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      Joseph Ruben

      Joseph Ruben

      Highest Rated: 96% True Believer (1989)

      Lowest Rated: 19% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)

      Birthday: May 10, 1950

      Birthplace: Briarcliff, New York, USA

      Ruben made his feature directorial debut at the ripe age of 24 with the bleak psychodrama "The Sister-in-Law" (1975). His subsequent work has included two low-budget looks at high school life ("The Pom Pom Girls" 1976, "Our Winning Season" 1978), a road movie ("Joyride" 1977), a nifty sci-fi thriller, "Dreamscape" (1984), starring Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, and Christopher Plummer and an engaging legal drama, "True Believer" (1989), starring James Woods and Robert Downey, Jr. Ruben seems at his best, however, when exploring the dark underbelly of that most sacred of American institutions, the family: cult favorite "The Stepfather" (1987) has "family man" Terry O'Quinn moving from town to town, settling in with a fatherless family, and then slaying them; "Sleeping with the Enemy" (1991), Ruben's first big commercial hit, sees Julia Roberts faking her own death in order to escape her obsessively possessive husband. He turned his attention to the children in "The Good Son" (1993) wherein the good Elijah Wood tries to warn his family about the pure murderous evil of his cousin Macaulay Culkin.


      THE GOOD SON, Joseph Ruben, 1993, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. MONEY TRAIN, director Joseph Ruben, on set, 1995. (c)Columbia Pictures THE GOOD SON, Elijah Wood, Macaulay Culkin, director Joseph Ruben, 1993. TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE FORGOTTEN, Joseph Ruben, Julianne Moore, 2004, (c) Columbia MONEY TRAIN, Director Joseph Rubin, 1995, (c)Columbia Pictures THE FORGOTTEN, Joseph Ruben, 2004, (c) Columbia



      19% 51% The Ottoman Lieutenant Director $149.8K 2017
      No Score Yet 18% Penthouse North Director,
      - 2013
      31% 36% The Forgotten Director $66.6M 2004
      70% 74% Return to Paradise Director $8.3M 1998
      22% 29% Money Train Director $35.1M 1995
      25% 54% The Good Son Director,
      $44.4M 1993
      22% 60% Sleeping With the Enemy Director $100.3M 1991
      96% 63% True Believer Director $8.7M 1989
      89% 65% The Stepfather Director $1.6M 1987
      79% 46% Dreamscape Director,
      - 1984
      No Score Yet 23% Gorp Director - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Winning Season Director - 1978
      No Score Yet 18% Joyride Director,
      - 1977
      No Score Yet 32% The Pom Pom Girls Director,
      - 1976
      No Score Yet 14% The Sister-In-Law Director,
      - 1974