Michael Schultz

Schultz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Katherine Frances (née Leslie), a factory worker, and German American Leo Schultz, an insurance salesman. After his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Marquette University, he attended Princeton University, where in 1966 he directed his first play, a production of Waiting for Godot. He joined the Negro Ensemble Company in 1968, which brought him to Broadway in 1969. His breakthrough was directing Lorraine Hansberry's To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which he restaged for television in 1972. Schultz' earliest film projects combined low comedy with profound social comment (Honeybaby, Honeybaby and Cooley High), reaching a peak with the ensemble comedy Car Wash (1976) and Which Way Is Up? (1977), starring Richard Pryor. In 1978, Schultz took the reins of the musical Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the largest budget ever entrusted to an African-American film director to that date. However, upon its release, the project was a commercial and critical failure. Schultz would go on to make prominent films such as Scavenger Hunt (1979), Carbon Copy (1981), and Disorderlies (1987). More recently, Schultz has worked in television, piloting episodes of such style-conscious series as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Picket Fences, as well as an abundance of made-for-TV movies. In 1991, Schultz was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

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Car Wash (1976)

This day-in-the-life cult comedy focuses on a group of friends working at Sully Boyar's Car Wash in the Los Angeles ghetto. The team meets dozens of eccentric customers -- including a smooth-talking preacher, a wacky cab driver and an ex-convict -- while cracking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Darrow Igus  •  DeWayne Jessie  •  James Spinks  •  Richard Brestoff

This day-in-the-life cult comedy focuses on a group of friends working at Sully Boyar's Car Wash in the Los Angeles ghetto. The team meets dozens of eccentric customers -- including a smooth-talking preacher, a wacky cab driver and an ex-convict -- while cracking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Darrow Igus  •  DeWayne Jessie  •  James Spinks  •  Richard Brestoff

Carbon Copy (1981)

A middle-aged married wealthy white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a working-class black teen-age son who wants to be adopted into the almost-exclusively-white upper-middle-class community of San Marino, California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  George Segal  •  Susan Saint James  •  Jack Warden

A middle-aged married wealthy white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a working-class black teen-age son who wants to be adopted into the almost-exclusively-white upper-middle-class community of San Marino, California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  George Segal  •  Susan Saint James  •  Jack Warden

Cooley High (1975)

In the mid-1960s, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals and get falsely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Glynn Turman  •  Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs  •  Garrett Morris  •  Cynthia Davis

In the mid-1960s, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals and get falsely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Glynn Turman  •  Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs  •  Garrett Morris  •  Cynthia Davis

Greased Lightning (1977)

This film is based on the true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing champion in America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Beau Bridges  •  Pam Grier  •  Cleavon Little

This film is based on the true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing champion in America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Beau Bridges  •  Pam Grier  •  Cleavon Little

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of The Beatles, this musical uses some big name ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Barry Gibb  •  Robin Gibb  •  Maurice Gibb  •  Paul Nicholas

A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of The Beatles, this musical uses some big name ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Barry Gibb  •  Robin Gibb  •  Maurice Gibb  •  Paul Nicholas

Which Way Is Up? (1977)

Richard Pryor plays three roles - a beleaguered, sex-starved farm worker named Leroy Jones; the farm worker's randy old father Rufus; and the hypocritical town preacher Rev. Lenox Thomas - and Pryor has never been so outrageously funny. The lives and love lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Lonette McKee  •  Margaret Avery  •  Morgan Woodward

Richard Pryor plays three roles - a beleaguered, sex-starved farm worker named Leroy Jones; the farm worker's randy old father Rufus; and the hypocritical town preacher Rev. Lenox Thomas - and Pryor has never been so outrageously funny. The lives and love lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Lonette McKee  •  Margaret Avery  •  Morgan Woodward

Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)

An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Loretta Devine  •  Debbi Morgan  •  Michael Boatman

An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Loretta Devine  •  Debbi Morgan  •  Michael Boatman

The Last Dragon (1985)

A young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way he must fight an evil martial arts expert and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Taimak  •  Julius Carry  •  Vanity  •  Christopher Murney

A young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way he must fight an evil martial arts expert and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Taimak  •  Julius Carry  •  Vanity  •  Christopher Murney

Day-O (1992)

A five-year-old named Grace creates an imaginary friend, because her parents only pay attention to the new baby, Tony. Now at 35, his sole friend reappears to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Delta Burke  •  Elijah Wood  •  Carlin Glynn  •  Charles Shaughnessy

A five-year-old named Grace creates an imaginary friend, because her parents only pay attention to the new baby, Tony. Now at 35, his sole friend reappears to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Delta Burke  •  Elijah Wood  •  Carlin Glynn  •  Charles Shaughnessy

Krush Groove (1985)

Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-DMC and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a street hustler ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Blair Underwood  •  Joseph Simmons  •  Darryl McDaniels  •  Sheila E.

Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-DMC and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a street hustler ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Blair Underwood  •  Joseph Simmons  •  Darryl McDaniels  •  Sheila E.

