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Peter Yates

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Date of Birth:
24 July 1929Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK

Date of Death:
9 January 2011London, England, UK  (heart failure)

Short Biography:
Having seen Robbery (1967) and Bullitt (1968), it comes as no surprise that Peter Yates started out as a professional racing car driver and team manager - albeit briefly - before turning his attention to film. The son of a military man, he was educated at Charterhouse School and trained at RADA, gaining his first experience as an actor with local repertory companies. In the early 1950's, he worked as a dubbing assistant, cutter, stage manager and theatre director (Royal Court), eventually graduating to assistant director on The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958). He cut his teeth, directing many episodes of The Saint (1962) and Secret Agent (1964) for television, before helming his first feature film, the musical Summer Holiday (1963).

"Summer Holiday" did nothing for his career. However, the exhilarating car chase through the streets of London - staged for his next film, "Robbery" - so impressed Steve McQueen that he requested Yates to direct him in "Bullitt". The rest is history: for many years, THAT car chase became the yard stick by which all others were measured. The success of this venture prompted Yates to remain in America, adapting himself to a variety of other genres, though continuing to be preoccupied with action subjects. His best films include the stylish and ingenious caper comedy The Hot Rock (1972); the underwater adventure The Deep (1977), based on the novel and screenplay by Peter Benchley; and the quirky coming-of-age comedy Breaking Away (1979). For the latter, Yates received simultaneous Oscar nominations as Best Director and Best Producer.

He was nominated again for a more cerebral 'actor's piece', The Dresser (1983), starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay , based on a play about an ageing stage actor and his long-standing assistant. Never a prolific director, Yates subsequently made only a few more films. Most memorable, perhaps, were the courtroom thriller Suspect (1987), the political drama The House on Carroll Street (1988) and the enjoyably old-fashioned comedy It All Came True (1998), starring Michael Caine and Maggie Smith as a couple of theatrical ghosts.

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

# 07600 IMDb

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

By Craig McCall

Documentary (1h 26min)

UK UK

Rated 7.8 after 875 votes on 02-Jun-16.

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was awarded for Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus. Beyond John Huston's The African Queen and King Vidor's War and Peace, the films (...)

Roommates (1995)

# 14597 IMDb PG 

Roommates (1995)

TaglineSome people talk. Some people listen. When you're 107 and going strong, you do whatever you want.

By Peter Yates

Comedy, Drama (1h 48min)

USA USA

Rated 6.4 after 1,547 votes on 02-Jun-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination

Michael Holeczak has a most unusual roommate, his grandfather, Rocky. Now Rocky's a bit strange but loves Michael and only has his best interest. Michael would live with Rocky after his parents died. Michael would grow up go to school, become a doctor, Rocky would live alone abut when Rocky's about to be thrown out and placed in a retirement home, he refuses. Michael then takes him in. They would (...)

Needful Things (1993)

# 09928 IMDb

Needful Things (1993)

TaglineNow it's time to pay!

By Fraser Clarke Heston (as Fraser C. Heston)

Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller (2h)

USA USA

Rated 6.2 after 16,602 votes on 19-Aug-16.

1 win & 3 nominations

Leland Gaunt comes to Sheriff Alan Pangborn's pleasant little New England town, and opens a store. What this kindly Satan sells is whatever you need, from a surcease from pain to an object which you have always coveted. The Faustian price is, of course, corruption, and soon the poor sheriff's town is wracked by jealousy, spite, and violence.

An Innocent Man (1989)

# 09776 IMDb

An Innocent Man (1989)

TaglineTwo cops on the take just made the biggest mistake of their lives. They framed An Innocent Man

By Peter Yates

Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 53min)

USA USA

Rated 6.4 after 4,907 votes on 23-Mar-17.

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is convicted of drug dealing, based on the perjured evidence of a police informant. Thrown into a seedy jail, fighting to prove his innocence is diffucult when (...)

The House on Carroll Street (1988)

# 09745 IMDb

The House on Carroll Street (1988)

By Peter Yates

Drama, Thriller (1h 41min)

USA USA

Rated 6.2 after 1,801 votes on 04-May-17.

1 win

Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, the more so since one of those involved is her main senator prosecutor. Starting to look into things, she gradually enlists the help (...)

Suspect (1987)

# 12084 IMDb R 

Suspect (1987)

TaglineNo matter the cost, No matter the danger. They will find the truth.

By Peter Yates

Crime, Drama, Thriller (2h 01min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 7,858 votes on 03-Apr-18.

