Andrew Davis

Biography: Before gaining recognition as a director of action films, Andrew Davis worked as a TV and movie cameraman, a journalist, and a photographer. Davis entered Hollywood in 1969 as an assistant to cinematographer Haskell Wexler while filming Medium Cool. In 1972, he acted as the cinematographer for two films, Private Parts and Hit Man, and he spent much of the remainder of the decade working on a number of films in this capacity. In 1977, Davis co-wrote, produced, and directed his first feature film, Stony Island. Davis' first work on action films was as the director of the Chuck Norris vehicle Code of Silence (1985). He scored his first major success when he co-wrote and directed another action movie, Above the Law, starring newcomer Steven Seagal; in 1992, he teamed with Seagal for a second time on the action-packed box-office hit Under Siege. The following year, Davis once again thrilled audiences with the tense, spectacular movie adaptation of the '60s TV serial The Fugitive,Before gaining recognition as a director of action films, Andrew Davis worked as a TV and movie cameraman, a journalist, and a photographer. Davis entered Hollywood in 1969 as an assistant to cinematographer Haskell Wexler while filming Medium Cool. In 1972, he acted as the cinematographer for two films, Private Parts and Hit Man, and he spent much of the remainder of the decade working on a number of films in this capacity. In 1977, Davis co-wrote, produced, and directed his first feature film, Stony Island. Davis' first work on action films was as the director of the Chuck Norris vehicle Code of Silence (1985). He scored his first major success when he co-wrote and directed another action movie, Above the Law, starring newcomer Steven Seagal; in 1992, he teamed with Seagal for a second time on the action-packed box-office hit Under Siege. The following year, Davis once again thrilled audiences with the tense, spectacular movie adaptation of the '60s TV serial The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford. A huge critical and commercial success, it was hailed as one of the best films of the year. In contrast, Davis' subsequent action film, Chain Reaction (1996), was a colossal flop. He then switched gears for A Perfect Murder, a 1998 re-make of Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas, the film was a great disappointment, leading some observers to opine that perhaps Davis should entertain a return to the action genre, something he did with the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Collateral Damage which was the subject of some controversy because it dealt with terrorism and came out around the time of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Davis changed gears and had a modest hit with the family-friendly Holes in 2003. Three years later he returned to the action genre with the coast guard drama The Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Expand

Andrew Davis' Scores

Average career score: 57
Highest Metascore: 87 The Fugitive
Lowest Metascore: 33 Collateral Damage
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
11 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Algren Oct 1, 2021 Self / Self tbd
tbd Mamitas Apr 27, 2012 Associate Producer 2.3
53 The Guardian Sep 29, 2006 Director 7.7
tbd Who Needs Sleep? Aug 11, 2006 Cast tbd
71 Holes Apr 18, 2003 Director / Producer 7.7
33 Collateral Damage Feb 8, 2002 Director 7.3
50 A Perfect Murder Jun 5, 1998 Director / Director 6.7
43 Chain Reaction Aug 2, 1996 Director / Producer 7.9
87 The Fugitive Aug 6, 1993 Director 8.7
58 Under Siege Oct 9, 1992 Director / Director tbd
55 The Package Aug 25, 1989 Director / Co-Producer tbd
45 Above the Law Apr 22, 1988 Director / Producer / Screenplay / Story 5.8
64 Code of Silence May 3, 1985 Director tbd
68 Beat Street Jun 8, 1984 Screenplay tbd
tbd Algren TBA Himself tbd