Director JOEL SCHUMACHER is one of America's
most vigorous, talented and successful filmmakers.
Schumacher's features have displayed the filmmaker's versatility and close
attention to performance, nuance and atmosphere. "St. Elmo's Fire"
was an ensemble drama that made stars of such young players as Emilio
Estevez, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy and Demi Moore; "The
Lost Boys," starring Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, successfully
combined fantastical imagery, comedy and very contemporary horror;
"Cousins" was a tender romantic comedy starring Ted Danson,
Isabella Rossellini and Sean Young; "Flatliners," toplining Kiefer
Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt, was a stylish,
surrealistic story of science and spirituality; "Dying Young"
reunited Schumacher and Julia Roberts in an unflinching love story; and
"Falling Down," starring Michael Douglas, was a gritty,
controversial and timely story of social disorder.
Schumacher's two hit adaptations of John Grisham's best-sellers have been
hailed as the best of the author's work to be translated to film: "The
Client," starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, and 1996's summer
smash, "A Time to Kill," which introduced Matthew McConaughey in a
star-making role alongside such accomplished players as Sandra Bullock,
Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Kiefer Sutherland, Brenda
Fricker, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan and Donald
Schumacher's last four films - "The Client," "A Time to
Kill," "Batman Forever," and "Batman and Robin" -
each grossed in excess of $100 million with domestic audiences alone, and
"Batman Forever" achieved the distinction of being the highest
grossing film of 1995.
Schumacher was born and raised in New York City, where he studied design
and display at the Parsons School of Design. He began his career in the
entertainment industry as an art director for television commercials before
becoming costume designer for such notable films as Woody Allen's
"Sleeper" and "Interiors," Herbert Ross' "The Last
of Sheila" and Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love." He then wrote
the screenplays for the Motown-inflected musical "Sparkle" and the
funk-driven hit comedy "Car Wash." Schumacher made his directing
debut with the television movie "The Virginia Hill Story,"
followed by his award-winning telefilm "Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar
and Grill." "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," starring Lily
Tomlin, marked his feature-film directing debut, followed by "D.C.
Cab," for which he also wrote the screenplay. Schumacher also wrote the
script for "St. Elmo's Fire" with Carl Kurlander. In 1988,
Schumacher directed the successful Chicago theatrical run of David Mamet's
scorching Hollywood satire, "Speed-the-Plow."
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