Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet

Date of Birth: 25 Jun 1924

Country: USA

Biography: Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 - April 9, 2011) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.

Total Credits at Criticker: 10 (Actor), 48 (Director), 4 (Writer)

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    Before the Devil Knows You\
    Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed. (imdb)
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    Find Me Guilty
    This film is based on the true story of Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio. After years of federal investigation, 20 members of the New Jersey Lucchese crime family are brought to court on 76 charges of various crimes. Already in the midst of serving a 30-year sentence, Jackie is offered an opportunity to shorten his time by testifying against many of his closest friends. But Jackie refuses to betray his "family," and goes so far as to defend himself in what will ultimately become the longest criminal trial of its time. (Freestyle Releasing)
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    Strip Search
    Strip Search (2004) - TV Movie
    Strip Search follows several parallel stories examining personal freedoms vs. national security in the aftermath of 9/11; two main subplots involve an American woman detained in China and an Arab man detained in New York City. (imdb)
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    Gloria
    Everything about Gloria was big -- especially the trouble she was in. When she and a young boy are thrown together and must fight for their lives, Gloria quickly realizes that the only thing she knows about kids is that this one could get her killed. (Columbia Pictures)
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    Night Falls on Manhattan
    Sean Casey is the newest member of the district attorneys office and he is close to uncovering a police scandal that might involve his father Liam, who works for the NYPD. Then his father is critically wounded in a stake-out, Sean is chosen to prosecute the case. (imdb)
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    Critical Care
    Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters (imdb)
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    Guilty as Sin
    A man accused of murdering his wife approaches a hotshot female criminal attorney to take his case. The man is a self-professed womaniser, and his alleged motive would be the large sum of money his wife left him. The attorney begins to have second thoughts about representing him... (imdb)
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    A Stranger Among Us
    In this attempt to revisit the success of Witness in which a cop goes Amish, we here have a cop go undercover among the Hasidic Jews of New York City. But in this one, Melanie Griffith is bravely (if stupidly) cast as tough New York cop Emily Edith. When a brutal murder occurs among the Hasidic Jews and looks like an inside job, she goes undercover to find the culprit. (imdb)
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    Q & A
    A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector... (imdb)
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    Family Business
    Jessie is an ageing career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity. They both have great hope for Adam, Vito's son and Jessie's grandson, who is bright, good-looking, and without a criminal past... (imdb)
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    Running on Empty
    The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own. (imdb)
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    Power
    Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the man destined to succeed him, unknown and mysterious businessman Jerome Cade. (imdb)
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    The Morning After
    Alex Sternberg wakes up with a hangover and no memory of how she ended up in bed with a dead man. She flees, convinced that she has had another blackout and stabbed someone. Her only support, Turner, an ex cop and recovering alcoholic who is unsympathetic to her plight. She could believe that it is as simple as a violent act committed while drunk, except that the body keeps re-appearing. (imdb)
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    Garbo Talks
    Estelle is a one-person protest army who also loves Garbo films: when she learns she has a brain tumor and six months to live, she decides she must meet Garbo. Her dutiful son Gilbert, a Manhattan accountant named for Garbo's co-star, hires a paparazzo to show him Garbo's flat, stakes it out, gets a job delivering food there, seeks her on Fire Island, and tracks her to a Sixth Avenue flea market. Can he find Garbo; if so, will she talk? (imdb)
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    Daniel
    The fictionalized story of Daniel, the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as Soviet spies in the 1950s. (imdb)
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    The Verdict
    A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (imdb)
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    Deathtrap
    A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. (imdb)
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    Prince of the City
    New York cop Daniel Ciello is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by internal affairs and in exchange for him potentially being let off the hook, he is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of police corruption. (imdb)
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    Just Tell Me What You Want
    A television producer woman tries to let down her overbearing boyfriend who is her boss. She wants to marry with a young writer. When her friend hears this intention he does his best to win her heart again. (imdb)
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    The Wiz
    An African American adaption of the Wizard of Oz that tries to capture the essence of the inner-city experience. (imdb)
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    Equus
    A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, investigates the savage blinding of six horses with a metal spike in a stable in Hampshire, England. The atrocity was committed by an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of an opinionated but inwardly-timid father and a genteel, religious mother... (imdb)
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    Network
    A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit. (IMDB.com)
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    Dog Day Afternoon
    Three men enter a bank with the intention of committing armed robbery, but nothing goes according to plan. Set in New York City in 1972, Al Pacino and John Cazale play characters whose real-life counterparts were John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile.
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    Murder on the Orient Express
    In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. (imdb)
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    Lovin\
