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      Uli Edel

      Uli Edel

      Highest Rated: 85% The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Body of Evidence (1992)

      Birthday: Apr 11, 1947

      Birthplace: Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany

      German director Uli Edel's career was among the most dichotomous in film history, encompassing gritty, acclaimed dramas like "Last Exit to Brooklyn" (1989) and the Oscar-nominated "Baader Meinhof Complex" (2008) and critically panned efforts like "Body of Evidence" (1993), as well as episodic television, documentaries and even a few Westerns. Born April 11, 1947 in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany, Edel studied theater in Munich before enrolling in the city's celebrated Film School. There, he met Bernd Eichinger, with whom he would collaborate on several of his more successful feature film efforts, and collaborated with Hollywood director turned film instructor Douglas Sirk on several student projects. After graduation, Edel directed several made-for-television features before making his first feature, "Christiane F" (1981). The controversial drama, about a 13-year-old drug addict, drew both praise and condemnation from critics and audience, and set the tone for much of Edel's later work. Following the release of "Christiane," Edel worked on TV features and documentaries before directing another controversial urban drama, "Last Exit to Brooklyn." The film, based on the novel by Hubert Selby, marked Edel's first reunion with Eichinger, with whom he had fallen out while making "Christiane." The international success of "Brooklyn" led to steady and often wildly diverse work in American features and television; Edel proved adept at biopics like "Tyson" (HBO, 1995) and "Houdini" (The History Channel, 2014), gritty episodic series like "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-1999) and even Westerns like "King of Texas" (TNT, 2002), an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear" with Patrick Lear in cowboy garb, but also helmed the universally loathed erotic thriller "Body of Evidence" with Madonna. Edel achieved a career peak with "The Baader Meinhof Complex," a potent, Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated drama about the eponymous West German militant group, which also marked his last collaboration with Eichinger before the latter's death in 2011. His career soon resumed its eclectic path, and included "Time You Change" (2010), a biopic of German rap artist Bushido, and "Pay the Ghost" (2015), a supernatural thriller with Nicolas Cage.

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      BODY OF EVIDENCE, director Uli Edel, on set, 1993. ©MGM THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, (aka DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX), from left: director Uli Edel, producer Bernd Eichinger, on set, 2008. ©Vitagraph Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      10% 25% Pay the Ghost Director - 2015
      85% 80% The Baader Meinhof Complex Director $476.3K 2008
      No Score Yet 63% Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Director - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sword of Xanten Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2004
      No Score Yet 26% Evil Never Dies Director - 2003
      50% 42% King of Texas Director - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Julius Caesar Director - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mists of Avalon Director - 2001
      55% 55% The Little Vampire Director $13.6M 2000
      No Score Yet 79% Purgatory Director - 1999
      No Score Yet 79% Rasputin Director - 1996
      No Score Yet 33% Tyson Director - 1995
      No Score Yet 34% Confessions of a Sorority Girl Director - 1994
      8% 23% Body of Evidence Director $13.7M 1992
      67% 74% Last Exit to Brooklyn Director $1.2M 1989
      78% 85% Christiane F Director - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      42% No Score Yet Houdini Director 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mists of Avalon Director 2001
      93% 96% Oz Director 1998
      82% 94% Tales From the Crypt Director 1993
      78% 92% Twin Peaks Director 1991