Jonathan Demme

Robert Jonathan Demme (February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. He was best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Director. He later directed the acclaimed films Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). On April 26, 2017, Demme died at the age of 73 in Manhattan due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jonathan Demme, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Citizens Band (1977)

The interlaced stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Paul Le Mat  •  Candy Clark  •  Bruce McGill  •  Roberts Blossom

The interlaced stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Paul Le Mat  •  Candy Clark  •  Bruce McGill  •  Roberts Blossom

Into the Night (1985)

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Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have trouble getting to sleep. Then one night, he met Diana. Now, Ed's having trouble staying alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Carmen Argenziano  •  Stacey Pickren

Married to the Mob (1988)

Angela de Marco is fed up with her gangster husband's line of work and wants no part of the crime world. When her husband is killed for having an affair with the mistress of mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo, Angela and her son depart for New York City to make a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Matthew Modine  •  Oliver Platt  •  Alec Baldwin

Angela de Marco is fed up with her gangster husband's line of work and wants no part of the crime world. When her husband is killed for having an affair with the mistress of mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo, Angela and her son depart for New York City to make a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Matthew Modine  •  Oliver Platt  •  Alec Baldwin

Melvin and Howard (1980)

The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Elizabeth Cheshire  •  Mary Steenburgen

The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Elizabeth Cheshire  •  Mary Steenburgen

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

In March 2005, Neil Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Four days before he was scheduled for a lifesaving operation, he headed to Nashville, where he wrote and recorded the country folk album PRAIRIE WIND with old friends and family members. After the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Neil Young  •  Emmylou Harris

In March 2005, Neil Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Four days before he was scheduled for a lifesaving operation, he headed to Nashville, where he wrote and recorded the country folk album PRAIRIE WIND with old friends and family members. After the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Neil Young  •  Emmylou Harris

Philadelphia (1993)

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Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Roberta Maxwell  •  Buzz Kilman  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Jason Robards

Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Roberta Maxwell  •  Buzz Kilman  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Jason Robards

Something Wild (1986)

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-con husband shows up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jeff Daniels  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Ray Liotta  •  Margaret Colin

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-con husband shows up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jeff Daniels  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Ray Liotta  •  Margaret Colin

Stop Making Sense (1984)

A concert film documenting Talking Heads at the height of their popularity, on tour for their 1983 album "Speaking in Tongues." The band takes the stage one by one and is joined by a cadre of guest musicians for a career-spanning and cinematic performance that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  David Byrne  •  Tina Weymouth  •  Chris Frantz  •  Jerry Harrison

A concert film documenting Talking Heads at the height of their popularity, on tour for their 1983 album "Speaking in Tongues." The band takes the stage one by one and is joined by a cadre of guest musicians for a career-spanning and cinematic performance that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  David Byrne  •  Tina Weymouth  •  Chris Frantz  •  Jerry Harrison

Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

Spalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Spalding Gray

Spalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Spalding Gray

That Thing You Do! (1996)

A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hanks
CAST:  Tom Everett Scott  •  Liv Tyler  •  Johnathon Schaech  •  Steve Zahn

A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hanks
CAST:  Tom Everett Scott  •  Liv Tyler  •  Johnathon Schaech  •  Steve Zahn

The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

An astronaut exposed to cosmic rays outside of Saturn's rings returns to Earth and begins to melt away. Escaping from the hospital, he wanders around the backwoods looking for human flesh to eat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Sachs
CAST:  Alex Rebar  •  Burr DeBenning  •  Myron Healey  •  Michael Alldredge

An astronaut exposed to cosmic rays outside of Saturn's rings returns to Earth and begins to melt away. Escaping from the hospital, he wanders around the backwoods looking for human flesh to eat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Sachs
CAST:  Alex Rebar  •  Burr DeBenning  •  Myron Healey  •  Michael Alldredge

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Meryl Streep  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Kimberly Elise

Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Meryl Streep  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Kimberly Elise

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Lawrence A. Bonney  •  Kasi Lemmons  •  Lawrence T. Wrentz

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Lawrence A. Bonney  •  Kasi Lemmons  •  Lawrence T. Wrentz

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

When Regina Lambert returns from a vacation to Paris, she finds not only her apartment, but also her bank account completely empty. A visit to the police headquarters reveals that Charlie has been murdered and a lot of people are after his money. Regina now begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Thandie Newton  •  Tim Robbins  •  Christine Boisson

When Regina Lambert returns from a vacation to Paris, she finds not only her apartment, but also her bank account completely empty. A visit to the police headquarters reveals that Charlie has been murdered and a lot of people are after his money. Regina now begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Thandie Newton  •  Tim Robbins  •  Christine Boisson

Beloved (1998)

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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandie Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandie Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

The Agronomist (2004)

Documentary on Jean Dominique, Haitian radio personality and human rights activist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
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Documentary on Jean Dominique, Haitian radio personality and human rights activist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
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Caged Heat (1974)

A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Juanita Brown  •  Roberta Collins  •  Erica Gavin  •  Ella Reid

A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Juanita Brown  •  Roberta Collins  •  Erica Gavin  •  Ella Reid

Storefront Hitchcock (1998)

Live performance by Robyn Hitchcock, in... well, a storefront.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Robyn Hitchcock

Live performance by Robyn Hitchcock, in... well, a storefront.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Robyn Hitchcock

One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room (1994)

Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room This thoughts and feelings of gays with AIDS are revealed in this documentary set in a New York West Village clinic. One of the patients dies during the course of the film. The patients speak with candor and humor about their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lucas Platt  •  Juan Botas
CAST:  Jonathan Demme  •  Juan Botas  •  Bernard Morisset  •  Daniel Chapman

Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room This thoughts and feelings of gays with AIDS are revealed in this documentary set in a New York West Village clinic. One of the patients dies during the course of the film. The patients speak with candor and humor about their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lucas Platt  •  Juan Botas
CAST:  Jonathan Demme  •  Juan Botas  •  Bernard Morisset  •  Daniel Chapman

Corman's World (2011)

A chronicle of the long career of American filmmaker Roger Corman, the most tenacious and ingenious low-budget producer and director in the US film industry, a pioneer of independent filmmaking and discoverer of new talent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Stapleton
CAST:  Martin Scorsese  •  Robert De Niro  •  Gary J. Tunnicliffe  •  Quentin Tarantino

A chronicle of the long career of American filmmaker Roger Corman, the most tenacious and ingenious low-budget producer and director in the US film industry, a pioneer of independent filmmaking and discoverer of new talent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Stapleton
CAST:  Martin Scorsese  •  Robert De Niro  •  Gary J. Tunnicliffe  •  Quentin Tarantino
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