Themes have always been
vital to JAMES FOLEY's filmmaking. The complexities of his films have drawn
the best and brightest actors-ranging from Gene Hackman and Al Pacino to Sean
Penn and Kevin Spacey.
His debut film, the teen
thriller "Reckless" starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah, established
his unique ability to combine suspense with complicated, unsentimental character
portraits. He next directed the critically admired "At Close Range,"
starring Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Christopher Penn and Mary Stuart
Masterson in a story that probed to the dark heart of family ties by exploring
the relationship between a criminal father and his coming-of-age sons.
Switching gears again,
Foley directed Madonna in her first major leading role in the screwball comedy
"Who's That Girl?," before delving into the noir world of Jim
Thompson in the acclaimed "After Dark, My Sweet," starring Jason
Patric, Rachel Ward and Bruce Dern. Foley also directed "Glengarry Glen
Ross," featuring a stellar cast including Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Kevin
Spacey, the no-holds-barred screen version brought Mamet's scorchingly funny
tale of moral chaos to cinematic life.
Foley's other films
include "Two Bits," "Fear," "The Chamber," and
"The Corrupter." Twice in his career, Foley has stepped briefly away
from cinema for forays into innovative television, directing David Lynch's
"Twin Peaks" and Robert Altman's "Gun" series on ABC.
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