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Willem Dafoe

Actor

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Loveless, TheLoveless, The (1982) Recommended
Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Robert Gordon, Marin Kanter
A brooding, fetishised love–letter to the motorcycle movies of the 1950s (THE WILD ONE et al), with a bike gang having a troubled interlude in…
Hitchhiker, The (TV Series)Hitchhiker, The (TV Series) (1983)
Feat. Page Fletcher, Gary Busey, Peter Coyote
An early HBO series of mystery–thriller stories, related only by the character of The Hitchhiker (Page Fletcher), who introduces and closes…
Streets of FireStreets of Fire (1984)
Dir. Walter Hill
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Michael Pare, Rick Moranis
Surprise hit is an unusual blending of motorcycles, 50s rock'n'roll melodrama and tough, futuristic street action. Lane plays a pop diva who is…
To Live and Die in L.A.To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Recommended
Dir. William Friedkin
Feat. William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
Super–charged policier with slimeball cop Petersen on the trail of big–time counterfeiters led by Dafoe. Swirlingly paced, with a car…
PlatoonPlatoon (1986) Recommended
Dir. Oliver Stone
Feat. Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen
This film won the Best Picture Oscar for its compelling and sincere account of the Vietnam, also ushering the era of 1980s film reappraisals of the…
Last Temptation of Christ, TheLast Temptation of Christ, The (1988) Recommended
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey
Brave, earnest film controversial for its assumption that Christ suffered from mortal doubt when chosen to carry God's message. Willem Dafoe plays…
Mississippi BurningMississippi Burning (1988) Recommended
Dir. Alan Parker
Feat. Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe
Three boys mysteriously disappear in Ku Klux Klan country in 1964. This film details the FBI investigation based on true events. A…
Triumph of the SpiritTriumph of the Spirit (1989)
Dir. Robert M. Young
Feat. Willem Dafoe
Harrowing tale of a Greek–Jewish boxer (Willem Dafoe) who is deported to Auschwitz during WW2.
Wild at HeartWild at Heart (1990)
Dir. David Lynch
Feat. Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd
Disturbing, provocative and always stylish, the director parodies himself and many other great film–makers in this mother of all road movies.…
Body of EvidenceBody of Evidence (1992)
Dir. Uli Edel
Feat. Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna
Madonna does the femme fatale thing. Willem Dafoe does the lawyer whose penis clouds his judgement thing. Did she bonk the old geyser to death for…
Light SleeperLight Sleeper (1992) Recommended
Dir. Paul Schrader
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany
Writer of TAXI DRIVER delivers a complex, understated character study of an ex–junkie drug–courier (Willem Dafoe) unable to escape the…
White SandsWhite Sands (1992)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke
When Deputy Willem Dafoe discovers a dead man and half a million bucks, we know something is mighty queer. Enter Mickey Rourke and all is explained.
Fishing with John (TV Series)Fishing with John (TV Series) (1992)
Dir. John Lurie
Feat. Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Dennis Hopper
Neo–beatnik musician John Lurie hosts his own candid, off–beat TV show in which he takes a hipster celebrity pal on an exotic fishing…
Clear and Present DangerClear and Present Danger (1994) Recommended
Dir. Phillip Noyce
Feat. Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer
Vulnerable hero Jack Ryan again in meatier, superior follow–up to PATRIOT GAMES that masterfully stages its action around a credible, complex…
Tom and Viv (1994)
Dir. Brian Gilbert
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson
A moving exploration of the intense yet painful relationship between Nobel prize–winning poet T.S. Eliot (Willem Dafoe) and his lovably…
AfflictionAffliction (1997) Aro Favourite
Dir. Paul Schrader
Feat. Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Sissy Spacek
A murder–mystery obscured in a snowbound landscape of wrecked relationships and alcoholic longings, this gets right under the skin of its…
Lulu On the BridgeLulu On the Bridge (1998)
Dir. Paul Auster
Feat. Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Willem Dafoe
A baffling series of events beset jazz–saxophonist Harvey Keitel after a near–death experience in this hard–to–summarise,…
Boondock Saints, TheBoondock Saints, The (1999)
Dir. Troy Duffy
Feat. Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, Willem Dafoe
Irish–Bostonian brothers Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus become vigilante saints after knocking off some Russkie wise guys, becoming…
American PsychoAmerican Psycho (2000)
Dir. Mary Harron
Feat. Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
Mercifully sanitised adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' controversial novel, that wallowed in the depraved mind/antics of a homicidal Wall Street…
Shadow of the VampireShadow of the Vampire (2000) Recommended
Dir. E. Elias Merhige
Feat. John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Catherine McCormack
A fanciful yet elegant take on what might have transpired during the making of silent horror classic, NOSFERATU, centred around a battle of wills…
Animal FactoryAnimal Factory (2000) Recommended
Dir. Steve Buscemi
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Tom Arnold
Retaining the indie principles that distinguished TREES LOUNGE, dir. Buscemi crafts unflashy, insightful drama out of ex–con Edward…
Spider-ManSpider-Man (Spiderman) (2002) Recommended
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
New–improved re–spinning of the Marvel comic book superhero that finds a perfect match of material and director, and the crucially…
Auto FocusAuto Focus (2002) Recommended
Dir. Paul Schrader
Feat. Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe
A savvy true Hollywood story detailing the sordid life of “Hogan’s Heroes” TV star Bob Crane, whose illicit 'sex addiction' led to…
Once Upon a Time in MexicoOnce Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Dir. Robert Rodriguez
Feat. Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek
The final 'installment' in dir. Rodriguez' violent Mexican trilogy (see EL MARIACHI and DESPERADO), with Banderas again the loner in a dusty town,…
Reckoning, TheReckoning, The (2003)
Dir. Paul McGuigan
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Vincent Cassel
A sober minded recreation of plague–blasted England of the Middle Ages, with Bettany cowling–up as a monk on the run who falls in with a…
Clearing, TheClearing, The (2004)
Dir. Pieter Jan Brugge
Feat. Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe, Helen Mirren
An unusually flavoured and structured kidnapping thriller, in which wealthy entrepeneur Redford is abducted by a polite, former–employee…
ControlControl (2004)
Dir. Tim Hunter
Feat. Ray Liotta, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Rodriguez
Ray Liotta is typically compelling as an unrepentant sociopath on 'death row', who, in return for his life, agrees to become a guinea pig in a…
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheLife Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Wes Anderson
Feat. Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett
Another snorkle into the 'Cinema Absurd with Wes Anderson', delivering an intricate comedic conceit woven around a washed–up oceanographer…
xXx - The Next LevelxXx - The Next Level (xXx - State of the Union) (2005)
Dir. Lee Tamahori
Feat. Ice-Cube, Willem Dafoe, Peter Strauss
Bridge–burning sequel to the extreme–sports–spy hit, kills off the original star (Vin Diesel) in the opening scene, before ramping…
ManderlayManderlay (2005)
Dir. Lars Von Trier
Feat. Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe
Part two of Lars von Trier’s ‘USA’ trilogy reemploys DOGVILLE’s Brechtian framework of stage outlines and minimal props in the odyssey of…

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