Sam Pillsbury

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sam Pillsbury is an American film director and producer. Connecticut-raised Sam Pillsbury emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 14. Aged 23, he began working at the Government-owned National Film Unit, joining a group of emerging filmmakers who were investigating new subjects and styles. Pillsbury directed seven films at the National Film Unit, including a multi-faceted study of artist Ralph Hotere, and a satirical look at workplace relations (Men and Supermen). He was also part of the directing team on Commonwealth Games chronicle Games 74, and worked both on set and at the editing bench for Paul Maunder's Gone Up North for a While. Pillsbury went solo in 1975. Documentary Birth with R.D.Laing won awards on both sides of the Tasman, and controversy in England and the United States. The film featured controversial Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing critiqueing Western medical handling of childbirth. Pillsbury also worked on four documentaries for TV slot Seven Days, which variously looked into life for a solo mother, an ex-convict, hospital patients, and young Māori in the city. More TV docos followed, then in 1978, Against the Lights, a short drama based on a Witi Ihimaera tale. Pillsbury's Round the Bays doco The Greatest Run on Earth won awards at festivals in Chicago and Torino. Pillsbury's feature film debut in 1981 was with The Scarecrow, based on the gothic novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson. Presented through the eyes of ...

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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)

Willy the whale is back, this time threatened by illegal whalers making money off sushi. Jesse, now 16, has taken a job on an orca-researching ship, along with old friend Randolph and a sarcastic scientist, Drew. On the whaler's ship is captain John Wesley and his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Jason James Richter  •  August Schellenberg  •  Annie Corley  •  Vincent Berry

Willy the whale is back, this time threatened by illegal whalers making money off sushi. Jesse, now 16, has taken a job on an orca-researching ship, along with old friend Randolph and a sarcastic scientist, Drew. On the whaler's ship is captain John Wesley and his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Jason James Richter  •  August Schellenberg  •  Annie Corley  •  Vincent Berry

Knight Rider 2010 (1994)

Loosely based on the popular television series of the 80's, this movie brings the story into an apocalyptic time and a new "KITT".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Richard Joseph Paul  •  Hudson Leick  •  Michael Beach  •  Don McManus

Loosely based on the popular television series of the 80's, this movie brings the story into an apocalyptic time and a new "KITT".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Richard Joseph Paul  •  Hudson Leick  •  Michael Beach  •  Don McManus

Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)

Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn her world apart ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Park Overall  •  David Andrews  •  Margot Demeter

Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn her world apart ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Park Overall  •  David Andrews  •  Margot Demeter

Zandalee (1991)

Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes enmeshed in a sensual, passionate and destructive affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Erika Anderson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Marisa Tomei

Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes enmeshed in a sensual, passionate and destructive affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Erika Anderson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Marisa Tomei

Starlight Hotel (1987)

During the Great Depression, Kate (Greer Robson) is a 13-year-old girl living on New Zealand's South Island. When her mother dies and her father is offered a job in Wellington on North Island, Kate is sent to live with an aunt. The girl runs away to find her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Greer Robson  •  Peter Phelps  •  Alice Fraser  •  Patrick Smyth

During the Great Depression, Kate (Greer Robson) is a 13-year-old girl living on New Zealand's South Island. When her mother dies and her father is offered a job in Wellington on North Island, Kate is sent to live with an aunt. The girl runs away to find her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Greer Robson  •  Peter Phelps  •  Alice Fraser  •  Patrick Smyth

Search for Grace (1994)

A woman haunted by disturbing flashbacks discovers through hypnotherapy that she and her boyfriend led parallel lives with a doomed couple from 1927.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Lisa Hartman  •  Ken Wahl  •  Richard Masur  •  Suzzanne Douglas

A woman haunted by disturbing flashbacks discovers through hypnotherapy that she and her boyfriend led parallel lives with a doomed couple from 1927.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Lisa Hartman  •  Ken Wahl  •  Richard Masur  •  Suzzanne Douglas

Morgan's Ferry (1999)

Three escaped convicts hide out in the home a reclusive woman as they wait to catch a ferry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Billy Zane  •  Henry Rollins  •  Johnny Galecki  •  Kelly McGillis

Three escaped convicts hide out in the home a reclusive woman as they wait to catch a ferry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Billy Zane  •  Henry Rollins  •  Johnny Galecki  •  Kelly McGillis

Into the Badlands (1991)

A bounty hunter searches the west for a wanted outlaw named Red Roundtree.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Bruce Dern  •  Mariel Hemingway  •  Helen Hunt  •  Dylan McDermott

A bounty hunter searches the west for a wanted outlaw named Red Roundtree.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Bruce Dern  •  Mariel Hemingway  •  Helen Hunt  •  Dylan McDermott

Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)

Set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression, Billy Coleman works hard and saves his earnings for 2 years to achieve his dream of buying two coonhound pups. He develops a new trust in God as he faces overwhelming challenges in adventure and tragedy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury  •  Lyman Dayton
CAST:  Joseph Ashton  •  Dabney Coleman  •  Ned Beatty  •  Dave Matthews

Set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression, Billy Coleman works hard and saves his earnings for 2 years to achieve his dream of buying two coonhound pups. He develops a new trust in God as he faces overwhelming challenges in adventure and tragedy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury  •  Lyman Dayton
CAST:  Joseph Ashton  •  Dabney Coleman  •  Ned Beatty  •  Dave Matthews

National Lampoon Presents: Endless Bummer (2009)

