Alan J. Pakula

Alan Jay Pakula was an American film director, writer and producer. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Best Director for All the President's Men (1976) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sophie's Choice (1982). Pakula was also notable for directing his "paranoia trilogy": All the President's Men, Klute (1971), and The Parallax View (1974). Pakula started his Hollywood career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers. In 1957, he undertook his first production role for Paramount Pictures. In 1962, he produced To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Pakula had a successful professional relationship as the producer of movies directed by Robert Mulligan from 1957 to 1968. In 1969, he directed his first feature, The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minnelli. In 1971, Pakula released the first installment of what would informally come to be known as his "paranoia trilogy". Klute, the story of a relationship between a private eye (played by Donald Sutherland) and a call girl (played by Jane Fonda, who won an Oscar for her performance), was a commercial and critical success. This was followed in 1974 by The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty, a labyrinthine post-Watergate thriller involving political assassinations. The film has been noted for its experimental use of hypnotic imagery in a celebrated film-within-a-film sequence in which the protagonist is inducted ...

All the President's Men (1976)

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During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Richard Nixon to resign from his post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Robert Redford  •  Jack Warden  •  Martin Balsam

During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Richard Nixon to resign from his post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Robert Redford  •  Jack Warden  •  Martin Balsam

Klute (1971)

A high-priced call girl is forced to depend on a reluctant private eye when she is stalked by a psychopath.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Charles Cioffi  •  Roy Scheider

A high-priced call girl is forced to depend on a reluctant private eye when she is stalked by a psychopath.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Charles Cioffi  •  Roy Scheider

Presumed Innocent (1990)

Rusty Sabich is a deputy prosecutor engaged in an obsessive affair with a coworker who is murdered. Soon after, he's accused of the crime. And his fight to clear his name becomes a whirlpool of lies and hidden passions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Bonnie Bedelia

Rusty Sabich is a deputy prosecutor engaged in an obsessive affair with a coworker who is murdered. Soon after, he's accused of the crime. And his fight to clear his name becomes a whirlpool of lies and hidden passions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Bonnie Bedelia

Sophie's Choice (1982)

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Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Kevin Kline  •  Peter MacNicol  •  Rita Karin

Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Kevin Kline  •  Peter MacNicol  •  Rita Karin

The Devil's Own (1997)

Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Harrison Ford  •  Julia Stiles  •  Margaret Colin

Frankie McGuire, one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Harrison Ford  •  Julia Stiles  •  Margaret Colin

The Parallax View (1974)

An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Paula Prentiss  •  William Daniels  •  Walter McGinn

An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Paula Prentiss  •  William Daniels  •  Walter McGinn

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Denzel Washington  •  Sam Shepard  •  William Atherton

Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Denzel Washington  •  Sam Shepard  •  William Atherton

The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

Two students at neighboring colleges get swept up in first love. Pookie Adams, a kooky misfit with no family or friends, clings to the quiet and studious Jerry, who has the ability to make a choice of living in Pookie's private world or be accepted by the society ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Liza Minnelli  •  Wendell Burton  •  Tim McIntire  •  Austin Green

Two students at neighboring colleges get swept up in first love. Pookie Adams, a kooky misfit with no family or friends, clings to the quiet and studious Jerry, who has the ability to make a choice of living in Pookie's private world or be accepted by the society ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Liza Minnelli  •  Wendell Burton  •  Tim McIntire  •  Austin Green

Starting Over (1979)

After divorcing his ambitious singer wife, a middle-aged man begins a new relationship with a teacher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Candice Bergen  •  Jill Clayburgh  •  Charles Durning

After divorcing his ambitious singer wife, a middle-aged man begins a new relationship with a teacher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Candice Bergen  •  Jill Clayburgh  •  Charles Durning

Consenting Adults (1992)

Richard and Priscilla Parker are an ordinary suburban couple whose lives are invaded and rocked by their hedonistic, secretive new neighbors, Eddy and Kay Otis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio  •  Kevin Spacey  •  Rebecca Miller

