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Roger Donaldson

Director, Actor

Sleeping DogsSleeping Dogs (1977) Recommended
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Sam Neill, Warren Oates
Roger Donaldson's nihilistic action–thriller in which Sam Neill finds himself alone between two opposing extremist groups. A trail–blazer…
Roger Donaldson Collection, TheRoger Donaldson Collection, The (Sleeping Dogs, Smash Palace) (1977-1981)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Roger Donaldson's first two features – both Kiwi classics – in a 2–disc set, including substantial retrospective featurettes and…
Smash PalaceSmash Palace (1981) Aro Favourite
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Bruno Lawrence, Grier Robson
One of local cinema's finest hours is this rural tale of a brusque auto–mechanic (Bruno Lawrence) whose estrangement from his family leads him…
Bounty, TheBounty, The (1984)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier
Robert Bolt’s (A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS) version of the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ tale of Fletcher Christian’s (Mel Gibson) mutiny…
No Way OutNo Way Out (1987)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young
Hollywood success for expat Kiwi Donaldson. Well–executed conspiracy thriller stars Kevin Costner.
CocktailCocktail (1988)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown
Tom Cruise receives behind–the–bar cocktail tips from Bryan Brown. Slick comedy was an early box–office for kiwi dir. Donaldson.
Cadillac ManCadillac Man (1990)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Robin Williams, Tim Robbins
Motor–mouthed car salesman Robin Williams has his dealership (and alas, the fun) beseiged by a jealous, machine–gun toting husband (Tim…
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.
Getaway, TheGetaway, The (1993)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen
A glossy yet respectable remake of the 1972 Peckinpah thriller with real–marrieds Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in the shoes of Steve McQueen…
SpeciesSpecies (1995) Recommended
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker
Ben Kingsley rounds up 'experts' (Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, Alfred Molina, Marg Helgenberger), a kind of A–Team of strange phenomena to…
Dante's PeakDante's Peak (1997)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton
Ex–pat Kiwi Donaldson ushers the lava in this pretty engaging, effects–laden update of the '70s disaster movie. Pierce Brosnan and Linda…
Thirteen DaysThirteen Days (2001)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Dylan Baker
The thirteen tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis – the 1962 showdown between Kennedy and Krushchev – are invested with heroic intensity by…
Recruit, TheRecruit, The (2003)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Al Pacino, Colin Farrell
CIA–trainer Al Pacino puts computer hacker Colin Farrell through the hoops to prepare him for the world of intelligence gathering and secret…
World's Fastest Indian, TheWorld's Fastest Indian, The (2005) Aro Favourite
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd
Feelgood drama with a core of goodhearted Kiwi common sense and realism, this relates the true story of Invercargill legend Burt Munro (Hopkins), who…
Bank Job, The Bank Job, The (2008) Recommended
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows
Heavy–for–hire Jason Stratham stars in this enjoyable crime caper based around the true story of a robbery in a London bank vault in…
Seeking JusticeSeeking Justice (2011)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce
Nicholas Cage enters into an agreement with an organization of vigilantes who offer to avenge a violent crime committed on his wife, only to demand…
November Man, TheNovember Man, The (2014)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey
An ex–CIA operative inds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving both high level CIA officials and the Russian…
McLarenMcLaren (2017) Recommended
Dir. Roger Donaldson
After THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN, director Roger Donaldson tributes another Kiwi hero of motorsport, Bruce McLaren, for this elegant documentary…

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