Director: Wolfgang Petersen

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Film:The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

Wolfgang Petersen

It’s Halloween, 1991. Near Gloucester, Massachusetts, the six members of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing boat, head out to sea for their last trip of the season. Unbeknownst to them, a shockingly brutal storm is slowly gaining steam. Before the National Weather Bureau has a chance to inform the crew of the impending danger, it’s too late. The resulting battle with three merging weather fronts—an unheralded natural disaster—is grueling and tragic. Based on the true-life best selling novel by Sebastian Junger.

Film:Outbreak

Outbreak

Wolfgang Petersen

When Warner Brothers was unable to secure the rights to Richard Preston’s terrifying nonfiction book The Hot Zone (purchased by a rival studio), they took the basic idea of a fatal virus on the loose in the U.S., added Dustin Hoffman and director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot), and produced an unusual thriller—a surprise hit—called Outbreak. The other picture, slated to star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster, fell through. The premise of Outbreak, which owes something to Elia Kazan’s 1950 plague-scare movie, Panic in the Streets, is…

Film:In the Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire

Wolfgang Petersen

This smart, tautly directed thriller from Wolfgang Petersen is about the cat-and-mouse games between a Secret Service agent named Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and the brilliant, psychopathic assassin (John Malkovich) who’s itching to get the President in his cross hairs. The back-story—Horrigan is haunted by his inability to prevent John Kennedy’s assassination (Eastwood is computer-generated into archival footage)—is more than a little hokey, but the plotting itself is smartly, even ingeniously, constructed. Petersen manages a viselike grip on the tension and…

Film:Enemy Mine

Enemy Mine

Wolfgang Petersen

In this visually stunning sci-fi adventure, two warriors engaged in a savage, futuristic war between Earth and the planet Dracon. Crash-land on a desolate, fiery planet. At first, the human, (Dennis Quaid) and his reptilian, alien opponent (Louis Gossett, JR) are intent on destroying each other, the two stranded pilots gradually realize that the only way either of them will survive is to overcome their undying hatred.

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