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Phil Joanou

Phil Joanou was born on November 20, 1961 in La Cañada, California, USA. He is a director and assistant director, known for Gridiron Gang (2006), Final Analysis (1992) and U2: Rattle and Hum (1988). See full bio »

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 2016/I The Veil (completed)
 2015 Chris Tucker Live (TV Movie)
 2006 Gridiron Gang
 2003 Naked Hotel (TV Movie)
 2002 U2: The Best of 1980-1990 (Video documentary) (videos "Bad", "When Love Comes To Town", "One Tree Hill")
 2002 U2: The Best of 1990-2000 (Video documentary) (videos "If God Will Send His Angels", "One")
 1999/I Entropy
 1998 14 Up in America (TV Movie)
 1993 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1993 Wild Palms (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
 1991 Age 7 in America (TV Movie documentary)
 1988 U2: Rattle and Hum (Documentary)
 1985-1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Doll (1986)
- Santa '85 (1985)
 1984 Last Chance Dance (Short)
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Directed U2's video for "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" See more »

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[on The Veil (2016)] We made the movie for 4 million dollars in twenty-five days. The way Jason Blum's business model works is that everyone works for scale - me, the actors, everyone - and some of the above the line people get a little bit of backend if it makes some money. You don't get a cent beyond that 4 million, but there's no interference. None. The deal with Universal is that they'll ... See more »


As "Final Analysis" and "Heaven's Prisoners" proved to be critical and financial disappointments, Spielberg and Bono of U2 (separately) encouraged Joanou to "write something personal" and "from the heart", resulting in the extensively autobiographical "Entropy". Virtually every detail is based on the director's real life: just as portrayed in the film, the director had a lengthy relationship with... See more »

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