Tom Gries

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thomas S. "Tom" Gries (20 December 1922; Chicago, Illinois – 3 January 1977; Pacific Palisades, California) was an American TV and film director, writer and producer. Educated at the Loyola Academy and Georgetown University, Gries began working in TV in the 1950s as a writer and director, on such programmes as Bronco,"Rat Patrol", Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Westerner, The Rifleman, East Side/West Side, Mission: Impossible, Route 66, Batman and I Spy. He won Emmy Awards for his direction on East Side/West Side in 1964 and The Glass House in 1972. In the cinema, Gries directed some low-budget movies in the 1950s before concentrating his efforts more on TV. In the late 1960s, he wrote and directed what is generally acknowledged to be his greatest work in either medium, the western Will Penny, which starred Charlton Heston and was released in 1968. It was based on an episode of the TV series The Westerner that Gries wrote and directed in 1960, entitled "Line Camp". Gries subsequently made two other films with Heston, the much less successful Number One, and The Hawaiians, and directed several other films with other high profile actors such as Burt Reynolds and Charles Bronson into the 1970s, though they failed to reach the critical approval that Will Penny received. The most successful of his later works was Helter Skelter, made in 1976, which was a TV film based on the notorious Charles Manson Family. During post-production on his ...

Will Penny (1967)

Will Penny, an aging cowpoke, takes a job on a ranch which requires him to ride the line of the property looking for trespassers or, worse, squatters. He finds that his cabin in the high mountains has been appropriated by a woman whose guide to Oregon has deserted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Ben Johnson  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Joan Hackett

Will Penny, an aging cowpoke, takes a job on a ranch which requires him to ride the line of the property looking for trespassers or, worse, squatters. He finds that his cabin in the high mountains has been appropriated by a woman whose guide to Oregon has deserted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Ben Johnson  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Joan Hackett

Helter Skelter (1976)

The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his "family".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  George DiCenzo  •  Steve Railsback  •  Nancy Wolfe  •  Marilyn Burns

The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his "family".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  George DiCenzo  •  Steve Railsback  •  Nancy Wolfe  •  Marilyn Burns

100 Rifles (1969)

When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker. Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo, who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Jim Brown  •  Raquel Welch  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Fernando Lamas

When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker. Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo, who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Jim Brown  •  Raquel Welch  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Fernando Lamas

Number One (1969)

A former football hero cannot accept his career is over. He loses himself in alcohol and women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Jessica Walter  •  Bruce Dern  •  John Randolph

A former football hero cannot accept his career is over. He loses himself in alcohol and women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Jessica Walter  •  Bruce Dern  •  John Randolph

The Greatest (1977)

The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and sung by George Benson. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman  •  Tom Gries
CAST:  Muhammad Ali  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Sally Bondi  •  Richard Gullage

The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and sung by George Benson. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman  •  Tom Gries
CAST:  Muhammad Ali  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Sally Bondi  •  Richard Gullage

The Connection (1973)

An out-of-work newspaperman in need of money becomes the go-between for a jewel thief and an insurance company that wants to settle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charles Durning  •  Ronny Cox  •  Zohra Lampert  •  Dennis Cole

An out-of-work newspaperman in need of money becomes the go-between for a jewel thief and an insurance company that wants to settle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charles Durning  •  Ronny Cox  •  Zohra Lampert  •  Dennis Cole

Journey Through Rosebud (1972)

A young draft dodger helps militant Native Americans in their protest against the government at Wounded Knee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Robert Forster  •  Kristoffer Tabori  •  Victoria Racimo  •  Roy Jenson

A young draft dodger helps militant Native Americans in their protest against the government at Wounded Knee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Robert Forster  •  Kristoffer Tabori  •  Victoria Racimo  •  Roy Jenson

Serpent Island (1954)

On the trail of a million-dollar gold treasure, an Eastern gal (Mary Munday) hires a California dockside bum (Sonny Tufts) to accompany her to the Caribbean where one of her ancestors reportedly buried the booty. Soon the jungles are echoing with the sound of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Sonny Tufts  •  Mary Munday  •  Tom Monroe  •  Rosalind Hayes

On the trail of a million-dollar gold treasure, an Eastern gal (Mary Munday) hires a California dockside bum (Sonny Tufts) to accompany her to the Caribbean where one of her ancestors reportedly buried the booty. Soon the jungles are echoing with the sound of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Sonny Tufts  •  Mary Munday  •  Tom Monroe  •  Rosalind Hayes

