John Huston

John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and visual artist. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961), Fat City (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Prizzi's Honor (1985). In his early years, Huston studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris. He explored the visual aspects of his films throughout his career, sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. While most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, with little editing needed. Some of Huston's films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting an "heroic quest," as in Moby Dick, or The Red Badge of Courage. In many films, different groups of people, while struggling toward a common goal, would become doomed, forming "destructive alliances," giving the films a dramatic and visual tension. Many of his films involved themes such as religion, meaning, truth, freedom, psychology, colonialism, and war. Huston has been referred to as "a titan", "a rebel", and a "renaissance man" in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as "cinema's Ernest Hemingway"—a ...

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Casino Royale (1967)

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

The Hobbit (1977)

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Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one night. One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their kingdom, taken from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Bass  •  Arthur Rankin, Jr.
CAST:  Orson Bean  •  Richard Boone  •  Hans Conried  •  John Huston

Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one night. One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their kingdom, taken from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Bass  •  Arthur Rankin, Jr.
CAST:  Orson Bean  •  Richard Boone  •  Hans Conried  •  John Huston

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Mary Astor  •  Gladys George  •  Peter Lorre

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Mary Astor  •  Gladys George  •  Peter Lorre

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

The fifth and final episode in the Planet of the Apes series. After the collapse of human civilization, a community of intelligent apes led by Caesar lives in harmony with a group of humans. Gorilla General Aldo tries to cause an ape civil war and a community of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Lew Ayres  •  Bobby Porter  •  Richard Eastham

The fifth and final episode in the Planet of the Apes series. After the collapse of human civilization, a community of intelligent apes led by Caesar lives in harmony with a group of humans. Gorilla General Aldo tries to cause an ape civil war and a community of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Lew Ayres  •  Bobby Porter  •  Richard Eastham

Beat the Devil (1953)

The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Robert Morley

The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Robert Morley

Candy (1968)

Based on Terry Southern's satirical novel, a send-up of Voltaire's Candide. Young Candy is a high school girl who seeks truth and meaning in life, encountering a variety of kookie characters and humorous sexual situations in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian Marquand
CAST:  Charles Aznavour  •  Marlon Brando  •  Richard Burton  •  James Coburn

Based on Terry Southern's satirical novel, a send-up of Voltaire's Candide. Young Candy is a high school girl who seeks truth and meaning in life, encountering a variety of kookie characters and humorous sexual situations in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian Marquand
CAST:  Charles Aznavour  •  Marlon Brando  •  Richard Burton  •  James Coburn

Chinatown (1974)

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Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Faye Dunaway  •  John Huston  •  Perry Lopez

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Faye Dunaway  •  John Huston  •  Perry Lopez

Escape to Victory (1981)

A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  Max von Sydow  •  Pelé

A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  Max von Sydow  •  Pelé

Fat City (1972)

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Candy Clark

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Candy Clark

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

In 1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person in the island and was left behind by the runaway boat to Fiji Island while seeking the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum

In 1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person in the island and was left behind by the runaway boat to Fiji Island while seeking the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum

Key Largo (1948)

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Lionel Barrymore

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Lionel Barrymore

Moulin Rouge (1952)

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  José Ferrer  •  Zsa Zsa Gabor  •  Suzanne Flon  •  Claude Nollier

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  José Ferrer  •  Zsa Zsa Gabor  •  Suzanne Flon  •  Claude Nollier

Prizzi's Honor (1985)

A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love, only to discover that they have each been hired to kill the other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Kathleen Turner  •  Robert Loggia  •  William Hickey

A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love, only to discover that they have each been hired to kill the other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Kathleen Turner  •  Robert Loggia  •  William Hickey

The African Queen (1952)

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At the start of the First World War, in the middle of Africa’s nowhere, a gin soaked riverboat captain is persuaded by a strong-willed missionary to go down river and face-off a German warship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Robert Morley  •  Peter Bull

At the start of the First World War, in the middle of Africa’s nowhere, a gin soaked riverboat captain is persuaded by a strong-willed missionary to go down river and face-off a German warship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Robert Morley  •  Peter Bull

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Louis Calhern  •  Jean Hagen  •  James Whitmore

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Louis Calhern  •  Jean Hagen  •  James Whitmore

San Pietro (1945)

This documentary movie is about the battle of San Pietro, a small village in Italy. Over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to take this location, that blocked the way for the Allied forces from the Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Mark W. Clark  •  John Huston

This documentary movie is about the battle of San Pietro, a small village in Italy. Over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to take this location, that blocked the way for the Allied forces from the Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Mark W. Clark  •  John Huston

The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Michael Parks  •  Ulla Bergryd  •  Richard Harris  •  Franco Nero

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Michael Parks  •  Ulla Bergryd  •  Richard Harris  •  Franco Nero

The Black Cauldron (1985)

Taran is an assistant pigkeeper with boyish dreams of becoming a great warrior. However, he has to put the daydreaming aside when his charge, an oracular pig named Hen Wen, is kidnapped by an evil lord known as the Horned King. The villain hopes Hen will show him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rich  •  Ted Berman
CAST:  Grant Bardsley  •  Susan Sheridan  •  Freddie Jones  •  Nigel Hawthorne

Taran is an assistant pigkeeper with boyish dreams of becoming a great warrior. However, he has to put the daydreaming aside when his charge, an oracular pig named Hen Wen, is kidnapped by an evil lord known as the Horned King. The villain hopes Hen will show him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rich  •  Ted Berman
CAST:  Grant Bardsley  •  Susan Sheridan  •  Freddie Jones  •  Nigel Hawthorne

The Dead (1987)

After a convivial holiday dinner party, things begin to unravel when a husband and wife address some prickly issues concerning their marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Donal McCann  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Helena Carroll

After a convivial holiday dinner party, things begin to unravel when a husband and wife address some prickly issues concerning their marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Donal McCann  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Helena Carroll

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Michael Caine  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Saeed Jaffrey

A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Michael Caine  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Saeed Jaffrey
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