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Robert Towne

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Born: November 23, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
Ask the Dust (2006)
An ambitious, young Italian man--ostracized in Colorado for his ethnicity--moves to L.A. in the late 1930s to become a novelist and find a blonde, and falls in love with a Mexican waitress.
2.
Without Limits (1998) as Director
Story of American track and field star, Steve Prefontaine, who died at the age of 24 in an automobile accident, just prior to the 1976 Olympics.
3.
Tequila Sunrise (1988) as Director
A beautiful restauranteur becomes involved in a romantic triangle with two old friends: one a police officer, and the other an ex-drug dealer.
4.
Personal Best (1982) as Director
Track star, Tory and hurdler, Chris meet at the 1976 Olympic trials and begin a lesbian affair. Tory then talks her coach, Terry into to allowing Chris to train with her under his guidance. Eventually, Terry convinces Chris to train for the pentathlon, creating a rivalry between the two women, leading to the demise of their affair.

Cast (feature film)

5.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
The victim has forgiven him. The judge is dead. It's been almost 30 years since Roman Polanski fled the United States after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with an underage girl and serving time in jail. The public scandal and private tragedy which led to Polanski's sudden flight from
6.
Sad Flower in the Sand, A (2001) as Himself--Screenwriter
The almost forgotten story of John Fante and his 1939 novel "Ask the Dust". Writer Charles Bukowski said about the book, "Nothing I read ever got to me like this man who wasn't afraid of emotion." In 1972, while Robert Towne, screenwriter and director, was writing his screenplay Chinatown, he discov
7.
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
This American Film Institute special covers the full spectrum of American movie making from westerns to musicals focussing on the top 100 films chosen by the AFI including Psycho, On the Waterfront, E.T. - The extra-terrestrial, West Side Story, Citizen Kane, 2001, and many others.
8.
Pick-Up Artist, The (1987) as Stan
9.
Drive, He Said (1971) as Richard Calvin
A basketball star has more on his mind than shooting hoops, shrugging off his severe coach's pep talks, fooling around with his professor's wife, and keeping his 1-A draft status roomie from freaking out.
10.
Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961) as Sparks Moran
A killer blames a legendary sea monster for his deeds and is surprised when the real beast shows up.
11.
Last Woman on Earth (1960) as Martin Joyce
Ev; her husband, Harold; and their lawyer friend, Martin, are skindiving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, temporary interruption of oxygen has killed everyone on the island - maybe in the world!

Writer (feature film)

