Alan Smithee

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'Alan Smithee' is a common pseudonym for directors whose film was clearly taken away from her/him and recut heavily against her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film. The Directors Guild contract generally does not permit a director to remove her/his name from films. The Directors Guild has been striving for decades to establish the ... See full bio »

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  How to Sell a Film (Documentary) (filming)
 2022 Border the Line (Short) (post-production)
 2018 The Night Watchers (as Alan N. Smithee) (completed)
  Coolidge (Short)
 2022 Five (Short)
 2021 Hamster Logic 3D (Video Game)
 2021 No Remorse (Short)
 2020 Barfuß durch Australien (TV Movie)
 2020/II End of the Rope (Short)
 2020 Goodbye, Cringe Panda (Short)
 2020 The Cringe Panda Show (Short)
 2020 Delete Your Facebook (Short)
 2020 Dramatica Diablos (TV Series short) (1 episode)
 2020 Baby Elephants (Short)
 2019 Therapy Dawg (Short)
 2019 Tales That Broke My Brain (TV Series short) (1 episode)
- Spinning a Yarn (2019)
 2019 Car Thief Allstate Mayhem (TV Special short) (directed by)
 2018 Sex & Water
 2017-2018 Tomorrow Is Ours (TV Series) (11 episodes)
- Épisode 170 (2018)
- Épisode 169 (2018)
- Épisode 168 (2018)
- Épisode 167 (2018)
- Épisode 166 (2018)
 2015-2016 Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- Battle of the Worlds (2016) ... (as Alan N. Smithee)
- Maxwell Stein (2016 Version) (2016) ... (as Alan N. Smithee)
- War of the Planets (2016 Version) (2016) ... (as Alan N. Smithee)
- The Horrors of Spider Island (2016) ... (as Alan N. Smithee)
- The Amazing Transparent Man (2016) ... (as Alan N. Smithee)
 2016 St. Nick (Short)
 2016 The Greek Embrassy in Bratislava (Short) (co-director)
 2016 Utopia Fantastika (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2016) ... (as Alan N. Smithee)
 2015 Old 37 (really Christian Winters)
 2015/III Grief (Short)
 2014 Youth Program
 2014 Was WW1 Good for Medicine? (TV Short documentary)
 2014 Il était une fois... (TV Mini Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Le Havre (2014)
 2013 19 Heroes (Documentary short)
 2013/X Writer's Block (Short)
 2012/II The Ex (Short)
 2011 Hot Dreams
 2011 GameStar: Die Redaktion (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2010/I Eternity (really Christopher-Lee dos Santos)
 2010 Tom Toal: On the Scrapheap (Documentary)
 2010 Wurm (Short)
 2009 Vela 734 (Short)
 2009/II The Secret (Short)
 2008 Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down? (Video short)
 2008 The Logan Show (TV Series)
 2008 Beach Cops (Short)
 2008 The Elusive David Agnew (Video documentary short)
 2008 V.C.R. (Short)
 2007 Absurd (Video short)
 2007 La Tapita (Short)
 2005 It's Alive (TV Series) (2005-)
 2005 Living Better with Steve Spitz (TV Series) (25 episodes)
- Episode #1.15 (2005)
- Episode #1.14 (2005)
- Episode #1.13 (2005)
- Episode #1.12 (2005)
- Episode #1.11 (2005)
 2005 Street Walkers 3 (Video)
 2005 Ginban Kaleidoscope (TV Mini Series) (1 episode)
- Shinderera (2005) ... (as Alan Smi Thee)
 2005 Fugitives Run (really Philip Spink)
 2004 Team Spirit (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 Sendung ohne Namen (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2004 Obsessions (Short)
 2003 The Wallet (Short)
 2003 Here Comes Santa Claus (Short)
 2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Motherhunt: Part 2 (2002) ... (really Charles B. Wessler)
- Motherhunt: Part 1 (2002) ... (really Charles B. Wessler)
 2002 In the Wrong Hands (really Chris Johnston & James A. Seale)
 2000 Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits (Video documentary) (video "I Will Always Love You")
 1999 Blondie: Maria (Music Video) (really Roman Coppola)
 1999 Soul's Ark (Video)
 1999 The Coroner
 1999 The Disciples (TV Movie) (really Kirk Wong)
 1999 Woman Wanted (really Kiefer Sutherland)
