John Badham

John Badham

John Badham, is the director of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Stakeout, Short Circuit and Point of No Return, among others, as well as the TV series, Nikita, Heroes, Psych, The Shield and Criminal Minds. A Professor of Media Arts at Chapman University, his book “I’ll Be In My Trailer” has become the go-to source on directors working with Actors.   September 2013 will see the publication of his new book “John Badham on Directing”.

Commentaries by John Badham

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Stagecoach

1939
United Artists
John Ford’s enduring milestone (his first sound western) was the film that Orson Welles studied...
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Let’s Kill Uncle

1966
Universal
The great Nigel Green brings a delicious patina of sardonic menace to one...
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On the Waterfront

1954
Columbia
Elia Kazan’s multi Oscar winner was based on actual characters and events surrounding...
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No Country for Old Men

2007
Miramax Films
Javier Bardem enters the pantheon of formidable movie monsters as the...
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Mudhoney

1965
Eve Productions
Often exhibited in grindhouses and “art” houses under its original title Rope of Flesh, this...
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Blue Thunder

1983
Columbia
John Badham recalls the making of his rip-roaring action picture featuring some of the...
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The Ladykillers

1956
Continental Distributing
Alexander Mackendrick’s final film for Britain’s Ealing Studios is one of its most celebrated...
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Tom Jones

1963
Lopert Pictures Corporation
Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel zoomed to the best seller lists after the success of...
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A Fistful of Dollars

1967
United Artists
Dashiell Hammet? Akira Kurosawa? Are these among the progenitors of the spaghetti...
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Diabolique

1955
United Motion Pictures Organization
Alfred Hitchcock coveted the film rights to the novel She Who Was No More by...
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Whose Life Is It Anyway?

1981
MGM
John Badham explores the difficulties in adapting a hit play to...
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West Side Story

1961
United Artists
When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet! Ten Academy Awards went to Robert...
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The Naked Prey

1966
Paramount
Cornel Wilde directs and stars in this landmark survivalist thriller based on a...
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Anatomy of a Murder

1959
Columbia
Otto Preminger learned a lot from Hitchcock, publicity-wise. The autocratic Viennese director...
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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

1976
Universal
Unique and memorable, this period recreation of the...
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What’s Up, Tiger Lily?

1966
AIP
Woody Allen’s first stab at moviemaking is still one of his funniest....
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Julius Caesar

1953
MGM
One of Marlon Brando’s greatest performances. Joe Mankiewicz’s 1953 prestige MGM version of the...
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