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      Samuel Fuller

      Samuel Fuller

      Highest Rated: 100% Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

      Lowest Rated: 22% The Klansman (1974)

      Birthday: Aug 12, 1912

      Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

      A towering figure in the history of independent film, director Samuel Fuller unleashed his deeply personal, highly stylized vision of society teetering between greatness and disaster in such polarizing films as "The Steel Helmet" (1951), "Pickup on South Street" (1953), "Shock Corridor" (1963), "The Naked Kiss" (1964) and "The Big Red One" (1980). A former crime reporter who later endured some of the most brutal combat during World War II, Fuller served as a screenwriter before emerging as a director in 1950. His films challenged accepted notions of liberty, honor and patriotism through furiously paced, visually assaultive genre pictures informed by his experiences in the newsroom and on the battlefield. Fuller's heroes were flawed but clung to a code of ethics that clashed with political and social organizations, a status that Fuller himself embodied in his frequent battles with producers to deliver his films as he saw them to the screen. He fell out of fashion after "Shock Corridor" and "The Naked Kiss," a pair of savage indictments of the hypocrisy he felt was at the core of American society, and spent the next three decades fighting to complete films while funding his efforts through acting roles. In the years preceding his death in 1997, Fuller was transformed from industry pariah to patron saint of the independent film movement. A host of likeminded directors, including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, would acknowledge the debt he paid throughout his career to allow their unique perspectives to take root on screen.

      Highest rated movies

      88% The American Friend
      77% Hammett
      40% The State of Things
      29% The End of Violence

      Photos

      THE BIG RED ONE, Samuel Fuller, 1980, © United Artists THE BIG RED ONE, Samuel Fuller, 1980, © United Artists THE STATE OF THINGS, (aka Der Stand der Dinge), Wim Wenders and Sam Fuller on set, 1982 LES VOLEURS DE LA NUIT, (THIEVES AFTER DARK), Sam Fuller, 1984 A RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT, Samuel Fuller, 1987, (c) Warner Brothers THE BIG RED ONE, Samuel Fuller, 1980 © United Artists A RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT, Ricky Addison Reed, Samuel Fuller, 1987, (c) Warner Brothers THE STATE OF THINGS, (aka DER STAND DER DINGE), Samuel Fuller, 1982, (c) Gray City

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      29% 43% The End of Violence Louis Bering (Character) $283.0K 1997
      100% 95% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Self - 1995
      No Score Yet 12% Somebody to Love Sam Silverman (Character) $10.3K 1994
      No Score Yet 55% Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made Self - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Golem, the Spirit of the Exile Unknown (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 71% Street of No Return Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1989
      No Score Yet 83% Sons Father (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 46% Helsinki Napoli All Night Long Boss (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 24% A Return to Salem's Lot Van Meer (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 17% Slapstick of Another Kind Colonel Sharp (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves After Dark Director - 1984
      77% 62% Hammett Old Man in Pool Hall (Character) - 1982
      94% 73% White Dog Director - 1982
      40% 83% The State of Things Joe (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Der Stand Der Dinge Joe (Character) - 1982
      90% 78% The Big Red One Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1980
      88% 80% The American Friend Der Amerikaner (Character) - 1977
      22% 25% The Klansman Screenwriter - 1974
      No Score Yet 50% Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Director,
      Writer
      - 1972
      No Score Yet 29% Shark! Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1969
      89% 81% Targets Writer - 1968
      No Score Yet 32% The Cape Town Affair Writer - 1967
      No Score Yet 22% The Meanest Men in the West Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1966
      88% 87% Pierrot le Fou Self $22.7K 1965
      93% 79% The Naked Kiss Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1964
      94% 82% Shock Corridor Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer
      - 1963
      No Score Yet 69% Merrill's Marauders Director - 1962
      100% 81% Underworld U.S.A. Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1961
      80% 72% The Crimson Kimono Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1959
      No Score Yet 55% Verboten! Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1959
      No Score Yet 48% China Gate Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1957
      86% 66% Forty Guns Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1957
      No Score Yet 58% Run of the Arrow Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1957
      85% 58% House of Bamboo Director,
      Writer
      - 1955
      No Score Yet 17% The Command Screenwriter - 1954
      80% 38% Hell and High Water Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1954
      93% 89% Pickup on South Street Director,
      Writer
      - 1953
      89% 85% Park Row Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1952
      100% 88% Scandal Sheet Writer - 1952
      100% 85% The Steel Helmet Director,
      Producer
      - 1951
      100% 72% Fixed Bayonets! Director - 1951
      86% 69% The Baron of Arizona Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1950
      82% 49% Shockproof Screenwriter - 1949
      78% 67% I Shot Jesse James Director,
      Writer
      - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gangs of New York Screenwriter - 1938
      No Score Yet 20% It Happened in Hollywood Writer - 1937

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Director,
      Writer
      1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Director,
      Writer
      1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Director 1962