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      Sidney Lumet

      Sidney Lumet

      Highest Rated: 100% King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Gloria (1999)

      Birthday: Jun 25, 1924

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      A consummate workaholic who helmed vibrant films well into his eighties, Sidney Lumet laid claim to being one of the most revered and most imitated directors of all time. Films like "Twelve Angry Men" (1957), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "Network" (1976) and "The Verdict" (1982) were more than just classics - they became cultural fixtures that transcended generational demands. Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes, Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary. By refusing to "go Hollywood," he instead became strongly identified with the city of his youth, New York, the place where he filmed a great majority of his films. In fact, Lumet's use of the city became more than just location - he turned New York into a character just as vital and alive as Frank Serpico, Howard Beale or Sonny Wortzik. But it was the social realism which permeated his greatest work that truly defined Lumet - the themes of youthful idealism beaten down by corruption and the hopelessness of inept social institutions allowed him to produce several trenchant and potent films that no other director could have made.

      Highest rated movies

      Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
      I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

      Photos

      JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT, director Sidney Lumet, Ali MacGraw, screenwriter Jay Presson Allen, 1980, (c) Warner Brothers NETWORK, director, Sidney Lumet, 1976. TWELVE ANGRY MEN, director Sidney Lumet, (left), on-set, 1957 TWELVE ANGRY MEN, from left, director Sidney Lumet, Edward Binns, 1957 THE OFFENCE, director Sidney Lumet, 1973 THE OFFENCE, from left, Sean Connery, director Sidney Lumet, Ian Bannen, 1973 THE OFFENCE, from left, Sean Connery, director Sidney Lumet, Ian Bannen, 1973 ONE THIRD OF A NATION, Sidney Lumet, (standing, center), 1939 DOG DAY AFTERNOON, director Sidney Lumet lining up a shot, on set, 1975 THE WIZ, director Sidney Lumet, 1978, ©Universal Pictures . SERPICO, Director Sidney Lumet, Al Pacino, 1973. LAST OF THE MOBILE HOT SHOTS, James Coburn, Lynn Redgrave, director Sidney Lumet, on set, 1970 THE FUGITIVE KIND, director Sidney Lumet (left), producers Martin Jurow and Richard Shepherd (center), production manager George Justin (extreme right), meet the press at Gold Medal Studios, Bronx, New York, 1960 THE PAWNBROKER, from left: director Sidney Lumet, Thelma Oliver, Rod Steiger on set, 1964 THE MORNING AFTER, Director Sidney Lumet, 1986. (c) Lorimar Productions. A STRANGER AMONG US, Director Sidney Lumet, Mia Sara, Melanie Grifith, on set, 1992. ©Buena Vista Pictures NETWORK, Sidney Lumet directing scene, on set, 1976 GARBO TALKS, Director Sidney Lumet, 1984. (c) MGM. BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD, director Sidney Lumet, Philip Seymour Hoffman, on set, 2007. ©Think Film NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN, Andy Garcia, Sidney Lumet, 1997, (c)Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      82% 75% By Sidney Lumet Self - 2015
      83% 85% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Unknown (Character) - 2009
      89% 71% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Director $7.1M 2007
      63% 62% Find Me Guilty Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $1.2M 2006
      No Score Yet 46% Strip Search Director - 2004
      88% 83% Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Unknown (Character) - 2004
      14% 30% Gloria Director $4.2M 1999
      59% 30% Critical Care Producer,
      Director
      $169.4K 1997
      70% 64% Night Falls on Manhattan Director,
      Writer
      $9.9M 1996
      38% 43% Guilty as Sin Director $22.7M 1993
      22% 39% A Stranger Among Us Director $12.1M 1992
      88% 58% Q & A Director,
      Screenwriter
      $10.5M 1990
      35% 28% Family Business Director $11.1M 1989
      81% 69% Running on Empty Director $1.8M 1988
      50% 44% Power Director $3.1M 1986
      63% 38% The Morning After Director $22.4M 1986
      57% 50% Garbo Talks Director - 1984
      43% 55% Daniel Director - 1983
      89% 88% The Verdict Director - 1982
      74% 70% Deathtrap Director - 1982
      92% 82% Prince of the City Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1981
      No Score Yet 47% Just Tell Me What You Want Director,
      Producer
      - 1980
      43% 65% The Wiz Director - 1978
      70% 78% Equus Director - 1977
      91% 93% Network Director - 1976
      96% 90% Dog Day Afternoon Director - 1975
      90% 78% Murder on the Orient Express Director - 1974
      No Score Yet 14% Lovin' Molly Director - 1974
      71% 72% The Offence Director - 1973
      93% 88% Serpico Director - 1973
      No Score Yet 52% Child's Play Director - 1972
      76% 54% The Anderson Tapes Director - 1971
      100% 100% King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Director - 1970
      No Score Yet 0% The Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots Director,
      Producer
      - 1969
      No Score Yet 76% The Appointment Director - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Gull Director,
      Producer
      - 1968
      33% 34% Bye Bye Braverman Director,
      Producer
      - 1968
      No Score Yet 64% The Deadly Affair Director - 1966
      71% 59% The Group Director - 1966
      71% 92% The Hill Director - 1965
      86% 87% The Pawnbroker Director - 1964
      93% 91% Fail-Safe Director,
      Co-Executive Producer
      - 1964
      94% 85% Long Day's Journey Into Night Director - 1962
      80% 62% A View From the Bridge Director - 1961
      53% 63% The Fugitive Kind Director - 1960
      No Score Yet 54% That Kind of Woman Director - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates Director - 1958
      100% 97% 12 Angry Men Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 56% Stage Struck Director - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Third of a Nation Joey Rogers (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 400 Million Unknown (Voice) - 1939

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Director 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Director 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Director 1955