Richard and Priscilla Parker are an ordinary suburban couple whose lives are invaded and rocked by their hedonistic, secretive new neighbors, Eddy and Kay Otis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio  •  Kevin Spacey  •  Rebecca Miller

Comes a Horseman (1978)

Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and Frank fight back through stampedes, jealousy, betrayal, and sabotage...they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  James Caan  •  Jane Fonda  •  Jason Robards  •  George Grizzard

Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and Frank fight back through stampedes, jealousy, betrayal, and sabotage...they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  James Caan  •  Jane Fonda  •  Jason Robards  •  George Grizzard

Rollover (1981)

An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Josef Sommer

An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Josef Sommer

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1985)

Biography of the legendary filmmaker directed by his son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Rock Hudson  •  Hermes Pan  •  Warren Beatty

Biography of the legendary filmmaker directed by his son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Rock Hudson  •  Hermes Pan  •  Warren Beatty

See You in the Morning (1989)

Three years after his divorce from his model-wife is the psychologist Larry Livingstone ready for a new commitment. He falls in love with the young widow Beth who has two children. But Beth and the children are still in mourning over their dead husband and father ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Alice Krige  •  Farrah Fawcett  •  Drew Barrymore

Three years after his divorce from his model-wife is the psychologist Larry Livingstone ready for a new commitment. He falls in love with the young widow Beth who has two children. But Beth and the children are still in mourning over their dead husband and father ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Alice Krige  •  Farrah Fawcett  •  Drew Barrymore

Orphans (1987)

Brothers Treat (Matthew Modine) and Philip (Kevin Anderson) have lived alone since they were kids, when a small time criminal enters their lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Matthew Modine  •  John Kellogg  •  Novella Nelson

Brothers Treat (Matthew Modine) and Philip (Kevin Anderson) have lived alone since they were kids, when a small time criminal enters their lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Matthew Modine  •  John Kellogg  •  Novella Nelson

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)

While bicycling through the Spanish countryside, Walter, the aimless young son of a doctor, makes the acquaintance of proper, middle-aged, clumsy and secretive Lila. He falls in love with her, but she is resistant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Timothy Bottoms  •  Don Jaime de Mora y Aragón  •  Emiliano Redondo

While bicycling through the Spanish countryside, Walter, the aimless young son of a doctor, makes the acquaintance of proper, middle-aged, clumsy and secretive Lila. He falls in love with her, but she is resistant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Timothy Bottoms  •  Don Jaime de Mora y Aragón  •  Emiliano Redondo

Dream Lover (1986)

After she's been attacked in her apartment, Cathy starts reliving the event in her dreams. She seeks help at a sleep disorder research center, but in doing so she encounters some unexpected results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Kristy McNichol  •  Ben Masters  •  Jon Polito  •  Paul Shenar

After she's been attacked in her apartment, Cathy starts reliving the event in her dreams. She seeks help at a sleep disorder research center, but in doing so she encounters some unexpected results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Kristy McNichol  •  Ben Masters  •  Jon Polito  •  Paul Shenar

Klute in New York (1971)

A closer look at the making of Klute (1971). The project follows the complex shooting on multiple locations in New York with major stars Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, under the direction of Alan J. Pakula. The two actors and the director share a little about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elliot Geisinger
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Alan J. Pakula

A closer look at the making of Klute (1971). The project follows the complex shooting on multiple locations in New York with major stars Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, under the direction of Alan J. Pakula. The two actors and the director share a little about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elliot Geisinger
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Alan J. Pakula

Meryl Streep: Mystery and Metamorphosis (2020)

Meryl Streep is one of the most versatile and successful actresses of all time and is still considered a superstar after 50 years of career. She fascinates filmmakers and audiences alike with her broad range of expression.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles-Antoine de Rouvre
CAST:  Charles-Antoine de Rouvre  •  Meryl Streep  •  Michael Schulman  •  Erin Carlson

Meryl Streep is one of the most versatile and successful actresses of all time and is still considered a superstar after 50 years of career. She fascinates filmmakers and audiences alike with her broad range of expression.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles-Antoine de Rouvre
CAST:  Charles-Antoine de Rouvre  •  Meryl Streep  •  Michael Schulman  •  Erin Carlson