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Alan J. Pakula

Screenwriter / Film Producer / Film Director / Writer | * 04/07/1928 († 70, 11/19/1998) | New York City, New York, USA
Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 – November 19, 1998) was an American film director, writer and producer. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Best Director for All the President's Men (1976) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sophie's Choice (1982). Pakula was also notable for directing his "paranoia trilogy": Klute (1971), The Parallax View (1974) and All the President's Men (1976). ()
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Alan Jay Pakula was an American film director, writer and producer. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Best Director for All the President's Men (1976) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sophie's Choice (1982). Pakula was also notable for directing his "paranoia trilogy": All the President's Men, Klute (1971), and The Parallax View (1974). Pakula started his Hollywood career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers. In 1957, he undertook his first production role for Paramount Pictures. In 1962, he produced To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Pakula had a successful professional relationship as the producer of movies directed by Robert Mulligan from 1957 to 1968. In 1969, he directed his first feature, The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minnelli. In 1971, Pakula released the first installment of what would informally come to be known as his "paranoia trilogy". Klute, the story of a relationship between a private eye (played by Donald Sutherland) and a call girl (played by Jane Fonda, who won an Oscar for her performance), was a commercial and critical success. This was followed in 1974 by The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty, a labyrinthine post-Watergate thriller involving political assassinations. The film has been noted for its experimental use of hypnotic imagery in a celebrated film-within-a-film sequence in which the protagonist is inducted into the Parallax Corporation, whose main, albeit non-ostensible, enterprise is domestic terrorism. Finally, in 1976, Pakula rounded out the "trilogy" with All the President's Men, based on the bestselling account of the Watergate scandal written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were played in the movie by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively. It was another commercial hit, considered by many critics and fans to be one of the best thrillers of the 1970s. Pakula scored another hit in 1982 with Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep. His screenplay, based on the novel by William Styron, was nominated for an Academy Award. Later commercial successes included Presumed Innocent, based on the bestselling novel by Scott Turow, and another political thriller, The Pelican Brief, an adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller. His final film was the crime drama thriller film The Devil's Own, where he reunited with Harrison Ford.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Crime

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Awards & Nominations for Alan J. Pakula

National Board of Review Award for Best Film Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Best Picture

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Movies with Alan J. Pakula as Actor(2)

TV Shows/Series with Alan J. Pakula as Actor(1)

as Himself - Guest1968 The Dick Cavett Show

Movies with Alan J. Pakula as Crew(36)

Directing/Director1997 The Devil's Own
Directing/Director1993 The Pelican Brief
Production/Producer1993 The Pelican Brief
Writing/Screenplay1993 The Pelican Brief
Directing/Director1992 Consenting Adults
Production/Producer1992 Consenting Adults
Directing/Director1990 Presumed Innocent
Writing/Screenplay1990 Presumed Innocent
Directing/Director1989 See You in the Morning
Production/Producer1989 See You in the Morning
Writing/Writer1989 See You in the Morning
Directing/Director1987 Orphans
Production/Producer1987 Orphans
Directing/Director1986 Dream Lover
Production/Producer1986 Dream Lover
Directing/Director1982 Sophie's Choice
Production/Producer1982 Sophie's Choice
Writing/Screenplay1982 Sophie's Choice
Directing/Director1981 Rollover
Directing/Director1979 Starting Over
Production/Producer1979 Starting Over
Directing/Director1978 Comes a Horseman
Directing/Director1976 All the President's Men
Directing/Director1974 The Parallax View
Production/Producer1974 The Parallax View
Directing/Director1971 Klute
Production/Producer1971 Klute
Directing/Director1969 The Sterile Cuckoo
Production/Producer1968 The Stalking Moon
Production/Producer1967 Up the Down Staircase
Production/Producer1966 Inside Daisy Clover
Production/Producer1965 Baby the Rain Must Fall
Production/Producer1963 Love with the Proper Stranger
Production/Producer1962 To Kill a Mockingbird
Production/Producer1957 Fear Strikes Out

Full Name: Alan Jay Pakula
Born: Saturday, 04/07 1928 (April) in The Bronx
Died: Thursday, 11/19 1998 (November) in Melville (aged: 70)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Yale University
Spouses (current/former): Hope Lange
Alan J. Pakula frequently works together with these people:
Robert Mulligan (9x, Crew)
George Jenkins (9x, Crew)
Alixe Gordin (9x, Crew)
Michael Small (7x, Crew)
Aaron Stell (6x, Crew)
Gordon Willis (6x, Crew)
Elmer Bernstein (5x, Crew)
Evan A. Lottman (5x, Crew)
Jane Fonda (4x, Actress)
Susan Solt (4x, Crew)
Ron Bochar (4x, Crew)
Bob Elliott (2x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:53099, Added: 05/17/2018, Last updated: 07/27/2020