THE PERFECT STORM
Director-producer WOLFGANG PETERSEN continued his remarkable string of
commercially and artistically successful movies, directing and producing the
multiple-Academy Award-nominated box office smash "Air Force One,"
starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close. He previously directed the
Warner Bros. hit "Outbreak," starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and
Morgan Freeman, while supervising the director's cut and re-release of his
acclaimed war drama, "Das Boot," for which he earned Oscar nominations
as Best Director and Best Screenwriter.
The Academy's recognition of Petersen, for "Das Boot" in 1982, had
made him the first Best Director nominee ever to have been so honored for a
German-language film. That picture earned a total of six Academy Award
nominations and was the highest-grossing foreign language film ever released in
the U.S. up to that time.
In 1993, Petersen directed the suspense thriller "In the Line of
Fire," starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo. It received
three Academy Award nominations.
Petersen began his feature film career as winner of the German National Film
Prize for best new director for "One of Us Two" in 1973. He first
gained international notice with the controversial 1977 drama "The
Consequence." The following year he won the award for Best Director at the
Paris Film Festival for "Black and White Like Day and Night."
After "Das Boot," he wrote and directed the lavish fantasy
"The Neverending Story" and the futuristic "Enemy Mine,"
starring Louis Gossett, Jr. and Dennis Quaid. Upon taking up permanent residence
in the United States, Petersen wrote and directed the stylish thriller
"Shattered," starring Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins and Greta Scacchi.
Petersen recently produced "Bicentennial Man," starring Robin
Williams. He executive produced "Instinct," starring Anthony Hopkins
and Cuba Gooding, Jr., and the suspense thriller "Red Corner," with
Richard Gere. All are projects developed by his company, Radiant Productions,
which he formed with producer Gail Katz.
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