A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his lawyer. She sets to find the real killer, and gets help from the congressional advisor, Eddie Sanger who is called to be on the jury panel. Together they discover a dangerous circle of corruption in high places.

The Dresser (1983)

# 03670 IMDb

The Dresser (1983)

TaglineWhat happens backstage is always true drama. And often pure comedy.

By Peter Yates

Drama (1h 58min)

UK UK

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 3,596 votes on 24-May-16.

Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations

In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in the story of Lear and the Fool that is being presented on-stage, as the situation comes to a (...)

Krull (1983)

# 00616 IMDb

Krull (1983)

TaglineA world light-years beyond your imagination.

By Peter Yates

Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi (1h 57min)

UK UK

Rated 6.1 after 26,104 votes on 06-Jun-18.

4 nominations

The planet Krull has been invaded by the evil monster The Beast and his army The Slayers, two rival kingdoms have formed a alliance against The Beast and The Slayers, as Prince Colwyn, the son of King Turlord marries Princess Lyssa, daughter of King Eirig, where Prince Colwyn and Princess Lyssa's marriage will unite the two kingdoms and both Colwyn and Lyssa will rule the lands of Krull. But (...)

Breaking Away (1979)

# 04077 IMDb

Breaking Away (1979)

TaglineSomewhere between growing up and settling down... [Australia Theatrical]

By Peter Yates

Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport (1h 40min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 18,108 votes on 29-Apr-17.

Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations

Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even takes up the Italian culture, much to his friends and parents annoyance. While meanwhile, the 4 friends try to break away from their (...)

The Deep (1977)

# 06239 IMDb

The Deep (1977)

TaglineIs the treasure worth the terror? [Video Australia]

By Peter Yates

Horror, Mystery, Adventure, Thriller (2h 03min)

USA USA

Rated 6.2 after 8,412 votes on 23-May-16.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations

A pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in Bermuda waters. Featuring extended underwater sequences and a look into the affairs of treasure hunting. Based on a novel by Peter 'Jaws' Benchley.

For Pete's Sake (1974)

# 14720 IMDb PG 

For Pete's Sake (1974)

TaglineZany Barbra!

By Peter Yates

Comedy (1h 30min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 1,774 votes on 10-Jul-18.

Henrietta Robins works out of her home and her husband Pete drives a cab to try to support her. When Pete gets a tip from one of his fellow drivers that a deal will be made by the Americans and the Soviets over pork bellies, he decides to invest in the market, but needs to $3000 to invest. Henrietta then goes to extreme lengths to get the money by dealing with first a loan shark, then a madame, (...)

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

# 08995 IMDb

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

TaglineIt's a grubby, violent, dangerous world. But it's the only world they know. And they're the only friends Eddie has.

By Peter Yates

Crime, Thriller, Drama (1h 42min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 5,800 votes on 11-Nov-16.

Eddie's friends are numerous, but the term friends is suspect. As a small time hood Eddie is about to go back to jail. In order to escape this fate he deals information on stolen guns to the feds. Simultaneously he is supplying arms to his bank robbing/kidnapping hoodlum chums. But who else is dealing with the feds? Who gets the blame for snitching on the bank robbers?

Murphy's War (1971)

# 08812 IMDb

Murphy's War (1971)

By Peter Yates

Drama, War (1h 45min)

UK UK

Rated 6.9 after 2,432 votes on 29-Mar-17.

Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He lands on the shore somewhere on the river Orinoco delta and begins to plot his vengeance. He wishes to sink the U-Boat that has floated up by means of any method imaginable to him, and sets about to make the courageous attempt, assisted by Louie, the islands Government (...)

Bullitt (1968)

# 01282 IMDb

Bullitt (1968)

TaglineSteve McQueen As 'Bullitt'

By Peter Yates

Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 53min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 46,390 votes on 19-Aug-16.

Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations

Johnny Ross works for Chicago mobster Peter Ross, his brother. In April 1968 Johnny Ross escapes two attempts on his life and flees to San Francisco, where he is placed in protective custody by politician Walter Chalmers, who hopes to use Ross to further his own national aspirations. To protect Ross, Chalmers asks the SFPD to assign Detective Lieutenant Frank Bullitt and his partners, Sergeants (...)

Robbery (1967)

# 14421 IMDb

Robbery (1967)

TaglineWho says crime doesn't pay? 3 Million pounds says it does!

By Peter Yates

Crime, Mystery, Drama (1h 50min)

UK UK

Rated 6.9 after 773 votes on 03-Apr-18.

1 win

A dramatization of the Great Train Robbery. While not a 'how to', it is very detail dependent, showing the care and planning that took place to pull it off.

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