L.A. Law: The Movie (2002)

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DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Corbin Bernsen  •  Susan Dey  •  Larry Drake  •  Richard Dysart

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DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Corbin Bernsen  •  Susan Dey  •  Larry Drake  •  Richard Dysart

Honeybaby, Honeybaby (1974)

An interpreter wins an around-the-world vacation, gets ensnared in a complex back-and-forth between smugglers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Diana Sands  •  Calvin Lockhart  •  Seth Allen  •  J. Eric Bell

An interpreter wins an around-the-world vacation, gets ensnared in a complex back-and-forth between smugglers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Diana Sands  •  Calvin Lockhart  •  Seth Allen  •  J. Eric Bell

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)

Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marina Zenovich
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Richard Pryor  •  Robin Williams  •  Dave Chappelle

Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marina Zenovich
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Richard Pryor  •  Robin Williams  •  Dave Chappelle

My Last Love (1999)

Love and life can never be planned. That's the message of the heartwarming love story of Susan Morton (Nancy Travis), a single mother facing a terminal illness who finds unexpected romance and a larger life lesson at a most difficult time. Susan moves to California ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Scott Bairstow  •  Philip Briggs  •  Viveka Davis  •  Nicole Fellows

Love and life can never be planned. That's the message of the heartwarming love story of Susan Morton (Nancy Travis), a single mother facing a terminal illness who finds unexpected romance and a larger life lesson at a most difficult time. Susan moves to California ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Scott Bairstow  •  Philip Briggs  •  Viveka Davis  •  Nicole Fellows

The Jerk, Too (1984)

In this sequel to "The Jerk," Navin Johnson heads to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of his pen pal, Marie. On the way, he runs across a gang of hobos whose leader, Diesel, takes him to Las Vegas after learning of his skills at poker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Mark Blankfield  •  Ray Walston  •  Robert Sampson  •  Patricia Barry

In this sequel to "The Jerk," Navin Johnson heads to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of his pen pal, Marie. On the way, he runs across a gang of hobos whose leader, Diesel, takes him to Las Vegas after learning of his skills at poker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Mark Blankfield  •  Ray Walston  •  Robert Sampson  •  Patricia Barry

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies (1994)

In the twenty-second and final film in the series, in 1920's Hollywood, Indy is working as assistant to Hollywood movie mogul Carl Laemmle, who charges him to get notoriously megalomaniacal director Erich Von Stroheim to complete his latest epic on time and on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz  •  Ross Berryman
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Allison Smith  •  Bill Cusack  •  Julia Campbell

In the twenty-second and final film in the series, in 1920's Hollywood, Indy is working as assistant to Hollywood movie mogul Carl Laemmle, who charges him to get notoriously megalomaniacal director Erich Von Stroheim to complete his latest epic on time and on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz  •  Ross Berryman
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Allison Smith  •  Bill Cusack  •  Julia Campbell

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence (1999)

In the sixteenth film in the series, in 1917, Indiana Jones is working to get Austrian deserters safely to the allies side in the Italian Alps. In his spare time, he is wooing an Italian beauty named Guiletta. When he finds out another man is vying for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille August  •  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Clare Higgins  •  Veronica Logan  •  Jay Underwood

In the sixteenth film in the series, in 1917, Indiana Jones is working to get Austrian deserters safely to the allies side in the Italian Alps. In his spare time, he is wooing an Italian beauty named Guiletta. When he finds out another man is vying for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille August  •  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Clare Higgins  •  Veronica Logan  •  Jay Underwood

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father (1996)

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In the fourth film in the series, in 1910's Russia, a few acts of clumsiness puts Indy at odds with his father who is greatly displeased with Indy. Indy runs away into the Russian countryside and wakes in the morning on a haystack. He encounters colorful Gypsies, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta  •  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Corey Carrier  •  Lloyd Owen  •  Ruth de Sosa  •  Margaret Tyzack

In the fourth film in the series, in 1910's Russia, a few acts of clumsiness puts Indy at odds with his father who is greatly displeased with Indy. Indy runs away into the Russian countryside and wakes in the morning on a haystack. He encounters colorful Gypsies, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta  •  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Corey Carrier  •  Lloyd Owen  •  Ruth de Sosa  •  Margaret Tyzack

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure (2000)

In the first film in the series, in May 1908, famed Professor Henry Jones Sr. is invited to give lectures all over the world. He takes along his wife and son, and invites his former tutor Miss Helen Seymour to teach Henry Jr. during the trip. Their first stop is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim O'Brien  •  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Corey Carrier  •  Margaret Tyzack  •  Ruth de Sosa  •  Lloyd Owen

In the first film in the series, in May 1908, famed Professor Henry Jones Sr. is invited to give lectures all over the world. He takes along his wife and son, and invites his former tutor Miss Helen Seymour to teach Henry Jr. during the trip. Their first stop is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim O'Brien  •  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Corey Carrier  •  Margaret Tyzack  •  Ruth de Sosa  •  Lloyd Owen

Timestalkers (1987)

History professor Scott McKenzie makes an anachronistic discovery in a photograph from the Old West and he is soon joined by beautiful time-traveler Georgia in a time-skipping adventure to stop her colleague from the future from erasing her from existence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  William Devane  •  Lauren Hutton  •  John Ratzenberger  •  Forrest Tucker

History professor Scott McKenzie makes an anachronistic discovery in a photograph from the Old West and he is soon joined by beautiful time-traveler Georgia in a time-skipping adventure to stop her colleague from the future from erasing her from existence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  William Devane  •  Lauren Hutton  •  John Ratzenberger  •  Forrest Tucker
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