Tony Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012)
August 20, 2012 2 Comments
With the most tragic death of a great director and producer, Tony Scott, I thought I’d pay a tribute and briefly outline his early bio and comment on some of the most memorable films he directed.
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. Scott 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’ success Scott called the shots, directing fun films like ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ (1987), Quentin Tarantino’s ‘True Romance’ (1993) and ‘The Fan’ (1996).
Director (Best Known):
1. Top Gun (1986)
Without any doubt, this is Tony Scott’s most famous film, which became the highest grossing film of 1986,
and actually also features some of the best songs ever (‘Danger Zone’ and ‘ 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 the Mr. Nobody-Knows-Me-Yet-But-Wait – Quentin Tarantino, and,
most importantly, also featuring 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. Oh, yes, and the best lines of 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 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.