Robert Wise

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Earl Wise (September 10, 1914 – September 14, 2005) was an American sound effects editor, film editor, film producer and director. He won Academy Awards as Best Director for The Sound of Music (1965) and West Side Story (1961) as well as nominations as Best Film Editing for Citizen Kane (1941) and Best Picture for The Sand Pebbles (1966). Among his other films are Born to Kill; Destination Gobi; The Hindenburg; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; The Day the Earth Stood Still; Run Silent, Run Deep; The Andromeda Strain; The Set-Up; The Haunting; and The Body Snatcher. Wise's working period spanned the 1930s to the 1990s. Often contrasted with contemporary "auteur" directors such as Stanley Kubrick who tended to bring a distinctive directorial "look" to a particular genre, Wise is famously viewed to have allowed his (sometimes studio assigned) story to dictate style. Later critics such as Martin Scorsese would go on to expand that characterization, insisting that despite Wise's notorious workaday concentration on stylistic perfection within the confines of genre and budget, his choice of subject matter and approach still functioned to identify Wise as an artist and not merely an artisan. Through whatever means, Wise's approach would bring him critical success as a director in many different traditional film genres: from horror to noir to Western to war films to science fiction, to musical and drama, with many repeat hits within ...

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The Sound of Music (1965)

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In the years before the Second World War, a tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey is hired as a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Bill Lee

In the years before the Second World War, a tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey is hired as a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Bill Lee

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  William Shatner  •  Leonard Nimoy  •  George Takei  •  James Doohan

When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  William Shatner  •  Leonard Nimoy  •  George Takei  •  James Doohan

Audrey Rose (1977)

A man is convinced that a young girl is the reincarnation of his own daughter Audrey Rose, who died in a fiery car accident, along with his wife, two minutes before the girl was born.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Marsha Mason  •  John Beck  •  Susan Swift

A man is convinced that a young girl is the reincarnation of his own daughter Audrey Rose, who died in a fiery car accident, along with his wife, two minutes before the girl was born.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Marsha Mason  •  John Beck  •  Susan Swift

Blood on the Moon (1948)

Down-and-out cowhand Jim Garry is asked by his old friend Tate Riling to help mediate a cattle dispute. When Garry arrives, however, it soon becomes clear that Riling has not been entirely forthright. Garry uncovers Riling's plot to dupe local rancher John Lufton ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Barbara Bel Geddes  •  Robert Preston  •  Walter Brennan

Down-and-out cowhand Jim Garry is asked by his old friend Tate Riling to help mediate a cattle dispute. When Garry arrives, however, it soon becomes clear that Riling has not been entirely forthright. Garry uncovers Riling's plot to dupe local rancher John Lufton ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Barbara Bel Geddes  •  Robert Preston  •  Walter Brennan

Born to Kill (1947)

Helen Brent has just received a Reno divorce. That night, she discovers her neighbor Laury Palmer and a gentleman caller murdered in Palmer's home. The killer is her neighbor's other boyfriend Sam Wilde, an insanely jealous man who won't abide anyone "cutting in" ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Claire Trevor  •  Lawrence Tierney  •  Walter Slezak  •  Phillip Terry

Helen Brent has just received a Reno divorce. That night, she discovers her neighbor Laury Palmer and a gentleman caller murdered in Palmer's home. The killer is her neighbor's other boyfriend Sam Wilde, an insanely jealous man who won't abide anyone "cutting in" ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Claire Trevor  •  Lawrence Tierney  •  Walter Slezak  •  Phillip Terry

I Want to Live! (1958)

Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police arresting them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Susan Hayward  •  Simon Oakland  •  Virginia Vincent  •  Theodore Bikel

Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police arresting them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Susan Hayward  •  Simon Oakland  •  Virginia Vincent  •  Theodore Bikel

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Robert Ryan  •  Shelley Winters  •  Ed Begley

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Robert Ryan  •  Shelley Winters  •  Ed Begley

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone scramble to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Arthur Hill  •  David Wayne  •  James Olson  •  Kate Reid

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone scramble to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Arthur Hill  •  David Wayne  •  James Olson  •  Kate Reid

The Body Snatcher (1945)

