By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by film studios and TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) specializes in some of the greatest masterpieces in classic films beginning with Warner Brothers Pictures (before 1950) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (before 1986). This television channel has preserved the past as they present the films, actors, actresses, producers and all of the others who brought happiness to millions of people.
To recreate these eras in history, TCM choose some filmmakers who stood-out during that time. The Oscar-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck truly made his mark in the film industry.
Richard created his own techniques, a finesse which guided and rewarded him as he produced films. Even if the script was thought to be un-filmable, he knew what it needed to be accepted.
The son of the famous, legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century Fox, Richard began his career as head of production overseeing dynamic, big budget classics: “The Sound of Music” (1965), “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), “Patton” (1970) and “The French Connection” (1971). This was a great, successful start for Richard as he continued to produce box office hits.
All of those great winning films did not outweigh the loss of attendance and money of too many failures- Clean Slate” (1994) and “Chain Reaction” (1996) – causing the studio to fire him in the 1970’s even though his father was the head of 20th Century Fox.
As the expression says, “0ne door closed and another opened” even wider, Richard decided to partner with David Brown in the Zanuck/Brown Company and their first film “The Sting” (1973) became a hit. Richard became accepted and collaborated with Steven Spielberg for “The Sugarland Express (1974) and “Jaws” (1975). Some of Richard’s other films were “The Verdict” (1982), “Cocoon” (1985) in partnership with wife Lili Fini Zanuck and Academy Award winning “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989).
“Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck” (2013), is the
TCM original documentary about Oscar®-winning producer/film executive Richard D. Zanuck,
Historically, the TCM Channel’s programming consisted mainly of featured classic
theatrically released feature films from the Turner Entertainment film library – which comprises films from Warner Brothers Pictures (covering films released before 1950) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (covering films released before May 1986). However, TCM now has licensing deals with other Hollywood film studio as well as its Time Warner sister company, Warner Bros. (which now controls the Turner Entertainment library and its own later films), and occasionally shows more recent films. Turner Classic Movies is a dedicated film channel and is available in United States, United Kingdom, France (TCM Cinema), Spain (TCM España), Nordic countries, Middle East and Africa.
TCM LINK: Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck (2013)
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