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Way Out Westerns! continues at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing "Chato's Land," Michael Winner’s cynical, violent Vietnam-era western pits stoic lone Apache Charles Bronson against a colorful posse of rapists and murderers led by Jack Palance and a really good cast. “The scream of his victims is the only sound he makes!” was the ad line. Tfh Guru Landis was actually there on the set to provide belated reportage. »
- Trailers From Hell
Flamboyant film director, best known for Death Wish, and later an outspoken restaurant critic and bon vivant
Michael Winner, who has died aged 77, supplied interviewers with a list of more than 30 films he had directed, not always including the early travelogue This Is Belgium (1956), mostly shot in East Grinstead. But his enduring work was himself – a bravura creation of movies, television, journalism, the law courts and a catchphrase, ''Calm down, dear", from an exasperating series of television commercials.
He was born in London, the only child of George and Helen Winner, who were of Russian and Polish extraction respectively. His builder father made enough money propping up blitzed houses to invest in London property. The profits funded his wife's gambling, which, her son complained, so distracted "Mumsie" that he was never paid due attention. She left him in the bedroom with the mink coats of guests who came to his »
- Veronica Horwell
British filmmaker Michael Winner has passed away aged 77 at his home in Kensington, his wife has confirmed today. Born in Hampstead, London in 1935, Winner began his career as a showbiz columnist before securing his first writing credit in 1958, penning the script for Montgomery Tully's Man with a Gun. Several writing and directing credits soon followed before helming his feature-length debut in 1962 with the nudist comedy Some Like It Cool. Several British features followed throughout the decade, including four of six contributions with Oliver Reed - The System (1964), The Jokers (1967), I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) and Hannibal Brooks (1969) - the latter of which attracted the attention of Hollywood.
In 1971, winner directed his first American feature Lawman, before embarking on a series of collaborations with Charles Bronson, including Chato's Land (1972), The Mechanic (1972), The Stone Killer (1972) and what would ultimately be his best-known feature, 1974's Death Wish. Following Death Wish, Winner branched out »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Director Michael Winner has died in his native England at age 77. Winner's star rose in the early to mid 1960s with a string of innovative comedies such as The Jokers and I'll Never Forget What's'isname, that perfectly tapped into the emerging London "mod scene". His eclectic range of movies covered many genres, from Westerns to WWII to urban crime thrillers. Among his more notable titles were Lawman, Chato's Land, Scorpio, Hannibal Brooks, The Games, The Sentinel, The Nightcomers, The Mechanic and The Stone Killer. His greatest and most unexpected success was the 1974 film Death Wish starring Charles Bronson which was released at a time when societies worldwide were bristling at an explosion of urban crime and the perception that the current laws were not protecting them. The film tapped into a vigilante sentiment in its depiction of a New York liberal who takes the law into his »
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4 items from 2013