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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 49 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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(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 (Video short)
 2000 Wonder Boys
 1994 The River Wild (directed by)
 1990 Bad Influence
 1987 The Bedroom Window (directed by)
 1986 The Children of Times Square (TV Movie)
 1983 Losin' It
 1977 Evil Town (as Edward Collins)
 1972 Sweet Kill
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Show Show Writer (9 credits)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
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Show Show Self (42 credits)
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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)
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Personal Quote:

Unlike the studio days, where [directors were] under contract, there's no vested interest in filmmakers today, so it's one picture at a time. Nobody cares about the longevity of a director's career today. What they care about is making a successful movie. Consequently, if somebody does something that's successful, they then throw a lot of money and opportunity at them to try and duplicate it. You... 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

Star Sign:

Aries

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