TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)
|Also Known As:||Died:|
|Born:||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Profession:||Writer ...|
COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS
Writer (feature film)
A masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West brings criminals to justice, usually with the aid of a clever American Indian sidekick named Tonto, and his horse Silver.
Teenage outcast Peter Parker finds a mysterious briefcase that leads him on a quest to understand his parents' disappearance and shapes his destiny to become a hero.
When scientists discover a planet in a nearby galaxy capable of sustaining life, they attempt to communicate with its inhabitants who respond by paying Earth a visit. When the alien spacecraft crash lands in the Pacific, near the naval station off the coast of Hawaii, a battle for supremacy unfolds on the water.
Based on the true story of Billy Beane - once a would-be baseball superstar who, stung by the failure to live up to expectations on the field, turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A''s have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. Driven to win, Billy takes on the system by challenging the fundamental tenants of the game. He looks outside of baseball, to the dismissed theories of Bill James, and hires Peter Brand, a brainy, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist. Together they take on conventional wisdom with a willingness to reexamine everything and armed with computer driven statistical analysis long ignored by the baseball establishment. They reach imagination-defying conclusions and go after players overlooked and dismissed by the rest of baseball for being too odd, too old, too injured or too much trouble, but who all have key skills that are universally undervalued. As Billy and Peter forge forward, their new methods and roster of misfits rile the old guard, the media, the fans, and their own field manager, who refuses to cooperate. Ultimately this experiment will lead not only to a change in the way the game is played, but to an outcome that would leave Billy with a new understanding that transcends the game and delivers him to a new place.
Rango is a chameleon living as an ordinary family pet that dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt.
Off the coast of South America, on the island of Rapa Nui fondly known as Easter Island, under the giant stone heads resides the most magnificent candy factory. Three hundred and sixty five days a year, the Easter Bunny reigns over a team of bunnies and chicks who prepare the candy-filled baskets t
Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they're all having the same dream-of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. And they're all hearing the sa
In 2003, brilliant Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg conceives of the idea of a social networking website which will become the world-changing phenomenon, Facebook. His close friend and roommate Eduardo Saverin provides the seed money for the new company, and Napster founder Sean Parker presents the product to the venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Zuckerberg, a young man with few social skills outside of the virtual world, manages to destroy his few true friendships with Saverin and Parker due to his ruthlessness and greed in the wake of the huge success of their project.
People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates-sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Gr
Benjamin Button is a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. From New Orleans at the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, on a journey as unusual as any man's life can be, this is the grand tale of a not so ordinary man an
After being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly, high school loser Rick Riker develops superhuman abilities like incredible strength and armored skin. Rick decides to use his new powers for good and becomes a costumed crime fighter known as "The Dragonfly." However, standing in the way of his destiny is the villainous Lou Landers. After an experiment gone wrong, Lou develops the power to steal a person''s life force and in a dastardly quest for immortality becomes the supervillain, "The Hourglass." With unimaginable strength, unbelievable speed and deeply uncomfortable tights, will the Dragonfly be able to stop the sands of The Hourglass and save the world?
Heroes Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are allied with Captain Barbossa in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow from his mind-blowing trap in Davy Jones Locker; meanwhile, the terrorizing ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones--under the control of the East India Trading Company--wreaks havoc across the Seven Seas. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, they must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese pirate Sao Feng. Now headed beyond the very ends of the earth, each must ultimately choose a side in a final, titanic battle as their lives and fortunes--and the entire future of the freedom-loving pirate way--hang in the balance.
Captain Jack Sparrow is caught up in another tangled web of supernatural intrigue. Although the curse of the Black Pearl has been lifted, an even more terrifying threat looms over its captain and scurvy crew: it turns out that Jack owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones, Ruler of the Ocean Depths, who captains the ghostly Flying Dutchman, which no other ship can match in speed and stealth. Unless the ever-crafty Jack figures a cunning way out of this Faustian pact, he will be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation in the service of Jones. This startling development interrupts the wedding plans of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who once again find themselves thrust into Jack''s misadventures, leading to escalating confrontations with sea monsters, very unfriendly islanders, flamboyant soothsayer Tia Dalma and even the mysterious appearance of Will''s long-lost father, Bootstrap Bill. Meanwhile, ruthless pirate hunter Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company sets his sights on retrieving the fabled "Dead Man''s Chest." According to legend, whoever possesses the Dead Man''s Chest gains control of Davy Jones, and Beckett intends to use this awesome power to destroy every last Pirate of the Caribbean once and for all. For times are changing on the high seas, with businessmen and bureaucrats becoming the true pirates--and freewheeling, fun-loving buccaneers like Jack and his crew threatened with extinction.