Fools (1970)

A horror actor falls in love with the unhappily married young wife of an attorney.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Katharine Ross  •  Scott Hylands  •  Mako

A horror actor falls in love with the unhappily married young wife of an attorney.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Katharine Ross  •  Scott Hylands  •  Mako

The Migrants (1974)

A look at the lives of migratory farm workers, focusing on one family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Cloris Leachman  •  Ron Howard  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Cindy Williams

A look at the lives of migratory farm workers, focusing on one family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Cloris Leachman  •  Ron Howard  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Cindy Williams

The Glass House (1972)

Adapted from a story by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood"), the world of the prison convict is open to the viewer. As the story develops, one thing becomes clear. As in the outside world, there is a "system"; and just as on the outside, there is accommodation, honesty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Alan Alda  •  Vic Morrow  •  Clu Gulager  •  Billy Dee Williams

Adapted from a story by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood"), the world of the prison convict is open to the viewer. As the story develops, one thing becomes clear. As in the outside world, there is a "system"; and just as on the outside, there is accommodation, honesty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Alan Alda  •  Vic Morrow  •  Clu Gulager  •  Billy Dee Williams

Breakheart Pass (1975)

At the height of the frontier era, a train races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote army post. But one by one the passengers are being murdered, and their only hope is the mysterious John Deakin, who's being transported to face trial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Ben Johnson  •  Jill Ireland  •  Ed Lauter

At the height of the frontier era, a train races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote army post. But one by one the passengers are being murdered, and their only hope is the mysterious John Deakin, who's being transported to face trial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Ben Johnson  •  Jill Ireland  •  Ed Lauter

Earth II (1971)

In the near future, a space station dubbed Earth II is built for the purpose of scientific research and world peace. However, that peace is shattered when the Chinese send up a nuclear bomb that is orbiting just a few miles away from the station. Can the crew ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Gary Lockwood  •  Scott Hylands  •  Hari Rhodes  •  Anthony Franciosa

In the near future, a space station dubbed Earth II is built for the purpose of scientific research and world peace. However, that peace is shattered when the Chinese send up a nuclear bomb that is orbiting just a few miles away from the station. Can the crew ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Gary Lockwood  •  Scott Hylands  •  Hari Rhodes  •  Anthony Franciosa

Lady Ice (1973)

An insurance investigator romances a wealthy young beauty when he suspects she may be involved in fencing stolen jewels.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Jennifer O'Neill  •  Robert Duvall  •  Jon Cypher

An insurance investigator romances a wealthy young beauty when he suspects she may be involved in fencing stolen jewels.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Jennifer O'Neill  •  Robert Duvall  •  Jon Cypher

Breakout (1975)

A bush pilot is hired for $250,000 to go to Mexico to free an innocent prisoner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Robert Duvall  •  Jill Ireland  •  Randy Quaid

A bush pilot is hired for $250,000 to go to Mexico to free an innocent prisoner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Robert Duvall  •  Jill Ireland  •  Randy Quaid

Call to Danger (1973)

A federal agent recruits a computer whiz to try to free a Mafia witness who has been kidnapped and held in a heavily fortified compound.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Peter Graves  •  Diana Muldaur  •  John Anderson  •  Clu Gulager

A federal agent recruits a computer whiz to try to free a Mafia witness who has been kidnapped and held in a heavily fortified compound.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Peter Graves  •  Diana Muldaur  •  John Anderson  •  Clu Gulager

Hell's Horizon (1955)

The pilot, co-pilot, and crew of a bomber try to hit a Korean bridge in bad weather.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  John Ireland  •  Marla English  •  Bill Williams  •  Hugh Beaumont

The pilot, co-pilot, and crew of a bomber try to hit a Korean bridge in bad weather.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  John Ireland  •  Marla English  •  Bill Williams  •  Hugh Beaumont

Girl in the Woods (1958)

Lumbering tale of lumbermen challenging the ownership of valuable woodlands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Forrest Tucker  •  Margaret Hayes  •  Barton MacLane  •  Murvyn Vye

Lumbering tale of lumbermen challenging the ownership of valuable woodlands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Forrest Tucker  •  Margaret Hayes  •  Barton MacLane  •  Murvyn Vye

The Hawaiians (1970)

A wanderer returns home only to find political turmoil, disease and romantic difficulties.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Tina Chen  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Mako

A wanderer returns home only to find political turmoil, disease and romantic difficulties.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Tina Chen  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Mako