Face-Off: Remembering Richard Donner

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Film director Richard Donner passed away on July 5, 2021. He was 91 years old.

Donner's career spanned six decades and after starting in television, he jumped into movies where he got to be considered as one of the most influental architects of the blockbuster era.

In the words of The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, "The story of Richard Donner is the story of Hollywood from the 1980s onwards: horror, superheroes, action and franchise properties. Donner gave all of it a human touch."

He is considered as the inventor of the comic-book movies as we know them, thanks to his work in Superman (1978), as the reinventor of buddy movies with Lethal Weapon (1987), and as one of the beginners of modern horror with The Omen (1976).

For which of those three roles do you think he will be best remembered?

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1. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 246,643 | Gross: $65.21M

As the reinventor of "buddy movies".

2. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 167,287 | Gross: $134.22M

As the inventor of comic book movies.

3. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 112,950 | Gross: $4.27M

As a pioneer of modern horror cinema.

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