Steven Soderbergh

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father was a professor and the dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University. While still in high school, around the age of 15, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16-millimeter films with second-hand equipment, one of which was the short film "Janitor". After graduating high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. His time there was brief and, shortly after, he returned home and continued making short films and writing scripts. His first major break was in 1986 when the rock group Yes assigned him to shoot a full-length concert film for the band, which eventually earned him a Grammy nomination for the video, Yes: 9012 Live (1985). Following this achievement, Soderbergh filmed Winston (1987), the short-subject film that he would later expand into Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), a film that earned him the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Over the next six years, he was married to actress Betsy Brantley and had a daughter named Sarah Soderbergh, ...

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Ocean's Eleven (2001)

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Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Cecelia Ann Birt  •  Matt Damon

Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Cecelia Ann Birt  •  Matt Damon

Waking Life (2001)

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Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Wiley Wiggins  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Trevor Jack Brooks  •  Julie Delpy

Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Wiley Wiggins  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Trevor Jack Brooks  •  Julie Delpy

Side Effects (2013)

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A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Rooney Mara  •  Jude Law  •  Channing Tatum  •  Catherine Zeta-Jones

A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Rooney Mara  •  Jude Law  •  Channing Tatum  •  Catherine Zeta-Jones

Bubble (2005)

Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Debbie Doebereiner  •  Omar Cowan  •  Dustin James Ashley  •  Phyllis Workman

Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Debbie Doebereiner  •  Omar Cowan  •  Dustin James Ashley  •  Phyllis Workman

Erin Brockovich (2000)

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A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Albert Finney  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Marg Helgenberger

A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Albert Finney  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Marg Helgenberger

Eros (2004)

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Michelangelo Antonioni
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Chang Chen  •  Luisa Ranieri  •  Tien Feng

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Michelangelo Antonioni
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Chang Chen  •  Luisa Ranieri  •  Tien Feng

Full Frontal (2002)

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A contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles, Full Frontal traces the complicated relationship among seven friends as they deal with the fragile connections that bind them together. Full Frontal takes place during a twenty-four hour period - a day in the life of missed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Nicky Katt  •  Catherine Keener  •  Mary McCormack

A contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles, Full Frontal traces the complicated relationship among seven friends as they deal with the fragile connections that bind them together. Full Frontal takes place during a twenty-four hour period - a day in the life of missed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Nicky Katt  •  Catherine Keener  •  Mary McCormack

Che: Part Two (2009)

After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. Through this story, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Benicio del Toro  •  Catalina Sandino Moreno  •  Franka Potente  •  Demián Bichir

After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. Through this story, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Benicio del Toro  •  Catalina Sandino Moreno  •  Franka Potente  •  Demián Bichir

Kafka (1991)

Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town, attempting to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Theresa Russell  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl  •  Joel Grey

Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town, attempting to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Theresa Russell  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl  •  Joel Grey

Ocean's Twelve (2004)

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Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Julia Roberts

Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Julia Roberts

Out of Sight (1998)

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Michael Keaton  •  Jim Robinson

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Michael Keaton  •  Jim Robinson

Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Andie MacDowell  •  Peter Gallagher  •  James Spader  •  Laura San Giacomo

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Andie MacDowell  •  Peter Gallagher  •  James Spader  •  Laura San Giacomo

Solaris (2002)

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A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Natascha McElhone  •  Viola Davis  •  Jeremy Davies

A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Natascha McElhone  •  Viola Davis  •  Jeremy Davies

The Good German (2006)

An American journalist arrives in Berlin just after the end of World War Two. He becomes involved in a murder mystery surrounding a dead GI who washes up at a lakeside mansion during the Potsdam negotiations between the Allied powers. Soon his investigation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Tobey Maguire  •  Tony Curran

An American journalist arrives in Berlin just after the end of World War Two. He becomes involved in a murder mystery surrounding a dead GI who washes up at a lakeside mansion during the Potsdam negotiations between the Allied powers. Soon his investigation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Tobey Maguire  •  Tony Curran

The Limey (1999)

The Limey follows Wilson, a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. Upon arrival, Wilson goes to task battling Valentine and an army of L.A.'s toughest criminals, hoping to find clues and piece together what happened. After ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Terence Stamp  •  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Luis Guzmán  •  Barry Newman

The Limey follows Wilson, a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. Upon arrival, Wilson goes to task battling Valentine and an army of L.A.'s toughest criminals, hoping to find clues and piece together what happened. After ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Terence Stamp  •  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Luis Guzmán  •  Barry Newman

Traffic (2000)

An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Jacob Vargas  •  Andrew Chavez

An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Jacob Vargas  •  Andrew Chavez

Schizopolis (1997)

A man works for the unpleasant guru of a Scientology-like movement.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Scott Allen  •  Steven Soderbergh  •  Betsy Brantley  •  Eddie Jemison

A man works for the unpleasant guru of a Scientology-like movement.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Scott Allen  •  Steven Soderbergh  •  Betsy Brantley  •  Eddie Jemison

King of the Hill (1993)

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jesse Bradford  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Karen Allen

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jesse Bradford  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Karen Allen

Gray's Anatomy (1996)

The film documents, in an often dramatic and humorous fashion, Gray's investigations into alternative medicine for an eye condition (Macular pucker) he had developed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Spalding Gray  •  Mike McLaughlin  •  Melissa Robertson  •  Alyne Hargroder

The film documents, in an often dramatic and humorous fashion, Gray's investigations into alternative medicine for an eye condition (Macular pucker) he had developed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Spalding Gray  •  Mike McLaughlin  •  Melissa Robertson  •  Alyne Hargroder

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

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Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank doublecrosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring down Willy Bank along ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Matt Damon  •  Al Pacino

Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank doublecrosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring down Willy Bank along ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Matt Damon  •  Al Pacino
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