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William Friedkin
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Date of Birth: Aug 29, 1935

Country: USA

Biography: Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. He never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Friedkin became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane (1941). He went to work for WGN TV immediately after graduating from high school where he started making documentaries, one of which won the Golden Gate Award at the 1962 San Francisco film festival. In 1965, he moved to Hollywood and immediately started directing TV shows.

Total Titles at Criticker: 44 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Director (27) | Actor (18) | Writer (6)
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Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist (2019)
A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, exploring the depths of William Friedkin's mind's eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography. (imdb)
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The Devil and Father Amorth (2018)
Father Gabriele Amortha performs his ninth exorcism on an Italian woman. (imdb)
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Friedkin Uncut (2018)
A look back on William Friedkin's legendary career with fellow directors,actors and the great man himself
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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker...
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Killer Joe (2012)
Emile Hirsch plays a desperate Texas debtor who plots to kill his mother, with help of his family (Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon). They hire a crooked cop (Matthew McConaughey) to do the job, but Killer Joe asks for their teenage daughter (Juno Temple) as a "retainer." (tiff.net)
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Return to the Genre (2011)
An interview with director William Friedkin about The Guardian (1990)
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Making The Boys (2011)
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. (Miguel Camnitzer)
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The Master
One hour documentary about main characteristics and elements about Hitchcock's cinema focussing in Warner movies: Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest, Suspicion, I Confess, The Wrong Man, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Dial M for Murder.
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Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making
In this documentary, we follow Kubrick as he creates one of the most controversial films of all time, one that retains its power to shock audiences, even after 35 years. At the time of its release, A it created a firestorm of controversy. Through interviews with collaborators, filmmakers, screenwriters and authors, we come to appreciate Kubrick as an artist unafraid to take risks and court controversy, committed unwaveringly to his single-minded goal: the highest artistic quality of his films. (imdb)
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The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)
The Life and work of John Alonzo, one of the greatest cinematographers of cinema (imdb)
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Bug (2007)
Probing the blurry lines between paranoia and nightmarish reality, Bug is an intense, mind-bending psychological thriller in which nothing is quite as it seems. (Lionsgate)
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Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001 (2007)
Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey opened the door to all the films and filmmakers who followed it. Through interviews with directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Sydney Pollack - as well as special effects professionals and cultural historians - this documentary examines the legacy of Kubrick's masterpiece and its influence on science fiction films, special effects and world cinema. (imdb)
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The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007)
A concise look at some of the more bizarre visual aspects of The Shining. Through interviews with collaborators, current filmmakers and authors, we'll examine how Kubrick used his unique brand of visual storytelling to convey madness, evil, and the power of the supernatural without relying on dialog or conventional exposition. As much as any film he ever made, The Shining illustrates Kubrick's talent for using the language of pure cinema to tell his stories. (imdb)
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Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007)
In 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick showed us what the future might look like. How true was his vision? This documentary employs interviews with filmmakers, screenwriters and authors - including Arthur C. Clarke - to delve deep into the heart of the film's imagined future and determine the extent to which Kubrick and Clarke's vision predicted a world of fantasy - or today's reality. (imdb)
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Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy (2005)
Documentary about the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton, featured on the 2005 DVD release "The Val Lewton Horror Collection." (imdb)
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The Hunted (2003)
An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans. (imdb)
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Making the Connection: Untold Stories of
Real-life cop Sony Grosso turned Hollywood producer hosts a 30th Anniversary special featuring interviews with various persons involved in the making of The French Connection (1971). (imdb)
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The Exorcist: The Version You
Based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist marries three different scenarios into one extraordinary plot. A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy. (imdb)
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Rules of Engagement (2000)
Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. (imdb)
