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Michael Mann is NOT a firearms instructor.

Article definitely needs povs taken out. in fact, I couldnt imagine how beyond, facts and data about his films, there would be much more than a stub on his personal life as very little is known about that beyond what colleagues and family would know.

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Someone familiar with the film, please rewrite the section. — Shadowhillway 00:48, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

Is it just me, or does this page have an extreme problem with POV? Examples: "This movie is a cops and robbers epic with an impressive bank heist sequence that is one of the very best of its kind ever put on screen." "While it received mixed reviews from the critics and a lukewarm reception at the box office, Ali is an absorbing historical biopic in the grand tradition of Oliver Stone." When I go to the wikipedia, I don't want to read reviews and opinions, just facts. This article is in need of some serious rewriting. Wilpower 14:35, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

cleanup tag added[edit]

Like Wilpower, I came here looking for facts and got what looks like a publicist's statement. This article is a mess -- for one thing, most of it is just a summary of all of Mann's films, each of which already has its own page, and the info here adds absolutely nothing. And the final section is a list of unsourced fanboy rumours and wishful thinking. It also has serious POV problems and is rife with peacock terms in place of facts. --Misterwindupbird 19:39, 22 April 2006 (UTC)

Okay, I've cleaned up this entry considerably so that it is much more fact-based. -- J.D. 2:15, 29 April 2006

Nice work. It reads much better now. --Mr Wind-Up Bird 15:08, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

Film Template[edit]

I've created a template for Mann's films: Template:Michael_Mann_Films Anyone interested in having this perhaps replace the filmography which looks kinda clunky? -- Count Ringworm 19:52, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

I just readded a filmography section, not realizing that the article had previously had one and had it removed in favour of the template at the bottom (which I looked over when I was reading the article and didn't even realize was there). Anyways, it seems to me that the "clunky" filmography section is standard practice for directors at wikipedia (see Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock for examples), and I think it's what users are expecting to find in the Michael Mann article, so I vote to keep it in. SweetP112 13:53, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Color: a small point[edit]

The section on color is a little flaky. The color blue in Mann's films is not necessarily a sign of safe haven, but of isolation, barrenness, introspection. Mann himself says this in the director's commentary on the Heat DVD, going so far as to point out that, in the subsequent dinner scene, it's "not by accident" that the background is blue when Neal goes to call Eady (the phone room's background color is blue)...Neal is the loner, attempting to close the distance that he's created between himself and the rest of humanity. That's what blue represents (at least in Heat).

(Ironically, in the wiki article, the caption to the famous "blue" scene in Heat, just to the right of the section on Color, says "the use of color and physical space to symbolize the isolation of Neil..." [emphasis mine])

Also, the comment "in Heat, two cops hide behind a red truck"--if I understand which scene we're talking about--is off...they're hiding behind a U-haul truck, which is A) orange and B) more important for being a truck (i.e., cover), not red. Also, yes, an attempted suicide in a bathtub is red, because blood is red. I think the color is a non-issue as far as color choice goes; it's more important that there is blood and there's been an attempted suicide than anything else.

In short, there's no argument that color plays a huge role in Mann's films, but this article shouldn't overstate or misrepresent those uses or generalize across films.

Excellent Work[edit]

Just wanted to let those responsible know that the section on Mann's reccuring themes is exactly the sort of thing that I want to see on a wikipedia article for a director/movie. Keep it up!


The comment " part to dodge the Vietnam draft (for which he was ineligible because of asthma)" is really interesting. If one were ineligible for the draft, why would one have to dodge it? Also, this statement is far from a NPOV. Tzittnan 17:21, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

The Taschen book about Mann says he went to graduate school in England to dodge the Vietnam war.--Lord of the Ping 00:12, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

Table Issues[edit]

Why does the table always end up at the bottom of the page? I cannot figure out why it won't stay in the middle. KMils 04:47, 28 March 2007 (UTC)


Mann's use of music is very distinctive, surprised this isn't addressed in more depth in the article. 04:34, 4 June 2007 (UTC)


Sorry, but what actually "Irania" is? I was not able to find it anywhere else than here...

working with Leonardo DiCaprio[edit]

"On May 2, 2007, Variety magazine revealed that Mann's next project would be a 1930s film noir starring Leonardo DiCaprio" ... I believe this project was wactually Public Enemies... is it needed anymore?Reeferboy (talk) 13:35, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Michael Mann on Facebook?[edit]

I want to include a link to Mann's "official" Facebook page, but I can't find any link to independently confirm it is him. Does anyone know how to confirm a celebrity's Facebook page?

Splitting Filmography[edit]

I would like to suggest splitting the filmography into two sections, one dedicated to movies Mr. Mann Writes,Directs and Produces- which are in essence truly his projects, and another separate section for producer credits most of which he has collected in the past decade. I would suggest splitting in 2 sections- one as a Director(in addition to writer or producer) and another for projects he wasn't actively involved with. thoughts?--Theo10011 (talk) 19:27, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Add?[edit] (talk) 05:13, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

Not the same Michael Mann, I'm afraid. You're looking for Michael E. Mann. GRAPPLE X 13:23, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

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The result of the move request was: Consensus-backed move. (non-admin closure) — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 18:11, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

– I have no doubt that when people search up Michael Mann, they mean the acclaimed director. He has 95,283 views in the past 90 days, a strong indicator that he is WP:PRIMARYTOPIC. He also has much significance as a renowned director (just check out the lead!). Taylor Trescott - my talk + my edits 18:03, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

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