hill, 1975 SLAP SHOT, director George Roy Hill, 1977 From left: writer David S. Ward, director George Roy Hill, holding their Oscar statuettes for THE STING, at the Academy Awards, 1974 THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER, producer-director George Roy Hill, Robert Redford, on set, 1975 PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT, from left: director George Roy Hill, Jim Hutton, Jane Fonda on set, 1962 TOYS IN THE ATTIC, director George Roy Hill (seated left), Geraldine Page, Dean Martin filming a scene on set, 1963



      64% 51% Funny Farm Director $25.3M 1988
      71% 61% The Little Drummer Girl Director - 1984
      71% 78% The World According to Garp Director,
      - 1982
      72% 85% A Little Romance Director - 1979
      85% 89% Slap Shot Director - 1977
      67% 57% The Great Waldo Pepper Director,
      - 1975
      93% 95% The Sting Director - 1973
      82% 68% Slaughterhouse Five Director - 1972
      88% 92% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Director - 1969
      85% 81% Thoroughly Modern Millie Director - 1967
      70% 54% Hawaii Director - 1966
      91% 58% The World of Henry Orient Director - 1964
      40% 53% Toys in the Attic Director - 1963
      71% 50% Period of Adjustment Director - 1962