John Irvin

Director
A competent technician whose work has ranged from military action features ("The Dogs of War" 1980) to finely observed character studies ("Turtle Diary" 1985). Irvin began his career as an assistant director with ... Read more »
Born: 05/06/1940 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, GB

Filmography

Director (26)

Dot.Kill 2014 (Movie)

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Mafia No! 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Hemingway's Garden of Eden 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Moon and the Stars 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boys and Girl From County Clare 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fine Art of Love - Mine Haha 2004 (Movie)

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The Fourth Angel 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Shiner 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

City of Industry 1997 (Movie)

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Crazy Horse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

A Month By the Lake 1995 (Movie)

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Widow's Peak 1994 (Movie)

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Freefall 1993 (Movie)

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Eminent Domain 1991 (Movie)

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Robin Hood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Next of Kin 1989 (Movie)

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Hamburger Hill 1987 (Movie)

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Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

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Turtle Diary 1986 (Movie)

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Champions 1983 (Movie)

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Ghost Story 1981 (Movie)

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 1980 - 1981 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

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Childhood 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

Hard Times 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

When Trumpets Fade (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

David Spade: My Fake Problems 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (1)

Mia Farrow: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A competent technician whose work has ranged from military action features ("The Dogs of War" 1980) to finely observed character studies ("Turtle Diary" 1985). Irvin began his career as an assistant director with British Transport Films. After shooting shorts and documentaries for a number of years and working extensively for English TV, Irvin broke through to American audience with the serialized adaptation of John le Carre's George Smiley novel, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1980). Thereafter, Irvin directed his first feature, "Dogs of War" a hot-headed (and some thought, racist) depiction of a military coup in Africa. He went on to handle a stream of mediocre "American" genre films: the sports picture "Champions" (1983), the Schwarzenegger vehicle "Raw Deal" (1986) and the sociologically-minded if somewhat reactionary Vietnam war film "Hamburger Hill" (1987), concluding with the negligible Patrick Swayze vehicle, "Next of Kin" (1989).

EDUCATION

London School of Film Technique

1958

Milestones

2005

Directed the musical comedy "The Boys and Girl from County Clare"

2002

Helmed the thriller "The Fourth Angel"

1999

Directed what was purportedly one of the most expensive TV miniseries ever made, "Noah's Ark" (NBC), starring John Voight

1998

Helmed the HBO movie "When Trumpets Fade"

1991

Returned to TV at the helm of "Robin Hood", starring Patrick Bergin

1987

Helmed the war-themed "Hamburger Hill"

1980

Directed first fictional feature, "The Dogs of War"

1979

Directed TV miniseries, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

1977

First directed for TV, "Possessions" segment of program, "Childhood" for PBS's "Great Performances"

1963

Directed first documentary (also scripted), "Gala Day", on a grant from BFI

Began career as apprentice editor at Rank Studios

Bonus Trivia

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"It is interesting the way the physical appearance of British film directors . . . [has been] transformed by the likes of Yates, Apted, and Irvin into the very image of a chucker-out at a Camden Town disco. It would be facile to try to find some equivalent cinematic transformation, and what in fact marks the films of all three directors is a chucker-out's adeptness at staging scenes of tough-guy physical action . . ." (FILM DOPE, Number 27)

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