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Curtis Hanson (1945–2016)

After small films like The Bedroom Window (1987) and Sweet Kill (1972), Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The River Wild (1994) and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential (1997). Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was critically acclaimed for directing Eminem in Universal ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 48 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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L.A. Confidential
8 Mile
8 Mile Director
Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys Director
In Her Shoes
In Her Shoes Director


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 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
 2007 Lucky You
 2005 In Her Shoes
 2002 8 Mile
 2002 Greg the Bunny (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2000 Wonder Boys
 1990 Bad Influence
 1986 The Children of Times Square (TV Movie)
 1983 Losin' It
 1977 Evil Town (as Edward Collins)
 1972 Sweet Kill
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Other Works:

Directed music video for Bob Dylan: "Things Have Changed" (2000)

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5 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Edward Collins | Curtis Lee Hanson


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

"For me, all good stories are about awareness. Self-awareness and lack of it, of how you get there and how you might fail to get there. Even Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) is about that to a degree. People discover who they are and what they're all about by meeting their doppelgängers. I have deliberately tried to mix it up in my movies, because I enjoy visiting different ... See more »


Ranked #90 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. See more »


Characters in his films often reference or are seen watching movies from the Golden Age of cinema.



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