George Armitage

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George Armitage
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George Armitage
Born George Brendan Armitage
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Director, Writer, Producer, Actor
Years active 1965–present
Children Brent Armitage

George Armitage (born 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer who got his start as part of the stable of up-and-coming filmmakers who broke into the business through Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He is most well known as the director of the films Miami Blues and Grosse Pointe Blank.[1]

Career[edit]

Armitage was born in Hartford Connecticut and attended ULCA where he majored in economics and political science. He entered the film industry in 1965 via the mail room at 20th Century Fox, later saying:

I have a very personal relationship to film. I've gone to films all the time since I was a kid. I thought I could have some fun trying to make them. I always thought I was pretty close to what people were thinking. There's lots of tricks to be played, things to be done in film. Film is so close to the way the mind works - the way the mind communicates with itself. Film is a dream, an emotional coda.[2]

In 1966 Armitage became an associate producer on Peyton Place, "primarily to deal with the young kids on the show, to help them loop their lines."[2]

He then worked as associate producer on Judd for the Defense and created a TV series and tried to co-produce a TV movie but neither went beyond script stage.

Armitage met Gene and Roger Corman in 1968 and started writing projects for them. Gas-s-s-s impressed Corman enough to allow Armitage to write and direct Private Duty Nurses. He later made Hit Man and Vigilante Force.

In 1975 Armitage was quoted in an article as saying:

I try to follow the Hollywood sports - to see who's winning. It doesn't seem the best system to make films that are both interesting and commercial, but it's the only one that works, at least for me. I think there must be other ways but I can't think of them. It's all new to me, even after ten years. I would like to see more courage and imagination, of course. That's something to look for.[2]

Vigilante Force was not a large success and Armitage's career then became bogged down in "development hell".[3]

He became attached to Miami Blues as a writer then later directed as well when Jonathan Demme dropped out.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

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Unmade screenplays[edit]

  • Coming Together (1970) for Roger Corman[5]
  • Pochantonas Revenge (1975) - about a miracle staged by a stunt man and special effects person to raise a small town's spirit[2]
  • Tantruma (1975) for producer Paul Lazarus - about a man looking for a woman from his past[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Cribbs, 'Obscure Genius: George Armitage'
  2. ^ a b c d e 9 Directors Rising From the Trashes: Nine Directors Rising From the Trashes 9 Directors Rising From the Trashes 9 Directors Rising From the Trashes From the Trashes From the Trashes From the Trashes Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Dec 1975: m1.
  3. ^ Screwball thriller: 'Miami Blues' bends the cop genre Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 20 Apr 1990: C.
  4. ^ For Fred Ward, a role to sink his character's teeth into Michel Blanc and 'Monsieur Hire' A tribute to one of the screen's early flowers. Lawrence Van Gelder. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Apr 1990: C10.
  5. ^ Stars Signed for 'The Devils' Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 19 June 1970: f16.

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