Lois Smith

Lois Arlene Smith (née Humbert; born November 3, 1930) is an American actress. She made her film debut in the 1955 drama film East of Eden, and later played supporting roles in a number of movies, including Five Easy Pieces (1970), Resurrection (1980), Fatal Attraction (1987), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Dead Man Walking, Twister (1996), Minority Report (2002), The Nice Guys (2016) and Lady Bird (2017). In 2017, Smith received critical acclaim for her leading performance in the science-fiction drama film Marjorie Prime, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and Saturn Award, and well as won Satellite Award. Smith also has had many roles on television, both daytime and prime time. She was regular cast member in the HBO horror drama True Blood, and well as received Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series nomination for The Americans. Smith also is known for her extensive work in the theatre, receiving two Tony Award nominations for originating the role of Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1990) and for the role of Halie in a revival of Buried Child in 1996. She also starred in an acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful in 2005 for which she received an Obie Award for Best Actress, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a Drama Desk Award. Smith is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Description above ...

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Dead Man Walking (1995)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who, in his last days, forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality, as she accompanies him to his execution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Sean Penn  •  Robert Prosky  •  Raymond J. Barry

A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who, in his last days, forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality, as she accompanies him to his execution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Sean Penn  •  Robert Prosky  •  Raymond J. Barry

Minority Report (2002)

FuturisticAction-packedOriginalThought provoking

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Max von Sydow  •  Steve Harris  •  Neal McDonough

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Max von Sydow  •  Steve Harris  •  Neal McDonough

The Eternal (1998)

An alcoholic American couple travel to the UK with their son so he can meet his grandmother but they walk in on their crazed uncle who is in the midst of reviving a centuries-old Druid witch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Alison Elliott  •  Jared Harris  •  Christopher Walken  •  Jason Miller

An alcoholic American couple travel to the UK with their son so he can meet his grandmother but they walk in on their crazed uncle who is in the midst of reviving a centuries-old Druid witch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Alison Elliott  •  Jared Harris  •  Christopher Walken  •  Jason Miller

East of Eden (1955)

In the Salinas Valley in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother for the love of their father. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, how to get ahead in business and in life, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  James Dean  •  Julie Harris  •  Raymond Massey  •  Richard Davalos

In the Salinas Valley in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother for the love of their father. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, how to get ahead in business and in life, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  James Dean  •  Julie Harris  •  Raymond Massey  •  Richard Davalos

Falling Down (1993)

Thought provokingGrippingThrilling

On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. He goes to a convenience store ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Robert Duvall  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Tuesday Weld

On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. He goes to a convenience store ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Robert Duvall  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Tuesday Weld

Fatal Attraction (1987)

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Glenn Close  •  Anne Archer  •  Ellen Hamilton Latzen

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Glenn Close  •  Anne Archer  •  Ellen Hamilton Latzen

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Karen Black  •  Billy Green Bush  •  Fannie Flagg

A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Karen Black  •  Billy Green Bush  •  Fannie Flagg

Foxes (1980)

A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Cherie Currie  •  Scott Baio  •  Marilyn Kagan

A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Cherie Currie  •  Scott Baio  •  Marilyn Kagan

Hollywoodland (2006)

When Hollywood superstar George Reeves dies in his home, private detective Louis Simo is hired to investigate his death and gets caught in a web of lies involving a big studio executive's wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Coulter
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Diane Lane  •  Ben Affleck  •  Bob Hoskins

When Hollywood superstar George Reeves dies in his home, private detective Louis Simo is hired to investigate his death and gets caught in a web of lies involving a big studio executive's wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Coulter
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Diane Lane  •  Ben Affleck  •  Bob Hoskins

How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Midnight Run (1988)

Action-packedFunHeistSmart

An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

P.S. (2004)

OriginalInspiringCharming

Thirty-nine-year old divorcé Louise Harrington (Linney) works in the admissions office at Columbia University School of the Arts. She is unnerved when she receives an application from F. Scott Feinstadt, the same name of her high school sweetheart who was killed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dylan Kidd
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Lois Smith  •  Paul Rudd

