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Alan J. Pakula

Alan J. Pakula



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Also Known As: Died: November 19, 1998
Born: April 7, 1928 Cause of Death: accident while driving
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Producer ...


Pakula was killed in a freak accident when a seven-foot-long metal pipe smashed through his windshield and struck him in the head. His car swerved off the Long Island Expressway near the Melville exit and struck a fence. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Posthumously inducted into the Producers Guild Hall of Fame in 1999.

"The reason I became a director was that I've always loved actors." --Alan J Pakula

"I am oblique. I think it has to do with my own nature. I like trying to do things which work on many levels, because I think it is terribly important to give an audience a lot of things they may not get as well as those they will, so that finally the film does take on a texture and is not just simplistic communication." --Pakula quoted in "The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia" (edited by Andrew Sarris; New York: Visible Ink Press 1998)

"['See You in the Morning' is] about people who've had other lives and now are falling in love and about the difficulty in dealing with the lives we had before. It's about being able to break through your own defenses so you can fall in love again. It reflects my feelings about love--romantic love--and the family, and about my observation that at a certain age you better co-exist well or you won't survive. It also reflects my optimism, and I guess more than anything else it's an ode to falling in love and being in love." --Alan J Pakula in LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 5, 1989

"There's rewriting, and there's rewriting. There's rewriting when you start to make one kind of movie and then everybody panics and you wind up making another movie. That was never the case here ['The Devil's Own']. How to tell the story might have changed; individual plot things might have changed. It was always telling the same story." --Pakula to THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 31, 1997

About "The Devil's Own": "What do you do when you have to chose between friendship and duty? That is the Sophie's Choice at the end of this movie. The truth is I seem to be attracted to certain subject material and in a lot of it people aren't exactly who you think they are . . .

"We've already been slammed in the London and Conservative MPs based upon the trailer saying it's a pro-IRA picture. They come out with that based upon the fact that there's one scene in which Harrison Ford says, 'If I was eight years old and I saw my father shot down, I'd do what he did.'

"What they don't know is that it's a moment when that man is out to bring him back to justice. The picture represents both sides. To say that makes it pro-IRA, I think, is nonsense and that was certainly never the intention of it." --Alan J Pakula quoted in EMPIRE, June 1997

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