 1997 Dilemma (really Eric Louzil)
 1997 River Made to Drown In (really James Merendino)
 1997 Le zombi de Cap-Rouge (really Simon Robideaux)
 1997 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (really Arthur Hiller)
 1996 Firehouse (TV Movie)
 1996 Exit (Video) (really Ric Roman Waugh)
 1995 Shim Sham Shimmy (Video short)
 1995 Smoke n Lightnin (really Mike Kirton)
 1995 Raging Angels
 1995 The O.J. Simpson Story (TV Movie) (really Jerrold Freedman)
 1994 While Justice Sleeps (TV Movie) (really Ivan Passer)
 1992 Bay City Story (TV Movie)
 1992 Red Shoe Diaries (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Accidents Happen (1992) ... (really Mary Lambert)
 1992 Call of the Wild (TV Movie) (really Michael Uno)
 1992 The Cosby Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1991 The Owl (TV Movie) (really Tom Holland)
 1991 Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (really Dean Tschetter)
 1990 Tiny Toon Adventures (TV Series short) (1 episode)
- Strange Tales of Weird Science (1990) ... (segments "Pit Bullied", "Duck in the Muck", really Art Leonardi)
 1990 Fatal Charm (Video) (really Fritz Kiersch)
 1990 The Shrimp on the Barbie (really Michael Gottlieb)
 1990 Solar Crisis (really Richard C. Sarafian)
 1990 Gypsy Angels
 1990 Catchfire (really Dennis Hopper)
 1987 I Love N.Y. (really Gianni Bozzacchi)
 1987 Karen's Song (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1987) ... (as Allen Smithee)
 1987 Riviera (TV Movie) (really John Frankenheimer)
 1987 Morgan Stewart's Coming Home (directed by)
 1986 Let's Get Harry (really Stuart Rosenberg)
 1986 Code of Vengeance (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1986 Dalton: Code of Vengeance II (TV Movie)
 1985 MacGyver (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Heist (1985)
- Pilot (1985) ... (really Jerrold Freedman)
 1985 Appointment with Fear (really Ramzi Thomas)
 1985 Stitches (really Rod Holcomb)
 1984 Paper Dolls (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1984)
- Episode #1.2 (1984)
 1982 Moonlight (TV Movie) (really Jackie Cooper and Rod Holcomb)
 1981 McClain's Law (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1980 Fun and Games (TV Movie) (really Paul Bogart)
 1980 City in Fear (TV Movie) (really Jud Taylor)
 1980 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Love, on Instant Replay (1980) ... (really E. Arthur Kean)
 1973 Fade In (TV Movie) (really Jud Taylor)
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie) (really George McCowan)
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter (as Allen Smithee, really Don Siegel & Robert Totten)
 1965 The 1965 Parade of Homes (TV Movie documentary)
 1961 This is Coffee (Short)
 1955 The Indiscreet Mrs. Jarvis (TV Movie)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Directed music video for Sarah McLachlan's "Building a Mystery" (really Matt Mahurin). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Portrayal | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sumishii Aran | Faran Moradipour | Alan Smithee IV | Alain Smithee | Alan N. Smithee | Allan Smithee | Allen Smithee | Aran Sumishi | Alan Smi Thee


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Personal Quote:

When I refused to take directing credit for the film Death of a Gunfighter (1969), as did Robert Totten, the Directors' Guild made up a pseudonym for Totten and myself, 'Allen Smithee'. As the picture was well received, I told my young friends who wanted to be directors to change their name to Smithee and take credit for direction of the picture. I don't know if anyone did this. I still think ... See more »


"Alan Smithee" is an anagram for "The Alias Men" See more »


Alan Smithee has no distinguishable style, nor is it usually apparent what director he is taking the credit for.


The World's Lousiest Director; The Scapegoat

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