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Steven Spielberg [27]


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Born:December 18, 1946 (71)
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1977](31) => Director / Writer
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981](35) => Director
Poltergeist [1982](36) => Writer
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial [1982](36) => Director
Gremlins [1984](38) => Man in Electric Wheelchair (uncredited) / Executive Producer
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom [1984](38) => Director / Tourist at Airport (uncredited)
The Goonies [1985](39) => Executive Producer
An American Tail [1986](40) => Executive Producer
The Land Before Time [1988](42) => Executive Producer
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989](43) => Director
Gremlins 2: The New Batch [1990](44) => Executive Producer
Hook [1991](45) => Director
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West [1991](45) => Producer
Animaniacs: Vol. 1 [1993](47) => Executive Producer
Jurassic Park [1993](47) => Director
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story [1993](47) => Executive Producer
The Flintstones [1994](48) => Executive Producer (as Steven Spielrock)
Lost World: Jurassic Park [1997](51) => Director / Popcorn-Eating Man (uncredited)
Austin Powers in Goldmember [2002](56) => Himself / Famous Director ('Austinpussy')
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Collector's Edition [2002](56) => Director
Minority Report [2002](56) => Director
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: Extended Edition [2002](56) => Director
The Adventures of Indiana Jones [2003](57) => Director
War of the Worlds [2005](59) => Director
Monster House [2006](60) => Executive Producer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008](62) => Director
Ready Player One [2018](72) => Director

Trivia that mentions this person:
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008]
  • Steven Spielberg brought on [?] Janusz Kaminski, who's shot all Spielberg's films since Schindler's List, to replace the now-retired cinematographer [?] Douglas Slocombe, who had worked on all three of the previous Indy films. Spielberg refused to modernize the photography and wanted to retain the comic book style from the previous films; thus Kaminski had to watch all the three previous films repeatedly to study Slocombe's techniques. Spielberg later commented that both he and Janusz had to swallow their pride: "Janusz had to learn another cinematographer's look, and I had to acquire this younger director's look which I thought I had moved away from after almost two decades."
  • The aliens closely resemble the ones in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, also directed by Steven Spielberg.
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989]
  • Having Sean Connery play Jones' father was an inside joke to James Bond being the father of Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg had always wanted to do a [Bond] film but did Indiana Jones as a James Bond type character.
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom [1984]
  • Generally credited (along with Gremlins) with the creation of the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating. It is widely believed that had Steven Spielberg's name not been on both movies, both may have received an R rating. (The Flamingo Kid was the first film to be *given* a PG-13 rating, but sat on the shelves for five months before being released.) Red Dawn was the first motion picture released with the PG-13 rating.
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981]
  • Steven Spielberg originally envisioned Giancarlo Giannini for the role of Dr. Rene Belloq and then considered French actor/singer [?] Jacques Dutronc (who, unfortunately, doesn't speak a word of English) before deciding on Paul Freeman.
    An American Tail: Fievel Goes West [1991]
  • When Fievel is riding on the tumbleweed, the {Theme from Rawhide} is being played in the background. It is the version sung by [?] John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd from The Blues Brothers which features a cameo appearance by Steven Spielberg in it
  • Steven Spielberg personally came to James Stewart's sound booth to direct him. He is uncredited as a voice-over director, though.
    *batteries not included [1987]
  • Originally intended to be a story featured in the TV series [Amazing Stories]. Steven Spielberg liked the idea so much he decided to make it a theatrical release.
    An American Tail [1986]
  • Fievel was the name of Steven Spielberg's grandfather.
    The Land Before Time [1988]
  • Steven Spielberg and George Lucas originally wanted the film to have no dialog, like the {Rite of Spring} sequence in Fantasia. But, to make the film appealing to children, they abandoned this idea, and got actors and actresses to do the voices.
    Star Trek [2009]
  • Zoe Saldana previously played a big [Star Trek] fan who admits she loves going to the conventions in Steven Spielberg's The Terminal.
    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Collector's Edition [2002]
  • At the auditions, Henry Thomas thought about the day his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.
  • Steven Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T.
  • Steven Spielberg shot the film in chronological order to invoke a real response from the actors (mainly the children) when E.T. departed at the end. All emotional responses from that last scene are real.
  • Steven Spielberg's original concept was for a much darker movie in which a family was terrorized in their house by aliens. When Spielberg decided to go with a more benevolent alien, the family-in-jeopardy concept was recycled as Poltergeist.
    E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial [1982]
  • At the auditions, Henry Thomas thought about the day his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.
  • Steven Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T.
  • Steven Spielberg shot the film in chronological order to invoke a real response from the actors (mainly the children) when E.T. departed at the end. All emotional responses from that last scene are real.
  • Steven Spielberg's original concept was for a much darker movie in which a family was terrorized in their house by aliens. When Spielberg decided to go with a more benevolent alien, the family-in-jeopardy concept was recycled as Poltergeist.
