Illeana Douglas

Illeana Hesselberg, most commonly known as Illeana Douglas, (born July 25, 1965) is an American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer. Douglas has had a long-ranging diverse career as a character actor with a specialty in comedy. She is a granddaughter of Hollywood Golden Age screen star Melvyn Douglas.

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GoodFellas (1990)

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The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Ray Liotta  •  Joe Pesci  •  Lorraine Bracco

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Ray Liotta  •  Joe Pesci  •  Lorraine Bracco

Alive (1993)

The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Marshall
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent Spano  •  Bruce Ramsay  •  David Kriegel

The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Marshall
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Vincent Spano  •  Bruce Ramsay  •  David Kriegel

Cape Fear (1991)

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Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, Bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Nick Nolte  •  Jessica Lange  •  Juliette Lewis

Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, Bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Nick Nolte  •  Jessica Lange  •  Juliette Lewis

Dummy (2002)

An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Pritikin
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Illeana Douglas  •  Vera Farmiga

An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Pritikin
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Illeana Douglas  •  Vera Farmiga

Factory Girl (2006)

In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a charismatic musician, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Guy Pearce  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Mena Suvari

In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a charismatic musician, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Guy Pearce  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Mena Suvari

Ghost World (2001)

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Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Zwigoff
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Brad Renfro

Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Zwigoff
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Brad Renfro

Grace of My Heart (1996)

An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry and a bad ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allison Anders
CAST:  Illeana Douglas  •  John Turturro  •  Eric Stoltz  •  Matt Dillon

An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry and a bad ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allison Anders
CAST:  Illeana Douglas  •  John Turturro  •  Eric Stoltz  •  Matt Dillon

New York Stories (1989)

Three stories happening in New York. The first, by Scorsese, is about a painter who creates his works helped by high volume music and an attractive assistant; second, by Coppola, is about a rich and bold 12 years old who helps her separated parents to reconciliate; ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese  •  Woody Allen  •  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Marvin Chatinover  •  Mae Questel  •  Mia Farrow

Three stories happening in New York. The first, by Scorsese, is about a painter who creates his works helped by high volume music and an attractive assistant; second, by Coppola, is about a rich and bold 12 years old who helps her separated parents to reconciliate; ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese  •  Woody Allen  •  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Marvin Chatinover  •  Mae Questel  •  Mia Farrow

Picture Perfect (1997)

A young advertising executive's life becomes increasingly complicated when, in order to impress her boss, she pretends to be engaged to a man she has just met.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Gordon Caron
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Jay Mohr  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Olympia Dukakis

A young advertising executive's life becomes increasingly complicated when, in order to impress her boss, she pretends to be engaged to a man she has just met.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Gordon Caron
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Jay Mohr  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Olympia Dukakis

Quiz Show (1994)

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Lawyer Richard Goodwin discovers that 'Twenty-One', a successful TV quiz show, is rigged and decides to expose the team behind the show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  John Turturro  •  Rob Morrow  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Paul Scofield

Lawyer Richard Goodwin discovers that 'Twenty-One', a successful TV quiz show, is rigged and decides to expose the team behind the show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  John Turturro  •  Rob Morrow  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Paul Scofield

Stir of Echoes (1999)

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Zachary David Cope  •  Kathryn Erbe  •  Illeana Douglas

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Koepp
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Zachary David Cope  •  Kathryn Erbe  •  Illeana Douglas

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

The year is 2087, the setting is the moon. Pluto Nash, the high-flying successful owner of the hottest nightclub in the universe, finds himself in trouble when he refuses to sell his club to lunar gangster Mogan, who just happens to be helping the mysterious Rex ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Underwood
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Randy Quaid  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Joe Pantoliano

The year is 2087, the setting is the moon. Pluto Nash, the high-flying successful owner of the hottest nightclub in the universe, finds himself in trouble when he refuses to sell his club to lunar gangster Mogan, who just happens to be helping the mysterious Rex ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Underwood
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Randy Quaid  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Joe Pantoliano