Twelve-year-old DJ Walters, who is caught in that awkward moment between childhood and the onset of puberty, has too much time on his hands and has taken it into his head that there''s something weird about old man Nebbercracker''s house across the street. Things keep disappearing into the dilapidated structure: basketballs, tricycles, toys and pets. Come to think of it, whatever happened to Mrs. Nebbercracker? It''s the day before Halloween and DJ and his candy-friendly pal Chowder have a run-in with Mr. Nebbercracker after their basketball wanders onto his lawn and is mysteriously swept into the house. When the house tries to swallow their new friend Jenny and no one believes the frightened trio''s claims that the house is up to no good, it''s up to them to investigate. They turn for his advice to the only person on the planet who might even remotely understand what''s going on, the wise one they call Skull, a 20-something slacker pizza chef and master of the arcade machine who once played a video game for four days straight on one singly quarter, a gallon of chocolate milk and an adult diaper. "I have heard tell of man-made structures becoming possessed by a human soul," Skull tells them. You mean the house is alive? Yikes! Skull tells them the only way to stop the house from gulping down everything in sight is by striking at its heart, which the kids figure out must be the perpetually-fueled furnace in the basement. They come up with what seems to be a foolproof plan--a vacuum cleaner disguised as a human dummy filled with cold medicine. The kids offer up their bait to the house, figuring that once it''s asleep, they can sneak in and put out the furnace with their squirt guns. Their little plan goes awry, though, and when the house starts chasing them down the street--that''s right, chasing them down the street!--they must join forces to once again make the neighborhood safe for trick or treaters.
Married couple John and Deborah Clasky have their mundane lives forever changed when a fiery new housekeeper, Flor, and her intelligent daughter step into their home. Although Flor and John do not share a common language, Flor speaks only Spanish and John speaks only English, they soon find themselves romantically attracted to each other. This connection acts as a catalyst for both John and Flor to reevaluate their lives and motivates them to solve their respective family problems.
It is 1987 and Jenna is a 13-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood. The problem is that adulthood is just not arriving fast enough. She's suffocated by her dorky parents, ignored by the hip kids in school--and the cute guy she has a crush on barely knows her name. No longer content to spend time o
Peter Sanderson is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight attorney who still loves his ex-wife and can't figure out what he did wrong to make her leave him. However, Peter's trying to move on, and he's smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with online. However, when she comes to
A tale of adventure set during the 17th Century in the Caribbean Sea. For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow, the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, like the high seas the world over, present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But Jack''s idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor''s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth''s childhood friend, Will Turner, joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the HMS Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their crew are pursued by Elizabeth''s betrothed, the debonair, ambitious Commodore Norrington, aboard the HMS dauntless. Unbeknownst to Will, there is a curse that has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead--when exposed to moonlight, they are exposed to living skeletons. The curse they carry can be broken, only if a once-plundered treasure is restored.
After purchasing a brownstone in New York, a thirty-something divorced woman and her daughter are forced to take advantage of the hidden room- the "panic room" -when intruders break into their home. However, they soon find that what the intruders want is locked in the panic room with them.
A phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, thriller follows Stu Shepard, a low-rent media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller - a serial killer with a sniper rifle - that he''ll be shot dead if he hangs up. A sudden and shocking act of violence near the booth draws the attention of the police, who arrive backed with a small army of sharpshooters. They believe that Stu, not the unseen caller of whom they remain unaware, is the dangerous man with a gun. The senior officer on the scene, Captain Ramey, tries to talk Stu out of the booth. But unbeknownst to Ramey, his team, the media circus that has flocked to the site - and Stu''s wife, Kelly, and his client /prospective girlfriend, Pamela - the caller has them all in his high-powered rifle sights. As afternoon turns into evening, Stu, the embodiment of an unethical, self-serving existence, must now undertake a sudden and unexpected moral evolution. He is emotionally stripped naked by the caller. Stu''s lies, half-truths, and obfuscation no longer matter. Instead, he must dig deep into his soul, find his strength and attempt to outwit the caller, taking the game to an even more dangerous level.
