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Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

RIP

A lot of great films in his resume including the Hurricane with Denzel.

Wish we got to see more projects from him in this century but maybe he retired or had health issues.

Oscar-nominated film director and producer Norman Jewison, who steered the 1967 racial drama “In the Heat of the Night” to a best picture Oscar and also helmed such popular films as “Moonstruck,” “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” and “The Thomas Crown Affair,” as well as film musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” died Saturday at his Los Angeles residence. He was 97.

His film career began with fluffy Doris Day comedies like “The Thrill of It All.” But Jewison’s social conscience began to surface with “In the Heat of the Night” and, later, the labor union drama “F.I.S.T.” and other films focusing on racial tensions such as “A Soldier’s Story” and “The Landlord” (the latter of which he only produced), though he never abandoned comedies and romances.

Oscar-nominated film director and producer Norman Jewison, who steered the 1967 racial drama “In the Heat of the Night” to a best picture Oscar and also helmed such popular films as “Moonstruck,” “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” and “The Thomas Crown Affair,” as well as film musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” died Saturday at his Los Angeles residence. He was 97.

His film career began with fluffy Doris Day comedies like “The Thrill of It All.” But Jewison’s social conscience began to surface with “In the Heat of the Night” and, later, the labor union drama “F.I.S.T.” and other films focusing on racial tensions such as “A Soldier’s Story” and “The Landlord” (the latter of which he only produced), though he never abandoned comedies and romances.

Jewison had his share of box office hits and was usually attuned to the audience pulse, but did not always receive critical accolades for his work. He received seven Oscar nominations but never won a competitive Oscar, though he did receive the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1999.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

It's tough for me to consider someone a truly great director when they just work in one genre of film over and over and over.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Thatís sad news. I havenít seen all of his movies but Iíve liked what I have seen.

The last movie of his I watched was The Hurricane with Denzel Washington. It was a fantastic too.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

I’ve only seen a few of his movies.

But, I highly recommend A Soldier’s Story. A very underrated murder mystery. Howard Rollins and Adolph Caesar were both fantastic. And there is a very young Denzel Washington.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Originally Posted by Count Dooku
It's tough for me to consider someone a truly great director when they just work in one genre of film over and over and over.
Like John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock?
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Originally Posted by Count Dooku
It's tough for me to consider someone a truly great director when they just work in one genre of film over and over and over.
WTF?

RIP to a great director.

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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Originally Posted by Count Dooku
It's tough for me to consider someone a truly great director when they just work in one genre of film over and over and over.
How is this describing Norman Jewison? His career spans multiple genres.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Yeah, I didn't get the "one genre" reference at all, unless it was sarcastic.

Just got to see Jesus Christ Superstar on the big screen last month, always a favorite of mine. Jewison also directed Rollerball, which is pretty different than anything else out there.
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Damn, but that is one hell of a run.

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Originally Posted by Decker
Like John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock?

Quick Decker, there's a joke. Get it!

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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

I remember my Mom renting Agnes of God on VHS when I was a kid. But, I was way too young to really comprehend any of it, so I don't recall anything about it. I think it was a religious murder mystery.

I think the only movie that I own from his catalog is The Hurricane on DVD.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Originally Posted by dex14
How is this describing Norman Jewison? His career spans multiple genres.

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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

I only first watched Fiddler on the Roof last year. What a masterpiece.

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Wow, RIP to a great director.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

F.I.S.T. is pretty good even thought it was compromised by the studio. The KINO BD is excellent.
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Ninety-seven's a good age to get to. He was interviewed on CBC radio back late last year for something unrelated to his career and more about filmmaking in general, but he sounded as sharp as ever.

And, while the Variety obit quietly touches on where he's really from, I'll just add as a fellow Canadian (and Torontonian): you're welcome America!

In a related bit of history (also touched on in most of the obits), he was the founder of the Canadian Film Center, which is just a couple of blocks away from me (although my only visits have been during their occasional participation in the annual 'Doors Open' events here):
https://cfccreates.com
https://cfccreates.com/about/norman-jewison/

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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

While I've always liked IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, my favorite film of his will always be THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1966).
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

The other movie I'm not seeing mentioned much in the memorials is ....and Justice For All.

Who among us has not said "I'm out of order? YOU'RE out of order!" at least once? (although hopefully not in an actual court at an actual judge)
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Re: Norman Jewison director of In the Heat of the Night, Moonstruck, & Fiddler on the Roof dead at 97

Jewisonís downtown Toronto office/pad just went on the market in case anyone here has a few million to spare :

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