    E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: Extended Edition [2002]
  • At the auditions, Henry Thomas thought about the day his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.
  • Steven Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T.
  • Steven Spielberg shot the film in chronological order to invoke a real response from the actors (mainly the children) when E.T. departed at the end. All emotional responses from that last scene are real.
  • Steven Spielberg's original concept was for a much darker movie in which a family was terrorized in their house by aliens. When Spielberg decided to go with a more benevolent alien, the family-in-jeopardy concept was recycled as Poltergeist.
    The Goonies [1985]
  • According to director Richard Donner in an interview with "The Directors", producer Steven Spielberg instructed the cast members to act cold and distant toward Donner on the last week of filming which puzzled him. Shortly after filming wrapped, Donner went to his beach house in Hawaii, ran into a frenzied neighbor who took up his entire day. When he arrived home, the entire cast was there with Donner to celebrate with a cookout. Spielberg flew them over to Hawaii on the promise that they not speak a word of the surprise to Donner, which prompted them to act the way they were on the last week of filming.
    Gremlins [1984]
  • Joe Dante says that in the original draft of the script, Gizmo turns into Stripe. But, Steven Spielberg overruled this plot element saying that Gizmo was too cute to be turned evil, and it would be too confusing for audiences to understand that he is evil for the second half of the film. This became stressful for [?] Chris Walas who had designed the Gizmo puppet only for the actions that happened in the first half of the movie and had to figure out how to make it work in the rest of the film, hence why Gizmo is always seen in Billy's back pack for the rest of the film.
  • Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) with the introduction of the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating. It is also widely believed that if Steven Spielberg's name had not been on both movies, they may have received an R rating.
    Hook [1991]
  • Both Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams's stunt doubles were named Keith. When Steven Spielberg called for Keith to come to the set, both Keith's showed up. Eventually, Hoffman's stunt double changed his name from Keith to Keifo.
  • Steven Spielberg originally asked Richard Attenborough to play Tootles. Attenborough declined, as he was working on Chaplin at the time.
    Jurassic Park [1993]
  • Steven Spielberg wanted the velociraptors to be about 10 feet tall, which was taller than they were known to be. During filming, paleontologists uncovered 10-foot-tall specimens of raptors called Utahraptors.
    Jurassic Park III [2001]
  • The scene where Paul Kirby (William H. Macy) seems to have died and then comes up from behind them and says "I'm not going anywhere" is very reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when the tank falls off the cliff and everyone thinks Indiana Jones is dead and then he walks up behind them and looks over with them. The themes for both were written by John Williams, and in both series, the original movie was directed by Steven Spielberg.
    King Kong [1976]
  • [?] Roman Polanski, [?] Michael Winner, and [?] Sam Peckinpah were offered the chance to direct, but all turned it down. Steven Spielberg was also considered to direct.
    Last Action Hero [1993]
  • Steven Spielberg was offered the chance to direct this film, but he turned it down to go make Schindler's List instead.
    Little Shop of Horrors [1986]
  • When producer [?] David Geffen originally tried to get the film made, Steven Spielberg was attached to produce and [?] Martin Scorsese to direct.
    Lost World: Jurassic Park [1997]
  • Director Cameo: [Steven Spielberg] Reflected in the TV broadcasting the CNN story about the return of the dinosaurs, sitting on the couch next to Jeff Goldblum and eating popcorn.
  • When Dieter Stark, played by Peter Stormare, is first attacked by the Compys (Compsognathus), he starts yelling and throwing stones at them, then he mumbles parts of various curses in Swedish, however he doesn't complete any of them. Steven Spielberg thought it was excellent and kept the take in the final cut.
  • Joe Johnston lobbied for the director's job but schedule problems during the post-production of Jumanji forced him out. Steven Spielberg was also adamant to direct this sequel himself, promising Johnston the director's chair for the third movie, which he indeed directed.
    The Majestic [2001]
  • The golden idol Khalid uses to knock out Emily's father in Sand Pirates of the Sahara was lent to the production by Steven Spielberg and is the same prop used in the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Men In Black (MIB) [1997]
  • The "known aliens" visible on the screen include Al Roker, [?] Isaac Mizrahi, Danny DeVito, director Barry Sonnenfeld, [?] Chloe Sonnenfeld (Barry's daughter), Sylvester Stallone, [?] Dionne Warwick, Newt Gingrich, [?] Anthony Robbins, George Lucas, and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
    Minority Report [2002]
  • This is the first film since Hook that Steven Spielberg has shot in 2,35:1.
    Mortal Kombat [1995]
  • Steven Spielberg, an avid fan of video games, in particular the [Mortal Kombat] series, was set to make a cameo appearance as the director in Johnny Cage's first scene. However scheduling conflicts forced him to back out. Nonetheless, the "director" character in this scene does resemble Spielberg, which is most likely a reference to this.
