Rod Lurie

Rod Lurie

After a career in the military, Rod Lurie went on to become an entertainment reporter and prominent film critic. After making his segue into filmmaking with his award winning short, Four Second Delay, his first major film was 2000′s The Contender, which he wrote and directed, and starred Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges. He went on to direct The Last Castle with Robert Redford; Resurrecting the Champ with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett;  the political thriller Nothing But the Truth starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, and Alan Alda; and the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs.  He is currently developing the tv series Monsters of God with Plan B and Starz Media.

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Straw Dogs

1971
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Sam Peckinpah, banished from Warner Bros. after the commercial failures of The Wild Bunch...
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Runaway Train

1985
Cannon Group
2010’s Unstoppable had a decades-earlier precedent. Andre Konchalovsky’s dynamic thriller took a long time to make it to the screen, but when it did (under the...
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The Color of Money

1986
Buena Vista Pictures
Martin Scorsese’s 10th feature (discounting documentaries) doesn’t get much love, as it...
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Cape Fear

1962
Universal
Robert Mitchum plays one of his scariest, most fascinating villains in this surprisingly tough...
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Patton

1970
20th Century Fox
George C. Scott declined the Oscar he won for his towering portrayal of General George...
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All the President’s Men

1976
Warner Bros.
One of the great newspaper movies. Even though today we know the...
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Taxi Driver

1976
Columbia
Bernard Herrmann’s pulsating final score propels one of the great New York movies, which...
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