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Matthew Robbins (screenwriter)

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Matthew Robbins
Robbins in 2005
Born (1945-07-15) July 15, 1945 (age 79)
EducationAFI Conservatory
Years active1971–present
Known forThe Sugarland Express
Batteries Not Included
SpouseJanet Robbins
AwardsBest Screenplay Award (Cannes Film Festival)
1974 The Sugarland Express

Matthew Robbins (born July 15, 1945) is an American screenwriter and film director[1] best known for his writing work within the American New Wave movement.

He collaborated with numerous filmmakers within the movement including George Lucas, Walter Murch and Steven Spielberg, on films like The Sugarland Express, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Jaws. He has also worked frequently with Guillermo del Toro, writing his films Mimic, Crimson Peak and Pinocchio. Robbins has frequently worked with writer Hal Barwood.

Prior to attending USC School of Cinematic Arts, Robbins graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1965 where he was classmate and friends with Walter Murch and Caleb Deschanel. He is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory. In 2004, Robbins received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins.[2]

In 2011, he made his debut in Indian cinema by penning the screenplay for the Bollywood thriller 7 Khoon Maaf, along with Vishal Bhardwaj.[3] His second Indian film, Rangoon, was helmed by the same director.


Year Title Director Writer Notes
1974 The Sugarland Express Yes
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Yes
1977 MacArthur Yes
1978 Corvette Summer Yes Yes
1981 Dragonslayer Yes Yes
1985 Warning Sign Yes Also executive producer
The Legend of Billie Jean Yes
Amazing Stories Yes Episode: "The Main Attraction"
1987 Batteries Not Included Yes Yes
1989 Mothers, Daughters and Lovers Yes TV movie
1991 Bingo Yes
1993 "Off the Ground" Yes Music video by Paul McCartney
1997 Mimic Yes
2007 Blood Brothers Story Short film
2009 Le Concert Collaboration
2010 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Yes
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Yes
2013 Vijay and I Yes
Ek Thi Daayan Collaboration
2015 Crimson Peak Yes
Chatô: O Rei do Brasil Yes
2017 Rangoon Yes
Madame Yes
2022 Pinocchio Story
TBD Ray Gunn[4] Yes

Uncredited writer


Awards and nominations



  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (August 4, 1978). "Screen: Saga of a Car In 'Corvette Summer': A Double Debut". The New York Times. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  2. ^ "Krieger.jhu.edu". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  3. ^ "How Hollywood and Bollywood Met for 'Susanna's Seven Husbands' (Berlin)". Hollywood Reporter. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 17, 2022). "Skydance Animation Brings 'The Incredibles' Brad Bird Into Fold To Direct His Animated Film Creation 'Ray Gunn'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 20, 2022.