Geoff Murphy

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Geoff Murphy was a successful New Zealand filmmaker best-known for his work during the renaissance of New Zealand cinema that began in the last half of the 1970s. He directed a string of big-budget Hollywood features during the 1990s, before returning to New Zealand as second unit director on all three movies of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He has also worked as a scriptwriter, assistant director, special effects man, schoolteacher and trumpet player. Description above from the Wikipedia article Geoff Murphy, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Freejack (1992)

Time-traveling bounty hunters find a doomed race-car driver in the past and bring him to 2009 New York, where his mind will be replaced with that of a terminally ill billionaire.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Mick Jagger  •  Rene Russo  •  Anthony Hopkins

Time-traveling bounty hunters find a doomed race-car driver in the past and bring him to 2009 New York, where his mind will be replaced with that of a terminally ill billionaire.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Mick Jagger  •  Rene Russo  •  Anthony Hopkins

Goodbye Pork Pie (1981)

Gerry hires a car in Kaitaia with a stolen licence and travels to Invercargill with John, who's wife has just left him. The ultimate NZ roadtrip adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Tony Barry  •  Kelly Johnson  •  Claire Oberman  •  Shirley Gruar

Gerry hires a car in Kaitaia with a stolen licence and travels to Invercargill with John, who's wife has just left him. The ultimate NZ roadtrip adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Tony Barry  •  Kelly Johnson  •  Claire Oberman  •  Shirley Gruar

The Quiet Earth (1985)

After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Alison Routledge  •  Pete Smith  •  Anzac Wallace

After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Alison Routledge  •  Pete Smith  •  Anzac Wallace

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

A passenger train has been hijacked by an electronics expert and turned into an untraceable command center for a weapons satellite. He has planned to blow up Washington DC and only one man can stop him, former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Eric Bogosian  •  Everett McGill  •  Katherine Heigl

A passenger train has been hijacked by an electronics expert and turned into an untraceable command center for a weapons satellite. He has planned to blow up Washington DC and only one man can stop him, former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Eric Bogosian  •  Everett McGill  •  Katherine Heigl

Utu (1983)

In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Anzac Wallace  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Tim Elliott  •  Kelly Johnson

In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Anzac Wallace  •  Bruno Lawrence  •  Tim Elliott  •  Kelly Johnson

Young Guns II (1990)

Three of the original five "young guns" — Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) — return in Young Guns, Part 2, which is the story of Billy the Kid and his race to safety in Old Mexico ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Christian Slater

Three of the original five "young guns" — Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) — return in Young Guns, Part 2, which is the story of Billy the Kid and his race to safety in Old Mexico ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Christian Slater

Red King, White Knight (1989)

The CIA hears of a KGB scheme to assassinate the Soviet General Secretary and enlists Stoner, an agent retired for 10 years, to go to Russia to investigate. He verifies the plot, but then has trouble leaving the country. In the meantime, the U.S. policy makers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Tom Skerritt  •  Max von Sydow  •  Helen Mirren  •  Tom Bell

The CIA hears of a KGB scheme to assassinate the Soviet General Secretary and enlists Stoner, an agent retired for 10 years, to go to Russia to investigate. He verifies the plot, but then has trouble leaving the country. In the meantime, the U.S. policy makers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Tom Skerritt  •  Max von Sydow  •  Helen Mirren  •  Tom Bell

Race Against Time (2000)

When a man faces surmounting bills for his dying son's hospital stay, he enters into an agreement to sell his body for organ transplants to pay the bills. However, when he is advised that the doctors want to claim his organs immediately, he goes on the run  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Eric Roberts  •  Cary Elwes  •  Sarah Wynter  •  Chris Sarandon

When a man faces surmounting bills for his dying son's hospital stay, he enters into an agreement to sell his body for organ transplants to pay the bills. However, when he is advised that the doctors want to claim his organs immediately, he goes on the run  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Eric Roberts  •  Cary Elwes  •  Sarah Wynter  •  Chris Sarandon

The Last Outlaw (1993)

The story follows a band of former Confederate soldiers who were part of a cavalry unit. Their commander, Graff (Rourke) had once been a heroic and staunch supporter of the southern cause, but after losing his family he became cold hearted and ruthless. His second ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Ted Levine  •  John C. McGinley

The story follows a band of former Confederate soldiers who were part of a cavalry unit. Their commander, Graff (Rourke) had once been a heroic and staunch supporter of the southern cause, but after losing his family he became cold hearted and ruthless. His second ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Ted Levine  •  John C. McGinley

Spooked (2004)

Spooked is a contemporary conspiracy thriller arising from the mysterious death of Kevin Jones, who thought he was just buying second-hand computers, until he looked at the data left on the discs. Was kevin murdered or did he simply get drunk and crash his car? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Cliff Curtis  •  Christopher Hobbs  •  John Leigh  •  Kelly Johnson

