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      Roger Spottiswoode

      Roger Spottiswoode

      Highest Rated: 100% And the Band Played On (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 12% Baby ... Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

      Birthday: Jan 5, 1945

      Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      A distinguished writer of plays, novels, short stories, non-fiction, and screenplays, Ronald Harwood earned a reputation for intelligent literary adaptations that often drew from his own works. Though he had a long and fruitful career, Harwood came to prominence late in life by winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Roman Polanski's extraordinary film, "The Pianist" (2002), which depicted Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's survival in Nazi occupied Warsaw. Previously he earned Academy attention with the adaptation of his own play, "The Dresser" (1983), which drew upon his own experiences as a personal assistant to aging actor Sir Donald Wolfit in the 1950s. Harwood later brought recognition to the struggle of apartheid with his biopic on "Mandela" (HBO, 1987) and later with his adaptation of "Cry, the Beloved Country" (1995). After "The Pianist," he delivered notable adaptations of W. Somerset Maugham's "Being Julia" (2003) and Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" (2005), before writing an extraordinary adaptation of debilitated editor Jean Dominique-Bauby's memoir, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007). While most writers saw their best work earlier in life, Harwood improved exponentially with age on his way to becoming one of the literary world's most celebrated and prolific scribes.

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      THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI, front, from left: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, director Roger Spottiswoode, on set, 2007. ©Sony Pictures Classics THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, director Roger Spottiswoode, on set, 2007. ©Sony Pictures Classics THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI, director Roger Spottiswoode, on set, 2007. ©Sony Pictures Classics SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, director Roger Spottiswoode, on set, 2007. ©Regent Releasing THE BEST OF TIMES, director Roger Spottiswoode, 1986, ©Universal / TOMORROW NEVER DIES, Michelle Yeoh, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Spttiswoode, 1997 THE SIXTH DAY, director Roger Spottiswoode, on set, 2000. ©Columbia Pictures Roger Spottiswoode, Michelle Yeoh at arrivals for Premiere THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI, The Landmark Theatre, New York, NY, May 15, 2008. Photo by: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Michelle Yeoh, Roger Spottiswoode at arrivals for THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI Premiere, The Landmark Theatre, New York, NY, May 15, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Roger Spottiswoode at arrivals for THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI Premiere, The Landmark Theatre, New York, NY, May 15, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Roger Spottiswoode at arrivals for THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI Premiere, The Landmark Theatre, New York, NY, May 15, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 69% The Beach House Director - 2018
      77% 77% A Street Cat Named Bob Director $35.1K 2016
      No Score Yet 39% Midnight Sun Director - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness Director,
      Producer
      - 2012
      31% 66% The Children of Huang Shi Director $110.8K 2008
      55% 88% Shake Hands With the Devil Director - 2007
      No Score Yet 37% Ripley Under Ground Director - 2005
      No Score Yet 53% Spinning Boris Director - 2003
      No Score Yet 57% Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole Director - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Matthew Shepard Story Director - 2002
      40% 32% The 6th Day Director $34.5M 2000
      50% 30% Noriega: God's Favorite Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2000
      57% 53% Tomorrow Never Dies Director $145.0M 1997
      No Score Yet 40% Murder Live! Director - 1997
      No Score Yet 83% Hiroshima Director - 1995
      No Score Yet 57% Mesmer Director - 1994
      100% 88% And the Band Played On Director - 1993
      14% 21% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Director $26.6M 1992
      13% 34% Air America Director $29.2M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Flies When You're Alive Director - 1989
      50% 51% Turner & Hooch Director $70.5M 1989
      No Score Yet 14% Third Degree Burn Director - 1989
      100% 64% Deadly Pursuit Director $29.3M 1988
      No Score Yet 46% The Last Innocent Man Director - 1987
      29% 43% The Best of Times Director $5.8M 1986
      12% 38% Baby ... Secret of the Lost Legend Executive Producer - 1985
      91% 70% Under Fire Director - 1983
      92% 69% 48 HRS. Screenwriter - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Renegades Director - 1982
      No Score Yet 21% The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Director - 1981
      44% 37% Terror Train Director - 1980
      82% 77% The Gambler Film Editing - 1974
      56% 82% Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Film Editing - 1973
      82% 82% Straw Dogs Film Editing - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown Director 2021