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In 1979 JAMES TOBACK burst onto the international film scene with his cult
hit, "Fingers," starring Harvey Keitel, a movie which has excited
filmmakers from Truffaut to Tarantino. A graduate of Harvard College, Toback
began a career in journalism, writing for Esquire, Harper's, Dissent and
Commentary. In 1971 his autobiographical memoir, Jim, was published to
considerable acclaim. From 1969-1972 he served as a lecturer in comparative
literature at the City College of New York.
In 1974 his original screenplay "The Gambler" was directed by Karel
Reisz, and the film is generally acknowledged to be the classic film on the
subject. In addition to "Fingers" and "The Gambler,"
Toback's filmography includes "Exposed," "Love and Money,"
"The Pick-Up Artist," the Award-winning documentary "The Big
Bang" and "Two Girls and A Guy" starring Robert Downey Jr.,
Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner.
Toback was nominated for an Academy
Award for Best Original Screenplay for
Toback's future projects include "Harvard Man;" "Love in
Paris," a coming-of-age romance set against the worlds of fashion and crime
in New York and Paris; and "Vicki," a film about the 19th
century feminist and free lover Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to
run for president.
James Toback resides in New York.
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