Jack Hill

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Jack Hill
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Hill in 2012.
Born (1933-01-28) January 28, 1933 (age 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Jersey Village High School
University of Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film Director
Years active 1960–present
Notable work(s) The Big Bird Cage (1972)
Coffy (1973)
Foxy Brown (1974)
Spouse(s) Elke Norma (m. 1958)

Jack Hill (born January 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California) is a American film director, noted for his work in the exploitation film genre. Despite this, several of Hill's later films have been characterized as feminist works.[1][2]


Hill was born in Los Angeles. His mother, Mildred (née Pannill), was a music teacher and his father, Roland Everett Hill, worked as a set builder for film studios and was an architect.[3][4][5] A full biography of his work, in which Hill was closely involved, is entitled Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film. It is written by British critic and documentarian Calum Waddell. Quentin Tarantino described Jack Hill as “The Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking” in his introduction to the film Switchblade Sisters which his company Rolling Thunder Pictures re-released to cinemas and on DVD. Tarantino has also described Hill as “really great... a really, really talented man... I'm a big fan of his work”.[6] Hill is now considered a living legend of the American exploitation film. His discoveries include Pam Grier (who starred in four of his films - from The Big Doll House through to Foxy Brown), Sid Haig (who acts in most of Hill's classics, including Spider Baby) and Ellen Burstyn (who starred in Pit Stop).



  1. ^ "A Top Ten of Feminist-Minded Films". Sadiemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  2. ^ wil gerken, nathan hendler, doug floyd, john banks. "Foxy Brown". Filmvault.com. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "lowcut.dk". lowcut.dk. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  5. ^ http://cityplanning.lacity.org/staffrpt/CHC/1-24-08/CHC-2007-5437.pdf
  6. ^ [2]

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