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Michael Winner was over-indulged, but he was a pioneer of sorts

21 January 2013 4:32 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Bradshaw looks back at the uneven and often controversial career of Michael Winner, who has died aged 77

'You don't look so bad – here's another!" With these reported words in 1984, the once notorious "subway vigilante" Bernhard Goetz put another bullet into a mugger he'd shot on a New York subway train. It was a sensational incident which briefly rewakened the gun debate in the Us, but for Goetz resulted only in an illegal firearm conviction: a jury found him not guilty of attempted murder and assault. There was no doubt which movie was foremost in the minds of both press and public: the rape-revenge picture Death Wish, made 10 years before by the smart and workmanlike British director Michael Winner.

Goetz had sensationally made Winner's fantasy a reality. The film spawned a number of sequels, the second of which, Death Wish 3 in 1985, was explicitly inspired by Goetz. In the original, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Michael Winner obituary

21 January 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Director/Writer Michael Winner Dead At Age 77

21 January 2013 11:04 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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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Michael Winner: a career in clips

21 January 2013 8:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Andrew Pulver looks back through some of the key films of director Michael Winner, who has died aged 77

Play It Cool (1962)

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After a string of short films, Winner broke into features in the early 60s, with low budget thrillers and trendy pop musicals. Quite a few of them had "cool" in the title – including the nudie pic Some Like It Cool. The Billy Fury pic Play It Cool was considerably more commercially viable, no doubt inspired by the success of Cliff Richard's Young Ones film. Fury – in a real stretch – plays an up-and coming rocker called Billy Universe; Anna Palk the heiress who he might or might not get together with, and Dennis Price (!) as her overbearing dad.

The Cool Mikado (1962)

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Frankie Howerd led the line for Winner's followup, produced by Howard Baim, »

- Andrew Pulver

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