Roger Spottiswoode

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Roger Spottiswoode (born January 5, 1945 in Ottawa , Ontario ) is a British - Canadian film and television director.


Roger Spottiswoode was born in Ottawa in 1945 to the British film scholar and producer Raymond Spottiswoode (1913-1970).

He worked from the mid-1960s in the UK as an assistant film editor by John Bloom in a few films and documentaries before by Sam Peckinpah for cutting the films Straw Dogs was engaged (1971). He then worked with Peckinpah on his late- west Pat Garrett chasing Billy the Kid (1972).

After a few more work as a film editor, Spottiswoode took on his first directing assignments in 1979. In addition to highly acclaimed works such as Under Fire with Nick Nolte and Jean-Louis Trintignant or the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies , it also delivered action spectacles such as Air America and The 6th Day, which have been criticized by critics . Even comedies like Stop! Or my mommy shoots! with Sylvester Stallone and Scott & Huutsch with Tom Hanks are part of his repertoire.

In 1993, Spottiswoode received a Special Grand Prize of the Jury for And the Band Played On at the Montreal World Film Festival . The following year he was nominated for this television drama at the Emmy Awards . His biopic Mesmer (1994) with Alan Rickman in the leading role never made it to the cinemas, although Rickman received an award for best actor at the same festival. In 1998 he won a Gemini Award for directing Hiroshima .

In 2011 Spottiswoode was on the jury of the 8th Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart .

He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada .

From his 1983 to 1997 marriage with Holly Palance , the daughter of Jack Palance and Virginia Baker , had two children.


as a director

as a screenwriter

as a film editor

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. To an interview with Director Roger Spottiswoode . In: from April 2011.
  2. John Roger Spottiswoode . In:, accessed on April 21, 2020.