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Alan J. Pakula

Alan J. Pakula

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Alan Jay Pakula was an American film director, writer and producer. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Best Director for All the President's Men (1976) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sophie's Choice (1982).

Pakula was also notable for directing his "paranoia trilogy": All the President's Men, Klute (1971), and The Parallax View (1974).

Pakula started his Hollywood career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers. In 1957, he undertook his first production role for Paramount Pictures. In 1962, he produced To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Pakula had a successful professional relationship as the producer of movies directed by Robert Mulligan from 1957 to 1968. In 1969, he directed his first feature, The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minnelli.

In 1971, Pakula released the first installment of what would informally come to be known as his "paranoia trilogy". Klute, the story of a relationship between a private eye (played by Donald Sutherland) and a call girl (played by Jane Fonda, who won an Oscar for her performance), was a commercial and critical success. This was followed in 1974 by The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty, a labyrinthine post-Watergate thriller involving political assassinations. The film has been noted for its experimental use of hypnotic imagery in a celebrated film-within-a-film sequence in which the protagonist is inducted into the Parallax Corporation, whose main, albeit non-ostensible, enterprise is domestic terrorism.

Finally, in 1976, Pakula rounded out the "trilogy" with All the President's Men, based on the bestselling account of the Watergate scandal written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were played in the movie by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively. It was another commercial hit, considered by many critics and fans to be one of the best thrillers of the 1970s.

Pakula scored another hit in 1982 with Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep. His screenplay, based on the novel by William Styron, was nominated for an Academy Award. Later commercial successes included Presumed Innocent, based on the bestselling novel by Scott Turow, and another political thriller, The Pelican Brief, an adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller. His final film was the crime drama thriller film The Devil's Own, where he reunited with Harrison Ford.

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Alan J. Pakula Movies : Filmography

The Devil's Own

The Devil's Own

Released: 1997 Rated:

The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief

Released: 1993 Rated: PG-13 

Consenting Adults

Consenting Adults

Released: 1992 Rated:

Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent

Released: 1990  

See You in the Morning

See You in the Morning

Released: 1989  

Orphans

Orphans

Released: 1987  

Dream Lover

Dream Lover

Released: 1986 Rated:

Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

Released: 1982  

Rollover

Rollover

Released: 1981 Rated:

Starting Over

Starting Over

Released: 1979  

Comes a Horseman

Comes a Horseman

Released: 1978  

All the President's Men

All the President's Men

Released: 1976 Rated:

The Parallax View

The Parallax View

Released: 1974  

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

Released: 1973 Rated: PG 

Klute

Klute

Released: 1971  

The Sterile Cuckoo

The Sterile Cuckoo

Released: 1969  

The Stalking Moon

The Stalking Moon

Production

Released: 1968  

Up the Down Staircase

Up the Down Staircase

Production

Released: 1967  

Inside Daisy Clover

Inside Daisy Clover

Production

Released: 1966  

Baby the Rain Must Fall

Baby the Rain Must Fall

Production

Released: 1965  

Love with the Proper Stranger

Love with the Proper Stranger

Released: 1963  

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Released: 1962 Rated: NR 

Fear Strikes Out

Fear Strikes Out

Released: 1957