Mark Rydell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mark Rydell (born March 23, 1935 , in New York City) is an American actor, film director and producer. He has directed many Academy Award-nominated films including The Fox (1967), The Reivers (1969), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Rose (1979), The River (1984) and For the Boys (1991). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for On Golden Pond (1981). Rydell's initial training was in music. As a youth, he wanted to be a conductor. He began his career as an actor and first became known for his role as Walt Johnson on The Edge of Night and as Jeff Baker on As the World Turns, which he played from 1956 to 1962. When he would not sign a long-term contract to remain on ATWT the producers had his character die in a car crash. He won plaudits for his role of violent Jewish mob kingpin Marty Augustine in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973). His most recent significant film role was in Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending (2002). As a director, Rydell's credits include The Reivers (1969), The Cowboys (1972), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Rose (1979), On Golden Pond (1981), for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Director, The River (1984), For the Boys (1991), and Intersection (1994). He directed the TV movie The Crime of the Century (1996), which starred Isabella Rossellini and Stephen Rea. In 2006, Rydell directed the movie Even Money. Rydell was also the director of the TV bio-pic James Dean (2001), which ...

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Hollywood Ending (2002)

Woody Allen stars as Val Waxman, a two-time Oscar winner turned washed-up, neurotic director in desperate need of a comeback. When it comes, Waxman finds himself backed into a corner: Work for his ex-wife Ellie or forfeit his last shot. Is Val blinded by love when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Téa Leoni  •  Bob Dorian  •  Ivan Martin  •  Gregg Edelman

Woody Allen stars as Val Waxman, a two-time Oscar winner turned washed-up, neurotic director in desperate need of a comeback. When it comes, Waxman finds himself backed into a corner: Work for his ex-wife Ellie or forfeit his last shot. Is Val blinded by love when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Téa Leoni  •  Bob Dorian  •  Ivan Martin  •  Gregg Edelman

Punchline (1988)

Lilah Krytsick is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to help the untried Lilah ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Seltzer
CAST:  Sally Field  •  Tom Hanks  •  John Goodman  •  Mark Rydell

Lilah Krytsick is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to help the untried Lilah ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Seltzer
CAST:  Sally Field  •  Tom Hanks  •  John Goodman  •  Mark Rydell

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  Nina van Pallandt  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Mark Rydell

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  Nina van Pallandt  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Mark Rydell

The Rose (1979)

Rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster's romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperilled by the demands of life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Alan Bates  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  David Keith

Rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster's romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperilled by the demands of life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Alan Bates  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  David Keith

Cinderella Liberty (1973)

A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a Seattle hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty due to his service records being lost.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  James Caan  •  Marsha Mason  •  Kirk Calloway  •  Eli Wallach

A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a Seattle hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty due to his service records being lost.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  James Caan  •  Marsha Mason  •  Kirk Calloway  •  Eli Wallach

The River (1984)

Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Scott Glenn  •  Billy Green Bush

Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Scott Glenn  •  Billy Green Bush

For the Boys (1991)

On a USO tour during World War II, entertainer Eddie Sparks needs a partner to round out his act. Soon after hiring performer Dixie Leonard, Eddie decides he wants her out of the show — mostly because she upstages him. Dixie is close to leaving of her own accord, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  James Caan  •  George Segal  •  Bud Yorkin

On a USO tour during World War II, entertainer Eddie Sparks needs a partner to round out his act. Soon after hiring performer Dixie Leonard, Eddie decides he wants her out of the show — mostly because she upstages him. Dixie is close to leaving of her own accord, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  James Caan  •  George Segal  •  Bud Yorkin

Intersection (1994)

During a car accident, Vincent Eastman watches his whole life flash before his eyes, and he doesn't like what he sees. While maintaining the semblance of a marriage with his wife, Sally, Vincent has been carrying on with a mistress, Olivia. She's everything Sally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Sharon Stone  •  Lolita Davidovich  •  Martin Landau

During a car accident, Vincent Eastman watches his whole life flash before his eyes, and he doesn't like what he sees. While maintaining the semblance of a marriage with his wife, Sally, Vincent has been carrying on with a mistress, Olivia. She's everything Sally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Sharon Stone  •  Lolita Davidovich  •  Martin Landau

The Cowboys (1972)

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When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Bruce Dern  •  Colleen Dewhurst

When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Bruce Dern  •  Colleen Dewhurst

The Fox (1967)

