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      John Guillermin

      John Guillermin

      Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Max (1966)

      Lowest Rated: 8% King Kong Lives (1986)

      Birthday: Nov 11, 1925

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      A journeyman British director, John Guillermin received his film training in France following WWII. He worked on several documentaries and spent some time in Hollywood before returning to England where he wrote and directed his first feature, "Torment/Paper Gallows" (1949), an entertaining but unoriginal thriller. Guillermin went on to have a modest career helming films in several genres, including the modestly charming children's flick "Adventure in the Hopfields" (1954), the murder mystery "The Whole Truth" (1958), the caper "The Day They Robbed the Bank of England" (1960) and the highly-regarded farce "Waltz of the Toreadors" (1964). "The Blue Max" (1966) was praised for its stunning aerial shots and the playful relationship of stars Ursula Andress and George Peppard. In the 1970s, he oversaw several all-star features that were more impersonal gaudy spectacles than thrilling blockbusters. Among these were the "Airport"-inspired "Skyjacked" (1972), "The Towering Inferno" (1974), which owed much to its cinematography and special effects, and "Death on the Nile" (1978), adapted from an Agatha Christie mystery. Critics were divided over his remake of "King Kong" (1976); some found it clever and amusing, others banal.

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      KING KONG LIVES, director John Guillermin, on set, 1986. ©DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group KING KONG, director John Guillermin on-set, 1976. (c) Paramount Pictures.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 33% The Tracker Director - 1988
      8% 17% King Kong Lives Director $4.3M 1986
      11% 33% Sheena Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Patman Director - 1980
      80% 79% Death on the Nile Director - 1978
      54% 31% King Kong Director - 1976
      68% 72% The Towering Inferno Director - 1974
      64% 52% Shaft in Africa Director - 1973
      No Score Yet 26% Skyjacked Director - 1972
      No Score Yet 35% El Condor Director - 1970
      20% 58% The Bridge at Remagen Director - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Cards Director - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet P.J. Director - 1968
      100% 76% The Blue Max Director - 1966
      No Score Yet 69% Rapture Director - 1965
      No Score Yet 77% Guns at Batasi Director - 1964
      No Score Yet 60% Never Let Go Director - 1963
      No Score Yet 23% Tarzan Goes to India Director - 1962
      No Score Yet 44% Waltz of the Toreadors Director - 1962
      No Score Yet 90% The Day They Robbed the Bank of England Director - 1960
      No Score Yet 50% Tarzan's Greatest Adventure Director - 1959
      No Score Yet 59% I Was Monty's Double Director - 1959
      No Score Yet 25% The Whole Truth Director - 1958
      No Score Yet 33% Town on Trial Director - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunderstorm Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shop Spoiled Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Diplomat Director,
      Writer
      - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor in Paris Director - 1952
      No Score Yet 25% Miss Robin Hood Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smart Alec Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Days Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Gallows Director - 1950