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Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis [10]

Born:May 14, 1951 (70)
Filmography Rating:7.36 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.41 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.30 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81.29%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Romancing the Stone [1984](33) => Director
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]
  • Peter Jackson did some visual effects for this film, repaying the favor to Robert Zemeckis, who executive-produced his film The Frighteners.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Forrest Gump [1994]
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Ready Player One [2018]
  • 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.
  • Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright were all considered to direct this film.
    John Carter [2012]
  • Robert Zemeckis turned down the chance to direct, quipping "George already pillaged all of that" with the "Star Wars" films. In other words, most of the best elements of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars fantasies had already been "borrowed" for George Lucas' space operas.
    Last Action Hero [1993]
  • Robert Zemeckis was in contention to direct at one point.
    Matilda [1996]
  • Richard Donner and Robert Zemeckis were considered to direct the film.
    Romancing the Stone [1984]
  • This film marked the beginning of director Robert Zemeckis' partnership with composer Alan Silvestri. Ever since then, Silvestri has composed the music for every Zemeckis-directed film.
  • Bob Hoskins turned down the role of Ralph, which eventually went to Danny DeVito. Hoskins and Robert Zemeckis would work together four years later in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Kathleen Turner, who plays Joan, would also provide the voice of Jessica Rabbit.
  • In the famous dance scene, Michael Douglas was not aware that he was being filmed. He was dancing with Kathleen Turner and some extras, and was surprised to find Robert Zemeckis had been filming the entire time.
  • Alan Silvestri was hired to do a temporary score for the film, but director Robert Zemeckis liked his work so much that he kept him on as composer.
  • Studio executives were so sure this film would flop that Robert Zemeckis was pre-emptively fired from directing Cocoon (1985). It turned out to be such a success that Zemeckis was able to go forward on his own project, Back to the Future (1985).
    Chaos Walking [2021]
  • Robert Zemeckis was in talks to direct the film at one point.