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. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama
The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release,
Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...See full bio »
It said to my whole generation of filmmakers that you could make an individual statement of high integrity and have that film be successfully seen by a mass audience all at the same time. In other words, you didn't have to be making
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers if you wanted to work in the mainstream film industry...
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