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Jaymole
04-03-12, 08:03 AM
I just watched Charlie Bubbles, regrettably, the sole directing credit of Albert Finney. I really liked the film and it's obvious auto-biographical influence.

It got me think of other actors who tried directing for only one film. Obviously, Charles Laughton is the most famous one for Night of the Hunter. And I am a big fan of Brando's One-Eyed Jacks.

I was wondering if there are other films that people are fond of that were the sole directing credit of an actor?

inri222
04-03-12, 08:54 AM
The War Zone - Tim Roth
Nil By Mouth - Gary Oldman
The 3 Burials of Malquiades Estrada - Tommy Lee Jones
The Buccaneer - Anthony Quinn

RichC2
04-03-12, 08:56 AM
Tommy Lee Jones directed The Sunset Limited as well, and despite it being Made-For-HBO it has to count to some extent.

TheMovieman
04-03-12, 08:58 AM
Dan Aykroyd - Nothing But Trouble
Nicolas Cage - Sonny
Ralph Fiennes - Coriolanus
Kevin Bacon - Loverboy
Zach Braff - Garden State (haven't seen it in a while, but remember enjoying it)

Ash Ketchum
04-03-12, 10:11 AM
The Buccaneer - Anthony Quinn

Quinn's THE BUCCANEER was surprisingly good. It was produced by his then-father-in-law Cecil B. De Mille, who directed the 1938 original. I like Quinn's version better. De Mille died the following year at the age of 77.

Other one-time actor-directors:

Jack Lemmon: KOTCH (1971), starring his buddy Walter Matthau and his (Lemmon's) wife Felicia Farr. I saw this once. It was an okay comedy about an old codger (Matthau).

Lew Ayres: HEARTS IN BONDAGE (1936), a Civil War drama about the battle between the ironclad ships, the Monitor and the Merrimac, piloted by two friends on opposite sides. Abraham Lincoln is a major character. It's a good one, despite a low budget.

James Cagney: SHORT CUT TO HELL (1957), a remake of the Alan Ladd classic, THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942). I've never seen this because I've never had the opportunity. Has anyone ever revived it?

Groucho
04-03-12, 10:14 AM
Bill Murray -- Quick Change (with Howard Franklin)

islandclaws
04-03-12, 10:18 AM
Kurt Russell has publicly said that he was the actual director of Tombstone, not George P. Costmatos.

Hokeyboy
04-03-12, 11:16 AM
Shatner in Star Trek V.

Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights.

Crocker Jarmen
04-03-12, 11:24 AM
http://twentyfourframes.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/407px-nightofthehunterposter2.jpg

I would love to have seen another film by Laughton.

JumpCutz
04-03-12, 12:02 PM
Jason Miller - That Championship Season

Lastdaysofrain
04-03-12, 12:22 PM
Bill Paxton - Frailty

Rockmjd23
04-03-12, 12:28 PM
Beware! The Blob (1972) - Larry Hagman

The movie that JR shot!

Randy Miller III
04-03-12, 12:33 PM
He's primarily a writer, but Larry David directed only one movie: Sour Grapes (1998).
Never saw it, but heard it pretty much sucked.

Ash Ketchum
04-03-12, 12:50 PM
Joan Rivers directed one movie--RABBIT TEST (1978). Anyone here ever see it?

DonnachaOne
04-03-12, 12:56 PM
Frank Sinatra, None But The Brave
Karl Malden, Time Limit
Armin Mueller-Stahl, Conversation with the Beast
Klaus Kinski, Kinski Paganini
Anne Bancroft, Fatso
Walter Matthau, Gangster Story
Alan Rickman, The Winter Guest
Johnny Depp, The Brave (Not a remake of the Sinatra pic. But it does star lister Marlon Brando!)
Peter Lorre, Der Verlorene
Ice Cube, The Player's Club (I know, I know, but would you call him a rapper anymore?)

DonnachaOne
04-03-12, 12:57 PM
Bill Paxton - Frailty

He also did The Greatest Game Ever Played. You were right to forget it.

Shannon Nutt
04-03-12, 03:24 PM
Shatner in Star Trek V.


Well, that's not technically true...Shatner also directed the direct-to-video GROOM LAKE, as well as the recent doc THE CAPTAINS.

FRwL
04-03-12, 03:43 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger- Christmas in Conneticut

inri222
04-03-12, 03:45 PM
http://www.chud.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/tommy.jpg

BambooLounge
04-03-12, 03:50 PM
He's primarily a writer, but Larry David directed only one movie: Sour Grapes (1998).
Never saw it, but heard it pretty much sucked.

I did see it and yes, it pretty much sucks.

GoldenJCJ
04-03-12, 05:46 PM
Tommy Lee Jones directed The Sunset Limited as well, and despite it being Made-For-HBO it has to count to some extent.
Tommy Lee Jones also directed The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. I never saw The Sunset Limited but Melquiades Estrada was pretty decent.

DonnachaOne
04-03-12, 05:48 PM
Tommy Lee Jones also directed The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. I never saw The Sunset Limited but Melquiades Estrada was pretty decent.

Psst... up here. (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11177207-post2.html)

GoldenJCJ
04-03-12, 05:58 PM
^ Quiet You! You don't expect me to actually read the threads I post in, do you? ;)

Hokeyboy
04-03-12, 07:09 PM
Well, that's not technically true...Shatner also directed the direct-to-video GROOM LAKE, as well as the recent doc THE CAPTAINS.
Trek V is his only feature film released to theaters. Overruled. :p


And apropos of nothing, but The Captains was pretty crummy. I was expecting something so much more interesting.

My Other Self
04-03-12, 07:53 PM
He's primarily a writer, but Larry David directed only one movie: Sour Grapes (1998).
Never saw it, but heard it pretty much sucked.I stumbled upon this movie by accident on one of the premium channels real late at night probably 10 years ago. I kept thinking to myself that Seinfeld or David just had to have something to do with it. I was really surprised I had never heard of it.

At first I thought they were just ripping off the style of humor but after the movie ended and I saw Larry David directed it I wasn't remotely surprised. It played out like an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Solid Snake
04-03-12, 08:05 PM
Kurt Russell has publicly said that he was the actual director of Tombstone, not George P. Costmatos.

but only after Costmatos died. It was like a contract thing.

islandclaws
04-03-12, 08:10 PM
I think it was more of an honor thing, but you are correct that Kurt waited.

vili
04-04-12, 05:21 AM
Toshiro Mifune directed Legacy of the 500,000 (1963), and nothing else.

PenguinJoe
04-04-12, 10:43 AM
Freddy Got Fingered Tom Green

Why So Blu?
04-04-12, 10:53 AM
Keeping the Faith - Edward Norton

hasslein
04-04-12, 02:07 PM
Joan Rivers directed one movie--RABBIT TEST (1978). Anyone here ever see it?

I had it on laserdisc, never got all the way through it, sold it.

JohnnyMovie
04-08-12, 10:52 PM
Richard Pryor - Jo Jo Dancer (1986)

TheySentYou
04-09-12, 10:15 AM
i was going to say Jack Nicholson for The Two Jakes (the Chinatown sequel), but i didn't realize he did Goin' South or Drive, He Said.

Jaymole
04-09-12, 12:44 PM
Peter Lorre directed one film that I always wanted to see as I heard good things about it, Der Verlorene (The Lost One)