12.
Ask the Dust (2006)
An ambitious, young Italian man--ostracized in Colorado for his ethnicity--moves to L.A. in the late 1930s to become a novelist and find a blonde, and falls in love with a Mexican waitress.
13.
Mission: Impossible II (2000) as Screenwriter
When Agent Ethan Hunt takes holiday on a rock climbing expedition, he is rudely interrupted by a pair of missile- launched, self-destructing designer sunglasses encoded with instructions for his latest mission. It seems Biocyte Pharmaceuticals is missing Chimera, a skin-corroding virus that was manufactured to boost sales of their newly developed super-strength antiviral formula. Unfortunately it has fallen into the hands of Sean Ambrose, a business- minded MIF traitor with a thirst for stock options. Once the public learns that Chimera will melt the flesh off their bones within 27 hours of injection, the price of Biocyte's antidote will skyrocket. Can Ethan Hunt stop him before he takes over Biocyte and infects the city of Sidney?
14.
Without Limits (1998) as Screenwriter
Story of American track and field star, Steve Prefontaine, who died at the age of 24 in an automobile accident, just prior to the 1976 Olympics.
15.
Mission: Impossible (1996) as Screenwriter
A former Russian spy selling international intelligence on the black market... a list containing names of the top undercover agents in the world... a corrupt agent doubling for an unknown organization... a mysterious arms dealer... a spy agency ready to disavow the actions or existence of any of its members captured or killed... and one man on a mission that seems impossible.
16.
Love Affair (1994) as Screenwriter
After meeting and falling in love, a couple plan a rendezvous six months later. When one of them is injured on the way to the meeting, the other waits without knowing what happened.
17.
Firm, The (1993) as Screenwriter
Tom Cruise learns that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is, when he accepts an excessively lucrative offer from a Memphis firm after graduating from Harvard Law. In this thriller from director Sydney Pollack, based on the bestselling novel by John Grisham, Cruise's ambitious character Mitch McDeere discovers that the firm's prosperity is a direct result of its mob ties. When the murders and seductions pile up, Mitch must get to the truth and get out alive. Also starring Oscar winner Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Paul Sorvino, and Ed Harris.
18.
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) as Story Consultant
Little Nemo is a young New Yorker who is carried off by a giant blimp to Slumberland where he is to become a playmate for King Morpheus's daughter, Princess Camille. In Slumberland, Nemo is warned never to open the door which leads to Nightmare Land. Dared by a mischievous trickster named Flip, Nemo
19.
Two Jakes, The (1990) as Characters As Source Material ("Chinatown")
'Chinatown' private eye Jake Gittes returns to investigate corruption involving oil.
20.
Days of Thunder (1990) as From Story
Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) certainly appears to have all the right moves both on and off the stock car racing track. His natural talent catches the attention of Tim Dolan (Randy Quaid) who offers him a sponsorship. Grizzled NASCAR veteran Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) comes on board to smooth out Cole's rough edges and Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman) provides the romance. All Cole needs to do is to discover a little humility. That happens after a track accident makes him rethink his place in the world. Back on the track, Cole brings home the trophy. Plenty of fast-paced race car action in this Tony Scott directed flick.
21.
Days of Thunder (1990) as Screenwriter
Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) certainly appears to have all the right moves both on and off the stock car racing track. His natural talent catches the attention of Tim Dolan (Randy Quaid) who offers him a sponsorship. Grizzled NASCAR veteran Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) comes on board to smooth out Cole's rough edges and Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman) provides the romance. All Cole needs to do is to discover a little humility. That happens after a track accident makes him rethink his place in the world. Back on the track, Cole brings home the trophy. Plenty of fast-paced race car action in this Tony Scott directed flick.
22.
Two Jakes, The (1990) as Screenwriter
'Chinatown' private eye Jake Gittes returns to investigate corruption involving oil.
23.
Tequila Sunrise (1988) as Screenwriter
A beautiful restauranteur becomes involved in a romantic triangle with two old friends: one a police officer, and the other an ex-drug dealer.
24.
Bedroom Window, The (1987) as Screenwriter
An innocent man offers to abibi for his boss' sexy wife, who witnessed an assault from his bedroom window. This apparently simple gesture snowballs into a web of crime and duplicity in this attractive and suspenseful Hitchcock.
25.
Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984) as Screenwriter
The legendary jungle king tries to adjust to life in British high society.
26.
Personal Best (1982) as Screenwriter
Track star, Tory and hurdler, Chris meet at the 1976 Olympic trials and begin a lesbian affair. Tory then talks her coach, Terry into to allowing Chris to train with her under his guidance. Eventually, Terry convinces Chris to train for the pentathlon, creating a rivalry between the two women, leading to the demise of their affair.
27.
Reds (1981) as Screenwriter
American activist John Reed travels to Russia to witness the revolution and its aftermath.
28.
Shampoo (1975) as Screenwriter
A hairdresser expresses his fear of commitment by seducing his female clients.
29.
Yakuza, The (1975) as Screenwriter
Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
30.
Chinatown (1974) as Screenwriter
A Los Angeles private eye unwittingly sets up an innocent man for murder, then joins his seductive widow to unearth the corruption behind the crime.
31.
The Last Detail (1973) as Screenwriter
Two shore patrolmen decide to show a prisoner a good time on his way to the brig.
32.
Villa Rides (1968) as Screenwriter
Drama detailing the bandit career of Mexico's folk hero, Pancho Villa.
33.
The Tomb of Ligeia (1965) as Screenwriter
A man's obsession with his dead wife leads to trouble for his new bride.
34.
Last Woman on Earth (1960) as Screenwriter
Ev; her husband, Harold; and their lawyer friend, Martin, are skindiving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, temporary interruption of oxygen has killed everyone on the island - maybe in the world!

Producer (feature film)

35.
Bedroom Window, The (1987) as Executive Producer
An innocent man offers to abibi for his boss' sexy wife, who witnessed an assault from his bedroom window. This apparently simple gesture snowballs into a web of crime and duplicity in this attractive and suspenseful Hitchcock.
36.
Personal Best (1982) as Producer
Track star, Tory and hurdler, Chris meet at the 1976 Olympic trials and begin a lesbian affair. Tory then talks her coach, Terry into to allowing Chris to train with her under his guidance. Eventually, Terry convinces Chris to train for the pentathlon, creating a rivalry between the two women, leading to the demise of their affair.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

37.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) as Spec consultant
The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

38.
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) as Assistance
A man awakens after a night of drinking to find blood on his clothing and a series of murders committed; he cannot recall the previous evening in detail and believes he is being framed.

Cast (special)

39.
Decade Under the Influence, A (2003) as Himself
The 1970s was an extraordinary time of rebellion, of questioning every accepted idea: political activism, hedonism, protests, the sexual revolution, the women's movement, the civil rights movement, the music revolution, rage and liberation. Every standard by which we set our social and cultural cloc
40.
Playing the Field: Sports and Sex in America (2000) as Interviewee
Documentary examining the link between sex and sports. From the struggle of female athletes trying to avoid sexploitation to the burden of gay athletes who often must remain closeted, this special chronicles the evolution of using sex appeal to sell sports in every event from football to women's Wor
41.
Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of Billy Wilder, one of the most successful film directors, producers and screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age.
42.
Hometown Heroes (1998) as Interviewee
An annual one-hour television special recognizing individuals doing heroic things for kids in our hometowns.
43.
Cadillac Desert (1997) as Interviewee
Four-part documentary chronicling the epic struggle for water in the modern American West. The first three programs, based on Marc Reisner's book, "Cadillac Desert," are tales of astounding engineering feats, heroic determination, political machinations, and economic triumphs and disasters: how the

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