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      Peter Hewitt

      Peter Hewitt

      Highest Rated: 75% The Borrowers (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Zoom (2006)

      Birthday: Oct 9, 1962

      Birthplace: Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

      An unapologetic populist, British director Peter Hewitt grew up above his parents' candy store in the seaside resort town of Brighton. On Sunday afternoons, he and his six siblings would buy sweets downstairs, then come back up to watch that afternoon's movie on television. Soon he was making movies in the backyard, then got a job as a theater usher. While a student at the National Film School, Hewitt's graduate short, "The Candy Show," won Best Short Film from the BAFTAs (the British equivalent of the Oscars) in 1990. The positive attention brought him to Hollywood, where he beat out 50 directors for the chance to direct the sequel to the popular time-traveling comedy "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey." A series of children's films followed, including the tepid "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" adaptation "Tom and Huck" and the more ambitious fantasy "The Borrowers," a well-received update of Mary Norton's beloved novel about a family of miniature people. In 2001, Hewitt directed actress Keira Knightley in her first leading role as Robin Hood's daughter Gwyn in the television movie "Princess of Thieves." His biggest commercial success yet arrived with 2004's popular if critically-derided "Garfield: The Movie." Subsequent films like 2006's superhero comedy "Zoom" attracted equally bad reviews without the attendant box office returns.

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      THE BORROWERS, director Peter Hewitt, 1997, (c)Polygram Filmed Entertainment

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surprise Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Cinematographer
      - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scales Film Editing - 2019
      No Score Yet 22% Christmas at the Palace Director - 2018
      No Score Yet 30% Mostly Ghostly 2: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? Director - 2014
      No Score Yet 26% Home Alone: The Holiday Heist Director - 2012
      No Score Yet 37% The Maiden Heist Director - 2009
      56% 38% I Want Candy Writer - 2007
      4% 33% Zoom Director $11.6M 2006
      19% 37% Thunderbirds Writer $6.8M 2004
      14% 38% Garfield: The Movie Director $75.4M 2004
      67% 44% Thunderpants Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 2002
      No Score Yet 54% Princess of Thieves Director - 2001
      40% 78% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Director - 1999
      75% 49% The Borrowers Director $22.4M 1997
      25% 42% Tom and Huck Director $23.9M 1995
      56% 56% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Director $38.0M 1991

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Palms Director 1993