John Irvin

About John Irvin

Who is it?: Director, Writer
Birth Day: May 07, 1940
Birth Place:  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Birth Sign: Gemini
Occupation: Film director
Years active: 1963–present

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John Irvin was bornon May 07, 1940 in  Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, United Kingdom, is Director, Writer. John Irvin is a British director who has made more than thirty motion pictures in his career so far, and has received mixed success over the years.Born in England, Irvin began his career in television before he filmed the gritty and violent theatrical motion picture, The Dogs of War (1980). The film, starring Christopher Walken and Tom Berenger, concerns a military coup in an African country. Irvin followed this up with the successful horror film Ghost Story (1981) which is about four old men revealing a long held secret with devastating results. The film was the third highest grossing horror film of its year, hailed by critics including Roger Ebert for its acting and improvement to the novel it was originally based on.After this, Irvin made the biographical film Champions (1984), the warm-hearted but unsuccessful novel adaptation of Turtle Diary (1985) starring Ben Kingsley, and the violent action film Raw Deal (1986), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Raw Deal (1986) was a success at the box office, bringing in twice its budget, but received several negative reviews.The next film he made was one of the films he would become most famous for: the bloody Vietnam war film Hamburger Hill (1987). The film, starring Anthony Barrile and a then-unknown Don Cheadle, concerns one of the most costly battles in the Vietnam War. It was released a year after Oliver Stone's film Platoon (1986).After Hamburger Hill (1987), Irvin made the crime thriller Next of Kin (1989) starring many well-known actors in the film. Unfortunately, it achieved mediocre success. Irvin went on to make a film about the legendary character of Robin Hood, the same year of Kevin Costner's more well-known film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves". Released theatrically in other countries, it was aired on television in the U.S.Irvin's work in the 90s included the interesting, well reviewed film Eminent Domain (1990), unsuccessful Freefall (1994), the silly comedic Widows' Peak (1994), and an interesting character study in A Month by the Lake (1995). Set in the beautiful Italian coast side, the story revolves around a middle aged, free spirited woman who meets a former military man who is both entranced and frustrated by her personality. The film was positively reviewed, but did not make a great deal of money. After this, Irvin made the cult film City of Industry (1997) starring renowned actor Harvey Keitel. The film was a horrid failure, though it praised Keitel's performance.Irvin proceeded to make one of his best works- the well-made, realistic film When Trumpets Fade (1998). The film concerns a World War Two battle that, despite the many casualties, has virtually disappeared from memory due to the overshadowing Battle of the Bulge shortly after wards. Released the same year as Giai Cuu Binh Nhì Ryan (1998), the film starred Ron Eldard in a brilliant performance, and the equally impressive performances of Frank Whaley, Timothy Olyphant, and Zak Orth.Some of Irvin's latest work has been varied, whether it be the chilling Shiner (2000), the humourous musical The Boys from County Clare (2003), or the Armand Assante-helmed Dot.Kill (2005). Recently, Irvin has directed the novel adaptation of Ernest Hemmingway's The Garden of Eden (2008), co-starring Matthew Modine. Following this, he has begun production on the war film Red Gold (2011) concerning Italian prisoners of war in the United States.Regardless of success, Irvin continues to make films in a career that has lasted over 40 years.
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Biography/Timeline

1960

Irvin directed his first films in the 1960s, such as Gala Day (1963), Carousella (1965), the made-for-TV film East of Howard (1966), Bedtime (1967) and Mafia No! (1967). In the 1970s, Irvin directed exclusively for television, including drama episodes and made-for-TV films. In the mid-1970s, he made Possessions (1974) and Haunted: The Ferryman (1974) and the pilot for The Nearly Man (1974) and seven episodes over 1975. In 1977, he directed an episode for ITV Playhouse and did the adaptation of Charles Dickens's Hard Times series.

1980

In the 1980s, Irvin made The Dogs of War (1980), starring Christopher Walken. The film is about a mercenary team that attack an African country. After that, Irvin made the horror film Ghost Story (1981), the adaptation of Peter Straub's novel. Irvin's other films from the 1980s include Champions (1984), starring John Hurt and Turtle Diary (1985), a romantic-comedy film based on the novel of the same name. It starred Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley. The story tells of a lonely man and woman from London who help a couple of turtles escape from a zoo. Soon afterwards, Irvin made Raw Deal (1986), an action film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger about an FBI agent who extracts a bloody revenge against a Mafia organisation. After that, Irvin's next film was the Vietnam War story Hamburger Hill (1987), about a violent close-quarters battle in which US Soldiers attacked a well-fortified North Vietnamese Army position. Irvin then directed Next of Kin (1989), an action film starring Patrick Swayze about a police officer who starts a clan feud against a Mafia family to exact revenge for his brother's death.

1990

In the 1990s, Irvin directed Eminent Domain (1990), starring Donald Sutherland and Anne Archer. After that, he made Robin Hood (1991), which starred Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman. Irvin's other films from the 1990s include Freefall (1994), Widows' Peak (1994), A Month by the Lake (1995), Crazy Horse (1996), City of Industry (1996), When Trumpets Fade (1998) and Noah's Ark (1999).

2000

In the 2000s, Irvin directed Shiner (2000), which starred Michael Caine. The story tells about a boxing promoter searching for his son's killer. Irvin then directed The Fourth Angel (2001), an action film starring Jeremy Irons and Forest Whitaker. Irvin's other films from the 2000s include The Boys from County Clare (2003), Dot.Kill (2004), The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005) and The Moon and the Stars (2007). Irvin released The Garden of Eden (2008), starring Mena Suvari and Jack Huston.

2014

Irvin appears as himself in the documentary feature The Writer with No Hands (2014), talking about his colleague, Screenwriter Gary DeVore.

2016

Irvin's next film was the biopic Mandela's Gun (2016), relating Nelson Mandela's times as a guerrilla fighter.