Jan de Bont

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Jan de Bont
Jan de Bont, première-voorstelling Turks Fruit in Tuschinski, Amsterdam.jpg
Jan de Bont in 1973
Born (1943-10-22) 22 October 1943 (age 73)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Occupation Film director, producer, cinematographer
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Monique van de Ven (1977–1988)
Trish Reeves (?–present)

Jan de Bont (born October 22, 1943) is a Dutch cinematographer, director, and film producer. He is widely known for directing the 1994 action film Speed and the disaster film Twister. As a director of photography, he has shot numerous blockbusters and genre films, including Cujo, Flesh and Blood, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, and Basic Instinct.

Early life and career[edit]

De Bont was born to a Roman Catholic family in Eindhoven, Netherlands, one of 17 children. His earliest work after studying at the Amsterdam Film Academy was with the Dutch avant garde director Adriaan Ditvoorst. He first came to fame in the Netherlands as the cinematographer for the 1973 movie Turkish Delight, directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven. Since the early 1980s, he worked frequently in Hollywood, often collaborating with directors including Verhoven and John McTiernan.

While serving as cinematographer for the 1981 film Roar, De Bont experienced one of many on-set injuries during filming, where a lion lifted his scalp, requiring 220 stitches. After Roar, De Bont shot the 1983 horror film Cujo, the adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. In 1988, he was director of photography on the critically lauded action film Die Hard. The following year, de Bont shot the Ridley Scott-directed action th


De Bont made his directorial debut with the action thriller Speed in 1994, which was a surprise hit. He followed this up with the even more successful Twister in 1996. His output since has had mixed commercial and critical success. In 1997, he returned to direct the sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control, which was a commercial and critical failure. In 1999, he directed The Haunting remake. It was a commercial success, but was heavily panned by critics, receiving five Razzie Award nominations and being widely considered one of the worst remakes in cinema history. His most recent film as director was the 2003 action adventure film Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, based on the video game series of the same name, and starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Lara Croft.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Dutch actress Monique van de Ven from 1973 to 1988. Monique starred in the 1973 film Turkish Delight, for which De Bont did the cinematography. De Bont has two children from his second marriage with Trish Reeves, Alexander (who had a part in Speed 2) and Anneke (who had a part in Twister).


Year Film Director Producer Cinematographer Notes
1971 Business Is Business No No Yes
1973 Turkish Delight No No Yes
1975 Keetje Tippel No No Yes
1981 Private Lessons No No Yes
Roar No No Yes
1983 Cujo No No Yes
The Fourth Man No No Yes
All the Right Moves No No Yes
1984 Bad Manners (aka: Growing Pains) No No Yes
1985 Flesh & Blood No No Yes
1986 Ruthless People No No Yes
1987 Who's That Girl? No No Yes
Leonard Part 6 No No Yes
1988 Die Hard No No Yes
1989 Black Rain No No Yes
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool No No Yes
1990 The Hunt for Red October No No Yes
Flatliners No No Yes
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 No No Yes
Basic Instinct No No Yes
1994 Speed Yes No No Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Director
1996 Twister Yes No No
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Yes Yes No Also writer
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
1999 The Haunting Yes No No Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2002 Equilibrium No Yes No
Minority Report No Yes No
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Yes No No
2012 Nema Aviona za Zagreb No No Yes

Lost Godzilla project[edit]

De Bont began pre-production on an American Godzilla film for a summer 1996 release, but quit the film at the end of 1994 when Sony Pictures would not approve his budget request.[citation needed]


Speed Twister Speed 2 The Haunting
Sandra Bullock
Todd Field
Richard Lineback
Joe Morton
Glenn Plummer
Alan Ruck

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