From National Lampoon, the masters of raunchy comedy, comes a summer tale of beers, babes, and bros! In the surf town of Ventura, California, JD's surf board is stolen by a surfer from Los Angeles...a crime that cannot go unpunished. Gathering his friends and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Vanessa Angel  •  Richmond Arquette  •  Jules Bruff  •  Andrew Lewis Caldwell

From National Lampoon, the masters of raunchy comedy, comes a summer tale of beers, babes, and bros! In the surf town of Ventura, California, JD's surf board is stolen by a surfer from Los Angeles...a crime that cannot go unpunished. Gathering his friends and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Vanessa Angel  •  Richmond Arquette  •  Jules Bruff  •  Andrew Lewis Caldwell

Sins of Silence (1996)

A former nun who has become a rape counselor defies a court order to release her file on a rape victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Lindsay Wagner  •  Holly Marie Combs  •  Cynthia Sikes  •  Sean McCann

A former nun who has become a rape counselor defies a court order to release her file on a rape victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Lindsay Wagner  •  Holly Marie Combs  •  Cynthia Sikes  •  Sean McCann

Secret of Giving (1999)

As Christmas approaches, a single mother (played by Reba McEntire) struggles to raise her son and keep up the payments on her Oregon ranch, which is difficult since she's heavily in debt. But she's a tough cookie, and proves that a steadfast attitude and an open ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Reba McEntire  •  Thomas Ian Griffith  •  Ronny Cox  •  Devon Alan

As Christmas approaches, a single mother (played by Reba McEntire) struggles to raise her son and keep up the payments on her Oregon ranch, which is difficult since she's heavily in debt. But she's a tough cookie, and proves that a steadfast attitude and an open ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Reba McEntire  •  Thomas Ian Griffith  •  Ronny Cox  •  Devon Alan

Taking Back Our Town (2001)

A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, fledgling activitsts face ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Laura Innes  •  Ruby Dee  •  Chris Bauer  •  Myndy Crist

A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, fledgling activitsts face ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Laura Innes  •  Ruby Dee  •  Chris Bauer  •  Myndy Crist

The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay (2003)

A college girl decides to get to know her estranged father before she begins her education, but his life turns out to be nothing that she expected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Kristen Bell  •  Tim Matheson  •  Sean Young  •  Ed Asner

A college girl decides to get to know her estranged father before she begins her education, but his life turns out to be nothing that she expected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Kristen Bell  •  Tim Matheson  •  Sean Young  •  Ed Asner

The Wedding Dress (2001)

When Hannah Pinkham's fiancé writes he's finally shipping home, her mother makes a fairy tale wedding dress, but while she's fitting it the knock on the door is not him, but the dreaded officer-messenger. Years later she sends it to her nephew, photographer Travis ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Neil Patrick Harris  •  Margaret Colin  •  Tyne Daly  •  Anthony Harrison

When Hannah Pinkham's fiancé writes he's finally shipping home, her mother makes a fairy tale wedding dress, but while she's fitting it the knock on the door is not him, but the dreaded officer-messenger. Years later she sends it to her nephew, photographer Travis ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Neil Patrick Harris  •  Margaret Colin  •  Tyne Daly  •  Anthony Harrison

Between Love and Honor (1995)

Steve Collura is an undercover cop out to infiltrate Carlo Gambino's mob. He soon falls in love with Gambino's daughter Maria and must make a choice between his duties as a police officer, his love for Maria, and his allegiance to Carlo Gambino.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Géza Kovács  •  Maria Pitillo  •  Robert Loggia  •  Nigel Bennett

Steve Collura is an undercover cop out to infiltrate Carlo Gambino's mob. He soon falls in love with Gambino's daughter Maria and must make a choice between his duties as a police officer, his love for Maria, and his allegiance to Carlo Gambino.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Géza Kovács  •  Maria Pitillo  •  Robert Loggia  •  Nigel Bennett

Thrill (1996)

A disgruntled worker rigs a bomb, triggered by a motion sensor, on the roller coaster at a financially troubled amusement park.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Antonio Sabàto, Jr.  •  Stepfanie Kramer  •  Ted Marcoux  •  Christine Harnos

A disgruntled worker rigs a bomb, triggered by a motion sensor, on the roller coaster at a financially troubled amusement park.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Antonio Sabàto, Jr.  •  Stepfanie Kramer  •  Ted Marcoux  •  Christine Harnos

Audrey's Rain (2003)

Audrey Walker has given up her hopes and dreams, until an ex-love returns to town and helps her realize a second chance at life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Jean Smart  •  Richard Gilliland  •  Scout Taylor-Compton  •  Angus T. Jones

Audrey Walker has given up her hopes and dreams, until an ex-love returns to town and helps her realize a second chance at life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Jean Smart  •  Richard Gilliland  •  Scout Taylor-Compton  •  Angus T. Jones

Shadows of Desire (1994)

A woman is torn between her love for a gentle man, and her secret passion for his dangerous brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Nicollette Sheridan  •  Joe Lando  •  Adrian Pasdar  •  Richard Roundtree

A woman is torn between her love for a gentle man, and her secret passion for his dangerous brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Nicollette Sheridan  •  Joe Lando  •  Adrian Pasdar  •  Richard Roundtree

The Scarecrow (1982)

The same night as a girl is slain in the woods, the teenagers Sam and Les are robbed of all of their hard earned hens. In the quest for their hens they cross the murderer's path.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Jono Smith  •  Mark Hadlow  •  Tracy Mann  •  Daniel McLaren

The same night as a girl is slain in the woods, the teenagers Sam and Les are robbed of all of their hard earned hens. In the quest for their hens they cross the murderer's path.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Jono Smith  •  Mark Hadlow  •  Tracy Mann  •  Daniel McLaren
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