Jill Banford and Ellen March have built a good life together on a hardscrabble Canadian farm. Then handsome Paul Grenfell enters their isolated world, and sets friend against friend. But is Paul the real trouble between Jill and Ellen? Or has his presence merely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Sandy Dennis  •  Anne Heywood  •  Keir Dullea  •  Glynne Morris

Jill Banford and Ellen March have built a good life together on a hardscrabble Canadian farm. Then handsome Paul Grenfell enters their isolated world, and sets friend against friend. But is Paul the real trouble between Jill and Ellen? Or has his presence merely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Sandy Dennis  •  Anne Heywood  •  Keir Dullea  •  Glynne Morris

Crime in the Streets (1956)

A social worker tries to end juvenile crime by getting involved with a street gang.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  James Whitmore  •  Sal Mineo  •  Mark Rydell  •  Virginia Gregg

A social worker tries to end juvenile crime by getting involved with a street gang.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  James Whitmore  •  Sal Mineo  •  Mark Rydell  •  Virginia Gregg

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2009)

The artistry, triumph and lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. With film school equipment, they shoot the Soviet crackdown of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. As refugees they struggle in Hollywood, finally breaking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Chressanthis
CAST:  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Sharon Stone

The artistry, triumph and lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. With film school equipment, they shoot the Soviet crackdown of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. As refugees they struggle in Hollywood, finally breaking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Chressanthis
CAST:  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Sharon Stone

Crime of the Century (1996)

In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation against Hauptmann, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Stephen Rea  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  J. T. Walsh  •  Michael Moriarty

In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation against Hauptmann, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Stephen Rea  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  J. T. Walsh  •  Michael Moriarty

Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)

Two hoplessly out of their class con-men attempt to pull off the largest bank heist of the l9th century—by gaining the enmity of the most famous bank robber in the world and the affection of a crusading newspaperwoman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  Michael Caine  •  Diane Keaton  •  James Caan

Two hoplessly out of their class con-men attempt to pull off the largest bank heist of the l9th century—by gaining the enmity of the most famous bank robber in the world and the affection of a crusading newspaperwoman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  Michael Caine  •  Diane Keaton  •  James Caan

On Golden Pond (1981)

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For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Henry Fonda  •  Jane Fonda  •  Doug McKeon

For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Henry Fonda  •  Jane Fonda  •  Doug McKeon

Havana (1990)

An American professional gambler named Jack Weil decides to visit Havana, Cuba to gamble. On the boat to Havana, he meets Roberta Duran, the wife of a revolutionary, Arturo. Shortly after their arrival, Arturo is taken away by the secret police, and Roberta is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Lena Olin  •  Alan Arkin  •  Tomas Milian

An American professional gambler named Jack Weil decides to visit Havana, Cuba to gamble. On the boat to Havana, he meets Roberta Duran, the wife of a revolutionary, Arturo. Shortly after their arrival, Arturo is taken away by the secret police, and Roberta is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Lena Olin  •  Alan Arkin  •  Tomas Milian

James Dean (2001)

The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  James Franco  •  Michael Moriarty  •  Valentina Cervi  •  Enrico Colantoni

The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  James Franco  •  Michael Moriarty  •  Valentina Cervi  •  Enrico Colantoni

And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)

The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Annette Bening  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Cher

The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Annette Bening  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Cher

Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond (2016)

A very special encounter between legendary American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and young French director Pierre Filmon. A personal journey with the brightest shadowmaker and his friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Filmon
CAST:  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  John Boorman  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jerry Schatzberg

A very special encounter between legendary American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and young French director Pierre Filmon. A personal journey with the brightest shadowmaker and his friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Filmon
CAST:  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  John Boorman  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jerry Schatzberg

Char·ac·ter (2012)

A raw and candid dialogue about the life and craft of acting between longtime colleagues and friends Dabney Coleman, Peter Falk, Charles Grodin, Mark Rydell, Harry Dean Stanton and Sydney Pollack. Drago Sumonja's document takes us into the hearts, minds, and living ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Drago Sumonja
CAST:  Dabney Coleman  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Charles Grodin  •  Sydney Pollack

A raw and candid dialogue about the life and craft of acting between longtime colleagues and friends Dabney Coleman, Peter Falk, Charles Grodin, Mark Rydell, Harry Dean Stanton and Sydney Pollack. Drago Sumonja's document takes us into the hearts, minds, and living ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Drago Sumonja
CAST:  Dabney Coleman  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Charles Grodin  •  Sydney Pollack
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