Scott (born July 21, 1944) is an English film producer/director and
is the brother of director Ridley Scott.
Scott's first foray into filmmaking was not from behind the camera,
but rather in front of it. At the age of sixteen, he appeared in Boy
and Bicycle, a short film marking the directorial debut of his then-twenty-three-year-old
brother Ridley. He followed in his older brother's footsteps, studying
at West Hartlepool College of Art and Sunderland Art School, the latter
for a fine arts degree. He subsequently graduated from the Royal College
of Art, fully intending to become a painter. It was only the success
of his older brother's fledging television commercial production outfit,
Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), that turned his attentions towards
film. So over the nearly twenty years he would persist in making TV
1982, Tony Scott got his break and MGM employed him to begin production
on ‘The Hunger’ with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve
as chic Manhattan socialite vampires, desperately searching for a
medical cure to arrest Bowie's rapid aging.
The picture failed to find an audience, received harsh reviews by
critics and was ignored at the box-office (though the film later became
a cult favourite). Finding himself largely unemployable in Hollywood
for the next two and a half years, Scott returned to commercials and
1985, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer signed Scott to
direct Top Gun. Both of them were among the few admirers of The Hunger
during its initial release. Scott, though reluctant at first, agreed
on directing Top Gun, one of the highest-grossing films of 1986, taking
in more than US$176 million, and making a star of its young lead,
Top Gun's success, Scott found himself on Hollywood's A list of action
directors. Reteaming with Simpson and Bruckheimer in 1987, Scott directed
Eddie Murphy in the highly anticipated sequel Beverly Hills Cop II.
A critical failure, the picture nevertheless became one of the year's
highest grossers. In 1990, Scott returned to the Simpson-Bruckheimer
fold to helm the big-budget film Days of Thunder.
1992, through a meeting arranged by a former employee, Scott was introduced
to Quentin Tarantino, a long time fan of Scott. Tarantino offered
him samples of his work to read, among them the screenplays for Reservoir
Dogs and True Romance.
Scott ended up directing True Romance, and it was this film that helped
change the perception of Scott as a serious film director. Although
reaction to the film was initially lukewarm, it quickly developed
a strong cult following (not unlike ‘The Hunger’
next film returned him back into the Simpson-Bruckheimer fold for
a big-budget thriller, but unlike their previous collaborations, this
one showed a renewed interest in strong characterizations. 'Crimson
Tide' (1995), a submarine thriller starring Gene Hackman and Denzel
Washington, was a box-office hit and enjoyed worldwide success. One
particulary memorable quote,
'I need a good man to fill his spot. Your name was at the top of the
Washington: Well, that's good to know, sir.
Hackman: Well, it was a short list...'
about the same time Tony partnered with his brother Ridley in the
production company Scott Free, together purchasing London's Shepperton
also saw Scott back in the director's chair at the helm of "Enemy
of the State," a political thriller that reunited him with Bruckheimer
and Hackman. The film enjoyed brisk box office and terrific reviews
– a vast improvement from the reception Scott had suffered in
the wake of his unpopular, critically blasted 1996 stalker flick "The
2001 he directed the film ‘Spy Game’ which the rest of
the world seems to think is farily average but this particular reviewer
absolutely loves. It’s pacy with good dialogue, excellent characterisation
and a brilliant score from Harry Gregson Williams. It should also
be noted that he gives a number of key roles to British actors such
as David Hemmings and the beautiful Catherine McCormack.
the new millennium, Scott took a break from directing and embarked
on a stint producing – he delivered a superb HBO historical
drama called ‘The Gathering Storm’ (2002) which details
the prelude to the 2nd World War. Stellar performances by Albert Finney
and Ronnie Barker saw wide critical acclaim. Finally I will mention
‘Man on Fire’ (2004) – this time he reteamed with
Denzel Washington in a classic, violent revenge movie set in Mexico.
Brian Helgeland ensured that the screenplay would be excellent and
both Washington and Walken are excellent as the retired special forces