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Curtis Hanson (1945–2016)


After small films like The Bedroom Window (1987) and Sweet Kill (1972), Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992), The River Wild (1994) and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential (1997). Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was critically acclaimed for directing Eminem in Universal ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 50 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

(1997)
In Her Shoes Director
(2005)
Wonder Boys Director
(2000)

Filmography

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 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
 2007 Lucky You
 2005 In Her Shoes
 2002 8 Mile
 2002 Greg the Bunny (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2000 Bob Dylan: Things Have Changed (Music Video)
 2000 Wonder Boys
 1994 The River Wild (directed by)
 1990 Bad Influence
 1987 Evil Town (as Edward Collins)
 1987 The Bedroom Window (directed by)
 1986 The Children of Times Square (TV Movie)
 1982 Losin' It
 1978 The Silent Partner (uncredited)
 1973 Fly Me (opening Taxi scene, uncredited)
 1972 Sweet Kill
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Directed music video for Bob Dylan: "Things Have Changed" (2000)

Publicity Listings:

5 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Edward Collins | Curtis Lee Hanson

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Parents:

June Curtis, Beverly | Hanson, Wilbur Hale
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Personal Quote:

For me, all good stories are about awareness. Self-awareness and lack of it, of how you get there and how you might fail to get there. Even Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) is about that to a degree. People discover who they are and what they're all about by meeting their doppelgängers. I have deliberately tried to mix it up in my movies, because I enjoy visiting different ... See more »

Trivia:

He dropped out of high school to work as a photographer, writer and editor for the film magazine "Cinema", which was owned by his uncle "It was, in a sense, my film school," Hanson reported in a 2002 interview with the Guardian. He began screenwriting and directing in the early 1970s, but didn't see serious success until he directed The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992). That film, which starred ... See more »

Trademark:

Characters in his films often reference or are seen watching movies from the Golden Age of cinema.

Nickname:

Curtisamma

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