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Sam Mendes

Date of Birth: 1 August 1965Reading, Berkshire, England, UK

Birth Name: Samuel Alexander Mendes

Nickname: Midas Mendes

Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Short Biography: Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old. Sam was educated at Cambridge University and joined the Chichester Festival Theatre following his graduation in 1987. Afterwards, he directed Judi Dench in "The Cherry Orchard", for which he won a Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he directed such productions as "Troilus and Cressida" with Ralph Fiennes and "Richard III". In 1992, he became artistic director of the reopened Donmar Warehouse in London, where he directed such productions as "The Glass Menagerie" and the revival of the musical "Cabaret", which earned four Tony Awards including one for Best Revival of a Musical. He also directed "The Blue Room" starring Nicole Kidman. In 1999, he got the chance to direct his first feature film, American Beauty (1999). The movie earned 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Mendes, which is a rare feat for a first-time film director.

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Spectre (2015)

# 12577 IMDb

Spectre (2015)

Director: Sam Mendes

Action, Adventure, Thriller (2h 28min)

UK UK, USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 339,563 votes, 60% postive reviews on 09-Oct-18.

Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 32 nominations

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's (...)

Blood (2012)

# 10911 IMDb

Blood (2012)

Director: Nick Murphy

Thriller (1h 32min)

UK UK

Rated 6.0 after 3,505 votes, 44% postive reviews on 01-Feb-19.

Thriller charting the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers, smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father, must investigate a crime they themselves have committed.

Skyfall (2012)

# 10557 IMDb

Skyfall (2012)

Director: Sam Mendes

Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller (2h 23min)

UK UK, USA USA

Rated 7.8 after 577,190 votes, 81% postive reviews on 06-Oct-18.

Won 2 Oscars. Another 62 wins & 102 nominations

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 (...)

Away We Go (2009)

# 06177 IMDb

Away We Go (2009)

Director: Sam Mendes

Comedy, Drama (1h 38min)

USA USA, UK UK

Rated 7.1 after 48,959 votes, 58% postive reviews on 06-Oct-18.

6 nominations

Mid-thirtysomethings Burt Farlander and Verona De Tessant are a loving couple. Burt has always wanted to marry Verona, but Verona resists, not seeing the point of the institution. Regardless, they are having a baby together, despite questioning their potential parenting abilities. They are happy that they made the decision to move close to Burt's parents, Jerry and Gloria Farlander, as they want (...)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

# 05386 IMDb

Revolutionary Road (2008)

TaglineHow do you break free without breaking apart?

Director: Sam Mendes

Drama, Romance (1h 59min)

USA USA, UK UK

Rated 7.3 after 172,041 votes, 69% postive reviews on 17-Oct-18.

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 24 nominations

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.

Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)

# 10636 IMDb

Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)

Director: David Attwood

Drama (1h 30min)

UK UK

Rated 7.9 after 7,205 votes on 12-Aug-18.

6 wins & 1 nomination

When Stuart Shorter - a homeless alcoholic with a violent past - meets writer and charity worker Alexander Masters, they strike up an unlikely friendship. As Alexander learns more about Stuart's complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story and Stuart advises him to tell the story backwards, so that it's "More exciting - like a Tom Clancy murder mystery". As their (...)

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

# 03991 IMDb

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

TaglineHope comes with letting go.

Director: Susanne Bier

Drama (1h 59min)

USA USA, UK UK

Rated 7.2 after 26,652 votes, 63% postive reviews on 01-Jul-19.

1 win & 2 nominations

A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.

The Kite Runner (2007)

# 03884 IMDb

The Kite Runner (2007)

TaglineThere is a way to be good again.

Director: Marc Forster

Drama (2h 02min)

USA USA

Rated 7.6 after 73,476 votes, 61% postive reviews on 04-Dec-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Starter for 10 (2006)

# 02799 IMDb

Starter for 10 (2006)

Director: Tom Vaughan

Drama, Romance (1h 36min)

UK UK, USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 19,954 votes, 69% postive reviews on 07-Nov-18.

1 win & 3 nominations

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Jarhead (2005)

# 00780 IMDb

Jarhead (2005)

TaglineEvery man fights his own way.

Director: Sam Mendes

Action, Biography, Drama, War (2h 03min)

Germany Germany, USA USA

Rated 7.0 after 158,768 votes, 58% postive reviews on 05-Nov-18.

1 win & 9 nominations

Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows "Swoff" (Gyllenhaal), a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain (...)

Road to Perdition (2002)

# 00040 IMDb

Road to Perdition (2002)

TaglinePray for Michael Sullivan

Director: Sam Mendes

Adventure, Crime, Drama (1h 57min)

USA USA

Rated 7.7 after 227,722 votes, 72% postive reviews on 18-May-19.

Won Oscar. Another 18 wins & 51 nominations

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure. However after his son is witness to a killing he has done Mike Sullivan finds him self on the run trying to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for revenge on those who wronged him. Jude Law co stars as a hit man hired to kill Sullivan.

American Beauty (1999)

# 00190 IMDb TOP250 #70

American Beauty (1999)

Tagline... look closer

Director: Sam Mendes

Drama (2h 02min)

USA USA

Rated 8.4 after 956,293 votes, 86% postive reviews on 07-Oct-18.

Won 5 Oscars. Another 83 wins & 73 nominations

Lester Burnham is suffering a mid-life crisis that affects the lives of his family which is made up of his super bitch of a wife Carolyn and rebelling daughter Jane who hates him. Carolyn is a real estate agent a little too wrapped up in her job who takes on an affair with business rival Buddy Kane. Meanwhile Jane seems to fall in love with Ricky Fitts, the strange boy next door who is a drug (...)

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