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Phil Joanou

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

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 2016 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)
 1993-1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Tomorrow I Die (1995) ... (prologue)
 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 music video for U2, "All Because of You". See more »

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[on doing it yourself] He [Alec Baldwin] directed a version of Shortcut to Happiness (2003). I don't know what studio it was for, but it was basically a financier bail-out thing. They didn't give him the money to finish it. Of course, now the technology's in a place where he probably could finish it. I can finish a movie in my house. I'm making this movie right now for Universal and Blumhouse, ... 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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