The New Guy (2002)

Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison has finally gotten lucky -- after purposely getting expelled, he takes lessons in 'badass cool' from a convict and enrolls at a new school. But can he keep up the ruse?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Decter
CAST:  DJ Qualls  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Zooey Deschanel

Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison has finally gotten lucky -- after purposely getting expelled, he takes lessons in 'badass cool' from a convict and enrolls at a new school. But can he keep up the ruse?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Decter
CAST:  DJ Qualls  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Zooey Deschanel

The Thin Pink Line (1998)

In this mockumentary, a film team in search of a new documentary project determines to find a wrongfully imprisoned death-row inmate. Enter Chauncey Ledbetter, the quirky, potentially gay, prisoner convicted of murdering his high school show choir teacher. As ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Irpino  •  Joe Dietl
CAST:  Joe Dietl  •  Bruce Daniels  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Illeana Douglas

In this mockumentary, a film team in search of a new documentary project determines to find a wrongfully imprisoned death-row inmate. Enter Chauncey Ledbetter, the quirky, potentially gay, prisoner convicted of murdering his high school show choir teacher. As ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Irpino  •  Joe Dietl
CAST:  Joe Dietl  •  Bruce Daniels  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Illeana Douglas

To Die For (1995)

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Suzanne Stone wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Matt Dillon  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Casey Affleck

Suzanne Stone wants to be a world-famous news anchor and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Matt Dillon  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Casey Affleck

Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997)

As two warring media moguls grapple for ownership of a coveted professional football team, they use the newspapers, magazines and television stations they own to destroy each other's reputations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Surjik
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Mimi Rogers  •  Jeffrey Tambor

As two warring media moguls grapple for ownership of a coveted professional football team, they use the newspapers, magazines and television stations they own to destroy each other's reputations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Surjik
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Mimi Rogers  •  Jeffrey Tambor

Message in a Bottle (1999)

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A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Mandoki
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Robin Wright  •  Paul Newman  •  John Savage

A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Mandoki
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Robin Wright  •  Paul Newman  •  John Savage

Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

This compelling story vividly recreates Hollywood's infamous 'Blacklist Era'. The witch-hunt has begun and director David Merrill can revive his stalled career by testifying against friends who are suspected communists. Merrill's ex wife shares a whirlpool of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Winkler
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Annette Bening  •  George Wendt  •  Patricia Wettig

This compelling story vividly recreates Hollywood's infamous 'Blacklist Era'. The witch-hunt has begun and director David Merrill can revive his stalled career by testifying against friends who are suspected communists. Merrill's ex wife shares a whirlpool of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Winkler
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Annette Bening  •  George Wendt  •  Patricia Wettig

Happy, Texas (1999)

Two escaped convicts roll into the village of Happy, Texas, where they're mistaken for a gay couple who work as beauty pageant consultants. They go along with it to duck the police, but the local sheriff has a secret of his own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Illsley
CAST:  Steve Zahn  •  William H. Macy  •  Jeremy Northam  •  Ally Walker

Two escaped convicts roll into the village of Happy, Texas, where they're mistaken for a gay couple who work as beauty pageant consultants. They go along with it to duck the police, but the local sheriff has a secret of his own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Illsley
CAST:  Steve Zahn  •  William H. Macy  •  Jeremy Northam  •  Ally Walker

The Kiss (2003)

A newly promoted book editor discovers a potential best seller, although unfinished, manuscript buried in her predecessor's office. Moved by the passionate love story and drawing parallels to her own life, she embarks on a journey to find the author.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gorman Bechard
CAST:  Terence Stamp  •  Francoise Surel  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Billy Zane

A newly promoted book editor discovers a potential best seller, although unfinished, manuscript buried in her predecessor's office. Moved by the passionate love story and drawing parallels to her own life, she embarks on a journey to find the author.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gorman Bechard
CAST:  Terence Stamp  •  Francoise Surel  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Billy Zane
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