Allen Hughes

Director, Producer
Evincing greater affinity for the studied cool of Quentin Tarantino than the overt social messages of fellow African-American filmmakers Spike Lee and John Singleton, The Hughes Brothers transcended the pitfalls of a ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1972 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Director (10)

Gang Related 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Broken City 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Book of Eli 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Touching Evil (USA) 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

From Hell 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

American Pimp 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Knights of South Bronx (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Broken City 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scratch 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From Hell 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Pimp 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (6)

The Book of Eli 2010 (Movie)

Screenplay (Revised) (Screenplay)

American Pimp 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

Evincing greater affinity for the studied cool of Quentin Tarantino than the overt social messages of fellow African-American filmmakers Spike Lee and John Singleton, The Hughes Brothers transcended the pitfalls of a troubled home life to become major successes with their first film, "Menace II Society" (1993). With Allen concentrating his energies on the actors and brother Albert focused on the technical aspects of filmmaking, the twin brothers made a dynamic pair that held nothing back, particularly when talking to the press. Following the surprise success of their debut, The Hughes Brothers took a critical step back with their sophomore effort, "Dead Presidents" (1995), which failed to capture the promise of their first film. Turning to documentary filmmaking, The Hughes Brothers generated a small degree of controversy with "American Pimp" (1999), which some claimed glorified an illegal and often violent profession. They next stepped outside their comfort zone to travel back to Victorian-era England with "From Hell" (2001), a gory and uneven examination of the Jack the Ripper murders. After taking some time off from directing to focus on producing, the brothers stepped back behind the cameras after nearly a decade to helm the post-apocalyptic Western "The Book of Eli" (2010), confirming that the talent evidenced in their exemplary debut was still alive and strong.

Relationships

Aida Hughes

Mother
Iranian-Armenian; took sons and left husband when the boys were two; raised sons alone while putting herself through school and starting her own business, a vocational rehabilitation company Gave sons their first video camera at age 12

Albert Hughes Director

Brother
Born April 1, 1972; twin brother Co-directed breakthrough film "Menace II Society" (1993)

EDUCATION

Dropped out of high school in 11th grade to work on music videos

Milestones

2013

Helmed crime drama "Broken City," starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones

2010

Re-teamed with brother to direct post-apocalyptic drama "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington

2009

Directed segment for film anthology "New York, I Love You"

2005

Directed A&E movie "Knights of the South Bronx," starring Ted Danson

2004

Made solo directing debut with several episodes of American version of "Touching Evil" on USA Network; Albert was executive producer

2001

Co-directed film adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell," about the 'Jack the Ripper' murders in England; starred Johnny Depp and Heather Graham

1999

Co-directed with brother documentary "American Pimp," about the underground pimp culture and exploitation of women; film premiered at Sundance

1995

Co-directed and co-wrote second film with Albert, "Dead Presidents"

1993

Made feature debut as director, producer, and story writer (all shared with Albert), "Menace II Society"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature

1993

With brother, co-founded rap/R&B label Underworld Records

1984

Received first video camera at age 12 and began making short films with brother

1981

Moved with mother and twin brother Albert to Pomona, CA when they were nine

Co-directed (with brother Albert) music videos for rap artists Tone Loc and Tupac Shakur

When asked to make a "How To" film for a school assignment, brothers made short film titled "How to Be a Burglar"

Bonus Trivia

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The Hughes brothers took rap artist Tupac Shakur to court in 1994 after he assaulted them during a music video shoot. Shakur was later sentenced to 15 days in jail for the assault as well as another incident, which occurred a day before his sentencing.

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The brothers have made no secret of their use of marijuana, and have previously turned down the offer to do anti-marijuana commercials.

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