Sam Mendes

Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English stage and film director. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards for his London stage productions The Glass Menagerie and Company in 1996, and Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya in 2003. He also received a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical for the Broadway revival of Cabaret in 1998. His debut film American Beauty (1999) earned him an Academy Award for Best Director.

Skyfall (2012)

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When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Judi Dench  •  Javier Bardem  •  Ralph Fiennes

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Judi Dench  •  Javier Bardem  •  Ralph Fiennes

American Beauty (1999)

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Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

Jarhead (2005)

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Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Road to Perdition (2002)

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Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Company (1996)

The Donmar Warehouse production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's classic musical, starring Adrian Lester and directed by Sam Mendes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Adrian Lester  •  Rebecca Front  •  Clive Rowe  •  Clare Burt

The Donmar Warehouse production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's classic musical, starring Adrian Lester and directed by Sam Mendes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Adrian Lester  •  Rebecca Front  •  Clive Rowe  •  Clare Burt

American Beauty: Look Closer... (2000)

A promotional short documentary on the making of the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbara Toennies
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Alan Ball  •  Annette Bening  •  Wes Bentley

A promotional short documentary on the making of the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbara Toennies
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Alan Ball  •  Annette Bening  •  Wes Bentley

Spectre (2015)

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A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Ben Whishaw  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Naomie Harris

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Ben Whishaw  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Naomie Harris

Cabaret (1993)

A filmed stage performance of the 1993 London revival. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall) directed this new production for the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End. It starred Jane Horrocks as Sally, Adam Godley as Cliff, Alan Cumming as the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Alan Cumming  •  Jane Horrocks  •  Adam Godley  •  Sara Kestelman

A filmed stage performance of the 1993 London revival. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall) directed this new production for the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End. It starred Jane Horrocks as Sally, Adam Godley as Cliff, Alan Cumming as the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Alan Cumming  •  Jane Horrocks  •  Adam Godley  •  Sara Kestelman

Away We Go (2009)

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Verona and Burt have moved to Colorado to be close to Burt's parents but, with Veronica expecting their first child, Burt's parents decide to move to Belgium, now leaving them in a place they hate and without a support structure in place. They set off on a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  John Krasinski  •  Maya Rudolph  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  Catherine O'Hara

Verona and Burt have moved to Colorado to be close to Burt's parents but, with Veronica expecting their first child, Burt's parents decide to move to Belgium, now leaving them in a place they hate and without a support structure in place. They set off on a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  John Krasinski  •  Maya Rudolph  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  Catherine O'Hara

Everything or Nothing (2012)

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The story of three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It’s the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962,  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stevan Riley
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Timothy Dalton  •  Roger Moore

The story of three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It’s the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962,  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stevan Riley
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Timothy Dalton  •  Roger Moore

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Whelehan
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Maureen Anderman  •  Sam Mendes  •  Stephen Lee Anderson

Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Whelehan
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Maureen Anderman  •  Sam Mendes  •  Stephen Lee Anderson

National Theatre Live: King Lear (2014)

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Simon Russell Beale, whose recent appearances at the National include Timon of Athens and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes  •  Robin Lough
CAST:  Simon Russell Beale  •  Kate Fleetwood  •  Anna Maxwell Martin  •  Olivia Vinall

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Simon Russell Beale, whose recent appearances at the National include Timon of Athens and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes  •  Robin Lough
CAST:  Simon Russell Beale  •  Kate Fleetwood  •  Anna Maxwell Martin  •  Olivia Vinall

Revolutionary Road (2008)

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Kate Winslet  •  Michael Shannon  •  Kathryn Hahn

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Kate Winslet  •  Michael Shannon  •  Kathryn Hahn

Jill Billcock: The Art of Film Editing (2017)

Australian film editor Jill Bilcock is one of the world's most sought after film editors, having edited beloved films such as STRICTLY BALLROOM, ROMEO+JULIET, MURIEL’S WEDDING, ELIZABETH, MOULIN ROUGE!, ROAD TO PERDITION and THE DRESSMAKER. This documentary looks ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Axel Grigor
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Baz Luhrmann  •  Shekhar Kapur  •  Sam Mendes

Australian film editor Jill Bilcock is one of the world's most sought after film editors, having edited beloved films such as STRICTLY BALLROOM, ROMEO+JULIET, MURIEL’S WEDDING, ELIZABETH, MOULIN ROUGE!, ROAD TO PERDITION and THE DRESSMAKER. This documentary looks ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Axel Grigor
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Baz Luhrmann  •  Shekhar Kapur  •  Sam Mendes

Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage (2016)

This documentary celebrates one of Britain’s greatest actors, Dame Judi Dench, and looks back over her remarkable 60-year career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Whately
CAST:  Colin Salmon  •  Judi Dench  •  Daniel Craig  •  Ann Mitchell

This documentary celebrates one of Britain’s greatest actors, Dame Judi Dench, and looks back over her remarkable 60-year career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Whately
CAST:  Colin Salmon  •  Judi Dench  •  Daniel Craig  •  Ann Mitchell

1917 (2019)

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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  George MacKay  •  Dean-Charles Chapman  •  Mark Strong  •  Andrew Scott

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  George MacKay  •  Dean-Charles Chapman  •  Mark Strong  •  Andrew Scott

Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange (2000)

Produced by Channel 4, Still Tickin´: The Return of A Clockwork Orange examines the controversy over Kubrick’s iconic film, explaining the film’s “demonic level of attention,” and its influence on culture, politics and society, which led to the director’s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Joyce
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Anthony Burgess  •  Robin Duval  •  Mary Harron

Produced by Channel 4, Still Tickin´: The Return of A Clockwork Orange examines the controversy over Kubrick’s iconic film, explaining the film’s “demonic level of attention,” and its influence on culture, politics and society, which led to the director’s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Joyce
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Anthony Burgess  •  Robin Duval  •  Mary Harron

Allied Forces: Making 1917 (2020)

Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award® winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes’ vision to life. Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1. Composer Thomas Newman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Sam Mendes  •  Krysty Wilson-Cairns  •  Pippa Harris  •  Dennis Gassner

Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award® winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes’ vision to life. Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1. Composer Thomas Newman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Sam Mendes  •  Krysty Wilson-Cairns  •  Pippa Harris  •  Dennis Gassner

National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy (2019)

On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes  •  Matthew Amos
CAST:  Simon Russell Beale  •  Ben Miles  •  Adam Godley  •  Gary Bland

On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes  •  Matthew Amos
CAST:  Simon Russell Beale  •  Ben Miles  •  Adam Godley  •  Gary Bland