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Brian De Palma

Born: September 11, 1940, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Brian Russell De Palma is an American film director and writer. 


In a career spanning over 40 years, he is probably best known for his suspense and crime thriller films, including such box office successes as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Scarface, The Untouchables, and Mission: Impossible. 

Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, De Palma worked repeatedly with actors Jennifer Salt, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen (his wife from 1979 to 1983), Gary Sinise, John Lithgow, William Finley, Charles Durning, Gerrit Graham, cinematographers Stephen H. Burum and Vilmos Zsigmond (see List of noted film director and cinematographer collaborations), set designer Jack Fisk, and composers Bernard Herrmann and Pino Donaggio. 

De Palma is credited with fostering the careers of or outright discovering Robert De Niro, Jill Clayburgh, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Andy Garcia and Margot Kidder.

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Spielberg (2017)

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| 147 Min

A retrospective on the career of director Steven Spielberg.

0 2017 147
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Passion (2012)

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| 100 Min

The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.

53 2012 100
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Redacted (2007)

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| 90 Min

Redacted is a film written and directed by Brian De Palma that is a fictional drama loosely based on the Mahmudiyah killings in Iraq.

62 2007 90
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The Black Dahlia (2006)

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| 121 Min

Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940's Los Angeles. When aspiring young actress Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films, and family madness as they pursue the killer.

56 2006 121
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Femme Fatale (2002)

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| 114 Min

A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.

63 2002 114
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Mission to Mars (2000)

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| 114 Min

When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.

56 2000 114
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Snake Eyes (1998)

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| 98 Min

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. Its up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly shocking discoveries that even he cant turn a blind eye to.

59 1998 98
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Mission: Impossible (1996)

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| 110 Min

When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, hes surprised to learn that hes the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

71 1996 110
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Carlito's Way (1993)

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| 144 Min

Brian De Palma directs this devastating crime-drama about a gangster (Academy Award®-winner Al Pacino) determined to go straight - in a world that won't let him! Highlighted by a magnificent cast which features Academy Award®-winner Sean Penn in what many consider to be his best role. De Palma's direction sizzles with his signature flashy directing at its most effective. Simply stunning.

79 1993 144
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Raising Cain (1992)

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| 91 Min

When neighborhood kids begin vanishing, Jenny suspects her child psychologist husband, Carter, may be resuming the deranged experiments his father performed on Carter when he was young. Now, it falls to Jenny to unravel the mystery. And as more children disappear, she fears for her own child s safety.

59 1992 91
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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

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| 125 Min

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

54 1990 125
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Casualties of War (1989)

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Drama |
War |
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| 113 Min

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.

71 1989 113
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The Untouchables (1987)

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| 119 Min

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone but it s not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.

80 1987 119
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Body Double (1984)

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| 114 Min

After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully finally catches a break: he gets offered a gig house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills. While peering through the beautiful home s telescope one night, he spies a gorgeous blonde dancing in her window. But when he witnesses the girl s murder, it leads Scully through the netherworld of the adult entertainment industry on a search for answers -- with porn actress Holly Body as his guide.

67 1984 114
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Scarface (1983)

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| 170 Min

Oscar®-winner Al Pacino stars as Cuban émigré Tony Montana in this remake of the 1932 gangster classic. Failing to make it legitimately, Tony and his friend Manny Ray turn to a life of crime, building a successful drug empire in 1980s Miami. But, as Tony's power grows, so does his list of enemies, ego, and paranoia. Brian Da Palma directs an all-star cast, including Oscar®-nominees Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia, and Oscar®-winner F. Murray Abraham.

83 1983 170
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Blow Out (1981)

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Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.

74 1981 108
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Dressed to Kill (1980)

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| 105 Min

A mysterious, tall, blonde woman, wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist s patients, and now she s after the prostitute who witnessed it.

71 1980 105
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Obsession (1976)

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New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking resemblance to his wife.

68 1976 98
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Carrie (1976)

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| 98 Min

Carrie may be ostracized, but the shy teen has the ability to move objects with her mind. So when the high school \in crowd\ torments her with a sick joke at the prom, she lashes out with devastating -- and deadly -- power.

74 1976 98
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Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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Rock Opera version of Phantom Of The Opera with elements of Faust. Record producer Swan steals both the music and the girl (Phoenix) from composer Leach. Disfigured Leach plans revenge on Swan and his rock palace, The Paradise, and becomes The Phantom. Leach signs contract with Swan to complete rock opera based on the life of Faust for Phoenix. Double crossed by Swan who hires heavy metal singer Beef, Leach exacts his vengeance.

74 1974 92



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