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Michael Mann
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Date of Birth: Feb 5, 1943

Country: USA

Biography: A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like "Starsky and Hutch" (1975). He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile (1979) (TV), in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief (1981) starring James Caan as a safecracker who falls under the spell of the mob. He followed with The Keep (1983), an adaptation of F. Paul Wilson's novel about a mysterious force within a Nazi fortress. He hit it big in 1984, when he produced and created the long-running TV series "Miami Vice" (1984), which made Don Johnson a household name. He followed that up in 1986 with a disastrous, lesser-known TV series, "Crime Story" (1986), and the superb thriller Manhunter (1986) a precursor of The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He spent the next few years involved in television, directing films like L.A. Takedown (1989) (TV) and producing films like the Emmy-winning "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (1990). In 1992, he returned to feature film with the box-office hit The Last of the Mohicans (1992), which starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe.

Total Titles at Criticker: 19 - You've Seen 0

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Blackhat (2015)
A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. (imdb)
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The Director
Director Robert Rodriguez interviews some of the top movie directors. (imdb)
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Public Enemies (2009)
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
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Miami Vice (2006)
The cocaine cowboys of the 80's are gone, but Miami's Casablanca allure, the undercover cops and the attitudes of Michael Mann's culturally influential television series have been enhanced by time in the feature film version of Miami Vice. (Universal Pictures)
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The Making of Heat (2005)
The Making of Heat (2005) - Direct-to-Video
A lot of ground is covered in this thourough documentary about the making of the film Heat (1995). The origin and fruition of the story/film is explained, as well as the overall love shared for this project by everyone involved through many interviews with cast and crew members. (imdb)
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Collateral (2004)
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
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City of Night: The Making of Collateral (2004)
This documentary chronicles the making of the film Collateral (2004). We get to see Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx training for their roles, as well as Jada Pinket Smith's Audition. Michael Mann also informs us on his preparation for the film, as well as some more behind-the-scenes looks at the 17 special camera-ready taxis and the taxi crash. (imdb)
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Robbery Homicide Division (2002)
Drama centers on Lt. Sam Cole and his team of cops in the elite robbery/homicide division of the Los Angeles Police Department. (imdb)
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Ali (2001)
Will Smith and director/writer Michael Mann take you into the heart and life of the boxer, the legend and, more importantly, the man. (Columbia Pictures)
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The Insider (1999)
Balls-out "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won't talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court... (imdb)
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Howard Hawks: American Artist (1997)
This British-produced documentary offers an insightful portrait of American filmmaker Howard Hawks, whose remarkable five decade long career encompassed some of Hollywood's best loved movies. Hawks' personal and professional life is recalled by such friends and co-workers as Todd McCarthy, Lauren Bacall, Peter Bogdanovich, Angie Dickinson, William Friedkin and Walter Hill. It is also chronicled via archival interviews and clips from his best known films. (Sandra Brennan, Rovi)
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Heat (1995)
A Los Angeles crime saga, "Heat" focuses on the lives of two men on opposite sides of the law - one a detective; the other a thief.(imdb)
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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (imdb)
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L.A. Takedown (1989)
Michael Mann's (HEAT, MIAMI VICE) gutsy telefilm tells the tale of two skilled professionals--one a cop, the other a criminal--who aren't as different as they think. Vincent Hanna (Scott Plank) is an intense cop on the trail of ruthless armed robber Patric McLaren (Alex McArthur). After a botched heist, the two men confront each via a full scale battle on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. (Amazon.co.uk)
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Manhunter (1986)
FBI Agent Will Graham (Petersen) has captured the diabolical Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Cox), nearly losing more than just his mind in the process. But when Graham is called out of retirement to hunt the psychopath known as "The Tooth Fairy" (Noonan) he must once again confront the horrors of "Hannibal The Cannibal". If Will Graham enters the mind of the serial killer, can he ever come back? (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
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The Keep (1983)
Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening. (imdb)
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Thief (1981)
Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him. (imdb)
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The Jericho Mile (1979)
Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time... (imdb)
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Vega$ (1978)
Vega$ (1978) - TV Series
Dan Tanna, a Vietnam vet, works as a private eye in Las Vegas. Dan lives in an apartment in back of the Desert Inn and his boss is the owner of the hotel, Phillip Roth. Dan is aided by his sexy, but efficient, secretary Bea Travis and his nerdy legman Bobby "Binzer" Borso. Dan's contact on the force is Lt. Dave Nelson. This show is also notable for perhaps the only known portrayal of a house with a "drive-in" living room.
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