THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
Director JOHN McTIERNAN has helmed
some of the biggest and most exciting box office hits of the past
decade, including Die Hard, the phenomenal success of which
spawned enough imitators to create an entire sub-genre of pulse-pounding,
McTiernan followed Die Hard with The Hunt for Red October,
the blockbuster adaptation of Tom Clancy's best-seller. Starring
Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, the film represented a marked change
from the explosives and high bullet count of Die Hard.
With The Hunt For Red October, McTiernan further refined
an active, fluid cinematic style and a theme that has distinguished
all his films: the battle of wills between strong, opposing individuals.
McTiernan, who grew up in a small farm town in upstate New York,
developed his interest in drama at an early age. After graduating
from Exeter prep school, he enrolled at Juilliard to study theatre
directing, but quickly realized his real interest was film. McTiernan
soon earned a fellowship from the American Film Institute, where
he began his formal education in movie directing.
In 1986, McTiernan wrote and directed his first feature, the science
fiction-fantasy Nomads starring a young television actor
named Pierce Brosnan. The director was then given his first shot
at a major studio feature and made the most of it with Predator,
starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After making Hollywood take notice of his skills as an action
director, McTiernan turned his talents to making a movie that
dealt with his deeply held environmental concerns. He reteamed
with Connery in a Latin American rain forest for Medicine Man,
also starring Lorraine Bracco.
McTiernan took on another blockbuster assignment, producing and
directing Schwarzenegger in The Last Action Hero. A moderate
success in the U.S., it went on to become a high-grossing international
hit. He followed this with a return to straight action-adventure
as producer and director of Die Hard: With A Vengeance,
another huge hit. He executive produced Flight of the Intruder.
In 1997, McTiernan received the Franklin J. Schaffner Award for
Achievement in Directing from the American Film Institute.
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