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Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis [9]

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Born:May 14, 1951 (67)
Filmography Rating:7.39 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.46 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.26 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80.78%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Back to the Future [1985](34) => Director / Writer
Who Framed Roger Rabbit [1988](37) => Director
Back to the Future II [1989](38) => Director
Back to the Future III [1990](39) => Director
Forrest Gump [1994](43) => Director
Contact [1997](46) => Director
The Back to the Future: Complete Trilogy [2002](51) => Director
The Polar Express [2004](53) => Director / Writer
Monster House [2006](55) => Executive Producer

Trivia that mentions this person:
Contact [1997]
  • During one of the most intense scenes in the pod ("I had no idea...") Jodie Foster shows a wide range of conflicting emotions. Director Robert Zemeckis had asked her to repeat the scene six times, each time with a different expression (intense joy, fear, sadness and so on) and then the SFX crew quickly morphed her face from one take to the next. For a brief moment they also used the face of Dr. Arroway as a child.
  • George Miller was slated to direct until Warner Bros. offered him the rights to Mad Max 2 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome to pull out and let Robert Zemeckis take his place.
  • Peter Jackson did some visual effects for this film, repaying the favor to Robert Zemeckis, who executive-produced his film The Frighteners.
    Forrest Gump [1994]
  • The line, "My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump," was ad libbed by Tom Hanks while filming the scene and director Robert Zemeckis liked it so much that he decided to keep it in.
  • Robert Zemeckis used the paintings of Norman Rockwell as the design inspiration for the town of Greenbow, Alabama. The scene where Forrest sits in the hallway of his school while his mother talks to the principal is a direct re-creation of Rockwell's painting "Girl with a Black Eye".
  • Tom Hanks signed onto the film after an hour and a half of reading the script but agreed to take the role only on the condition that the film was historically accurate. He initially wanted to ease Forrest's pronounced Southern accent, but was eventually persuaded by director Robert Zemeckis to portray the heavy accent stressed in the novel and patterned his accent after Michael Conner Humphreys (young Forrest) who actually talked that way.
    Last Action Hero [1993]
  • Robert Zemeckis was in contention to direct at one point.
    Ready Player One [2018]
  • Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright were all considered to direct this film.
  • The Zemeckis Cube is named after director Robert Zemeckis. When the cube is activated, the music playing is from the Back to the Future trilogy, directed by Zemeckis. Alan Silvestri composed the score for both the Back to the Future trilogy and this film.