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Peter Collinson

Peter Collinson

Highest Rated: 81% The Italian Job (1969)

Lowest Rated: 81% The Italian Job (1969)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1936

Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, UK

Peter Collinson was an English director with a short-lived though prolific career. After Collinson's parents separated when he was a child, he lived with his grandmother briefly before moving into the Actors' Orphanage, where he soon found an invaluable mentor in the Orphanage's president, the legendary Nöel Coward. He eventually went on to direct Coward in Collinson's best known film, the 1969 crime comedy "The Italian Job," which starred Michael Caine as a mobster attempting to hatch a complex caper. But it was television where Collinson had gotten his start in the early 1960s, directing several drama series until he was able to make his film debut with the 1967 violent thriller "The Penthouse." Though Collinson would never approach the peak audience popularity he found with "The Italian Job," he still managed to direct 11 more films for the big screen, plus one TV movie, through the 1970s, working with stars ranging from Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson ("You Can't Win 'Em All"), to Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Plummer ("The Spiral Staircase"), as well as Anthony Quinn ("Target of an Assassin"), all during a period when English cinema was losing ground. Collinson released his final film, the Australian-based adventure drama "The Earthling," starring William Holden and a post-"The Champ" Rick Schroder, in the summer of 1980, just half a year prior to his premature death to cancer at just 44 years old.

Highest rated movies

81% The Italian Job



No Score Yet 88% The Earthling Director - 1980
No Score Yet 70% The House on Garibaldi Street Director - 1979
No Score Yet 0% Tomorrow Never Comes Director - 1978
No Score Yet 20% Target of an Assassin Director - 1976
No Score Yet 20% The Sellout Director - 1976
No Score Yet 31% Ten Little Indians Director - 1975
No Score Yet 27% The Spiral Staircase Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Season Director - 1974
No Score Yet 39% The Man Called Noon Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Innocent Bystanders Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Straight on Till Morning Director - 1972
No Score Yet 38% Fright Director - 1971
No Score Yet 33% You Can't Win 'Em All Director - 1970
81% 85% The Italian Job Unknown (Character),
- 1969
No Score Yet 81% Up the Junction Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Day's Dying Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Penthouse Director - 1967