Tony Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012)


“The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life” (Tony Scott, 1995). 

With the most tragic death of a great director/producer, Tony Scott, I thought I would pay a tribute and briefly outline his early biography, as well as comment on some of his most memorable films.

Tony Scott was born in North Shields (a town on the north bank of the River Tyne), North East England, and grew up in Stockton-on-Tees. He attended London’s Royal College of Art, and then directed numerous TV advertisements, before directing his first film ‘The Hunger’ (1983), which was met with critical disappointment. His first big box office success came with the release of ‘Top Gun’ (1986) three years later, starring Tom Cruise. Achieving this, he became the first of Scott brothers to enjoy blockbuster success. After ‘Top Gun’, Scott called the shots, directing fun films like ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ (1987), Tarantino-scripted ‘True Romance’ (1993) and ‘The Fan’ (1996).

Director (best-known):

1.      Top Gun (1986)

I feel the need…the need for speed“. Without any doubt, this is Tony Scott’s most famous film, which became the highest grossing film of 1986, starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, and featuring great pop songs, such as Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away“. 

2.      True Romance (1993)

‘True Romance’ is a great action film, starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, and based on the script by Mr. Nobody-Knows-Me-Yet-But-Wait Quentin Tarantino. It also features Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt and Samuel L. Jackson.

3.      Crimson Tide (1995)

Reminiscing ‘The Hunt for Red October’ (1990), this action thriller stars Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. And, yes – the best lines of the dialogue here are actually written by Quentin Tarantino.

4.      Enemy of the State (1998)

The only privacy left is inside of your head”. Now reminiscing John Grisham, this action thriller stars Gene Hackman and Will Smith, and is actually pretty good. It would have been another of Tom Cruise’s features if he were not still acting naughty in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (1999).

Tony Scott directed and produced some of the best-known films in Hollywood. His success, talent and enthusiasm will always be remembered. 

Advertisements

2 Responses to Tony Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012)

  1. keith7198 says:

    Sad, sad story. Lot’s of good movies were directed, produced, or influenced my Scott.

  2. Pingback: “Déjà-Vu” Mini-Review | dbmoviesblog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Comics Grinder

comics, pop culture and related topics

The Film Fanatic

Not Another Film Blogger

Musings of a Grouch

The insane ramblings of Chris Scott

Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

indiescifi451.wordpress.com/

îndependent science fiction movies, reviewed and dissected ruthlessly.

The Uncharted Word

My World of YA Book Reviews || Ramblings || and Works in Progress

50 Year Project

My challenge to visit 192 countries, read 1,001 books, and watch the top 100 movies

The Bookish Wanderer

A lifestyle & book blog for inspiration, reviews & laughs - best enjoyed with a good cup of coffee.

%d bloggers like this: