TWO FOR THE MONEY
D.J. CARUSO's (Director) third feature film is Universal Pictures' Two For the
Money. The film follows his last year's hit Taking Lives, which starred Angelina Jolie
and Ethan Hawke. In the haunting thriller, Jolie played an FBI agent on the trail of an
elusive serial killer.
Although Caruso came up through the ranks of television as a director, it was the
directorial debut of his critically acclaimed feature film The Salton Sea that put him on a
short list of directors to tap. The 2002 neo-noir thriller, starring Val Kilmer, was praised
for its strong performances and visual technique.
In 2002, he also directed episodes of Michael Mann's Robbery Homicide Division
and the hit series The Shield. Additionally, he directed multiple episodes of Steven
Spielberg's High Incident series for ABC and James Cameron's Dark Angel.
In 1998, he teamed with Hollywood veteran screenwriter Frank Darabont on
Black Cat Run, which proved to be HBO's highest-rated world premiere movie that year.
In one of his first directorial forays, Caruso collaborated with writer Scott Rosenberg on
the 1996 award-winning short film Cyclops, Baby.
Caruso is also a producer and executive producer of numerous feature film and
In 1995 he executive produced The Nick of Time starring Johnny Depp. A year
earlier, he was the aerial director on Drop Zone starring Wesley Snipes. The film
garnered rave reviews for the ingenuity and beauty of Caruso's aerial work.
His television producer credits include the 1999 USA Networks' feature Mind
Prey and the 1996 HBO television movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat
Marigault starring Don Cheadle. Rebound was nominated for an Image Award.
Caruso is a graduate of Pepperdine University. He began his career in the film
industry as a production assistant.
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