David Mamet

Pulitzer Prize-winner ('Glengarry Glen Ross') David Mamet is one of a handful of American playwrights whose work has found almost as much success on the screen as it has on the stage. Noted for his spare, gritty dialogue, that reflects the hardened attitudes of his native Chicago, his stories often revolve around domineering male characters and their macho posturing, prompting both discussion and controversy from his audience. Well known for the rhythmic nature of his dialogue, he often uses a metronome during rehearsals to perfect the actors' delivery. Actor favourites include William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Joe Mantegna, who also headlined his stage productions, and his wife Rebecca Pidgeon. Another quirk - he shuns modern computers, preferring to bang out his screenplays on an old-fashioned typewriter. "People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want." - David Mamet

Heist (2001)

Director: David Mamet
Starring: Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Sam Rockwell, Ricky Jay, Rebecca Pidgeon, Delroy Lin...

In this caper film from writer/director David Mamet, Gene Hackman is a New England shipbuilder who doubles as an expert thief, who's looking to retire... Read more

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Director: James Foley
Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Jonat...

Times are tough at Premiere Properties. Shelly "The Machine" Levene (Jack Lemmon) and Dave Moss (Ed Harris) are veteran salesmen, but only Ricky Roma... Read more

The Edge (1997)

Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau

A plane crash in the freezing Alaskan wilderness pits intellectual billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) against self-satisfied fashion photogra... Read more

Wag the Dog (1997)

Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Anne Heche, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, William...

After a presidential scandal erupts two weeks before election day, Robert De Niro is the spin doctor called to the White House to deflect press attent... Read more

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

Director: Bob Rafelson
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos

Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson are the people involved in a torrid love affair that leads to a murder plot. Intense, erotic reworking of the John Ga... Read more

Spartan (2003)

Director: David Mamet
Starring: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H Macy, Ed O'Neill

FBI. CIA. Secret Service. Black Ops. Robert Scott is all of these. And none of these. His newest assignment: find the possibly kidnapped daughter of a... Read more

The Untouchables (1987)

Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro

Federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) vows to bring down Prohibition-era mob warlord Al Capone (Robert De Niro) with the help of a Chicago cop (Sea... Read more

The Spanish Prisoner (1998)

Director: David Mamet
Starring: Campbell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon

Playwright-filmmaker David Mamet goes Hitchcockian in this thriller involving an elaborate con game. A naive inventor (Campbell Scott) develops a form... Read more

House of Games (1987)

Director: David Mamet
Starring: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum

Playright David Mamet's directorial film debut is this superbly crafted story about an uptight psychiatrist (Lindsay Crouse) who goes thrill-seeking w... Read more

Hoffa (1992)

Director: Danny Devito
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J T Walsh, Robert Prosky

Jack Nicholson plays the powerhouse who galvanised the American truckers and teamsters union into a mighty political force. Screenplay by David Mamet. Read more