Bob Rafelson

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert "Bob" Rafelson (born February 21, 1933) is an American film director, writer and producer. He is most famous for directing and co-writing the film Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson, as well as being one of the creators of the pop group and TV series, The Monkees (with Raybert/BBS Productions partner Bert Schneider). Rafelson was born in New York City, the son of a hat manufacturer. His uncle was screenwriter and playwright Samson Raphaelson. Rafelson and Nicholson have been collaborators for over thirty years. Nicholson and Rafelson wrote and produced and Rafelson directed Head, starring the Monkees, in 1968, followed by Five Easy Pieces. In subsequent years, Rafelson directed Nicholson in four more films, including The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Man Trouble (1992), and Blood and Wine (1996). Rafelson has adapted the works of legendary noir authors James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett. Description above from the Wikipedia article Bob Rafelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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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

Head (1968)

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Peter Tork  •  Davy Jones  •  Micky Dolenz  •  Michael Nesmith

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Peter Tork  •  Davy Jones  •  Micky Dolenz  •  Michael Nesmith

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

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Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Elisabeth Shue  •  Julian Sands  •  Richard Lewis

Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Elisabeth Shue  •  Julian Sands  •  Richard Lewis

No Good Deed (2002)

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Doug Hutchison

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Doug Hutchison

Stay Hungry (1976)

A dishonest businessman asks rich layabout Craig Blake to help him buy a gym, which will be demolished for a development project in Alabama. But after spending time with weightlifter Joe Santo and gym worker Mary Tate Farnsworth, Craig wants out of the deal. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Sally Field  •  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  R. G. Armstrong

A dishonest businessman asks rich layabout Craig Blake to help him buy a gym, which will be demolished for a development project in Alabama. But after spending time with weightlifter Joe Santo and gym worker Mary Tate Farnsworth, Craig wants out of the deal. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Sally Field  •  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  R. G. Armstrong

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

Jason Staebler lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is a dreamer who asks his brother David, a radio personality from Philadelphia, to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island, which might be just another of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Bruce Dern  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Scatman Crothers

Jason Staebler lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is a dreamer who asks his brother David, a radio personality from Philadelphia, to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island, which might be just another of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Bruce Dern  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Scatman Crothers

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Jessica Lange  •  John Colicos  •  Michael Lerner

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Jessica Lange  •  John Colicos  •  Michael Lerner

Blood and Wine (1996)

A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Stephen Dorff  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Judy Davis

A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Stephen Dorff  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Judy Davis

Mountains of the Moon (1990)

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Patrick Bergin  •  Richard E. Grant  •  John Savident  •  Bernard Hill

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Patrick Bergin  •  Richard E. Grant  •  John Savident  •  Bernard Hill

Poodle Springs (1998)

Private eye Philip Marlowe and his bride move to a desert town, where he uncovers a land scheme.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  James Caan  •  Dina Meyer  •  David Keith  •  Tom Bower

Private eye Philip Marlowe and his bride move to a desert town, where he uncovers a land scheme.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  James Caan  •  Dina Meyer  •  David Keith  •  Tom Bower

Always (1985)

A middle-aged couple, on the verge of proceeding with a divorce, find themselves questioning their decision to separate when fellow friends and neighbors, oblivious to their marital troubles, assemble at their house for a 4th of July Weekend party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Jaglom
CAST:  Patrice Townsend  •  Henry Jaglom  •  Joanna Frank  •  Alan Rachins

A middle-aged couple, on the verge of proceeding with a divorce, find themselves questioning their decision to separate when fellow friends and neighbors, oblivious to their marital troubles, assemble at their house for a 4th of July Weekend party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Jaglom
CAST:  Patrice Townsend  •  Henry Jaglom  •  Joanna Frank  •  Alan Rachins

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2009)

The artistry, triumph and lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. With film school equipment, they shoot the Soviet crackdown of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. As refugees they struggle in Hollywood, finally breaking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Chressanthis
CAST:  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Sharon Stone

The artistry, triumph and lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. With film school equipment, they shoot the Soviet crackdown of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. As refugees they struggle in Hollywood, finally breaking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Chressanthis
CAST:  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Sharon Stone

Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997)

