Matthew Robbins (screenwriter)

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Matthew Robbins
Matthew Robbins in 2005.jpg
Born (1945-07-15) July 15, 1945 (age 73)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
EducationAFI Conservatory
Years active1971-present
Known forThe Sugarland Express
Batteries Not Included
Spouse(s)Janet 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 as for his work within the American New Wave movement.

He collaborated with numerous filmmakers within the movement including George Lucas, Guillermo del Toro, 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 and Crimson Peak. Robbins 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 2014, 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 Film Director Writer Notes Awards
1967 Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB
Short film

with George Lucas

1971 THX 1138 Uncredited;

with Walter Murch & George Lucas

1974 The Sugarland Express with Hal Barwood & Steven Spielberg Won:
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay

WGA Award for Best Comedy

1975 Jaws Uncredited;

with Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb,
John Milius & Hal Barwood

1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings with Hal Barwood & William Brashler Nomination:
WGA Award for Best Comedy
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Uncredited;
with Steven Spielberg
MacArthur with Hal Barwood
1978 Corvette Summer
1981 Dragonslayer Nomination:
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
1985 Warning Sign
The Legend of Billie Jean
Amazing Stories 1 episode
1987 Batteries Not Included
1991 Bingo
1997 Mimic
Saturn Award for Best Writing
2007 Blood Brothers Short film
2009 Le Concert with Radu Mihăileanu, Héctor Cabello Reyes,
Thierry Degrandi & Alain-Michel Blanc
César Award for Best Original Screenplay
2011 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark with Guillermo del Toro
7 Khoon Maaf
2015 Crimson Peak Nomination:
Saturn Award for Best Writing
2017 Rangoon

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  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.
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  3. ^ "How Hollywood and Bollywood Met for 'Susanna's Seven Husbands' (Berlin)". Hollywood Reporter. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2018-04-13.

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