John Lurie

Biography: Actor/composer John Lurie began his career studying the alto saxophone, then moved to New York with his brother, pianist Evan Lurie; they formed the Lounge Lizards, a freeform jazz combo that went on to gain some distinction. Beginning in 1977 he directed and appeared in his own Super-8 films, and also acted in many New York-made Super-8 films by other filmmakers. In 1980 he began scoring numerous films, most importantly Jim Jarmusch's first feature-length film, Permanent Vacation (1982), in which he also appeared. This began a significant association with Jarmusch; Lurie co-starred in Jarmusch's breakthrough film Stranger Than Paradise (1984), provided the music, and has acted in and/or scored other of Jarmusch's films as well. His work with Jarmusch brought him to the attention of other directors, and he has appeared in a handful of movies while maintaining his work as a screen composer.

John Lurie's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 70
Highest Metascore: 86 Stranger Than Paradise
Lowest Metascore: 31 New Rose Hotel
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
6 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
31 New Rose Hotel Oct 8, 1999 Distinguished Man 7.3
80 The Last Temptation of Christ Aug 12, 1988 James, Apostle 7.6
75 Down by Law Sep 20, 1986 Jack 7.8
78 Paris, Texas Nov 2, 1984 'Slater' 6.4
86 Stranger Than Paradise Jul 25, 1984 Willie 7.5
69 Permanent Vacation Mar 6, 1981 Sax Player / Sax Player tbd