Hailed by some as a cinematic genius, a feminist voice and a true maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic fraud and the "world's worst director," Henry Jaglom obsessively confuses and abuses the line between life and art. Featuring scores ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Alex Rubin  •  Jeremy Workman
CAST:  Henry Jaglom  •  Candice Bergen  •  Karen Black  •  Peter Bogdanovich

Hailed by some as a cinematic genius, a feminist voice and a true maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic fraud and the "world's worst director," Henry Jaglom obsessively confuses and abuses the line between life and art. Featuring scores ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Alex Rubin  •  Jeremy Workman
CAST:  Henry Jaglom  •  Candice Bergen  •  Karen Black  •  Peter Bogdanovich

Wet (1994)

The attractive Davida enters a shop shortly before off-time and wants to buy a bathtub. Just the manager is still there. As business is not well, he is willing to stay longer. Davida wants to try the bathtubs. Although this is not allowed in the shop the manager ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Arliss Howard  •  Cynda Williams  •  Kathleen Wilhoite  •  John Toles-Bey

The attractive Davida enters a shop shortly before off-time and wants to buy a bathtub. Just the manager is still there. As business is not well, he is willing to stay longer. Davida wants to try the bathtubs. Although this is not allowed in the shop the manager ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Arliss Howard  •  Cynda Williams  •  Kathleen Wilhoite  •  John Toles-Bey

Black Widow (1987)

Federal agent Alexandra Barnes believes that Catherine Petersen is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can't prove anything with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Debra Winger  •  Theresa Russell  •  Sami Frey  •  Dennis Hopper

Federal agent Alexandra Barnes believes that Catherine Petersen is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can't prove anything with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Debra Winger  •  Theresa Russell  •  Sami Frey  •  Dennis Hopper

Tales of Erotica (1996)

A series of erotic short films, all with similar unexpected endings.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melvin Van Peebles  •  Susan Seidelman  •  Ken Russell  •  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Ken Russell  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Cynda Williams  •  Arliss Howard

A series of erotic short films, all with similar unexpected endings.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melvin Van Peebles  •  Susan Seidelman  •  Ken Russell  •  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Ken Russell  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Cynda Williams  •  Arliss Howard

Man Trouble (1992)

A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Lauren Tom  •  Harry Dean Stanton

A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Lauren Tom  •  Harry Dean Stanton

Notre Dame de la Croisette (1982)

A woman goes to Cannes and, lost in its chaos and unable to obtain tickets, ends up watching it on television from her hotel room.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Schmid
CAST:  Bulle Ogier  •  Jean-Claude Brialy  •  Arletty  •  Brigitte Bardot

A woman goes to Cannes and, lost in its chaos and unable to obtain tickets, ends up watching it on television from her hotel room.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Schmid
CAST:  Bulle Ogier  •  Jean-Claude Brialy  •  Arletty  •  Brigitte Bardot

BBStory: An American Film Renaissance (2010)

This 2009 documentary features directors Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich, and Henry Jaglom, actor-director Jack Nicholson, and actresses Karen Black and Ellen Burstyn, among others, reminiscing about the making of the groundbreaking films of BBS Productions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Carson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Bob Rafelson  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Karen Black

This 2009 documentary features directors Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich, and Henry Jaglom, actor-director Jack Nicholson, and actresses Karen Black and Ellen Burstyn, among others, reminiscing about the making of the groundbreaking films of BBS Productions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Carson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Bob Rafelson  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Karen Black

Sodankylä Forever (2010)

The Midnight Sun Film Festival is held every June in the Finnish village of Sodankylä beyond the arctic circle—where the sun never sets. Founded by Aki and Mika Kaurismäki along with Anssi Mänttäri and Peter Von Bagh in 1985, the festival has played host to an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter von Bagh
CAST:  Peter von Bagh  •  Robert Parrish  •  Roy Ward Baker  •  Víctor Erice

The Midnight Sun Film Festival is held every June in the Finnish village of Sodankylä beyond the arctic circle—where the sun never sets. Founded by Aki and Mika Kaurismäki along with Anssi Mänttäri and Peter Von Bagh in 1985, the festival has played host to an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter von Bagh
CAST:  Peter von Bagh  •  Robert Parrish  •  Roy Ward Baker  •  Víctor Erice
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