Robert Altman

Biography: Robert Altman, born in Kansas City, had a long, hard climb to Hollywood success. Arriving in the film capital in the late 1940s, he had bit parts in one or two films and co-authored two storylines that were made into B-pictures, before having to return home with no money. He spent some years making industrial films and commercials before writing and directing a zero-budget independent movie in Canada called "The Delinquents"; this film and a documentary he co-directed about James Dean got him TV directing jobs on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Whirlybirds", and he later directed several episodes of "Bonanza". He always claimed that his TV experience was mainly useful for teaching him what not to do. A TV movie, "Nightmare In Chicago", got rave reviews in 1964 and he made some small movies in the late 60s; then, in 1970, came "MASH". This low-budget comedy without stars was a sensational success, and, overnight, the 45-year-old Altman (who claimed he only got this directing job after sixteen others had turned it down) became one of the most sought-after directors in the world. His subsequent career was not without controversy, not without flops, but included such important films as "McCabe And Mrs. Miller", "The Long Goodbye", "Nashville", "The Player", "Short Cuts" and "Gosford Park". He returned to TV in 1988 for the acclaimed mini-series "Tanner '88". He was married three times. Shortly before his death, he had been directing an Arthur Miller play in London. Expand

Robert Altman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 67
Highest Metascore: 90 Gosford Park
Lowest Metascore: 26 Trixie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
19 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
75 A Prairie Home Companion Jun 9, 2006 Director / Producer 6.4
85 Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Oct 15, 2004 Himself 6.3
73 The Company Dec 25, 2003 Director / Producer 6.8
67 A Decade Under the Influence Apr 25, 2003 Himself 7.0
71 3 Women Jun 28, 2002 Director / Producer / Written By 8.2
90 Gosford Park Dec 26, 2001 Director / Producer / Idea 6.5
64 Dr T and the Women Oct 13, 2000 Director / Producer 5.7
26 Trixie Jun 28, 2000 Producer 2.0
70 Cookie's Fortune Apr 2, 1999 Director / Producer 7.9
65 The Gingerbread Man Jan 23, 1998 Director 7.8
68 Afterglow Dec 26, 1997 Producer 8.0
57 Kansas City Aug 16, 1996 Director / Producer / Written By 8.4
48 Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Dec 25, 1994 Director / Producer / Written By 4.0
66 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Nov 23, 1994 Producer 6.0
79 Short Cuts Oct 3, 1993 Director / Screenplay 7.9
86 The Player Apr 3, 1992 Director 8.7
65 Vincent & Theo Nov 2, 1990 Director 7.0
48 Popeye Dec 12, 1980 Director 6.8
79 MASH Jan 25, 1970 Director 7.0

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