Joyce Chopra

Director, Producer
Former documentary filmmaker who made a polished and powerful dramatic feature debut with "Smooth Talk" (1985), a disturbing tale about a teenage girl's sexual awakening and intense mother-daughter conflict which ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1936

Filmography

Director (28)

Joyce at 34 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Everwood 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Crossing Jordan 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Angel Falls 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Blonde 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Lady in Question 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Rip Girls 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Murder in a Small Town 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

L.A. Johns 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

My Very Best Friend 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Segment Director

The Danger of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

The Lemon Sisters 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Smooth Talk 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Martha Clarke, Light and Dark 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Baby Snatcher (TV Show)

Director

Convictions (TV Show)

Director

Happy Mother's Day (Movie)

(Director)

Replacing Dad (TV Show)

Director

The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (TV Show)

Director

The Disappearance of Nora (TV Show)

Director

The Lady in Question (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Cowboy (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Martha Clarke, Light and Dark 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Medal of Honor Rag (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Former documentary filmmaker who made a polished and powerful dramatic feature debut with "Smooth Talk" (1985), a disturbing tale about a teenage girl's sexual awakening and intense mother-daughter conflict which boasted a fine central performance by Laura Dern. Though replaced by James Bridges on her next picture, "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Chopra recovered with the ensemble piece, "The Lemon Sisters" (1989), starring Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody, about childhood friends from Atlantic City trying to make it as singers.

Relationships

Tom Cole

Husband
wrote screenplay for "Smooth Talk"

EDUCATION

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

Milestones

1999

Directed the A&E thriller "Murder in a Small Town", starring Gene Wilder

1999

Helmed the CBS TV-movie "Replacing Dad"

1997

Guided Blair Brown in the based-on-fact "Convictions" (Lifetime), about a woman who became a campaigner for victims' rights after the murder of her son

1995

Reteamed with Montgomery for "Deadline For Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan" (CBS)

1994

Helmed "The Corpse Had a Familiar Face", a CBS TV-movie based on the experiences of MIAMI HERALD reporter Edna Buchanan (played by Elizabeth Montgomery)

1993

Directed episodes of the CBS drama series "Angel Falls"

1992

Helmed another based-on-fact tale of romance and murder, "The Danger of Love" (CBS), based on the story of Carolyn Warmus who murdered her lover's wife

1991

Returned to TV to direct the based-on-fact "Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story" (CBS)

1989

Directed "The Lemon Sisters", co-starring Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody

1987

Began directing "Bright Lights, Big City" in the spring but replaced by James Bridges; with Chopra went other "Smooth Talk" collaborators: cinematographer Jim Glennon (replaced by Gordon Willis) and writer Tom Cole, whose script was replaced by an adaptat

1985

Fiction feature directing debut, "Smooth Talk"

1982

Produced "Medal of Honor Rag" for TV's American Playhouse from Tom Cole's stage play

Made prize-winning film in collaboration with Richard Leacock, "A Happy Mother's Day"

Produced and directed a number of documentaries including "Joyce at 34" (1972), "Girls at 12" (1975), "Martha Clark Light and Dark: A Dancer's Journal" (1980) and "Music Lessons," before making first feature

Involved in founding of folk music coffee house, The Club 47 (featuring then unknown Joan Baez)

Bonus Trivia

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"Chopra's narrative style, which draws authentic, seductive performances from Dern and (Treat) Williams, is not show and tell but observe and discover. It is the style of a director in no hurry to prove she can do everything at once". ("Time" Magazine, March 24, 1986)

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