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  • Gigli

  • Meet Joe Black

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  • Midnight Run

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Martin Brest Biography

  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor
  • Born: Aug 8, 1951
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

While attending New York University, Martin Brest directed the award-winning student project [[Feature~V152373~Hot Dogs for Gaugin~mabelsbusyday]], starring a then-unknown Danny De Vito. Brest went on to produce, direct, write, and edit [[Feature~V95679~Hot Tomorrows~hottomorrows]] (1977) for the American Film Institute. These formative efforts caught the eye of Warner Bros.; the studio hired the 27-year-old Brest to direct the venerable [[Performer~P9701~George Burns~georgeburns]], [[Performer~P11090~Art Carney~artcarney]], and [[Performer~P68625~Lee Strasberg~leestrasberg]] in the melancholy comedy Going in Style (1979). The handling of this film evinced a maturity well beyond Brest's physical age, and it looked for awhile as though Hollywood had another wunderkind on its hands. Brest developed the teenage-oriented suspense film [[Feature~V53328~WarGames~wargames]], but the project was wrested from his control after an on-set tiff with the producers. For nearly two years, Brest was virtually blacklisted, surfacing only for an acting assignment in [[Feature~V16859~Fast Times at Ridgemont High~fasttimesatridgemonthigh]] (1982). The director made a successful comeback with the mega-hit [[Feature~V5220~Beverly Hills Cop~beverlyhillscop]] (1984); he has continued to prosper professionally, winning an Oscar nomination for [[Feature~V43117~Scent of a Woman~scentofawoman]] (1992), which he produced as well as directed. Brest is married to producer [[Performer~P116280~Lisa Weinstein~lisaweinstein]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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