    The Neverending Story [1984]
  • The original Auryn for this film now hangs in an enclosed glass display in Steven Spielberg's office.
    Poltergeist [1982]
  • During all the horrors that proceeded while filming Poltergeist, only one scene really scared Heather O'Rourke: that in which she had to hold onto the headboard, while a wind machine blew toys into the closet behind her. She fell apart; Steven Spielberg stopped everything, took her in his arms, and said that she would not have to do that scene again.
  • Drew Barrymore was considered for the role of Carol Anne, but Steven Spielberg wanted someone more angelic. It was Barrymore's audition for this role, however, that landed her a part in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
  • The house that gets sucked into a black hole at the end was actually a model about four feet across. The model took several weeks to complete. The shot was arranged with the camera placed directly above model, which was mounted over an industrial strength vacuum generator (the front door was facing directly up, straight at the camera). The model also had about 100 wires attached to various points of the structure. These wires went down through the back of the house, and down through the vacuum collection sack. The camera was turned on, and took 15 seconds to wind up to the required 300 frames per second. The vacuum was turned on, the wires were yanked, and several SFX guys blasted the house with pump-action shotguns. The entire scene was over in about two seconds, and they had to wait until the film was developed before they knew if they would have to do it again. Luckily, they got it right on the first take. The finished scene was sent to Steven Spielberg, who was on location shooting E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. He gave it to a projectionist, who assumed it was dailies from ET and was startled by the images. Spielberg had the remains of the model encased in perspex, and it is now sitting on his piano. The model itself was worth well over $25,000.
  • Both of the terrors that plague Robbie came from Steven Spielberg's own fears as a child, a fear of clowns and a tree outside his window.
    The Secret of NIMH [1982]
  • This was Jerry Goldsmith's first music score for an animated film. He later said that it was among his personal favorites. He was instrumental in introducing the film to Steven Spielberg, who went on to work with Don Bluth on An American Tail. According to Bluth and Gary Goldmanin their DVD commentary, Goldsmith so loved the film that he volunteered an extra three weeks to polish and refine the score, even though he was not contractually obligated to do so.
    Superman: The Movie [1978]
  • Steven Spielberg was offered the chance to direct this film, but the producers balked at the salary he asked for. They decided to wait until they saw how "this fish movie" (Jaws) that he had just completed did at the box office. The movie was a huge success, and Spielberg went on to other projects.
    Superman: The Movie: Expanded Edition [2000]
  • Steven Spielberg was offered the chance to direct this film, but the producers balked at the salary he asked for. They decided to wait until they saw how "this fish movie" (Jaws) that he had just completed did at the box office. The movie was a huge success, and Spielberg went on to other projects.
    ¡Three Amigos! [1986]
  • Steven Spielberg considered directing the film but chose to do E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial instead. He has said in interviews his choices for the roles of the Three Amigos were Steve Martin for Lucky Day, Bill Murray for Dusty Bottoms and Robin Williams for Ned Nederlander.
    War of the Worlds [2005]
  • During the filming of the underwater scenes (where the ferry capsizes) Steven Spielberg played a prank on Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning by playing the dramatic music from Jaws (also one of Spielberg's films) through the massive underwater speakers on the sound stage.
  • According to an interview with Miranda Otto, she originally turned down the part offered by Steven Spielberg as she was newly pregnant. However, Spielberg wanted her to play the part and changed the script to incorporate her pregnancy into the role.
  • Had a 72-day shooting schedule. This was the same amount of time used for Steven Spielberg's previous movies, Schindler's List and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The crew started filming only seven months prior to its release. In order to finish all 500+ CGI effects, Steven Spielberg did all the big action scenes in the early stages of shooting.
  • While filming nearby, Tom Cruise, along with a 20-member entourage, including Steven Spielberg, visited a Lexington, Virginia, Dairy Queen. Cruise saw a jar on the counter with a photo of [?] Ashley Flint and her story. Flint was in a go-cart accident a few months earlier, leaving her family with a mountain of hospital bills. Cruise put $5000 cash into the jar.
    We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story [1993]
  • As the dinosaurs dance around Times Square, it is possible to see a theatre marquee advertising Jurassic Park, which was directed by executive producer Steven Spielberg.
  • In the stampede after the crowd discovers the dinosaurs are real, at the point where Louie says, "Meet you in central park, now run," a caricature of Steven Spielberg with an Amblin Logo Baseball Cap and Jurassic Park Logo T-Shirt appears briefly on the left hand side as part of the crowd running towards the camera.
