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Robert Towne
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Date of Birth: Nov 23, 1934

Country: USA

Biography: Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood. Began directing with mixed success in 1982. One of the best script doctors in Hollywood, he contributed crucial scenes to such films as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Godfather (1972)...(imdb)

Total Titles at Criticker: 26 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Writer (22) | Actor (6) | Director (4)
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Ask the Dust (2006)
L.A. in the early 1930's: racism, poverty, and disease color the Bunker Hill neighborhood where Arturo Bandini, a lover of men and beasts alike, has arrived from Colorado to write the great Los Angeles novel. After six months and down to his last nickel, he orders a cup of coffee, served by Camilla Lopez, beautiful, self-possessed, and Mexican. Arturo gets advice, encouragement, and an occasional check from H.L. Mencken, so he keeps writing and he keeps seeing Camilla. (imdb)
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The Outsider (2005)
The Outsider, a feature-length documentary from first-time writer/director Nicholas Jarecki, is a film about film, specifically, the power of film to create, to move, and to endure. It follows one of America's most obsessive and intriguing filmmakers, James Toback, writer/director of 11 movies. Filmed over an 8-month period, The Outsider follows Toback through all phases of the making of his new film (shooting, editing, scoring, and release)... Green Room Films)
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Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera" (imdb)
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Without Limits (1998)
The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to Oregon University where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash. (imdb)
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Mission: Impossible (1996)
Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, a secret agent framed for the deaths of his espionage team. Fleeing from government assassins, breaking into the CIA's most impenetrable vault, clinging to the roof of a speeding bullet train, Hunt races like a burning fuse to stay one step ahead of his pursuers... and draw one step closer to discovering the shocking truth. (Paramount)
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The Firm (1993)
A young lawyer joins a prestigous law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (imdb)
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Days of Thunder (1990)
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. (imdb)
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The Two Jakes (1990)
L.A. 1948: private eye Jake Gittes shall convict the client Jake Berman's wife of adultery. But instead of making her a scene like planned, Berman shoots her lover in affect - or was it murder?
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Frantic (1988)
A doctor and his wife go to Paris for a medical conference. While showering, his wife disappears.
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Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice (imdb)
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The Pick-up Artist (1987)
A womanizer meets his match when he falls for the daughter of a mobster. (imdb)
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8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his drinking problem and this alcoholism causes him to lose his job, as well as his marriage... (imdb)
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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. Soon after, a family of apes stumble across the house and in the ensuing panic, both parents are killed... (imdb)
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Personal Best (1982)
The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris (Mariel Hemingway) bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory. (imdb)
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Heaven Can Wait (1978)
A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an over-anxious angel before he was supposed to die, comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire. (imdb)
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Shampoo (1975)
Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968. (imdb)
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Chinatown (1974)
Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.
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The Yakuza (1974)
Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia... (imdb)
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The Parallax View (1974)
Joe Frady is a determined reporter who often needs to defend his work from colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent U.S. senator, Frady begins to notice that reporters present during the assassination are dying mysteriously. (imdb)
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The Last Detail (1973)
Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way. (imdb)
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Drive, He Said (1971)
Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, Gabriel, who may have dropped out from school and become a protestor, wants desperately not to get drafted for Vietnam.
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The Zodiac Killer (1971)
The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop? (imdb)
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Villa Rides (1968)
Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico. (imdb)
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The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
A nobleman always dresses in black and is obsessed with his dead wife. He believes his new wife has been possessed by his dead wife's evil spirit. (imdb)
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Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
American crook Sparks Moran sees a chance to make a bundle when a Caribbean island has a revolution. He plans to help loyalists (and the national treasury) escape on his boat, then kill the men and blame their deaths on a mythical sea monster. Trouble ensues when the _real_ monster shows up! (imdb)
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The Last Woman on Earth (1960)
Ev; her husband, Harold; and their lawyer friend, Martin, are skindiving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, temporary interruption of oxygen has killed everyone on the island - maybe in the world! (imdb)
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