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Poll: The Directorial Legacy of Wolfgang Petersen †

The IMDb Poll board is very sad to hear that Wolfgang Petersen passed on August 12, 2022. The German Hollywood director was born on March 14, 1941 in Emden, Germany, but was raised in Mecklenburg during WWII. Returning to Emden after war, the whole family suffered from poor circumstances. They lived in a shack-settlement. Already in his school time he filmed little movies with his 8mm cam. Later he handed over his first directorial work at the Ernst Deutsch Theater (Jungen Theater).

In 1966 he changed to the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin where he did some short movies. And thereby he also stage-managed some theatre plays in Hamburg.

After directing a few movie productions, including detective stories for TV (Tatort) and several other movies for TV, he had his big break-through with the movie The Boat (1981) from Bavaria Film.

When you look at the legacy of Wolfgang Petersen, Which is your favorite movie/aspect of his work?

Please tell us here.

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    The Boat (1981)

    His six time Oscar nominated masterpiece. He himself was nominated for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
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    Outbreak (1995)

    His outstanding vision of a pandemic outbreak.
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    The Perfect Storm (2000)

    The heartbreaking story of fishermen who suffer and do their best to stand their man in a storm. The story between blood, sweat, tears, despair and love, which was Oscar nominated twice.
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    Enemy Mine (1985)

    His philosophical space movie, which says that we all depend on each other in a crisis. When there is no other being, you even learn to accept your enemy as a comrade.
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    Air Force One (1997)

    A patriotic view on a fictional US president being endangered in the hijacked Air Force One. The movie was nominated for two Oscars.
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    Das Boot (1985)

    The TV-Series of his Oscar nominated masterpiece, which goes more into details and reveals more interesting circumstances of the war, more of the relationships of the crew members in the submarine.
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    The NeverEnding Story (1984)

    The outstanding directorial work on the story of Michael Ende, The NeverEnding Story (1984). A story that motivated children to read books in a time when kids watching TV grew rampantly. A situation like the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) started in the 2000s. It was just smaller, but nonetheless worthy.
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    Troy (2004)

    The new view on Troy, Which was nominated for an Oscar.
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    Poseidon (2006)

    Petersen's late action movie about the sinking of a fictional cruise liner, which was capsized by a huge rogue wave. The movie was nominated for an Oscar.
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    Tatort (1970)

    His detective movies from the Tatort TV-series, a movie institution in Germany at sunday. It was a significant part of his work before his big Hollywood success.
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    Vier gegen die Bank (2016)

    Petersens's last film, a remake of his own 1976 TV-movie.
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    Vier gegen die Bank (1976)

    The 1976 original.
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    I Will Kill You, Wolf (1971)

    His very early movies, far before his Hollywood success.
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    Die rote Fahne (1968)

    The few short movies he did.

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