Edinburgh, 1831. Among those who undertake the illegal trade of grave robbery is Gray, ostensibly a cab driver. Formerly a medical student convicted of grave robbery, Gray holds a grudge against Dr. MacFarlane who had escaped detection and punishment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Boris Karloff  •  Bela Lugosi  •  Henry Daniell  •  Edith Atwater

Edinburgh, 1831. Among those who undertake the illegal trade of grave robbery is Gray, ostensibly a cab driver. Formerly a medical student convicted of grave robbery, Gray holds a grudge against Dr. MacFarlane who had escaped detection and punishment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Boris Karloff  •  Bela Lugosi  •  Henry Daniell  •  Edith Atwater

The Captive City (1952)

A small-town newspaper editor defies threats to expose the mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  John Forsythe  •  Joan Camden  •  Harold J. Kennedy  •  Marjorie Crossland

A small-town newspaper editor defies threats to expose the mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  John Forsythe  •  Joan Camden  •  Harold J. Kennedy  •  Marjorie Crossland

The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise  •  Gunther von Fritsch
CAST:  Simone Simon  •  Kent Smith  •  Jane Randolph  •  Ann Carter

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise  •  Gunther von Fritsch
CAST:  Simone Simon  •  Kent Smith  •  Jane Randolph  •  Ann Carter

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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An alien and a robot land on Earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Patricia Neal  •  Hugh Marlowe  •  Sam Jaffe

An alien and a robot land on Earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Patricia Neal  •  Hugh Marlowe  •  Sam Jaffe

The Desert Rats (1953)

In North Africa, German Field Marshal Rommel and his troops have successfully fended off British forces, and now intend to take Tobruk, an important port city. A ramshackle group of Australian reinforcements sent to combat the Germans is put under the command of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  James Mason  •  Robert Newton  •  Robert Douglas

In North Africa, German Field Marshal Rommel and his troops have successfully fended off British forces, and now intend to take Tobruk, an important port city. A ramshackle group of Australian reinforcements sent to combat the Germans is put under the command of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  James Mason  •  Robert Newton  •  Robert Douglas

The Haunting (1963)

Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Julie Harris  •  Claire Bloom  •  Richard Johnson  •  Russ Tamblyn

Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Julie Harris  •  Claire Bloom  •  Richard Johnson  •  Russ Tamblyn

The Hindenburg (1975)

In this highly speculative historical thriller, Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott), a former hero pilot now working for military intelligence, is assigned to the great Hindenburg airship as its chief of security. As he races against the clock to uncover a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Anne Bancroft  •  William Atherton  •  Roy Thinnes

In this highly speculative historical thriller, Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott), a former hero pilot now working for military intelligence, is assigned to the great Hindenburg airship as its chief of security. As he races against the clock to uncover a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Anne Bancroft  •  William Atherton  •  Roy Thinnes

The Sand Pebbles (1966)

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat USS San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the 'rice-bowl' system which runs the ship and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Richard Crenna  •  Candice Bergen

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat USS San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the 'rice-bowl' system which runs the ship and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Richard Crenna  •  Candice Bergen

The Set-Up (1949)

Expecting the usual loss, a boxing manager takes bribes from a betting gangster without telling his fighter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Robert Ryan  •  Audrey Totter  •  George Tobias  •  Alan Baxter

Expecting the usual loss, a boxing manager takes bribes from a betting gangster without telling his fighter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Robert Ryan  •  Audrey Totter  •  George Tobias  •  Alan Baxter

West Side Story (1961)

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In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise  •  Jerome Robbins
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Richard Beymer  •  Russ Tamblyn  •  Rita Moreno

In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise  •  Jerome Robbins
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Richard Beymer  •  Russ Tamblyn  •  Rita Moreno

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

The story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Pier Angeli  •  Everett Sloane  •  Eileen Heckart

The story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Pier Angeli  •  Everett Sloane  •  Eileen Heckart

Visions of Light (1992)

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to Do the Right Thing. Themes: the DP tells people where to look; changes in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Samuels  •  Arnold Glassman  •  Todd McCarthy
CAST:  Ernest R. Dickerson  •  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  Michael Chapman  •  Sven Nykvist

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to Do the Right Thing. Themes: the DP tells people where to look; changes in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Samuels  •  Arnold Glassman  •  Todd McCarthy
CAST:  Ernest R. Dickerson  •  Vilmos Zsigmond  •  Michael Chapman  •  Sven Nykvist
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