Joel Schumacher

Joel T. Schumacher (August 28th, 1939 - June 22nd, 2020) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. Schumacher was raised in New York City by his mother and suffered from substance abuse at a young age. He became a fashion designer after graduating from Parsons School of Design, but would continue suffering from substance abuse and high levels of debt until the early 1970s. He first entered film-making as a production and costume designer before gaining writing credits on Car Wash, Sparkle, and The Wiz. He received little attention for his initial theatrically released films, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and D.C. Cab, but rose to prominence after directing St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys. Schumacher was selected to replace Tim Burton as director of the Batman franchise and oversaw Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. After the Batman franchise Schumacher directed smaller budgeted movies, including Tigerland and Phone Booth. He directed The Phantom of the Opera which was released to mixed-to-negative reviews in 2004. His final directorial work was for two episodes of House of Cards.

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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Gerard Butler  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Patrick Wilson  •  Miranda Richardson

Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Gerard Butler  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Patrick Wilson  •  Miranda Richardson

8MM (1999)

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  James Gandolfini  •  Chris Bauer

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  James Gandolfini  •  Chris Bauer

A Time to Kill (1996)

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A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sandra Bullock  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kevin Spacey

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sandra Bullock  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kevin Spacey

Bad Company (2002)

When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Chris Rock  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Peter Stormare

When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Chris Rock  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Peter Stormare

Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman and Robin deal with relationship issues while preventing Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from attacking Gotham City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Michael Gough  •  Pat Hingle  •  Elle Macpherson

Batman and Robin deal with relationship issues while preventing Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from attacking Gotham City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Michael Gough  •  Pat Hingle  •  Elle Macpherson

Batman Forever (1995)

Batman must battle a disfigured district attorney and a disgruntled former employee with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Jim Carrey  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Tommy Lee Jones

Batman must battle a disfigured district attorney and a disgruntled former employee with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Jim Carrey  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Tommy Lee Jones

D.C. Cab (1983)

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Max Gail  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Mr. T  •  Gary Busey

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Max Gail  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Mr. T  •  Gary Busey

Falling Down (1993)

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On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. He goes to a convenience store ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Robert Duvall  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Tuesday Weld

On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. He goes to a convenience store ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Robert Duvall  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Tuesday Weld

Flatliners (1990)

Five medical students want to find out if there is life after death. They plan to stop one of their hearts for a few seconds, thus simulating death, and then bring the person back to life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Julia Roberts  •  Kevin Bacon  •  William Baldwin

Five medical students want to find out if there is life after death. They plan to stop one of their hearts for a few seconds, thus simulating death, and then bring the person back to life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Julia Roberts  •  Kevin Bacon  •  William Baldwin

Flawless (1999)

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Miller  •  Chris Bauer

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Miller  •  Chris Bauer

Phone Booth (2002)

A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Radha Mitchell

A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Radha Mitchell

The Lost Boys (1987)

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A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Jason Patric  •  Corey Feldman  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Corey Haim

A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Jason Patric  •  Corey Feldman  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Corey Haim

The Number 23 (2007)

Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now he's worried that a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Logan Lerman  •  Danny Huston

Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now he's worried that a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Logan Lerman  •  Danny Huston

Tigerland (2000)

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A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Matthew Davis  •  Clifton Collins Jr.  •  Tom Guiry

A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Matthew Davis  •  Clifton Collins Jr.  •  Tom Guiry

Veronica Guerin (2003)

In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Gerard McSorley  •  Ciarán Hinds  •  Brenda Fricker

In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Gerard McSorley  •  Ciarán Hinds  •  Brenda Fricker

Cousins (1989)

Two couples go to a mutual friends wedding, and end up swapping partners.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Ted Danson  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  Sean Young  •  William Petersen

Two couples go to a mutual friends wedding, and end up swapping partners.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Ted Danson  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  Sean Young  •  William Petersen

The Client (1994)

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A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is buried. Clifford shoots ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Anthony LaPaglia

A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is buried. Clifford shoots ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Anthony LaPaglia

St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

A group of friends graduate from the halls of Georgetown University into lives that revolve around sex, paychecks, and career aspirations. Kirby waits tables to pay for law school. His roommate Kevin struggles at a D.C. newspaper as he lusts after the stylish Jules ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Rob Lowe  •  Andrew McCarthy  •  Demi Moore

A group of friends graduate from the halls of Georgetown University into lives that revolve around sex, paychecks, and career aspirations. Kirby waits tables to pay for law school. His roommate Kevin struggles at a D.C. newspaper as he lusts after the stylish Jules ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Rob Lowe  •  Andrew McCarthy  •  Demi Moore

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Lily Tomlin  •  Charles Grodin  •  Ned Beatty  •  Henry Gibson

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Lily Tomlin  •  Charles Grodin  •  Ned Beatty  •  Henry Gibson

Dying Young (1991)

After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Campbell Scott  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Colleen Dewhurst

After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Campbell Scott  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Colleen Dewhurst
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