Spooked is a contemporary conspiracy thriller arising from the mysterious death of Kevin Jones, who thought he was just buying second-hand computers, until he looked at the data left on the discs. Was kevin murdered or did he simply get drunk and crash his car? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Cliff Curtis  •  Christopher Hobbs  •  John Leigh  •  Kelly Johnson

Blind Side (1993)

A couple visits Mexico to scout a new location for their furniture manufacturing business and hit a cop with their car on the way back stateside. Realizing that if they report it they could land in a Mexican jail (guilty until proven innocent) they clean up the car ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  Ron Silver  •  Jonathan Banks

A couple visits Mexico to scout a new location for their furniture manufacturing business and hit a cop with their car on the way back stateside. Realizing that if they report it they could land in a Mexican jail (guilty until proven innocent) they clean up the car ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  Ron Silver  •  Jonathan Banks

Don't Look Back (1996)

Los Angeles heroin addict Jesse endangers the lives of his childhood friends after he discovers a briefcase full of money from a drug deal gone bad, and returns home with it to Texas. Hoping to turn his life around with his newfound wealth, Jessie endures detox ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Eric Stoltz  •  John Corbett  •  Josh Hamilton  •  Billy Bob Thornton

Los Angeles heroin addict Jesse endangers the lives of his childhood friends after he discovers a briefcase full of money from a drug deal gone bad, and returns home with it to Texas. Hoping to turn his life around with his newfound wealth, Jessie endures detox ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Eric Stoltz  •  John Corbett  •  Josh Hamilton  •  Billy Bob Thornton

Fortress 2 (2000)

7 years on from the original Fortress movie, Brennick and his family are still on the run. Finally, they give in, and surrender, only to find themselves imprisoned in a new, more sophisticated fortress prison in outer space. But Brennick's not a man to give in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Christophe Lambert  •  Aidan Rea  •  David Roberson  •  Liz May Brice

7 years on from the original Fortress movie, Brennick and his family are still on the run. Finally, they give in, and surrender, only to find themselves imprisoned in a new, more sophisticated fortress prison in outer space. But Brennick's not a man to give in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Christophe Lambert  •  Aidan Rea  •  David Roberson  •  Liz May Brice

Mauri (1988)

Rewi Rapana returns to the small country town of Te Mata after his family has left the district. His arrival rekindles old tensions as well as renewing family ties. He is seeking an identity and a permanent place to call home yet desperately hiding a secret from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Merata Mita
CAST:  Anzac Wallace  •  Eva Rickard  •  James L. Heyward  •  Willie Raana

Rewi Rapana returns to the small country town of Te Mata after his family has left the district. His arrival rekindles old tensions as well as renewing family ties. He is seeking an identity and a permanent place to call home yet desperately hiding a secret from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Merata Mita
CAST:  Anzac Wallace  •  Eva Rickard  •  James L. Heyward  •  Willie Raana

Never Say Die (1988)

Investigative journalist Alf Winters (Morrison), meets his American girlfriend, Melissa Jones (Eilbacher), at Auckland airport. As they park outside Alf's house, it explodes. It is soon apparent that persons unknown want them dead, but the police are either ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Lisa Eilbacher  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Tony Barry  •  George Wendt

Investigative journalist Alf Winters (Morrison), meets his American girlfriend, Melissa Jones (Eilbacher), at Auckland airport. As they park outside Alf's house, it explodes. It is soon apparent that persons unknown want them dead, but the police are either ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Lisa Eilbacher  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Tony Barry  •  George Wendt

Uenuku (1974)

Tells the Māori legend of Uenuku and his affair with the mist maiden Hinepūkohurangi. A story of love, betrayal, and rainbow redemption. Filmed at the Waimarama base.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Faenza Reuben  •  Aroha Gallo  •  Marlene Jacobs  •  Paul Mareikura

Tells the Māori legend of Uenuku and his affair with the mist maiden Hinepūkohurangi. A story of love, betrayal, and rainbow redemption. Filmed at the Waimarama base.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Faenza Reuben  •  Aroha Gallo  •  Marlene Jacobs  •  Paul Mareikura

Wild Man (1977)

The story of two itinerant con men, the Wild Man and the Colonel, who operate on the West Coast gold mining towns of the New Zealand South Island during the latter part of the last century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Ian Watkin  •  Tony Barry  •  Bill Stalker

The story of two itinerant con men, the Wild Man and the Colonel, who operate on the West Coast gold mining towns of the New Zealand South Island during the latter part of the last century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy
CAST:  Bruno Lawrence  •  Ian Watkin  •  Tony Barry  •  Bill Stalker

Dagg Day Afternoon (1977)

A series of sketches about Kiwi extraordinaire Fred Dagg's secret mission to find a "bionic sheep" which has been lost by the government.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy  •  John Clarke
CAST:  John Clarke  •  Derek Payne  •  Michael Wilson  •  Michael McDonald

A series of sketches about Kiwi extraordinaire Fred Dagg's secret mission to find a "bionic sheep" which has been lost by the government.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Murphy  •  John Clarke
CAST:  John Clarke  •  Derek Payne  •  Michael Wilson  •  Michael McDonald