It sounded like just another urban legend--a videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer''s death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video... and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the "Ring."
Workaholic wedding planner Mary Fiore is so devoted to her career that she doesn''t have time to find a man. Things change, however, when Mary takes on a lucrative new client -- the ultra-rich Donnollys, to whom money is no object in regards to the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Fran. When Mary is victim to an unlikely accident involving a runaway dumpster during wedding preparations, she is literally and figuratively swept off of her feet by Steve Edison, a charming pediatrician -- who just happens to be the fiance of Fran Donnolly.
Out of Palm Beach, Florida a mother and daughter con-artist team are running a scheme with a seemingly foolproof M.O. First Max, the temptress mother who happens to be a master-of-disguise, marries a rich man. Page, her scantily clad daughter, then proceeds to seduce him in order to rake in the ensuing jackpot -- a fat divorce settlement. It''s a plan that works every time, until Page develops a crush on a handsome bartender who''s been set up as the perfect sucker....
After falling into a coma following a freak accident, cartoonist Stu Miley becomes trapped in the fantasy land of his own imagination. In this land called Downtown, nestled somewhere between life and death, he must somehow find the means to return to reality. In order to escape Downtown, Stu must ou
Tom Welles is a surveillance specialist--what used to be known as a "private eye"--but his version of the profession is hardly the stuff to which legends are made. He has modest, home-based practice in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he lives an existence remarkable only for its normalcy with wife A
Based on the popular cartoon character of the same name, "Inspector Gadget" is an adventure comedy about a somewhat naive and inept security guard, John Brown, whose big heart is equal to his far-fetched dreams of becoming the world''s greatest police officer. However, nothing is impossible. Suddenly unexpected circumstances make him the ideal candidate for a top secret law enforecment project, and pretty scientist Dr. Brenda Bradford applies her expertise in robotics to build him into a man of many talents--and accessories. Using a vast array of grafted-on gizmos and doohickies to bust bad guys, the often clueless Inspector Gadget must also employ his common sense to crack an especially complicated case. As he penetrates Riverton City''s darkest underworld, Inspector Gadget must save not only his good name and reputation, but also rescue the world from the nefarious Claw.
"The Negotiator" (1998), starring Samuel L. Jackson as Danny Roman, and Kevin Spacey as Chris Sabian, is an action-packed thriller. Roman, a highly respected police officer, is desperate to prove that he''s innocent of the murder of his longtime partner, and finds himself holding a group of innocent people hostage. The savior of the day, Sabian, is the police department negotiator and hostage specialist, who intervenes and goes on a rescue mission. One man''s fury puts another''s life in jeopardy in this blockbuster hit.
Two hapless brothers inherit an old mansion from their father which would be worth millions, if only they could evict a smart, tenacious mouse that is intent on staying in the house and making life miserable for the brothers.
The caped crusader and his cohort Robin battle the villainous Mr. Freeze.
Detectives clash while investigating political corruption.
Arrogant, brilliant and successful, criminal defense attorney Martin Vail loves a good fight and the media spotlight, both of which he knowingly invites when he volunteers to represent a penniless, bewildered young man accused of murder. The victim is one of Chicago's most prominent dignitaries, a C
Old ways die hard... and even now in the fast-changing American South, some old ways die harder than others. It's the lesson learned by Carl Lee Hailey, a Mississippi factory worker, when his ten-year-old daughter is brutally assaulted by two racist thugs on a drunken spree. It's the lesson learned by eager young lawyer Jake Brigance, called upon to defend Carl Lee in court after Hailey shoots both men in an act of passionate retribution for the shattered innocence of his little girl. And it's the lesson learned by Ellen Roark, an energetic, ambitious and razor-sharp Boston-born law student at "Ole Miss." As Jake fights to defend Carl Lee, his own life and the safety of his family and colleagues become increasingly jeopardized. And now, as a full-scale conflagration simmers just below the surface and threatens to explode in this small, Southern community, Jake and Carl Lee must find a way to transcend their fundamental differences and work together for the same cause... equal justice.
The caped crusader enlists a junior partner to fight Two-Face and The Riddler.
