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Robert Wise dies at 91

LOS ANGELES Robert Wise, who twice won double Oscars as producer and director of the classic 1960s musicals "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," has died of heart failure. He was 91.

Family friend and longtime Los Angeles entertainment agent Lawrence Mirisch told The Associated Press Wise died today at U-C-L-A Medical Center.

Wise was nominated for seven Oscars, including the four he won, during a career that spanned more than 50 years.

Wise directed 39 films in all in a variety of genres, including "The Day The Earth Stood Still," "Run Silent Run Deep" and "Tribute to a Bad Man."

More recently, he served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America.

Mirisch says Wise celebrated his 91st birthday Saturday.
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=3852728
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West Side Story is my absolute favorite movie, daddio.
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What a shame, especially on the eve of the release of the Val Lewton Collection, which has Curse Of The Cat People and The Body Snatcher in it, both Wise-directed classics. And he also directed The Set-Up, from last year's Film Noir Collection. They don't make 'em like Robert Wise anymore.

R.I.P. Robert Wise
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I'm sorry to hear it. He was one of the greats.
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What a great career he had. Wise seemed like he was in such good health for a person his age, too.
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"The human adventure is just beginning..."
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Great director. I'm a big fan of the original The Haunting and The Andromeda Strain as well.
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Very sad.
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What a great career he had. Wise seemed like he was in such good health for a person his age, too.
Wise's resumé of movies he was involved in looks like a list of some of the most influential movies of the 20th Century: Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, among many others.

The movie industry has truly lost one of its greatest directors.
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Definitely one of the most important people in American cinema, he had the ability to turn out incredibly well-crafted popular blockbusters or smaller "cultish" type movies.

There are so many of his movies that have given me pleasure over the years, but for me THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (on my personal Top 10 list) ranks highest, one that reveals something new every time I watch it.
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"The human adventure is just beginning..."
A great director that will be remembered for many classics, but this is the one I'll remember him best from.
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Star Trek The Motion Picture is one of his under-appreciated works, esp in his recent director's cut.

Thanks for an incredible body of work Mr. Wise.
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Robert Wise - The director of The Haunting -one of the scariest films ever!

The Sound of Music/ West Side Story -Two of the greatest musicals ever!

The Day the Earth Stood Still -One of the greatest Sci/Fi's ever!

Somebody Up There Likes Me -Great Boxing/Bio!

The Sand Pebbles -Amongst Steve McQueen's finest hours!

Run Silent, Run Deep -One of the greatest Sub movies ever!

Plus working on Citizen Kane for God's sake!!! amongst many others.

R.I.P. Robert Wise. What more can I say?
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The Sound of Music is our family's all time favorite movie.
RIP
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Damn. A great director.
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There's a good little commentary on The Set Up dvd from Wise (along with Scorsese), that'll be nice to listen to as a sort of memorium.
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Bummer.
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I feel a AFI tribute film showcase at the Silver Theatre and Arclight (and TCM) are a brewin'

sad news
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Its always sad when someone passes on, but 91? I hope I live to be that old.
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Thank you Robert...
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RIP. Thanks for the great movies.
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Just got an email from TCM (Turner Classic Movies). They are planning on having a Robert Wise retrospective on 9/23:

To honor the career of Director/Film Editor Robert Wise, we are changing the schedule for 9/23. Here is the new schedule for the day.

Friday, September 23

6:00 AM Citizen Kane (as editor)
8:00 AM The Magnificent Ambersons (as editor)
9:30 AM The Curse of the Cat People (director)
11:00 AM The Body Snatcher (director)
12:30 PM Born to Kill (director)
2:30 PM The Set-Up (director)
4:00 PM Executive Suite (director)
6:00 PM Somebody Up There Likes Me (director) 8:00 PM West Side Story (director/producer)
10:45 PM Run Silent, Run Deep (director)
12:30 AM The Haunting (director/producer)
2:30 AM Odds Against Tomorrow (director/producer)
4:30 AM Blood on the Moon (director)
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He had one of the most varied careers ever among Hollywood directors. I mean - The Sound of Music AND The Day the Earth Stood Still? West Side Story AND Star Trek The Motion Picture? Come ON! No one does that anymore! And he did it all so well.

But I LOVE his films noir. They were just FANTASTIC! I had no idea that he started his career doing the kind of movies that he did until a few years ago, and he is now one of my favorite directors.

I am just glad that he lived long enough to re-work Star Trek: The Motion Picture closer to what he wanted in the first place back in '79. The "Directors Edition" DVD shows that he still had his editing skills intact even when pushing 90! It is a much better version of the movie than was originally released theatrically.

I still hate The Sound of Music, though. Nothing against his direction, I just don't go for that style of movie. I've never seen West Side Story, but I may have to give it a shot based on the movie's classic status AND his fantastic track record.

When I was a teenager and into my 20's I never understood why he was chosen to direct ST: TMP. I understand now.

He will be missed.
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"The human adventure is just beginning..."


What a great talent. We're lucky to have had him for so long.

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It's a shame that most casual moviegoers don't even know who this man is. Hollywood has really lost a legendary figure here.

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