Alan Parker

Sir Alan Parker was a director, writer and producer. His feature films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars. His films include Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita, Fame, Birdy, Angel Heart and Angela’s Ashes. He was founding chairman of the UK Film Council, a position he held for five years, and prior to that was chairman of the BFI. Sir Alan received the CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002. He was also an Officier Des Arts et Lettres (France).

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Angela's Ashes (1999)

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Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Joe Breen  •  Michael Legge

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Joe Breen  •  Michael Legge

Angel Heart (1987)

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Down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered by the mysterious Louis Cyphre to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spar with himself, as he goes on a supernatural journey into his own soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Robert De Niro  •  Lisa Bonet  •  Charlotte Rampling

Down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered by the mysterious Louis Cyphre to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spar with himself, as he goes on a supernatural journey into his own soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Robert De Niro  •  Lisa Bonet  •  Charlotte Rampling

Birdy (1984)

Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Matthew Modine  •  Nicolas Cage  •  John Harkins  •  Sandy Baron

Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Matthew Modine  •  Nicolas Cage  •  John Harkins  •  Sandy Baron

Evita (1996)

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Madonna  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Jimmy Nail

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Madonna  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Jimmy Nail

Fame (1980)

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A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Eddie Barth  •  Irene Cara  •  Lee Curreri  •  Laura Dean

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Eddie Barth  •  Irene Cara  •  Lee Curreri  •  Laura Dean

Midnight Express (1978)

Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Brad Davis  •  Irene Miracle  •  Bo Hopkins  •  Randy Quaid

Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Brad Davis  •  Irene Miracle  •  Bo Hopkins  •  Randy Quaid

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Frances McDormand  •  Brad Dourif

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Frances McDormand  •  Brad Dourif

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Christine Hargreaves  •  James Laurenson  •  Eleanor David  •  Bob Geldof

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Christine Hargreaves  •  James Laurenson  •  Eleanor David  •  Bob Geldof

The Commitments (1991)

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Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Robert Arkins  •  Michael Aherne  •  Angeline Ball  •  Maria Doyle Kennedy

Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Robert Arkins  •  Michael Aherne  •  Angeline Ball  •  Maria Doyle Kennedy

The Life of David Gale (2003)

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A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Mann

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Mann

Bugsy Malone (1976)

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A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Martin Lev  •  John Cassisi  •  Scott Baio

A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Martin Lev  •  John Cassisi  •  Scott Baio

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

With commentary from Hollywood stars, outtakes from his movies and footage from his youth, this documentary looks at Stanley Kubrick's life and films. Director Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and sometime collaborator, interviews heavyweights like Jack ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Harlan
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Stanley Kubrick  •  Barbara Kroner  •  Steven Marcus

With commentary from Hollywood stars, outtakes from his movies and footage from his youth, this documentary looks at Stanley Kubrick's life and films. Director Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and sometime collaborator, interviews heavyweights like Jack ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Harlan
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Stanley Kubrick  •  Barbara Kroner  •  Steven Marcus

Come See the Paradise (1990)

Come See The Paradise is a deeply touching love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American history, It follows the romance and eventual marriage of Jack McGurn (Dennis Quad), a hot blooded Irish American, and a beautiful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Sab Shimono  •  Brady Tsurutani

Come See The Paradise is a deeply touching love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American history, It follows the romance and eventual marriage of Jack McGurn (Dennis Quad), a hot blooded Irish American, and a beautiful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Sab Shimono  •  Brady Tsurutani

The Evacuees (1975)

The experiences of two young Jewish boys evacuated from Manchester to Blackpool during the Blitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Maureen Lipman  •  Margery Withers  •  Gary Carp  •  Steven Serember

The experiences of two young Jewish boys evacuated from Manchester to Blackpool during the Blitz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Maureen Lipman  •  Margery Withers  •  Gary Carp  •  Steven Serember

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig McCall
CAST:  Jack Cardiff  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Lauren Bacall

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig McCall
CAST:  Jack Cardiff  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Lauren Bacall

100 Films and a Funeral (2007)

This documentary covers the life and death of London-based Polygram Filmed Entertainment  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael McNamara
CAST:  Stephan Elliott  •  Jodie Foster  •  Geoffrey Gilmore  •  Gilles Jacob

This documentary covers the life and death of London-based Polygram Filmed Entertainment  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael McNamara
CAST:  Stephan Elliott  •  Jodie Foster  •  Geoffrey Gilmore  •  Gilles Jacob

Shoot the Moon (1982)

After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Diane Keaton  •  Karen Allen  •  Peter Weller

After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Diane Keaton  •  Karen Allen  •  Peter Weller

The Road to Wellville (1994)

An unhappy young couple visit the infamous Kellogg spa in Battle Creek, Michigan while a young hustler tries get into the breakfast-cereal business and compete against John Kellogg's corn flakes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Bridget Fonda  •  Matthew Broderick  •  John Cusack

An unhappy young couple visit the infamous Kellogg spa in Battle Creek, Michigan while a young hustler tries get into the breakfast-cereal business and compete against John Kellogg's corn flakes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Bridget Fonda  •  Matthew Broderick  •  John Cusack

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)

A surprisingly candid behind-the-scenes account of the career of Ken Loach, one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers, as he prepares to release his final major film I, Daniel Blake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louise Osmond
CAST:  Ken Loach  •  Tony Garnett  •  Nell Dunn  •  Tony Selby

A surprisingly candid behind-the-scenes account of the career of Ken Loach, one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers, as he prepares to release his final major film I, Daniel Blake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louise Osmond
CAST:  Ken Loach  •  Tony Garnett  •  Nell Dunn  •  Tony Selby

Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014)

The life story of the film director, movie star and industry figure who furthered the cause of cinema: Lord Richard Attenborough.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Norris
CAST:  Richard Attenborough

The life story of the film director, movie star and industry figure who furthered the cause of cinema: Lord Richard Attenborough.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Norris
CAST:  Richard Attenborough
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