Lewis Teague

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Lewis Teague
Lewis Teague with Charlotta.JPG
Lewis Teague at a CharlottaTS party.
Born (1938-03-08) March 8, 1938 (age 81)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
OccupationFilm director
Television director
Film editor
Years active1964–present

Lewis Teague (born March 8, 1938) is an American film director, whose work includes Alligator, Cat's Eye, Cujo, The Jewel of the Nile, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, Navy SEALs and Wedlock.[1]


Teague was born in Brooklyn, New York. Teague fell in love with films at age 14 when he saw The Steel Helmet (1951)[2]

He dropped out of high school at age 17 and enrolled in the army, serving for three years in Germany. He studied film at New York University, where his short films included Sound and the Painter (1962) and It's About a Carpenter, which was circulated through public libraries.[3] In 1963 he won a scholarship for being the most promising student at the school.[4]

He left the school in 1963 without completing a degree when he was offered a job working on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. (Teague returned to NYU to complete his degree in 2016, at the age of 78.[5])

Early career[edit]

Teague had an early directing credit with the episode "The Second Verdict" on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964).

He later said he "dropped out" and ran the Cinemateque 16, an underground movie theater in L.A., for a couple of years until he "got bored, and returned to filmmaking."[2] He provided a film segment for a theatre production of The Disenchanted (1968), which the Los Angeles Times described as "effective".[6]

Teague was a production assistant on Loving (1970) and a production manager on the rock concert documentary Woodstock (1970). He was cinematographer on Bongo Wolf's Revenge (1970).[7]

He was announced as director for Loves as a Cop but it appears to have not been made.[8]

He edited a surfing documentary Forgotten Island of Santosha (1974) and made his debut as a feature director with Dirty O'Neil (1974), which he co-directed.

Roger Corman[edit]

In 1974 Teague was employed by Roger Corman at New World Pictures at the recommendation of Martin Scorsese who had also been to NYU. He edited Cockfighter (1974); was second unit director and assistant editor on Death Race 2000 (1975); edited Crazy Mama (1975) for Jonathan Demme; assistant director on Thunder and Lightning (1977) (made for Corman but at 20th Century Fox); and was responsible for the avalanche sequence in Avalanche (1978).

Teague later said, "The main things you learn by working for Corman are how to get every nickel on the screen, how to be as expedient as possible, and how to work very quickly. Also, Roger is an extremely clever person. Even though most of his material was exploitive, he always had a very intelligent approach. I learned a lot from the way he dealt with directors and editors. He was extremely well-organized, very insightful, very quick to make decisions."[2]

Outside of New World he edited Summer Run (1974) and the Oscar-winning short documentary Number Our Days (1976).[9]


Teague returned to directing with The Lady in Red (1979), for New World Pictures, based on a script by John Sayles. It starred Robert Conrad, who got Teague a job directing an episode of the TV series A Man Called Sloane. He also did episodes of Vega$ and Barnaby Jones and was the Second-Unit Director on Samuel Fuller's World War II movie, The Big Red One (1980).

Teague's second feature as sole credit was Alligator (1980), based on a script by Sayles.

He did an episode of Riker then helmed the vigilante film Fighting Back (1982) and was called in at the last minute to do a Stephen King adaptation, Cujo (1983). It was popular and Teague was offered a second King script, Cat's Eye (1985).

Teague had his biggest budget to date with The Jewel of the Nile (1985), a sequel to Romancing the Stone (1984).[10][2]

There was a gap in films, before Teague returned with Collision Course (1989), which he was brought on to at the last minute.[11] He returned to television with Shannon's Deal (1989), based on a script by Sayles.


Teague directed Navy Seals (1990), followed by Wedlock (1991) and T Bone N Weasel (1992).[11]

He did episodes of Time Trax (the pilot[12]), Fortune Hunter, Profiler, and Nash Bridges, and did some TV movies: OP Center (1995), Saved by the Light (1995),Justice League of America (1997) (doing uncredited work), The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (1997), Love and Treason (2001), and The Triangle (2001).

Later career[edit]

After a five-year absence from directing, Teague directed (as well as wrote and produced) the dramatic short Cante Jondo (2007).

Teague has experimented with digital filmmaking,[13] working on a reality-based sitcom series in digital format about CharlottaTS (a transsexual from Barcelona), Carlotta T-S (2010).[14]

He did Clifford Goes Boom (2014).


Year Title Notes
1974 Dirty O'Neil
1979 The Lady in Red
1980 Alligator
1982 Fighting Back aka Death Vengeance
1983 Cujo
1985 Cat's Eye
1985 The Jewel of the Nile
1989 Collision Course
1990 Navy SEALs
1991 Wedlock
1992 T Bone N Weasel
1995 Saved by the Light
1997 The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
2001 Love and Treason
2001 The Triangle


  1. ^ Yakir, D. (1985). "Big league teague". Film Comment. 21 (6): 26–28, 80.
  2. ^ a b c d Yakir, D. (1985). Big league teague. Film Comment, 21(6), 26-28,80. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/210237874?accountid=13902
  3. ^ By, H. T. (1962, Jun 02). N.Y.U. CIRCULATES 7 STUDENT FILMS. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/116086418?accountid=13902
  4. ^ By, H. T. (1963, May 25). Young filmmakers get prizes for work produced in colleges. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/116434107?accountid=13902
  5. ^ Paumgarten, Nick. "ALWAYS COME BACK Lewis Teague, the director of "Cujo" and "The Jewel of the Nile," graduates from N.Y.U." The New Yorker (June 6 & 13 2016). Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  6. ^ Smith, C. (1968, Jan 25). 'The disenchanted' makes local bow. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/155787037?accountid=13902
  7. ^ BONGO WOLF'S REVENGE. (1971, Monthly Film Bulletin, 38, 93. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/1305831081?accountid=13902
  8. ^ Murphy, M. (1973, Aug 08). MOVIE CALL SHEET. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/157301998?accountid=13902
  9. ^ Champlin, C. (1974, Jun 16). 'Summer run'--european idylls in sun, shadow. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/157547220?accountid=13902
  10. ^ Borsten, J. (1985, Jul 28). ROMANCING MOROCCO: MICHAEL DOUGLAS LOVES A GOOD CRISIS. Chicago Tribune (Pre-1997 Fulltext) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/290867509?accountid=13902
  11. ^ a b Marilyn Beck, Tribune Media,Services Inc. (1987, Jul 09). JANIS JOPLIN BIO-FILM IS ON ITS WAY AFTER 11 YEARS. Chicago Tribune (Pre-1997 Fulltext) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/291041135?accountid=13902
  12. ^ Willman, C. (1993, Jan 20). TV REVIEW `Time trax' suitably silly fare for the kiddie contingent. Los Angeles Times (Pre-1997 Fulltext) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/281804315?accountid=13902
  13. ^ "Lewis Teague". Lewisteague.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Lewis Teague Videos". Lewisteague.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.

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