Michael Crichton

John Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008), best known as Michael Crichton, was an American author, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller genres. His books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted into films. In 1994, Crichton became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at #1 in television, film, and book sales (with ER, Jurassic Park, and Disclosure, respectively). His literary works are usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology. His novels epitomize the techno-thriller genre of literature, often exploring technology and failures of human interaction with it, especially resulting in catastrophes with biotechnology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He was the author of, among others, Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Travels, Sphere, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, Timeline, Prey, State of Fear, Next (the final book published before his death), Pirate Latitudes (published November 24, 2009), and a final unfinished techno-thriller yet to be released. Forbes listed Crichton in tenth place in its list of "Top-Earning Dead Celebrities" of 2009. Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Crichton, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Coma (1978)

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A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Geneviève Bujold  •  Michael Douglas  •  Elizabeth Ashley  •  Richard Widmark

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Geneviève Bujold  •  Michael Douglas  •  Elizabeth Ashley  •  Richard Widmark

Looker (1981)

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  James Coburn  •  Susan Dey  •  Leigh Taylor-Young

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  James Coburn  •  Susan Dey  •  Leigh Taylor-Young

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone scramble to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Arthur Hill  •  David Wayne  •  James Olson  •  Kate Reid

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone scramble to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Arthur Hill  •  David Wayne  •  James Olson  •  Kate Reid

Westworld (1973)

In a futuristic resort, wealthy patrons can visit recreations of different time periods and experience their wildest fantasies with life-like robots. But when Richard Benjamin opts for the wild west, he gets more than he bargained for when a gunslinger robot goes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Richard Benjamin  •  James Brolin  •  Norman Bartold

In a futuristic resort, wealthy patrons can visit recreations of different time periods and experience their wildest fantasies with life-like robots. But when Richard Benjamin opts for the wild west, he gets more than he bargained for when a gunslinger robot goes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Richard Benjamin  •  James Brolin  •  Norman Bartold

Runaway (1984)

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Tom Selleck  •  Cynthia Rhodes  •  Gene Simmons  •  Kirstie Alley

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Tom Selleck  •  Cynthia Rhodes  •  Gene Simmons  •  Kirstie Alley

The First Great Train Robbery (1978)

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Alan Webb

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Alan Webb

The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)

Cinematographer John A. Alonzo was one of the driving creative forces in the resurgence of expressionistic American movies of the late 1960s and '70s. Director Axel Schill's documentary explores Alonzo's work on key films of that era and beyond. Clips from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Axel Schill
CAST:  John A. Alonzo  •  Michael Crichton  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Roger Ebert

Cinematographer John A. Alonzo was one of the driving creative forces in the resurgence of expressionistic American movies of the late 1960s and '70s. Director Axel Schill's documentary explores Alonzo's work on key films of that era and beyond. Clips from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Axel Schill
CAST:  John A. Alonzo  •  Michael Crichton  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Roger Ebert

Pursuit (1972)

What begins as a routine investigation quickly escalates into a heartstopping race to save millions from certain death in this taut and gripping thriller. Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, ER) "makes an impressive directorial debut" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  E.G. Marshall  •  William Windom  •  Joseph Wiseman

What begins as a routine investigation quickly escalates into a heartstopping race to save millions from certain death in this taut and gripping thriller. Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, ER) "makes an impressive directorial debut" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  E.G. Marshall  •  William Windom  •  Joseph Wiseman

Physical Evidence (1989)

A police officer suspended and now accused of murder is forced to join forces with his court-appointed attorney to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle to find the missing link before time runs out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Theresa Russell  •  Ned Beatty  •  Kay Lenz

A police officer suspended and now accused of murder is forced to join forces with his court-appointed attorney to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle to find the missing link before time runs out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Theresa Russell  •  Ned Beatty  •  Kay Lenz

The Making of 'Jurassic Park' (1995)

This documentary treats film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jurassic Park, one of the 90's biggest hits and a milestone in special effects development. Narrated by James Earl Jones, it includes footage of the filming process, as well as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schultz
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Steven Spielberg  •  Michael Crichton  •  Stan Winston

This documentary treats film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jurassic Park, one of the 90's biggest hits and a milestone in special effects development. Narrated by James Earl Jones, it includes footage of the filming process, as well as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schultz
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Steven Spielberg  •  Michael Crichton  •  Stan Winston

Beyond Jurassic Park (2001)

Prepare to go deeper into the breathtaking adventures of the Jurassic Park Trilogy! Highlighted by fascinating, never-seen-before footage from all three Jurassic Park films, this DVD offers an exclusive look at deleted scenes, additional footage and other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Richard Attenborough  •  Rick Carter  •  Michael Crichton

Prepare to go deeper into the breathtaking adventures of the Jurassic Park Trilogy! Highlighted by fascinating, never-seen-before footage from all three Jurassic Park films, this DVD offers an exclusive look at deleted scenes, additional footage and other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Richard Attenborough  •  Rick Carter  •  Michael Crichton

Return to Jurassic Park (2011)

It walks through the making of the film, the hurricane during shooting, and how it helped change the world of special effects. All interviews for these retrospective documentaries come with comments from Spielberg, Johnston, Neill, Dern, Goldblum, the effects crews ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Sam Neill  •  Laura Dern

It walks through the making of the film, the hurricane during shooting, and how it helped change the world of special effects. All interviews for these retrospective documentaries come with comments from Spielberg, Johnston, Neill, Dern, Goldblum, the effects crews ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Sam Neill  •  Laura Dern

On Location with Westworld

This promotional short shows what went on behind the scenes during the shooting of the science fiction classic Westworld (1973). Director Michael Crichton and star Yul Brynner give their views on the meaning of the film, which emphasizes the relationship between ...  (more)

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CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Michael Crichton  •  Yul Brynner  •  Dick Ziker

This promotional short shows what went on behind the scenes during the shooting of the science fiction classic Westworld (1973). Director Michael Crichton and star Yul Brynner give their views on the meaning of the film, which emphasizes the relationship between ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Michael Crichton  •  Yul Brynner  •  Dick Ziker