Time and again, with films like Glengarry Glen Ross, At Close Range, and After
Dark, My Sweet, JAMES FOLEY (Director) has received acclaim for his stylish,
insightful exploration of human fallibility and incipient evil.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island, Foley originally intended to pursue
medical studies. Instead, he became a student at the prestigious USC School of
Cinema-Television, where his two short films Silent Night and November brought
him to the attention of Hollywood. Director Hal Ashby helped him get his debut
feature-directing assignment, Reckless, starring Darryl Hannah and Aidan Quinn.
He followed that with the fact-based drama At Close Range starring Christopher
Walken and Sean Penn, which was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin
Film Festival. Following his next film, Who's That Girl? starring Madonna, he
won great praise for After Dark, My Sweet. That film, an adaptation of a Jim
Thompson novel, was directed and co-written by Foley. It starred Jason Patric
and Rachel Ward, and seemed to effortlessly usher film noir esthetics into a
contemporary setting. It led to Foley's memorable filming of David Mamet's
Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross, which starred Al Pacino, Jack
Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, and Alec Baldwin. For that film, he received a Critics'
Award nomination at the Deauville Film Festival.
Foley's films since then have included Fear, The Chamber, The Corruptor, and
Confidence. For television, he was one of the directors of the Robert Altman
series Gun. Next up for Foley is another thriller, Man and Wife, based on the
novel by Andrew Klavan.
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