Robert M Young

Director, Producer
New York filmmaker who collaborated on a number of documentaries with Michael Roemer in the 1960s, notably "Cortile Cascino/The Inferno" (1962), shot for the NBC series "White Paper" but deemed too controversial to air ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1924 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (25)

Human Error 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

American Family 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

China: the Panda Adventure 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Caught 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Roosters 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Talent for the Game 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Triumph of the Spirit 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Dominick and Eugene 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Extremities 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Saving Grace 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

One-Trick Pony 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Rich Kids 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Short Eyes 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Alambrista! 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Deal 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

J.T. 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Director

Alive and Kicking (Movie)

(Director)

Slave of Dreams (TV Show)

Director

Solomon & Sheba (TV Show)

Director

The Inferno (TV Show)

Director

The Road to Santiago (TV Show)

Director

Walkout (TV Show)

Director

We Are the Children (TV Show)

Director

Wide Blue Yonder (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

The Plot Against Harry 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Alambrista! 1977 (Movie)

(Photography)

Deal 1976 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Nothing But a Man 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Writer (4)

Triumph of the Spirit 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 1982 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

Alambrista! 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nothing But a Man 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Me 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Plot Against Harry 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nothing But a Man 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)
Executive (1)

Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family 1993 (Movie)

executive director (Executive)
Other (2)

Americanos: Latino Life in the U.S. 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Consultant

The Telephone 1988 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Biography

New York filmmaker who collaborated on a number of documentaries with Michael Roemer in the 1960s, notably "Cortile Cascino/The Inferno" (1962), shot for the NBC series "White Paper" but deemed too controversial to air. Young's first fiction feature as a director was the 1977 adaptation of Miguel Pinero's harrowing stage play "Short Eyes".

Young's films are noted for their gritty, unglamorous qualities and fine use of locations. Highlights include "Rich Kids" (1979), a realistic portrait of two upper-class Manhattan juveniles watching their parents' world fall apart, "Alambrista!" (1978), about the exploitation of a naive Mexican after he has crossed the border to the US, and "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" (1983), based on the true story of a Mexican who killed a US sheriff in 1901.

Young has begun to reach a wider audience in the 1980s with films such as the Farrah Fawcett vehicle "Extremities" (1986) and the concentration camp drama "Triumph of the Spirit" (1989), starring Willem Dafoe.

Relationships

Andrew Young

Son
married to Susan Todd born c. 1960

Irwin Young

Brother
heads Du Art Film Labs

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts

Milestones

1987

TV movie directing debut, "We Are the Children"

1977

Fiction feature directing debut, "Short Eyes"

1964

First fiction feature as co-producer and co-writer (with director Michael Roemer), "Nothing But a Man"

1962

Co-directed (with Michael Roemer), edited, photographed and wrote documentary "Cortile Cascino/The Inferno" (58 mins) for NBC series "White Paper"; considered too controversial to air

1956

Co-directed (with Murray Lerner and Lloyd Ritter) the feature-length documentary "Secrets of the Reef"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the British director Robert Malcolm Young

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