Peter Yates

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Peter James Yates (24 July 1929 – 9 January 2011) was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire. The son of an army officer, he attended Charterhouse School as a boy, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked for some years as an actor, director and stage manager. In the 1950s he started in the movie industry as a dubbing assistant and later an assistant director for Tony Richardson. Summer Holiday (1963), his first film as director, was a "lightweight" vehicle for Cliff Richard. Yates had directed the original Royal Court production of N. F. Simpson's play One Way Pendulum and was chosen to make the film version released in 1964. Robbery (1967), a crime thriller, is a fictionalised version of the Great Train Robbery of 1963. This led to Bullitt (1968), of which Bruce Weber has written, "Mr. Yates’s reputation probably rests most securely on “Bullitt” (1968), his first American film — and indeed, on one particular scene, an extended car chase that instantly became a classic." Yates was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Bullitt (1968). Yates produced and directed Breaking Away (1979), which was nominated for five Academy Awards ("Oscars") including Best Director and Best Film for Yates. Yates also produced and directed The Dresser (1983), which was an adaptation of the Ronald Harwood stage play. The film received seven BAFTA and five Oscar nominations, including ...

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Breaking Away (1979)

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Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Daniel Stern  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Dennis Christopher

Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Daniel Stern  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Dennis Christopher

Bullitt (1968)

Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal's hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a pair of mob hitmen ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Robert Vaughn  •  Don Gordon

Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal's hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a pair of mob hitmen ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Robert Vaughn  •  Don Gordon

Krull (1983)

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Ken Marshall  •  Lysette Anthony  •  Francesca Annis  •  Alun Armstrong

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Ken Marshall  •  Lysette Anthony  •  Francesca Annis  •  Alun Armstrong

Murphy's War (1971)

Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He is rescued, and ends up at a forgotten mission station near the mouth of the Orinoco, and begins to plot his vengeance. He wishes to sink the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Philippe Noiret  •  Siân Phillips  •  Horst Janson

Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He is rescued, and ends up at a forgotten mission station near the mouth of the Orinoco, and begins to plot his vengeance. He wishes to sink the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Philippe Noiret  •  Siân Phillips  •  Horst Janson

Suspect (1987)

When a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered, all fingers point to Carl Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless veteran who's deaf and mute. But when public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to his case, she begins to believe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Cher  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Liam Neeson  •  John Mahoney

When a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered, all fingers point to Carl Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless veteran who's deaf and mute. But when public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to his case, she begins to believe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Cher  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Liam Neeson  •  John Mahoney

The Deep (1977)

A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Robert Shaw  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Nick Nolte  •  Louis Gossett Jr.

A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Robert Shaw  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Nick Nolte  •  Louis Gossett Jr.

The Dresser (1983)

In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Zena Walker  •  Eileen Atkins

In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Zena Walker  •  Eileen Atkins

Summer Holiday (1963)

1960s musical showcasing Cliff Richard. Four bus mechanics working for London Transport strike up a deal with the company: they do up a one of the company's legendary red double decker buses and take it to southern Europe as a mobile hotel. If it succeeds, they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Cliff Richard  •  Lauri Peters  •  Melvyn Hayes  •  Una Stubbs

1960s musical showcasing Cliff Richard. Four bus mechanics working for London Transport strike up a deal with the company: they do up a one of the company's legendary red double decker buses and take it to southern Europe as a mobile hotel. If it succeeds, they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Cliff Richard  •  Lauri Peters  •  Melvyn Hayes  •  Una Stubbs

Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

Mother, Jugs and Speed work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Bill Cosby  •  Raquel Welch  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Allen Garfield

Mother, Jugs and Speed work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Bill Cosby  •  Raquel Welch  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Allen Garfield

An Innocent Man (1989)

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is convicted of drug ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  F. Murray Abraham  •  Laila Robins  •  David Rasche  •  Tom Selleck

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is convicted of drug ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  F. Murray Abraham  •  Laila Robins  •  David Rasche  •  Tom Selleck

Robbery (1967)

A dramatization of the Great Train Robbery. While not a 'how to', it is very detail dependent, showing the care and planning that took place to pull it off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Stanley Baker  •  Joanna Pettet  •  James Booth  •  Frank Finlay

A dramatization of the Great Train Robbery. While not a 'how to', it is very detail dependent, showing the care and planning that took place to pull it off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Stanley Baker  •  Joanna Pettet  •  James Booth  •  Frank Finlay

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

An aging hood is about to go back to prison. Hoping to escape his fate, he supplies information on stolen guns to the feds, while simultaneously supplying arms to his bank robbing chums.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Peter Boyle  •  Richard Jordan  •  Steven Keats

An aging hood is about to go back to prison. Hoping to escape his fate, he supplies information on stolen guns to the feds, while simultaneously supplying arms to his bank robbing chums.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Peter Boyle  •  Richard Jordan  •  Steven Keats

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig McCall
CAST:  Jack Cardiff  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Lauren Bacall

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig McCall
CAST:  Jack Cardiff  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Lauren Bacall

The Run of the Country (1995)

An Irish lad (Matt Keeslar) who fled from his oppressive, widowed father (Albert Finney) falls for a girl (Victoria Smurfit) from an affluent family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Matt Keeslar  •  Victoria Smurfit  •  Anthony Brophy

An Irish lad (Matt Keeslar) who fled from his oppressive, widowed father (Albert Finney) falls for a girl (Victoria Smurfit) from an affluent family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Matt Keeslar  •  Victoria Smurfit  •  Anthony Brophy

One Way Pendulum (1964)

A study of absurdity in a suburban family: father rebuilds the Old Bailey in the living room, and the son teaches weighing machines to sing in the bathroom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Eric Sykes  •  Julia Foster  •  Peggy Mount  •  Mona Washbourne

A study of absurdity in a suburban family: father rebuilds the Old Bailey in the living room, and the son teaches weighing machines to sing in the bathroom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Eric Sykes  •  Julia Foster  •  Peggy Mount  •  Mona Washbourne

Curtain Call (1998)

A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach him about love and commitment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  James Spader  •  Michael Caine  •  Maggie Smith  •  Sam Shepard

A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach him about love and commitment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  James Spader  •  Michael Caine  •  Maggie Smith  •  Sam Shepard

The House on Carroll Street (1988)

Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Kelly McGillis  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Jessica Tandy

Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Kelly McGillis  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Jessica Tandy

A Separate Peace (2004)

Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  J Barton  •  Toby Moore  •  Jacob Pitts  •  Danny Swerdlow

Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  J Barton  •  Toby Moore  •  Jacob Pitts  •  Danny Swerdlow

John and Mary (1969)

John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Mia Farrow  •  Michael Tolan  •  Sunny Griffin

John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Mia Farrow  •  Michael Tolan  •  Sunny Griffin

For Pete's Sake (1974)

Henry is a woman who would do anything for her husband Pete-- including borrow money so he has a chance of making his dreams come true. But now there's the loan sharks to deal with...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Michael Sarrazin  •  Estelle Parsons  •  William Redfield

Henry is a woman who would do anything for her husband Pete-- including borrow money so he has a chance of making his dreams come true. But now there's the loan sharks to deal with...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Michael Sarrazin  •  Estelle Parsons  •  William Redfield
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