    Spanning nearly 40 years from 1925 to 1964, two Texas farm boys; straight-arrow Gid and laid-back Johnny fight over the affections of the beautiful and headstrong Molly Taylor, who consistently refuses to marry either of them. (imdb)
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    Serpico
    The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (imdb)
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    The Offence
    In Sidney Lumet's harrowing portrayal of police brutality, Detective Sergeant Johnson (Sean Connery) has been with the British Police Force for 20 years. In that time, the countless murders, rapes and other serious crimes he has had to investigate has left a terrible mark on him. His anger and aggression that had been suppressed for years finally surfaces when interviewing a suspect... (imdb)
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    Child\
    At an exclusive boys' school, a new gym teacher is drawn into a feud between two older instructors, and he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems. (imdb)
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    The Anderson Tapes
    A thief (Duke Anderson) just released from ten years in jail, takes up with his old girlfriend (Ingrid) in her posh apartment. He makes plans to rob the entire building. What he doesn't know is that his every move is recorded on audio and video tape, although he is not the subject of any surveillance. (imdb)
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    King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
    Biographical retrospective on Martin Luther King, Jr.
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    Last of the Mobile Hot Shots
    In this depressing slice of Southern decadence, Myrtle (Lynn Redgrave) is a woman of questionable virtue who marries an ailing man on a television game show. Jeb (James Coburn) hopes to sire an heir so his greedy half-brother (Robert Hooks) won't inherit the family fortune. Myrtle jumps into the beds of both Jeb and his brother Chicken in an effort to cover all the bases and get her own hands on the money. The story is taken from the Tennessee Williams play The Seven Descents Of Myrtle. (allmovie.com)
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    The Appointment
    The lawyer Federico Fendi has reasons to believe that his wife Carla in secret is Rome's highest paid prostitute. (imdb)
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    Bye Bye Braverman
    Friends gather for the funeral of a friend. Sub-plots unfold as the group attempts to link-up to attend the funeral of their friend, Braverman. (imdb)
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    The Sea Gull
    Film adaptation of Anton Chekhov's story of life in rural Russia during the latter part of the 19th century.
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    The Deadly Affair
    A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide. (imdb)
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    The Group
    It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film documents the years between their graduation and the beginning of the World War in Europe, and shows, in a serialized style, their romances and marriages, their searches for careers or meaning in their lives, their highs and their lows. (imdb)
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    The Hill
    WWII, in a British disciplinary camp located in the Libyan desert. Prisoners are persecuted by Staff Sergeant Williams, who made them climb again and again, under the heavy sun, an artificial hill built right in the middle of the camp. Harris is a more human and compassionate guard, but the chief, S.M. Wilson, refuses to disown his subordinate Williams. One day, five new prisoners arrive. Each of them will deal in a different way with the authority and Williams' ferocity. (imdb)
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    Fail-Safe
    American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (imdb)
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    The Pawnbroker
    This was one of the first films to deal with the effects of Nazi Germany's concentration camps on their survivors... (imdb)
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    Long Day\
    Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother... (imdb)
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    A View from the Bridge
    Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman is unhappily married to Beatrice and unconsciously in love with Catherine, the niece that they have raised from childhood. Into his house come two brothers, illegal immigrants, Marco and Rodolpho. Catherine falls in love with Rudolpho; and Eddie, tormented but unable to admit even to himself his quasi-incestuous love, reports the illegal immigrants to the authorities. (imdb)
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    The Fugitive Kind
    Val Xavier (Marlon Brando), a drifter of obscure origins arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence (Anna Magnani), a sex-starved woman whose husband Jabe M. Torrance (Victor Jory) is dying of cancer upstairs. Val is pursued by Carol Cutere (Joanne Woodward), the enigmatic local tramp-of-good-family, who covets his snakeskin jacket as much as his body and tries to seduce him in the cemetery. Val is more attracted to the mature Lady and gets her pregnant. (imdb)
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    The Iceman Cometh
    The chilling tale of a high-rolling gambler who changes his ways and is determined to help the drifters, alcoholics and prostitutes who have come to depend on his "generosity". (imdb)
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    That Kind of Woman
    In 1944, Kay and Jane travel on an overnight train from Miami to New York, accompanied by Harry. Kay is the mistress of "The Man"... (imdb)
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    Stage Struck
    The movie tells the story of Eva, a girl who comes to New York in order to become a great actress. With hard work she succeeds in working at a theater and finally gets her chance on stage after a lot of changes and difficulties. (imdb)
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    12 Angry Men
    In a New York City jury room, 12 jurors must deliberate the guilt or innocence of a teenager accused of murdering his father. The evidence against the boy seems overwhelming, but one juror, Juror 8, is not convinced. He begins to challenge the other jurors' assumptions and to point out flaws in the evidence. As the debate rages, the jurors are forced to confront their own biases and prejudices.
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    The Challenge
    The Challenge (1955) - TV Special
    A school bus driver (Jack Warden) is fired by the local school board when he refuses to sign a loyalty oath.
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    You Are There
    You Are There (1953) - TV Series
    Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".
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    Revisiting \
    Revisiting 'Fail-Safe' (2000) - Direct-to-Video
    Documentary about the making of "Fail-Safe".
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