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Also Known As: Died: May 26, 2008
Born: July 1, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lafayette, Indiana Profession: Producer ...


Pollack broke his hip in January 2000.

"If you get the recipe for Coca-Cola down, the rest of it is just marketing. They're now trying to do that with movies, and it's not going to work, because you re-invent the art form every time you make a movie. You can't sell them like other products. Marketing costs have skyrocketed... and this marketing thing will get a picture open, but it won't do anything beyond that.

"Look, I thought 'Havana' was a good movie. I didn't do anything different on 'Havana' than I did on 'Out of Africa'... But the people [moviegoers] didn't like it. If I could control that... I'd make nothing but hits, retire and sell the recipe... It doesn't work like that."---Sydney Pollack quoted in USA Today, June 30, 1993.

"I have two different careers here. I have a career as a director where I produce my own films and I also own and run Mirage, and that has a different life. I can make tiny films there. If we don't make a film a year, it doesn't matter. We've done 12 films in the 12 years I've had the company, which is a tidy number of films.

"I am looking for a small film to direct, but everyone thinks of me as being a major director who spends a lot of money making big movies with the Hollywood stars."---Pollack to Screen International, June 13-19, 1997.

"The truth is, I'm paid to be entertaining. I know that I'm just trying to squeeze the other stuff into the space I have to work with. There are some little holes I can fill for myself."---Pollack to "The Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2005.

Pollack on his occational acting: It's an excuse to spy on other directors," he said. "Directors are very territorial. They're like lions, urinating on every corner of the stage."---Pollack to, April 26, 2005.

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