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      Michael Caton-Jones

      Michael Caton-Jones

      Highest Rated: 90% Our Ladies (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

      Birthday: Oct 15, 1957

      Birthplace: Broxburn, Scotland, UK

      Scottish-born Michael Caton-Jones enjoyed an early reputation as a competent director of Hollywood movies, although lasting critical and commercial success would prove elusive. Having garnered attention with his feature film debut, the British political drama "Scandal" (1989), the neophyte director mounted his first major studio film, the WWII docudrama "Memphis Belle" (1990). Follow-ups like the Michael J. Fox comedy "Doc Hollywood" (1991) and the Robert De Niro-Leonardo DiCaprio biographical drama "This Boy's Life" (1993) also provided modest success for the Scottish transplant. For better or worse, Caton-Jones traded the critical acclaim he received for the historical epic "Rob Roy" (1995) for the financial rewards of the unremarkable thriller "The Jackal" (1997). After a period of relative inactivity, the director returned with admirable, albeit overlooked, projects like the De Niro crime drama "City by the Sea" (2002) and the Rwandan genocide tragedy "Beyond the Gates" (2005). As under-seen as the previous films had been, far more damaging to his professional track record was his directorial credit on the reviled box office disaster "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction" (2006), an ill-advised sequel to the iconic 1992 smash hit. Entering the new decade, the director found work directing the lushly-produced historical miniseries "World Without End" (Reelz, 2012), based on the novel by Ken Follett. While never having secured a critical consensus for his body of work, Caton-Jones nevertheless remained a respected and active craftsman, competent in a wide variety of cinematic genres.


      ROB ROY, director Michael Caton-Jones, on set, 1995. (c)United Artists/courtesy Everet Collection



      90% 83% Our Ladies Director,
      $21.4K 2019
      46% 36% Asher Director - 2018
      58% 76% Urban Hymn Director - 2015
      6% 26% Basic Instinct 2 Director $5.9M 2006
      85% 85% Shooting Dogs Director $38.3K 2005
      48% 40% City by the Sea Director,
      $22.4M 2002
      24% 51% The Jackal Director $54.9M 1997
      73% 75% Rob Roy Director,
      Executive Producer
      $30.4M 1995
      76% 80% This Boy's Life Director $3.7M 1993
      69% 51% Doc Hollywood Director $51.8M 1991
      68% 79% Memphis Belle Director $25.5M 1990
      88% 61% Scandal Director $7.8M 1989


      46% No Score Yet Trinity Director 1998