A devilish 10-year-old boy wreaks havoc when he visits his bachelor uncle in Los Angeles.
A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.
Marital problems plague an international spy who works for Omega Sector, a top-secret government agency charged with the intervention of nuclear terrorism.
A charismatic manic depressive falls in love with his therapist.
An electrical storm causes a power surge in a hospital's MRI machine, killing the crash victim--a computer repairman cum serial killer--being scanned, but sending his soul into the city's electrical circuitry and computer systems. Thus liberated, he resumes stalking his next victims.
A punk female murderer is transformed into a bourgeois assassin by an underground government agency.
The story of three Pittsburgh widows who gather once a month to visit their husband's graves. Their friendship becomes strained when one of them starts dating.
Vacationers crash-land on a deserted tropical island, where monsters run rampant from biological weapons testing.
A martial arts expert and a beautiful cop face off against a Hong Kong crime syndicate and the Italian mob.
While rescuing a naval helicopter crew, being held captive in a Middle Eastern seaport, an elite United States military commando team discovers a secret cache of American-made nuclear missiles, yet inadvertently releases the terrorist leader who plans to unleash them on an unsuspecting world.
A former Drug Enforcement Agency troubleshooter battles Jamaican drug dealers who have infested a suburban town and marked him and his family for death.
Dennis Peck, a Los Angeles cop, knows his way around the law. He can launder money, run a scam, and fix a bad rap. He can even, for the right price, arrange a murder. But Raymond Avila, an Internal Affairs investigator assigned to investigate Peck, is determined to bring him to justice. However, Peck isn''t going down without a fight. The slick, cold-blooded manipulator intends to take Avila''s career, his marriage, even his sanity with him
A group of civilian divers are pressed into service by the United States Navy to search out and rescue a stricken nuclear submarine.
A Caribbean police officer must decide if a childhood friend is a crook or an innocent victim.
A television movie about a newly married heiress who fears she is losing her mind when she becomes convinced that her dead mother's ghost is haunting the family mansion.
After plotting an elaborate bank heist, the perpetrator gets arrested before joining the thieves he''s assembled to help him.
A young woman's horrifying visions become reality.
Based on Dan Jenkin's best-selling novel, a Texas barmaid follows her dream of becoming a songwriter.
Two police detectives are escorting a crime boss to Los Angeles to testify in a court case. When the mobster is killed by an assassin during their watch, the officers investigate the murder and uncover a plot that incriminates their own department.
The story of a commercial artist and the various romantic entanglements in her life.
A mysterious entity is slowly destroying the scientists trapped aboard a spaceship.
A wealthy architect struggles with a severe case of male menopause at the approach of his 60th birthday.
A stray cat becomes involved in three tales of horror.
A young man''''s obsession with controlling demonic forces threatens all around him.
A young punk gives up stealing cars for a job repossessing them.
Originally released in 3-D, this sci-fi opus pits space ranger Dogen (Jeffrey Byron) against a tribe of rampaging desert barbarians led by the evil Jared-Syn (Mike Preston). Co-produced and directed by schlockmeister Charles Band.
A straight-laced couple starts murdering obnoxious sexual swingers to realize their dream of opening a restaurant.
Film Production - Main (feature film)
Frank Maclin is given a project by his corporate bosses, to revitalize the run-down brewery that they recently acquired in his hometown. Frank has become a success with the company and is not eager to move back to the town in Iowa he left ten years before, so he wants to make the changes quickly and leave. But things are complicated when his orders to increase productivity mean betraying the workers, and he doesn''t have the heart to do it.
Eric is an obsessive movie fan works at a film distributor warehouse and screens old movies in his bedroom at night. When Eric runs into Marilyn O'Connor, a look-alike for Marilyn Monroe, he goes over the edge into a real psychosis and she becomes the target of his obsession. After believing that h
Kirk Smith is a mentally ill Vietnam veteran who is murdering young women in Los Angeles. Lindsay Gale is a psychologist with a call-in radio show. Smith begins taunting Gale by calling her show to relate his twisted sexual preferences and misogynistic beliefs, while police detective Lt. McCable is
Since a new, modern gas station opened across the street from his old-fashioned one, Uncle Joe's business has fallen off. Joe's sexy niece and three of her friends come to help him out by working at the station in skimpy outfits and disco dancing in the garage, attracting custormers and distracting
Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.Click here to contribute