|A Tribute to Jerry Bruckheimer
From the adrenaline-stoked pyrotechnics of TOP GUN, THE ROCK and ARMAGEDDON,
to the historical sweep of PEARL HARBOR, to the fierce military showdowns of CRIMSON TIDE
and BLACK HAWK DOWN, Jerry Bruckheimer has established himself as one of the most
phenomenally successful and influential producers of the past two decades.
Bruckheimer is one of the few Hollywood producers with a signature style to his films, no
matter what genre hes working in: a mixture of explosive action, heartfelt
sentiment, dazzling techno-magic and an uncanny sense of anticipating the zeitgeist of
Born into a lower middle class Detroit family in 1945, the son of
German Jewish immigrants, Bruckheimer was instilled with the hardworking, blue collar
values of his father and uncle. Although a tremendous fan of such David Lean epics as
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, Bruckheimer first made a name for himself
in the advertising world. But he soon abandoned his advertising career to follow his dream
of working in the movies, and secured an associate producer gig on THE CULPEPPER CATTLE
COMPANY (1972). Full-scale producer chores followed with Bruckheimer shepherding the
Robert Mitchum-starring FAREWELL, MY LOVELY in 1975, and finally scoring his first major
success with the Paul Schrader-directed AMERICAN GIGOLO in 1980. Close friends with
maverick Don Simpson since their days as roommates in Los Angeles, the two paired up as a
team in the early 1980s and the rest is history. A string of astounding hits
produced by the team followed, including FLASHDANCE, TOP GUN, the BEVERLY HILLS COP
series, CRIMSON TIDE and BAD BOYS. Bruckheimer produced the blockbuster THE ROCK on his
own in 1996 his desire to one day work again with Simpson was cut short by the
latters tragic death in January of that year. Since then, Bruckheimer has continued
his hit streak with CON AIR, ARMAGEDDON, ENEMY OF THE STATE, BLACK HAWK DOWN and PEARL
HARBOR, and has expanded into television with equal success with "CSI: CRIME SCENE
INVESTIGATION," "CSI: MIAMI" and "WITHOUT A TRACE."
We are very pleased to welcome producer Jerry Bruckheimer to
the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian for the first major U.S. retrospective of his
films - !!
Thursday, March 27 7:00 PM
THE ROCK, 1996, Buena Vista, 136 min.
FBI chemical weapons specialist Nicolas Cage and ex-convict Sean Connery
(the only man to successfully escape from Alcatraz, "The Rock"), are enlisted to
break into the former prison when a disgruntled U.S. general (Ed Harris) goes over
the edge, seizing the island with his elite commandos and threatening to attack San
Francisco if his demands arent met. Bruckheimers first film after splitting
with partner Don Simpson, THE ROCK is a mega-octane action machine, delivered with
characteristic skill and humor by director Michael Bay, and acted by a superb cast
including Cage, Connery, David Morse, Michael Biehn and William Forsythe.
ARMAGEDDON, 1998, Buena Vista, 144
min. Dir. Michael Bay. The killer-asteroid-from-space film to beat all others.
Maverick drilling expert Bruce Willis is brought in with his team of hell-raising
grunts (Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan) to plant a nuclear bomb on a
comet hurtling towards planet Earth. Bruckheimer and Bay raise the stakes to truly
delirious proportions with the three-way family rivalry between Willis, protégé Ben
Affleck, and Willis doe-eyed daughter, Liv Tyler. Discussion
between films with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay (schedules
Friday, March 28 7:00 PM
CRIMSON TIDE, 1995, Buena Vista,
116 min. Dir. Tony Scott. When rebels overrun a Russian ICBM missile site, a U.S.
nuclear sub captained by Gene Hackman is dispatched to deal with the problem. A
command to launch their nuclear warhead is radioed to the sub, but the follow-up message
is interrupted when theyre attacked, thus setting in motion a ferocious test of
wills between hawkish Hackman and more circumspect second-in-command Denzel Washington.
A brilliantly acted, surprisingly thought-provoking military drama in the vein of
FAIL-SAFE, with able support from Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini.
ENEMY OF THE STATE, 1993,
Buena Vista, 131 min. Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott ratchet up conspiracy
paranoia to the nth degree as labor lawyer Will Smith unknowingly comes into
possession of a video disc showing a crime being committed by National Security Agency
chief Jon Voight. When Smith has his assets frozen, his family put in jeopardy and
has to go on the run, he receives help from an unlikely source: renegade surveillance
expert Gene Hackman (playing a distant cousin to the role he assayed in
Coppolas THE CONVERSATION). Discussion between films with
producer Jerry Bruckheimer and editor Chris Lebenzon (schedules permitting).
Saturday, March 29 5:00 PM
"CSI: CRIME SCENE
INVESTIGATION," 2000, CBS-TV, 60 min. (Series Pilot). Televisions
number one series, the Emmy Award nominated "CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION" is
a fast-paced drama about a passionate team of forensic investigators trained to solve
crimes the old-fashioned way -- by examining the evidence. They are on the case 24/7,
scouring the scene, collecting the irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces
that will solve the mystery. Gil Grissom (William Petersen), the senior forensics
officer, heads the team of investigators at the Criminalistics Bureau in Las Vegas. The
team includes single parent Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), who has to
juggle a job she loves with the responsibilities of motherhood; Warrick Brown (Gary
Dourdan), a top analyst with insider knowledge of the gambling world; and Nick Stokes
(George Eads), a charming yet ambitious crime-solver. The CSI team members also work
closely with Captain Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), their former chief, now assigned to
Homicide; Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda), the tech analyst who processes the evidence; and
medical examiner Dr. Robbins (Robert David Hall). Discussion
following with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, series creator Anthony Zuiker, pilot director
Danny Cannon, and writers Ann Donahue and Carol Mendelsohn (schedules permitting).
Saturday, March 29 7:15 PM
TOP GUN, 1986, Paramount, 110 min. Tom
Cruises cocky novice pilot must grow up and hone his chops as a fighter ace
while smitten with flight instructor Kelly McGillis and bumping heads with hard-as-nails
rival Val Kilmer. The first of several mega-watt collaborations between Bruckheimer
and director Tony Scott, TOP GUN was the perfect American action film for the
1980s. With Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt.
BEVERLY HILLS COP, 1984,
Paramount, 105 min. Dir. Martin Brest. The second major success from the
Bruckheimer/Simpson team (after FLASHDANCE), BEVERLY HILLS COP catapulted comic Eddie
Murphy to superstardom and established the template for every fish-out-of-water style
action comedy made since. Freewheeling laughs punctuated with fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek
violence. With Judge Reinhold.
Sunday, March 30 5:00 PM
BAD BOYS, 1995, Columbia, 118 min.
Dir. Michael Bay. Put-upon family man Marcus (Martin Lawrence) and swinging
bachelor Mike (Will Smith) are Miami police detectives who must not only track down
a huge cache of heroin stolen from their stations evidence room, but also convince
Julie (Tea Leoni), the only witness to their friends murder, to testify. A
riproaringly profane action comedy with a brilliantly depraved Tcheky Karyo as their
REMEMBER THE TITANS, 2000,
Buena Vista, 113 min. Dir. Boaz Yakin. A soulful, true-life drama set in 1971 of
Virginias first integrated high school football team headed by a black coach (Denzel
Washington in another powerhouse performance). Their struggle to not only play
together as a unit, but ultimately enjoy doing so is an inspirational reflection on the
trials of a less-enlightened time in American history. With Will Patton.