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Actors who turned directior for one film only

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?
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Re: Actors who turned directior for one film only

The War Zone - Tim Roth
Nil By Mouth - Gary Oldman
The 3 Burials of Malquiades Estrada - Tommy Lee Jones
The Buccaneer - Anthony Quinn
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Tommy Lee Jones directed The Sunset Limited as well, and despite it being Made-For-HBO it has to count to some extent.
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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)
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Originally Posted by inri222
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?
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Bill Murray -- Quick Change (with Howard Franklin)
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Kurt Russell has publicly said that he was the actual director of Tombstone, not George P. Costmatos.
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Re: Actors who turned directior for one film only

Shatner in Star Trek V.

Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights.

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I would love to have seen another film by Laughton.
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Bill Paxton - Frailty
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Beware! The Blob (1972) - Larry Hagman

The movie that JR shot!
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He's primarily a writer, but Larry David directed only one movie: Sour Grapes (1998).
Never saw it, but heard it pretty much sucked.
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Joan Rivers directed one movie--RABBIT TEST (1978). Anyone here ever see it?
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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?)
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Originally Posted by Lastdaysofrain
Bill Paxton - Frailty
He also did The Greatest Game Ever Played. You were right to forget it.
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Originally Posted by Hokeyboy
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.
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Originally Posted by Randy Miller III
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.
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Originally Posted by RichC2
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.
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
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.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
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.


And apropos of nothing, but The Captains was pretty crummy. I was expecting something so much more interesting.
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Originally Posted by Randy Miller III
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.

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