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‘Death Wish’ Director Michael Winner Dead

Submitted by on January 21, 2013 – 1:00 pm Comments

 Death-Wish-director-Michael-Winner-deadRecently Michael Winner passed away at the age of 77. He was not only one of the most well known British producer and director, but was also a restaurant critic for The Sunday Times. Being a filmmaker and then a restaurant critic is a really rare combination, anyone would agree. Well, after he completed his education at Cambridge, Michael did begin his career with the papers by writing columns on showbiz. He then shifted to becoming an assistant director on BBC. Then in 1960 he became a full-fledged director with Shoot to Kill. He was also the story-writer of the film. A man of many talents Michael would also edit most of his films. He then went on to make a number of British films, but it wasn’t until he made Hannibal Brooks in 1969 that Hollywood took notice.

Winner as a result was roped in to direct Lawman in 1971 starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Duvall. The turning point came in 1972, as he first directed Marlon Brando in The Nightcomers, a prequel to The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and then made his earliest efforts with box office star Charles Bronson in Chato’s Land, recounting a mixed race American Indian fighting with Whites, and The Mechanic, a thriller in which professional assassins are depicted. He then made a couple of other films, before making Death Wish in 1971 with Charles Bronson.

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 As many who know Charlie Bronson would know Death Wish is the film which defines his career, although he has acted and given fine Michael Winner deadperformances in many other films. Just like for Bronson, Death Wish was a career defining film for Winner. Interestingly, Sidney Lumet was initially slated to direct the film but due to certain turn of events the film fell into Winner’s lap and it’s a lucky thing that it did, as the movie went on the become one of the highest grossers of the year it released in. In the subsequent years Winner directed a number of films in Hollywood, but by the early part of the 1980’s Winner badly needed a hit. Along came Death Wish II, where he again collaborated with Bronson for a film that was even more violent than the first one.

By the end of 80s though, Winner’s Hollywood career began to decline and he went back to directing British films like Bullseye! (1990), Dirty Weekend (1993) and Parting Shots (1999). Winner became engaged to Geraldine Lynton-Edwards in 2007. They had met in 1957 when he was a 21-year-old film-maker and she was a 16-year-old actress and ballet dancer. He stated “I have told Geraldine that it took me 72 years to get engaged so she’s not to hold her breath for the marriage”. However, they did marry, on 19 September 2011.

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Steve Lane is in his mid-20′s, a recent college grad, and was born and has lived the majority of his life in Florida. He spends most of his down time watching movies and way, way too much TV, but he also enjoys video games, pro wrestling, theme parks, and other fun stuff.

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