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The Fear of God: 25 Years of
A behind-the-scenes retrospective made for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic horror film, The Exorcist. Includes interviews with Linda Blair and the other stars of the film, along with commentary from the director and writer on some of the deeper meanings behind the elements they used to terrify their audiences. (imdb)
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12 Angry Men (1997)
Twelve men must decide the fate of one when one juror objects to the jury's decision. (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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Jade (1995)
Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation... (imdb)
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Blue Chips (1994)
A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive. (imdb)
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Fear in the Dark (1991)
A spine chilling study of the history of horror film and man's fascination with the unknown. (tagline)
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The Guardian (1990)
Alan and Molly Sheridan have a baby boy named Jake. They hire a baby-sitter, Camilla, to look after Jake and she becomes part of the family. The Sheridan's friend and neighbour, Phil, takes a liking to Camilla and asks her out. She refuses, but Phil follows her and discovers that she is not quite human. Camilla discovers that she has been followed and Phil is pursued. He leaves a desperate message for Alan and Molly which reveals that Camilla has special plans for baby Jake. (imdb)
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C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf (1988)
TV-sequel to the TV-movie "Cat Squad", directed by William Friedkin.
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Rampage (1987)
This is the face of Charles Reece, a mass murderer. He doesn't think he's done anything wrong. The real crime is that the jury may agree. (tagline)
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C.A.T. Squad: Stalking Danger (1986)
When terrorists start killing scientists who are working on NATO's laser defense, an elite team, the Counter Assault Tactical (C.A.T.) Squad, are brought in to to stop the killers. (imdb)
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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner. (imdb)
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Deal of the Century (1983)
Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest technological weapons to a South American dictator. There are complications; understanding the exact nature of how 'gifts' are used to grease the wheels of a sale, a religious conversion from one of the salesman and a romance that begins to grow between two competitors, not to mention the imminent financial collapse of one of the companies if they don't make this sale. (imdb)
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Cruising (1980)
A police detective goes undercover in the sleazy and underground gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer whom is murdering numerous gay men with S&M tactics. (imdb)
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The Brink
After a long time of bad luck, the little criminal Tony and his gang successfully rob one of Brink's security transport, taking $30,000. Surprisingly their coup doesn't make the press. Curious Tony checks out their headquarters and finds out that their security standard is low beyond belief. Now a really big coup is prepared... (imdb)
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Sorcerer (1977)
Based on the French film Salaire de la peur, Le (1953), this production begins with the individual beginnings of outcasts of different backgrounds who are forced by fortune to work in a remote oil drilling operation in South America (imdb)
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Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (1974)
Fritz Lang is interviewed by William Friedkin.
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The Exorcist (1973)
A troubled cleric tries to help a very disturbed teenage girl.
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The French Connection (1971)
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (imdb)
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The Boys in the Band (1970)
Tensions run high as Michael hosts Harold and five mutual friends (all gay) for Harold's birthday, in late 1960s New York--especially when Michael's straight college roommate happens by after a crisis of his own.
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The Night They Raided Minsky
Rachel arrives in New York from her Amish community intent on becoming a dancer. Unfortunately Billy Minsky's Burlesque is hardly the place for her Dances From The Bible. (imdb)
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The Birthday Party (1968)
Based on Harold Pinter's enigmatic play about a border (Robert Shaw) in a British seaside dwelling who is visited by two strangers (Patrick Magee, Sydney Tafler). They torment him verbally, ask him idiotic unanswerable questions, force him to sit down and stand up, and give him a "party." Then, eventually, they take him away, a tongue-tied idiot. The trivial becomes the terrible, and with it a certain wonder, a certain pity. (imdb)
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Good Times (1967)
Done in a similar style to the musical duo's TV show "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour", this film is more a series of unconnected skits and parodies than a single running plot. When Sonny gets offered a role in a movie, he talks Cher into giving it a try. The proposed script, however, turns out to be awful, but in order to get out of doing this stinker of a project, Sonny has just ten days to come with his own better script. (imdb)
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The People vs. Paul Crump (1962)
Paul Crump, age 22, was caught up in a failed robbery with four other black men and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Friedkin so believed in Crump's innocence that he made The People vs. Paul Crump in order to save his life. (imdb)
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Rebel Highway (1994)
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