Thirty-nine-year old divorcé Louise Harrington (Linney) works in the admissions office at Columbia University School of the Arts. She is unnerved when she receives an application from F. Scott Feinstadt, the same name of her high school sweetheart who was killed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dylan Kidd
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Lois Smith  •  Paul Rudd

Reuben, Reuben (1983)

Based on a novel by Peter De Vries. Story of an alcoholic, lecherous Scottish poet on a tour of New England Universities, where he goes from one bed and bottle to another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Ellis Miller
CAST:  Tom Conti  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Roberts Blossom  •  Joel Fabiani

Based on a novel by Peter De Vries. Story of an alcoholic, lecherous Scottish poet on a tour of New England Universities, where he goes from one bed and bottle to another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Ellis Miller
CAST:  Tom Conti  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Roberts Blossom  •  Joel Fabiani

Truman (1995)

Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war President.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Pierson
CAST:  Gary Sinise  •  Diana Scarwid  •  Richard Dysart  •  Colm Feore

Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war President.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Pierson
CAST:  Gary Sinise  •  Diana Scarwid  •  Richard Dysart  •  Colm Feore

Twister (1996)

An unprecedented series of violent tornadoes is sweeping across Oklahoma. Tornado chasers, headed by Dr. Jo Harding, attempt to release a groundbreaking device that will allow them to track them and create a more advanced warning system. They are joined by Jo's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan de Bont
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Bill Paxton  •  Cary Elwes  •  Jami Gertz

An unprecedented series of violent tornadoes is sweeping across Oklahoma. Tornado chasers, headed by Dr. Jo Harding, attempt to release a groundbreaking device that will allow them to track them and create a more advanced warning system. They are joined by Jo's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan de Bont
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Bill Paxton  •  Cary Elwes  •  Jami Gertz

Up the Sandbox (1972)

A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  David Selby  •  Ariane Heller  •  Jacobo Morales

A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  David Selby  •  Ariane Heller  •  Jacobo Morales

Green Card (1990)

Urban horticulturalist Brontë Mitchell has her eye on a gorgeous apartment, but the building's board will rent it only to a married couple. Georges Fauré, a waiter from France whose visa is expiring, needs to marry an American woman to stay in the country. Their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Bebe Neuwirth  •  Gregg Edelman

Urban horticulturalist Brontë Mitchell has her eye on a gorgeous apartment, but the building's board will rent it only to a married couple. Georges Fauré, a waiter from France whose visa is expiring, needs to marry an American woman to stay in the country. Their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Bebe Neuwirth  •  Gregg Edelman

Resurrection (1980)

The story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for religious beliefs and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Sam Shepard  •  Richard Farnsworth  •  Roberts Blossom

The story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for religious beliefs and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Sam Shepard  •  Richard Farnsworth  •  Roberts Blossom

The Pledge (2001)

SuspensefulViolentDisturbingThought provoking

A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Helen Mirren  •  Robin Wright

A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Helen Mirren  •  Robin Wright

Tumbleweeds (1999)

Whenever trouble strikes in one of her relationships, single mother Mary Jo Walker and her daughter, Ava, pack up and move to another city, a routine Ava is tiring of. This time, they are helped on their move to San Diego by trucker Jack Ranson. While Ava settles ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin O'Connor
CAST:  Janet McTeer  •  Kimberly J. Brown  •  Jennifer Paige  •  Jay O. Sanders

Whenever trouble strikes in one of her relationships, single mother Mary Jo Walker and her daughter, Ava, pack up and move to another city, a routine Ava is tiring of. This time, they are helped on their move to San Diego by trucker Jack Ranson. While Ava settles ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin O'Connor
CAST:  Janet McTeer  •  Kimberly J. Brown  •  Jennifer Paige  •  Jay O. Sanders
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