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      Simon West

      Simon West

      Highest Rated: 77% Black Hawk Down (2001)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jul 17, 1961

      Birthplace: Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK

      British director Simon West was the guiding hand behind a string of highly polished action-thrillers in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including "Con Air" (1997), "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001), and the popular TV series "Human Target" (Fox, 2010-11). A former director of commercials and music videos, West brought the skills from those mediums to his feature film work, which resulted in fast-paced, visually striking movies that succeeded on purely visceral levels. Despite sometimes threadbare scripts, audiences rarely had time to breathe between action set pieces in "The Mechanic" (2011) or the barrage of shock effects in his 2006 remake of "When A Stranger Calls." West's streak of hits began to falter after "Stranger Calls," but the director, who also produced numerous TV-films and pilots, remained in demand for his numerous strengths: breakneck pace, jaw-dropping stunts and minimal plot to distract from the spectacular action West put on to brilliant display.


      CON AIR, director Simon West (left), Nicolas Cage (right), on set, 1997. ©Buena Vista Pictures LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, Director Simon West and Angelina Jolie on the set, 2001 CON AIR, director Simon West, John Cusack, on set, 1997. ©Buena Vista Pictures WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, Camilla Belle, Director Simon West, on set, 2006, ©Screen Gems THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER, John Travolta, director Simon West on set, 1999, (c)Paramount WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, Director Simon West, Producer John Davis, on set, 2006, ©Screen Gems WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, Director of Photography Peter Menzies Jr., Director Simon West, on set, 2006, ©Screen Gems



      52% No Score Yet Skyfire Director - 2019
      0% 21% Stratton Director - 2017
      0% 36% Salty Director,
      - 2017
      No Score Yet 33% The Saint Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2017
      31% 29% Wild Card Director - 2015
      19% 34% Stolen Director $289.8K 2012
      67% 67% The Expendables 2 Director $85.0M 2012
      53% 51% The Mechanic Director $29.1M 2011
      9% 43% When a Stranger Calls Director $47.9M 2006
      77% 88% Black Hawk Down Executive Producer $108.6M 2001
      20% 47% Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Director,
      $131.1M 2001
      21% 46% The General's Daughter Director $102.7M 1999
      58% 75% Con Air Director $101.1M 1997
      No Score Yet 76% Swallows and Amazons John Walker (Character) - 1974


      No Score Yet 79% Boundless Director 2022
      41% 46% The Cape Executive Producer 2011
      75% 89% Human Target Executive Producer,
      65% No Score Yet Close to Home Executive Producer,
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Keen Eddie Executive Producer,