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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 28 January 1933Los Angeles, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Jack Hill grew up around movies - his father was a designer for the Disney studios and Warner Brothers. He went to the University of California to study film, where he was a classmate of Francis Ford Coppola - they worked together on student productions and later both apprenticed with Roger Corman, working on The Terror (1963). While Coppola went on to Oscardom, Jack continued with B-flicks. He didn't make a lot of films, and while all were low budget they all (except Switchblade Sisters (1975)) made money, and his early 'blaxploitaton' films Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974) were hits. Soon after Switchblade Sisters (1975) he stopped making movies so he and his wife Elke could pursue meditation and he could write novels. Today his films are hailed as cult classics, thanks primarily to Quentin Tarantino, who saw Hill's work as it made its way to video. With retrospectives and a re-release of Switchblade Sisters (1975), his career seems to be reviving.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

Spouse (1)

Elke (1973 - present)

Trivia (5)

After working with Jack Nicholson in The Terror (1963) he classed Jack as a terrible actor, but when he saw him in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) he rethought his opinion - Jack had just been miscast in Roger Corman films.
Attended Hollywood High School.
His UCLA student movie The Host (1960) was a huge influence on the last third of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979).
Interviewed in "Wild Beyond Belief: Interviews with Exploitation Filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s" by Brian Albright (McFarland & Co.).
Was set to direct 1998 film project "Julie McGriff's Difficult World of Sex". Sheryl Lee was set to star in the film which was to be an offbeat comedy.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on making 1970s 'blaxplotation' films] You were working on pictures that the industry had nothing but contempt for. There was a lot of racism in the industry, a lot of it was under the surface, but it was here. And the executives at the studios really had contempt for the audience they were making movies for. It was an uphill struggle to try to do anything really good.

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