  • At the very beginning of the parade scene, a marching band is seen holding a banner that says "Arcadia High School Marching Band". Steven Spielberg attended Arcadia High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
    Cowboys & Aliens [2011]
  • Harrison Ford wanted to go bareheaded in the film and not wear a hat (he is most famous for his performance in Steven Spielberg's [Indiana Jones] films, where Jones wore a fedora), but since it was a Western film he was convinced to wear a hat. In American Graffiti, Harrison Ford was asked to cut his hair (to go bareheaded with a period haircut) for the film. He refused, stating that his role was too short, and offered to wear a hat instead.
  • Steven Spielberg screened The Searchers and Close Encounters of the Third Kind for Roberto Orci and Jon Favreau so that they could get the atmosphere of the film.
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1977]
  • The John Williams score was created before the film was edited. Steven Spielberg edited the film to match the music, a reverse of what is usually done in film scoring. Both Spielberg and Williams felt that it ultimately gave the film a lyrical feel.
  • Steven Spielberg had approached Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, and Gene Hackman for the role of Roy Neary. Jack Nicholson was also considered. McQueen turned the role down because he said he wasn't able to cry on film.
  • François Truffaut was continually trying to improve his English during production, and he was self-conscious of his heavy French accent. When he delivered the line "They belong here more than we" (after he learns the Army plans to dust the mountain with nerve gas), several crew members thought that he had said "Zey belong here, Mozambique." Several T-shirts were printed with this quote as a joke. When he heard about this, Truffaut supposedly burst out laughing. Steven Spielberg mentioned on a laserdisc documentary for E.T. that Truffaut later used a variation of the line in a congratulatory telegram after E.T. was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The telegram to Spielberg read, "You belong here more than me."
  • Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by Cary Guffey's performance that he wanted him for the role of Danny Torrence in The Shining. Cary Guffey's performances were so good that they only ever had to do one or two takes of each shot he was in. He became known as One-Take Cary on the set, and Steven Spielberg had a t-shirt printed up for him with the phrase written on it.
  • The iconic five-note melody was a chance arrangement that both John Williams and Steven Spielberg happened to like out of hundreds of different permutations.
  • Steven Spielberg has confessed that if he had a chance to make this movie today, Roy would never have abandoned his family to go to outer space. Source: "Spielberg on Spielberg", 2007, TCM.
  • The small aliens in the film were played by local girls aged between 8 and 12 years old. Girls were used instead of boys because Steven Spielberg felt that they moved more gracefully.
  • Barry is shown to be surprised by the extraterrestrials. Director Steven Spielberg had two crew members hide in boxes off camera, one in a clown suit and one in a gorilla suit. One popped out, then the other as the cameras rolled, catching young Cary Guffey's bewildered reaction. Spielberg then whispered to the gorilla to remove his mask, eliciting a smile from Guffey.
    The Spy Who Loved Me [1977]
  • One of the first directors to be considered was Steven Spielberg. There was some worry about his inexperience as he was caught up on an extremely lengthy pre-production schedule for a little film he was making at the time called Jaws, which ironically would provide inspiration for a major character in this film.
    For Your Eyes Only [1981]
  • Steven Spielberg was very much interested in directing a [James Bond] film and did have talks with Albert R. Broccoli to direct this film, but Broccoli told him he only wanted British directors to helm the [Bond] series. Shortly afterwards George Lucas offered Spielberg an iconic hero of his own in the form of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Aladdin [1992]
  • While filming this movie, Robin Williams frequently received calls from Steven Spielberg, who at the time was working on Schindler's List. He would put him on speaker phone so he could tell jokes to the cast and crew to cheer them up. Some of the material that he used was material that he was using for this film.
    Jurassic World [2015]
  • For the season two [Parks and Recreation] DVD, Chris Pratt made a behind the scenes video. In the video he reads a fake text from Steven Spielberg about being cast in Jurassic Park 4. Pratt actually was cast as the lead in the 4th Jurassic Park film.
  • The gyrosphere was Steven Spielberg's idea. According to Colin Trevorrow, then Spielberg "wanted to create a way for people to get up close and personal with the animals, to make it a self-driving, free-roaming experience. It loads on a track, but once you're out there, you actually get to navigate around the valley".
  • The concept of sharks being used as dino fodder was Colin Trevorrow's idea, and was inspired by producer Steven Spielberg's film Jaws.
    Ready Player One [2018]
  • On August 11, 2015, a rumor began circulating that Steven Spielberg was "courting" Gene Wilder to play OASIS creator James Halliday in his later years, which would've made this the first film Wilder has done since 1999. However, Wilder's dementia had progressed to a point where he could no longer remember lines and couldn't take the part.
  • In an interview, Steven Spielberg said this was the third most difficult movie he has made in his career, behind Jaws and Saving Private Ryan.
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [2018]
  • Approximately 2,500 girls were auditioned for the role of Maisie Lockwood, [?] Ruby Barnhill was also considered for the part having worked with Steven Spielberg on The BFG the part eventually went to Isabella Sermon marking her film debut.